What if social media had training wheels?

Here's a thought: What if there was a safe way to introduce children to social media? I've written a lot about the fact that parents in my generation are ultimately the first generation of 'electronic parents'.  We didn't grow up with cell phones, the internet, or social media.  We played records, talked on a phone connected to ...

Does your teen’s digital footprint look like this?

These things literally happen every day.  We see them on the news or hear about them and think, "there's no way my kid would ever do that.  We've talked.  He/she isn't the type. He/she knows better." However, we should never under-estimate the fact that while our teens sometimes look grown up, and occasionally (some more than others:) act ...

This half marathon was about more than crossing the finish line.

I celebrated a big accomplishment with my daughter and her good friend last weekend.  The two of them decided they wanted to run a half marathon, and asked me how to train properly.  I told them I would put a schedule together for them to follow in order to be prepared, and that I would ...

Make it a ‘pay it forward positive post’ day…

So, I am really looking forward to seeing the movie that’s coming out later this week with Jennifer Garner and Adam Sandler called ‘Men, Women & Children’.   I have high hopes for this movie and its ability to shed a spotlight on the pitfalls of technology if we don’t set the right example for our ...

Parenting 101 in 2014: Who’s in Control? You? Or Social Media?

I ran across a post recently that was an ‘a ha’ moment for me. The premise was that children are a lot like dogs until around about age 13 and then they turn into cats. I couldn’t believe what I was reading – yes!! Yes!! As a parent of 2 humans, 2 Golden Retrievers and ...

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, ...

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 ...

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