Posts Tagged ‘Online Safety’

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The evolution of social media and how teens and parents fit in. Two very telling surveys were released this month that can give us insights on how both teens and parents are adapting to the world of technology. As the new school year started, Microsoft shared a new study that was encouraging. Teens around the […]

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Cyberbullying, Online Harassment and Digital Abuse Don’t feed the trolls. We’ve heard this over and over again.  It is a phrase that tells us not to engage with people online that are intentionally inflicting harm and cruelty towards others. In today’s culture of digital cruelty and online shaming, no one is immune to online harassment.  For years […]

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Is there a link between cyberbullying, sexting and drug use? We’re living in an age where the headlines of cyberbullying and sexting are becoming common. It doesn’t mean we have to accept this as the new normal, we should be embracing these articles as conversation starters with our teen’s. In a study conducted a few […]

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Parenting in the age of social media. There’s no app for parenting teens online today – yet according to a recent PEW Research survey 95 percent of teenagers have access to a smartphone while almost half, 45 percent claim they are online constantly.  That’s up significantly from the last survey in 2015 when it was […]

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6 Ways You Can Keep Your Teen from Posting Something They’ll Regret Teenagers are known for pushing boundaries. They’re searching for their independence, making decisions for themselves, and pulling away from their parents. But many teens are still developing emotionally, meaning they may be more prone to making impulsive decisions. Those choices have real consequences, […]

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Even with the strictest of privacy settings, we need to be self-aware of not only what we share online, but how we are sharing. Our social media behavior is a reflection of our offline character. Everyone knows that we don’t get a second chance to make chance to make a first impression — today your […]

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What is sexting? According to Merriam-Webster, sexting is “The sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone.” However, that definition can easily be expanded today. Cell phones aren’t the only medium for sexting. On the contrary, all forms of social media can be used for this purpose. In the digital world — where our […]

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Life is full of potential addictions; you don’t have to look too far to find them. When teens consider the concept of addiction, they likely think about cigarettes and substance abuse, but oversharing on social media doesn’t always register as a cause for concern. Oversharing is difficult to self-diagnose, so it takes support from friends […]

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Since 2004 we’ve been recognizing Safer Internet Day as an initiative of the European Union. The 2018 theme, “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you” is a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users out there. In my latest […]

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In 2017 we heard a lot about digital resilience, but do we understand what it is? Helping our teens be ready for online hate and digital discourse offline can better prepare them when they are faced with it. Reality is that incivility exists – sadly this is a human behavior that we don’t have control […]