Archive for the ‘Teens and Technology’ Category

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When we hear about the tragic suicide of a youth, many authorities, family members and friends will go straight to their Facebook page to see if there were any warning signs. Is your teen acting withdrawn?  Secretive? Shutting down their screen as you walk by? Losing weight? Gaining weight? Changing friends?  Recent boyfriend break-up? Starting […]

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This year, 81 percent of Internet-using teenagers in America reported that they are active on social-networking sites, more than ever before. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and new dating apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Blendr have increasingly become key players in social interactions, both online and IRL (in real life). – Vanity Fair article Friends Without Benefits […]

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Social media sites are incredibly popular and are growing more so every day. As more and more people flood to use them, the general opinion becomes one of safety and security. If millions of people use Facebook, it has to be secure, right? In reality, Facebook — just like any other website — has its […]

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Monitoring your kids’ online activity used to be relatively easy. You simply limited their web access to a family computer that was kept in an open and highly trafficked area of the home. Now, though, most teens are using their smartphones to access the web, which makes it much harder for parents to see and […]

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There once was a time before spell check or smart phones were around. A time that you had to be knowledgeable about grammar and spelling to communicate properly through letters or texts with each other without looking ignorant. Nowadays you have spell check on any computer, predict-a-text or auto-correct to help you out with your […]

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What are your children watching on television and online? Mindful parents know children cannot easily escape advertisements for pills, tablets, potions, creams, and lotions. The once safe zone of the evening news is punctuated with blurbs about four-hour erections, effects of low testosterone and incontinence products. Even worse, an unsupervised child can access a plethora […]

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Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, frighten, humiliate, trick, expose, or otherwise harm a person in a deliberate and/or repeated manner. In 1996, the Columbine massacre changed national attitudes on bullying, while the dawn of the Internet forever altered the nature of bullying itself. Like all bullying, cyberbullying cannot be prevented altogether, […]

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MamaBear notifications to parents monitoring their child’s (teen’s) Instagram account seem to spike during the summer. Instagram has been popular with smartphone wielding teens since the initial launch of the photo sharing app and the app now has over 80 million users. Its popularity with teens makes it an important target for MamaBear monitoring. With the […]

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Facebook is designed to be used by people who are at least 13 years old. However, millions of pre-teens use the social networking site. And that’s really not so surprising; after all, Facebook seems to be the place to connect. But it’s also not surprising that many parents are not happy to find out their […]

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How many times have you seen a person talking on their cell phone while at dinner with someone?  Or a shopper carrying on a wireless phone conversation in a checkout line as the cashier tries to communicate with the person. In today’s hyper multi-tasking society, we sometimes forget our manners, especially when it comes to […]