About Sue Scheff Blog
As we increasingly engage with technology in our everyday lives, we don’t often realize that our actions online have consequences in the real world. In order to safely navigate the Internet, we must keep up with the ever-evolving technological landscape and anticipate potential issues.
This blog explores some common pitfalls Internet users of all ages may face in the world of Web 2.0 and social media, as well as the best practices to avoid hazards that may potentially damage online and real-world relationships and reputations.
Sue Scheff’s third book, SHAME NATION: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate (Sourcebooks) is available where all books are sold.
“You are one single click away from digital disgrace.” — Sue Scheff
Every day, with the thousands of tweets, post and images we mindlessly share, we are putting ourselves at risk of suffering permanent damage to our reputations, our careers, and our futures.
Co-author of Google Bomb: The Untold Story of the $11.3M Verdict That Changed the Way We Use the Internet, Sue Scheff is a strong proponent of proactively protecting oneself online. First published in 2009, Google Bomb draws from Sue Scheff’s personal experiences with online bullying, privacy invasion, and harassment, as well as the legal recourse available, to provide readers with the tools they need to protect their personal and professional reputations online.
Concerned for Internet users young and old, Sue Scheff advocates awareness of cyber-bullying against persons of all ages. In addition to advising parents on how to keep an eye on their kids’ online activities to make sure they are conducting themselves safely and appropriately, Scheff offers adults recommendations on how to secure their online reputations and guard against defamatory cyber attacks. Her book teaches readers how to defend against, counteract, and legally address problems that arise from online defamation.
Founder and President of Parents’ Universal Resource Experts Inc. (P.U.R.E.) since 2001, Sue Scheff has leveraged her personal experiences to help others before. The mother of a once struggling teen, Sue Scheff encountered several challenges in her search for a safe, effective program for her daughter. Determined to save other parents the trouble of hitting the same roadblocks she did, Sue Scheff established P.U.R.E., an advocacy organization that educates parents about the schooling and program options available to pre-teens and teenagers experiencing behavioral problems.
Since its inception in 2001, P.U.R.E. has helped thousands of parents identify and select qualified, safe residential therapeutic schools and programs to help their at-risk teens. With many satisfied families, P.U.R.E. has continued to assist parents for over a decade.
In 2008, Sue Scheff authored Wit’s End: Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out-of-Control Teen, a book chronicling her personal experiences and offering advice to broader audiences.
Sue Scheff has been featured on ABC News, 20/20, Anderson Cooper, The Rachel Ray Show, Dr. Phil, CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric, Lifetime, Fox News, The Mel Robbins Show, CBC, BBC, CNN Headline News, InSession Court TV and noted in major publications as USA Today, AARP, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Washington Post, The Internet Ruined My Life Aftershow, Miami Herald, Forbes, Sun-Sentinel, Asian Tribune, Today Moms, CNN Living, San Francisco Chronicle, iVillage, LA Times and many more.
Sue Scheff is also a contributor for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Dr. Greene, Today Show Parenting, Connect Safely, GalTime, Parenting Today’s Kids, Family Online Safety Institute, Education.com, Stop Medicine Abuse, School Family, Stop-Bullies.com, and a variety of other parenting and online safety publications.
Contact Sue at sue.scheff[at] gmail[dot]com
Archived articles by Sue Scheff:
- Does Your Teen Have Tools to Handle Cyberbullying?
- Attraction of Incivility and Online Bullying
- In the World of Screens: 5 Ways to Reunite Offline
- Teens and the Fire Challenge
- The Impact of Public Shaming In a Digital World
- What Is Our Responsibility In the Rise of Shame Nation?
- The Graduation Message ‘Kids’ Need to Hear
- 5 Ways to Reduce Your Teen’s Screen Time
- What We Can Learn From Tweet Storms & Adult Bullying
- How Fear of Cyberbullying is Affecting Tweens and Teens
- Could Moms Be the Biggest Reason for Body Shaming?
- Will You Delete Your Facebook Account?
- Bad Teachers, Inappropriate & Irresponsible Decisions
- How Irony & Humor Are Shedding A Light On Cyberbullying
- The Risks & Consequences of Teen Sexting
- Dealing With Internet Trolls During Tragic Times
- Some People Call Them Posts: Attorneys Call Them Exhibit A
- Rise of Parent Shaming
- The Risk and Rewards of Becoming Internet Famous
- Talking to Our Kids About Online Shaming
- Sparking Book Chats Between Parents and Teens on Internet Safety
- Was 2017 the Rise of Online Shaming?
- What Is Curbing the Impact of Cyberbullying on Teens?
- Monica Lewinsky – a person, not a scandal
- Will Online Shame Prevent You From a Holiday Romance?
- The Normalcy of Sexting Among Teens
- Surprising Way To Help Children & Adults Harness Empathy
- Book Clubs on Cyberbullying Prevention
- Rise in Uninvited Sexual Images (“Dick Pics”)
- Why People Can’t Stop Trolling Monica Lewinsky
- Finding Online Support for Cyberbullying
- Can Technology Curb Cyberbullying?
- Monica Lewinky: Stepping Up and Speaking Out
- More Boys Admit to Cyberbullying than Girls
- More than Mean Tweets: Dealing With Cyberbullying
- When Oversharing Leads to Online Shaming
- 5 Ways to Prevent Online Shaming
- Parenting In the Age of Online Shaming
- 10 Ways Online Gossips Turns to Cyberbullying
- How Internet Postings Are Affecting Your Day
- Online Hate Shame: The Emotional Ramifications
- Teens and Social Media: Building Their Social Authority
- CyberParenting: Are Your Actions Helping or Hurting Your Kids?
- How Internet Postings Are Emotionally Affecting Your Day
- 5 Ways to Heal From Online Shaming
- Online Shaming & Bulling: Lessons From Celebrities Like Pink and Lady Gaga
- Majority of Americans Think POTUS Is A Cyberbully
- Cyberbullying: The Growing Approval of Online Hate
- How Negative Publicity and Shaming Impacts Businesses
- Impact Online Harassment Has On Adults
- Keep It Cool Building Online Civility
- The Impact of Cyberbullying on Young Girls
- The Impact of Online Harassment on Adults
- Living With the Incivility Of Online Trolls and Surviving
- The Internet Troll in Me (Us)
- How A Tweet Can Spark A Cyber-Mob
- Why Parents Need To Be Better Students
- Knowing Your Digital Exposure: Protecting Your Internet Identity
- Bullying and Cyberbullying Breakdown: Mean, Rude or Bullying?
- October Brings Awareness to Cyberbullying and Medicine Abuse
- Expert Tips: Creating Cyber-Mentors to End Bullying
- Online Shaming: A Virtual Playground for Adults
- Why Are Kids Bystanders Rather Than Upstanders
- Moral Courage: Helping Teens Use Inner Strength and Use Their HEART to Help Friends
- Art of Commenting
- Sex Hasn’t Changed: Our Culture Has
- Polls Show Attitude Split Between Parents and Teens
- Digital Shaming: You Are Only A Click Away
- Protecting Your Teen From Being Catfished
- Can the Internet Ruin Your Life? 5 Tips to Help Your Avoid Online Trouble
- Teens, Cyberbullying, Sexual Harassment and Social Media; The New Normal
- Fake Friends, Fake Boys, Fake Love: Identity Crisis Explores Online Fakers
- Be A CyberAdvocate To A Friend
- Must Read for Parents With Daughters On YouTube
- Keeping Your Child and Teen Cyber Safe
- Cyberbullying: Almost Two Thirds of Adults Reported Digital Abuse
- Click or Treat: A Parent’s Role in Social Media
- Cyberbullying Is Not a Fad, It’s a Trend
- Teen Girls and Leadership Biases: What Parents Should Know
- How Social Media Helps Transcend Grief
- Teens and Digital Wisdom: Give Them An Applause
- Are You A Parent Or A Sharent?
- Teens Have Figured It Out, Have Parents?
- Summer Months Brings Higher Death Rate For Teen Drivers
- When Your College Teen Is Home For the Summer
- Don’t Let Cyberbullying Ruin Fitness
- Teens, Technology & Social Media: What To Be Aware Of
- Talking To Kids About Legal Marijuana
- Why Social Media Behavior Matters
- Cyberbullying Is Not A Joke: How Celebrities and Public Figures Make A Difference
- Parents: Check Your Online Behavior
- No One Is Immune to Online Shaming, Cyberbullying and Peer Cruelty
- It’s Not Only Youth, Parents Love Social Media Too
- New Surveys: Grown-ups Love Social Media and Cyberbullying Top Concern for Parents
- Put that iPhone Down: And 14 Other Digital Resolutions for 2015
Respecting Age Restrictions and Privacy Policies: Online Safety for Your Children
- What if you don’t like your kids’ friends?
- Online Safety: What Does It Mean to You?
- It’s Revealed: Cyberbullying and Online Cruelty Is Not Only Child’s Play
- Separating Fact From Fiction In The Digital World
- #TakeNoBullies Campaign Spreads Positive Messages in Negative Spaces
- Keeping Up With Our Digital Teens: Behind the Screens
- Should My Tween Have An Instagram Account?
- Teens and Screens Part 3: Who Sees What Online
- Are You Oversharing On Social Media
- Making Caring Common Why Parents Should Lead By Example
- Bullying and Bigotry: Being Judged for Something Out of Your Control
- EndBullying, A Message That Starts With Us
- Teaching Your Teen How To Be a Smart Cyber-Citizen
- First Day of School Photos and Social Media: Ripe Pickings for Child Porn
- Back to School: Inspiring a Caring School Year When Study Reveals Kindness Takes a Backseat
- Back to School: Teens and Digital Stress
- Teens & Screens Part 2: Why Teens & Kids Don’t Tell They Are Being Cyberbullied
- Parenting Bullying: The One-Upper Society
- Teens & Screens Part 1: Raising Cyber Smart Citizens in Social Media
- Teach Teenagers To Think Before Posting
- Teens Building Their Digital Trail During The Summer: Creating Summertime Blogs
- A Caring Teen Online Starts Offline with a Caring Parent
- Finding Time To Care for Others: It Starts With Us
- Not My Teen: Trends to Know – Teens, Medicine Abuse and Their Friends
- Google and YouTube: Stolen Lives Deserve More Than Flag Alerts
- Teens and Screens: The Breakdown of Digital Parenting
- Google+: A Playground for Predators? What Parents Need to Know
- Cyber Restriction: When Your Teens Abuses Their Digital Privileges
- Take the Power Out of Bullying: Bystander Revolution
- Google Apps for Education Behind the Screens
- Cyberbullying and Medicine Abuse: The Sobering Connection
- Google App for Education: Teachers and the Unsuspected Stranger
- The Cost of Internet Defamation
- #iCANHELP Delete Negativity on Social Media: A Wave of Positive Warriors
- Digital Parenting Should Include Google Apps for Education
- Google Apps for Education: Data Mining and the Threat to Student Privacy
- Grownup Bullying and Monster Moms
- Teens’ Virtual Playground and the Giant
- Cyberbullying Protection: Coaches Reaching Out To Be a Cyber-Arm
- Anti-Bullying Librarian Reaches Her Community Through Magic
- Cell Phone Rules for Teens
- Cyberbullying Protection: Librarian As Cyber-Arms
- When Safety Trumps Privacy: SNOOP
- Sext Education: Sexting = Cyberbullying
- Are Teens Leaving Facebook?
- Cyberbullies Don’t Take Holidays Off: Words Wound
- Your Online Reputation Doesn’t Take Holidays Off
- Selfies, Teens and Cyberbullying