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 ...

Schools and Twitter- putting students in an awkward position?

Contributed by Lexie Maitland, guest blogger. I'm getting ready to start my junior year of high school.  With a couple of years under my belt, I'm pretty well acquainted with my school's use of social media, particularly Twitter.  Ever since I began high school and started getting involved with various clubs and sports, I've noticed that the school ...

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 ...

Who is the person behind the profile?

Written by guest blogger, Lexie Maitland Is the random person that just followed you on Instagram really a teenage girl? Or, are they actually a creepy fifty something year old man? It's a scary thought when you think about it. In today's society, this question is one that can't afford to be overlooked. There are more ...

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 ...

Social media through a teen’s eyes

Post by guest blogger, Lexie Maitland Let's be honest, parents/adults and teenagers use and view social media differently.  I'd like to spend some time pointing out the differences in this post.  We all use social media, but for different reasons and through a different set of goggles.  What do I mean by this? My parents didn't ...

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