Cyberbullying That’s Not So Obvious

On the final day of Bullying Prevention Month, I wanted to shed a little light on some types of cyberbullying that are not so obvious but just as dangerous and hurtful.  As parents, it's important be aware of some behaviors that are more passive-aggressive, and thus much harder for us to detect.  After all, this new social world our ...

Cyberbullied Teen Has Advice for Parents

I would like to introduce a very impressive young lady who has written the following blog post.  She is a guest blogger who will be appearing here from time to time.  Her name is Ava.  She is a 17 year old high school senior who presents herself like a mature 20-something professional with an engaging ...

What parents need to know about subtweets…

By guest blogger, Lexie Maitland What the heck is a subtweet?  Parents, my guess is that you probably don't know.  But you should.  They are a more subtle form of cyberbullying, and they are just plain annoying. They're like the big, bad monsters of Twitter because they're typically degrading a person. I've mentioned them in some of my ...

High school role model Makensie Marcigan

I saw this posted on Facebook over the weekend, and felt compelled to share it here.  This is the senior project for a very talented young lady, Makensie Marcigan, entitled Think Before You Speak.  However, not only is she extremely gifted in creating a video that looks like something an experienced videographer would produce, she is ...

A big voice against cyber bullies and trolls

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably heard about baseball legend Curt Schilling's response to the disgusting things that two trolls tweeted about his daughter.  It's been the subject of several interviews and news stories over the past several days, as he fought back to expose his daughter's Twitter trolls.  Here is a ...

The Coca Cola ad that promotes being positive online

I can't lie.  I watch the Superbowl for the commercials.  They are definitely my favorite part, every year, without fail.  I love the funny ones (thank you Dorito guy in the airplane seat) and the cute puppy ones (thank you Budweiser for that darling lost lab puppy commercial).  I realize that everyone has their favorites.  But, ...

Netiquette. Important? Brace yourself.

…Approximately 95% of US teens ages 12-17 are online*. …75% of children in the US under the age of 8 have access to a ‘smart’ mobile device (phone, tablet, etc). This is up from 52% in 2011**. …59% of kids join social networks before age 10***. *From a September 2012 survey by the Pew Research Project. **According to a ...

The older they get…

A few years ago, I found myself in a surgeon’s office having a small lump removed from my leg. Not at all comfortable with needles or knives (especially when they involved me), my surgeon was chatting away as I waned between panic and attempted bravado. He talked about his 5 – yes, really- 5 teenagers ...

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