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Let’s take this a step further, when should parents read their child’s journal or diary? Many are reading this and saying — NEVER! However, if you are concerned about your teen’s behavior (or child) and something doesn’t seem right, he/she is not communicating with you, isn’t there a time when safety trumps privacy? In reality, […]

posted by on Cybersafety, Digital citizenship, Digital Life, Internet Safety, Online image, Online Life, Online profile, Online resume, Oversharing, Social media

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We’ve heard this mantra a hundred times; “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” Today, as I have said a million times, your first impression today is usually your digital one. A new study by Ghent University said that employers use Facebook profile photos to screen potential candidates. Employers have limited […]

posted by on Cyber Safety, Cyberbullying, Digital citizenship, Digital Life, Facebook, Facebook safety, Internet Privacy, Internet Safety, Online bullying, Online Safety, Online Security, Sexting

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Nearly 92 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 17 use the Internet on a regular basis and 71 percent of these digital natives have at least one social media account, according to a recent study by Pew Research. It’s no secret that Facebook is one of the most widely-used social media sites, and it’s very […]

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Data Privacy Day is Thursday, January 28th, 2016. For people who are very cautious about their personal information and money, online shopping seems like not such a good idea at all. But if you choose not to shop online, you are missing many great things it can offer for you. Better relax and read the […]

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A  report from UCLA actually is confirming what I have been saying for a long time – oversharing on social media is putting you at potential risk for becoming a victim of cyberbullying or digitally shamed. Recent evidence suggests that bystanders are even less likely to intervene with online compared to offline bullying. Given that […]

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With two surveys recently released, it’s time to check-in with how we’re doing as a digital society. As far as parents are concerned, they are doing better, according to a recent PEW Survey. They are becoming more engaged in their teen’s activity online including knowing their teen’s passwords (see graph below). Not to be a Debby Downer, […]

posted by on Cell phone safety, Cyberbullying, Cybersafety, Facebook safety, Online image, Online Safety, Oversharing, Social media, Social Networking, Uncategorized

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No one is in the dark about the selfie generation. It seems everywhere we go people have their phones in place taking photos of themselves — and posting them on various social platforms. We’ve read that some forms of selfie love can be about building a teen’s self esteem, however in many situations it goes […]

posted by on Bullying, Cyberbullying, Cybersafety, Online harassment, Online Safety, Online Scams, Oversharing, Parenting, Parenting books, Parenting Teens

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YA author and Boston Globe journalist Melissa Schorr talks about her new catfishing novel IDENTITY CRISIS. I recently read this riveting book. It took me less than two days to finish – it’s a page turner you simply can’t put down! This fiction novel that parents and tweens and teens should read, can not only open up […]

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According to the latest survey by Career Builders, 1 in 5 employees are determined to land a new job in 2016. At the same time PEW Research released their survey entitled, Searching for Work in the Digital Era. A majority of U.S. adults (54%) have gone online to look for job information, 45% have applied for […]

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It’s the holiday’s – and there’s no debate, tradition rules. You must learn to use your voice over your keypad. With technology – a text just isn’t enough. You aren’t going to get away with sending grandma and grandpa a text message. Great Aunt Holly and Uncle Jess need more than a emoji to know […]