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posted by on Cybersafety, Online Privacy, Online reputation, Privacy, Reputation Management

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Social media wasn’t created for privacy. Why are people always shocked when they find out their private information has been exposed online? We read about teachers, school coaches, firefighters, police officers, youth pastors and other (so-called) responsible adults being caught sexting minors — we have to wonder, did they really believe they wouldn’t get caught? […]

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How cyber-gossip quickly transforms to online bullying. Gossip can be mean, especially when it’s online. Bullies can build on gossip and create stories and ugliness about a student that can go viral in seconds. In today’s internet age, gossip can be spread at lightning speed to hundreds, thousands or millions of people. The new party […]

posted by on Bullying, Cyberbullying, cyberbullying prevention, Cybersafety, Digital Life, Harassing, Online harassment, Parenting, Uncategorized

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Majority of teens own smartphones, new survey shares how parents are managing to become cyber-savvy. Interestingly, in a new PEW Survey, the majority of parents (65 percent) have concern over the amount of time their teen is online. They are worrying that they are losing the ability to communicate in person or possibly sharing too […]

posted by on Digital citizenship, Digital Life, Digital Parenting, Uncategorized

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Know that everything you put online (or a device) has the possibility of becoming “Public and Permanent“® – and expression coined perfectly by Richard Guerry, founder of the Institute of Responsible Online and Phone Communication (IROC2). Until 2018, surveys said that colleges, schools and businesses were monitoring candidates and applicants social media posts and contents. […]

posted by on Civility, Cyberbullying, Digital Life, Digital Parenting, Internet Safety

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Digital resilience: Becoming a better online reporter. The majority of teens have come across racist or sexist hate speech on social media.  There are five-steps to building digital resilience. Prepare them for the ugly side of social media. Teach them to report, flag and block abusive content. Help them understand that online is not always reality. Critical […]

posted by on Internet Privacy, Online Privacy, Online Safety, Online Security, Parenting, Parenting Teens

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National Privacy Day: Securing online safety. January 28th celebrates National Data Privacy Day; an event that recognizes the importance of Internet advocacy and data privacy. As a caring parent, nothing is more important than the safety and privacy of your child, both online and off. In this article, we will be sharing information on digital […]

posted by on Bullying, Cyberbullying, Depression, Online bullying, Online harassment, Online Safety, Social media, Teen Depression

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The impact social media is having on young girls. A study published by University of Essex and University College London, reveals that teenage girls increase their risk of showing symptoms of depression by 50% when they spend more than five hours a day on social media. In comparison, teenage boys increase their risks of showing […]

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By Diana Graber In this age of algorithms and bots, learning how to be human is more challenging than ever. Text messages are curt, Siri doesn’t expect a thank you, and autoresponders can’t detect when the sender needs a kind word or a hug. But parents can raise kids who will wield technology with empathy, […]

posted by on Addiction, College admissions, Digital Life, Online profile, Online reputation, Social Drinking, Social media, Social Networking

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Study reveals binge drinkers ‘consequences’ of social media addiction. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, today your first impression is what a Google search says about you. Critical thinking goes out the door when your drinking, no matter what age you are. In today’s digital world it’s especially unforgiving. One […]

posted by on Online Life, Online reputation, Parenting, Parenting Teens, Parenting tips, Reputation Management, Uncategorized

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Have you checked your online reflection? Be a role-model. We are living in a time where some adults, of all walks of life; parents, teachers, professors, celebrities, athletes and especially politicians — are acting badly online today. This is sending the wrong message to our young people. Lead by example is an expression we hear […]