Social media pendulum swinging towards privacy?

I wrote the article below for Medium.com recently and wanted to post it here as well.  Several industry experts have noted a trend towards privacy in social media for 2016. https://medium.com/@Frienedy/is-the-social-media-pendulum-swinging-toward-privacy-f2903228e270#.gca4qfcij How I manage my own online privacy... As much as I love Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn- it is definitely nice to be able to have a private ...

Is there a stranger in your child’s bedroom?

Does it give you chills... When you turn on TV and see that one more child has been victimized by someone they met online? It does me.  And then I get angry.  Angry at these predators who make it their job to lure kids whose technical proficiency with social media extends beyond their maturity level or their ...

Do you know who’s in your BLINDSPOT?

Thursday, February 11, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

Parents beware. BLINDSPOT is a new app, developed in Israel, that allows users to send anonymous messages and photos to their contacts.  Yes. Really.  The person receiving the message will never be able to trace or see who the sender was unless the sender decide to reveal his/her identity- so they say. But let's be real.  In ...

How was school today?

How many times have you asked your kids, "How was school today?"  And, the predictable answer comes back, "fine." "Well, tell me about it.  How was math?  Science? Lunch, even?" "Boring, Mom.  Nothing happened." "Come on- there had to be at least one fun or interesting thing you learned, heard or saw today at school!" "Nope." Missouri 4th grade teacher, ...

The Contract You Should Have With Your Kids

This is my favorite week of the year.  The week where you can take a breath and relax a little between holidays, plan and strategize for the next year, and spend some time with your kids before they go back to school.  No more last minute shopping or runs to the grocery store on Christmas ...

Get Safe Academy 2016

Over the past months, I’ve been working with former NCIS Special Agent, Heather Ryan, to put together a program for parents that will empower them to protect their kids (both physically and online) and coach their children to use social media productively. As two moms with very different backgrounds – mine as the CEO of a social ...

Online Tutoring Can Be Convenient and Cost Effective

One of the really cool developments in the "digital world" we all live in is online tutoring.  Let's face it- our kids seem to be scheduled almost every minute of the day- far more than most us when we were their ages. It's no wonder they need a little extra help sometimes.  And, never mind the ...

Connecting Parents and Classrooms

Monday, December 7, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

How many of you get this answer when you ask your kids what they did in school today? “Nothing.” You aren’t alone. I’m right there with you. How many of you become overwhelmed (or sometimes underwhelmed) with the amount and different methods of communication from your child’s school or class(es)? Frequent email from teachers, coaches, nurses, transportation directors, ...

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