Social Media 101 for Parents…

Just about the time I figured out Instagram and SnapChat, Yik Yak and Whisper show up.  And, what the heck is Kik?   Ask FM?  Seriously?  I just learned Twitter- which is really stepping out from Facebook- and now I have to understand why and how my kids 'may or may not' be using all of these other ...

No getting around the fact that we really are electronic parents.

Like it or not, there’s no getting around the fact that we really are electronic parents. I’m driving my kids to school this morning and we passed a bus stop with about 8 kids standing there. Every single one of them was on their phone (or iPod).   As we rolled by, I blurted, “oh my goodness, ...

How easy is it for predators to find your kids on social media?

The ‘monster in the closet’ looks a bit different today that it did when I was 8 years old.  I was just positive that the bad guy from Dukes of Hazard or CHIPS was lurking behind my closet door.  At the risk of dating myself, we only had a TV back in the late 70’s. ...

15 popular social media apps…where are your kids hanging out?

A friend and I were talking yesterday about how, when we were kids, we 'posted' about something or someone on the bathroom wall.  Later, the custodian would come in and clean it off.  Don't act like you didn't do this!  If you think of today's social media apps as virtual 'bathroom walls' for kids to write on- ...

Online Safety and Katie Greer. This is worth 17 minutes of your time.

A video EVERY parent needs to invest 17 minutes to watch... Katie Greer, online safety expert, was interviewed tonight on Bill O'Reilly's the O'Reilly Factor.  The segment was about whether or not Facebook is harmful to kids.  There were some mind boggling statistics thrown around like....76% of 10 year olds have been or are on Facebook.  ...