Bridging a Gap Between Teachers and Parents

It seems so simple.  There must be an efficient and convenient way for teachers and parents to communicate during the school year.  With seemingly infinite choices of technology available, this should be a no brainer, right? Not so fast. Options may be plentiful, but which is best? Teachers must choose a method that engages parents while not ...

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 ...

Why should you care about privacy?

By guest blogger, Lexie Maitland Most of us know that privacy settings are extremely important in order to stay safe online. We all hear about how essential these settings are to maintaining our security. If privacy settings are so important, why don't more people use them? Is it because the 'less private' you are, the more followers you ...

Mission Damage Control for Parents of Teens

I put a lot of focus on ways to prevent- or get ahead of- cyberbullying and online misbehavior before it starts.  This makes sense for kids in that sweet spot who are just getting online and establishing their first media accounts.  But, what about the kids in high school who are already tweeting their way ...

How are your sharenting skills?

Wikipedia defines 'sharenting' as a term used to describe the overuse of social media by parents to share content based on their children. At the risking of dating myself, I joined Facebook in 2009 essentially to re-connect with all of my high school friends I hadn't seen in -ahem- a few years.  What a cool concept- all of ...

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 ...

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