WHAT IS TINDER?

You may have recently heard about a smartphone application called Tinder being used at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. News stories told of Olympians being so distracted by Tinder that it interfered with training. Before these news stories broke, though, this app was being used at colleges across the nation by students… Tinder is an up-and-coming smartphone app  that combines social networking and dating. It allows users to identify and “hook-up” with potential one night stands in their vicinity.  Tinder … Continue reading

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HAVE STRESSED OUT KIDS? MONITOR THEM ONLINE.

Many studies have shown that technology and social media sites can actually cause stress in children. There is a common misconception that socializing online is a strictly fun way to engage with friends, family, and others. However, some standard social pressures that occur in real life can also occur online and many parents are unaware of this phenomenon. There are so many events and situations that can occur in the online world of children that may not seem like a … Continue reading

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NEW TECHNOLOGY – QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

Managing the internet, cell phones and portable computers within a family is a new struggle for many parents. There are a great many that are still learning how to navigate through this new technological environment and have no guidelines to follow – it’s a Brave New World out there! Many of you are already entrenched in these conversations and situations with your kids, but for those who aren’t, here are some things to ponder prior to buying that new computer … Continue reading

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Kids on the Job Hunt? How Parents Can Work With Kids to “Fix” Social Media Profiles

Are your kids looking to join the job market? Fact is, employers are looking at social media profiles. In the2012 Social Job Seeker Survey Jobvite showed that 23% of job seekers were asked for their social media information in a job interview. Looking into social media profiles can give employers a better sense of what a prospective employee is like, for better or worse. When trying to decide between several qualified candidates, employers may be looking for any way to … Continue reading

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WHY DON’T PARENT CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AND INTERNET ACTIVITY???

I have been entrenched in cyber safety since starting a new job in 2010. I have learned the ins and outs of social media safety, the dangers, issue resolution, ID protection and theft, and a wide variety of other wonderful, educational information I share with parents daily. But as a parent, much of what I’ve learned is frightening, though, not enlightening. So, I have taken it upon myself to educate parents I meet on this important issue. Some are open to … Continue reading

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MY PARENTS WOULD KILL ME IF…

…(they knew I put that on Facebook) Guest blog As parents, there’s a lot we don’t know about our kids online behavior. We’d like to think they’re behaving and portraying themselves appropriately online, but that’s not always the case. Socializing online is the new way to communicate and let’s face it, we don’t know that much about how kids use the endless amount of socializing networks available to them. But, we do know that kids, tweens and teens can fall … Continue reading

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DAMAGING THE REPUTATIONS OF OTHERS

In our previous post, we discussed online baggage and self-inflicted reputation damage. Whether intentional or accidental, everything posted online creates a digital footprint that is always online and very hard (or impossible) to remove. Defaming others is sometimes called cyber-bullying. It can include:

  • Getting back at a former friend who hurt your feelings
  • Creating fake social network accounts impersonating someone else including their likes, dislikes, photos, postings, etc. (which is also illegal, by the way, and kids and their … Continue reading

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ONLINE BAGGAGE

Did you know that college admissions counselors often look at social media profiles before they make admission decisions? Same with employers – before they make a hiring decision they often google the applicant to see that person’s online persona. Unfortunately, kids don’t really think that far ahead.  Kids sometimes try to be funny, popular or cool by posting something inappropriate online. They have no idea that what they are posting can be interpreted differently by different people. This includes:

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CHILD CELL PHONE MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR PARENTS

Just two years ago, we shared tips for maintaining a safe internet environment at home. The tips were about computer use and how to manage internet and social media use among kids. The ballgame has changed completely in these two short years. Computers seem to be a lot less of a concern today as many kids use their smart phones and other mobile devices for ALL of their internet needs – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, games such as Words with Friends … Continue reading

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DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

There is a new word being used in the social media and internet world… “digital citizenship.” To me, it sounded like “corporate responsibility” which is usually a good thing, so I did research in order to learn more about this buzz word. According to Cable in the Classroom, Digital Citizenship “is a holistic and positive approach to helping children learn how to be safe and secure, as well as smart and effective participants in a digital world. That means helping … Continue reading

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