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: Preventing, Surviving & Overcoming Digital Disaster (Sourcebooks) is coming in fall 2017.
“You are one single keystroke away from your life being destroyed.” — 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, Ms. 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, 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 Huffington Post, Dr. Greene, 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 suescheffauthor [at] gmail[dot]com
More articles by Sue Scheff:
- Harvard Making Education a Priority for Everyone
- Being a Cyber-Mentor: A Role for All Ages
- 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</>
- Building Digital Parenting Skills</>
- Why Social Media Behavior Matters</>
- Cyberbullying Is Not A Joke: How Celebrities and Public Figures Make A Difference</>
- Why Social Media Matters To Teens</>
- 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</>
- Digital Citizenship Is As Important As Potty Training: Let’s Start Cyber Civics Classes In All Schools</>
- Snap And Share With Care This Holiday Season</>
- 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
- Short Chats Are Better Than No Chats
- 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
- Building A Digital Dialogue and Relationship with Our Kids
- 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
- The Three C’s Your Teen Needs to Know
- Cyber Restriction: When Your Teens Abuses Their Digital Privileges
- Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Give the Gift of a Digital Lesson
- 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
- Our Kids Are the Future: How Communities Can Be A Difference
- Anti-Bullying Librarian Reaches Her Community Through Magic
- Cell Phone Rules for Teens
- Cyberbullying Protection: Librarian As Cyber-Arms
- Winter Break, Spring Break: No Break for Online Reputation
- When Safety Trumps Privacy: SNOOP
- Sext Education: Sexting = Cyberbullying
- Digital Resolutions for Parents
- Are Teens Leaving Facebook?
- What the Holidays Mean to Mean: The Gift of Presence
- Cyberbullies Don’t Take Holidays Off: Words Wound
- Your Online Reputation Doesn’t Take Holidays Off
- Give the Gift of Digital Presence
- Selfies, Teens and Cyberbullying