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6 Serious Consequences of Neglecting Your Kids' Online Privacy

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.07.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Online privacy is a little like your weird Uncle Bob. He's hard to understand, and you really only miss him when he's gone. And just like Uncle Bob, online privacy can sound a little paranoid. Internet predators. Online safety. Data mining.

Internet Safety Education: 10 Questions Parents Should Be Asking

Diana Graber | Posted 04.15.2016 | Parents
Diana Graber

Last week a school near me suffered a social media mishap involving its students. This, an increasingly common byproduct of our day, unfortunately catches many a school by surprise. So I received this call: "Help! Can you come to our school to give an "Internet Safety" presentation? And can you keep it to under an hour?"

3 Kickstarter Campaigns Helping Kids Stay Safe Online

Sherry Gray | Posted 03.31.2016 | Parents
Sherry Gray

Keeping children safe online is a lot more challenging today than it was just a few years ago. New social media sites spring up almost daily, which me...

Words We Cannot Afford To Keep From Our Children

Rachel Macy Stafford | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Rachel Macy Stafford

What was given to me at the airport -- comfort, assurance, security, and validation -- should be given to all children, and the time is now.

Parenting in the Digital Age of Pornography

Jane Randel | Posted 02.26.2016 | Parents
Jane Randel

Most parents know they have to talk to their kids about sex, and drugs and alcohol, and many more know, that they need to include healthy relationships in these conversations. Speaking openly and preemptively about healthy intimacy versus what's seen in pornography is a natural extension of those talks.

How to Deal With Scary News About Social Media

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.18.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

While parenting in the digital age can feel overwhelming -- especially since we're the first generation of parents figuring this out -- it doesn't have to be so scary. Remember that high-profile incidents will get attention in the news, but most kids are using social media to connect with friends.

Hackers: Nearly Half of Internet Users Are Now Making Your Job Easier

Larry Alton | Posted 02.16.2016 | Business
Larry Alton

When was the last time you thought about changing all your passwords? Unless you run a large organization or have been the victim of a cyber attack, chances are it doesn't regularly cross your radar.

Play Your Part For Safer Internet Day

Stephen Balkam | Posted 02.08.2016 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Be the change you want to see in the world - both on and offline. And happy Safer Internet Day!

Are You Sharing More Than Your Kids Online?

Jennifer Hanley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Hanley

According to our findings, one in five parents (19%), posted something online that their child may find embarrassing in the future, and 10% have said their child asked them to take down something they posted online about the child.

What University Students Have to Say About Social Media, Teens, and Parents

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents
Christine Nasserghodsi

I jumped at the chance to attend a workshop on social media for parents offered by the student council at the Rochester Institute of Technology. They began by quizzing us on our knowledge of social media. The result was an #epicfail on our part. The hour was enriching, hilarious, and a little nerve wracking. Here are a few of my take-aways.

Boomers Can't Even Copy and Paste

Stephen Balkam | Posted 10.26.2015 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

It's not unusual to find a sixty-something year old man who is clueless when it comes to downloading an app or paying bills online whereas his wife is perfectly capable of blogging, uploading videos to YouTube and Facetiming with the kids. Or vice versa.

It's Time to Have 'The Talk' With Your Kids About Being Smart and Safe Online

Common Sense Media | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

You don't have to be an expert on texting, Instagram, Minecraft -- or whatever else your kids are into -- to have The Talk. Start by reading up on what's going on in your kids' world (for younger kids and older kids). Ask them to show you what they like online, and why. Be sure to listen.

Playboy Announced It Will No Longer Publish Nude Photos of Women

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

There is a lot of talk about the need to protect children and teens from pornography on the internet, and if you didn't think it was necessary before, I hope you do now. If Playboy can't compete in the pornography market, then it is time to be concerned.

Location-Based Parenting

Robin Raskin | Posted 10.02.2015 | Technology
Robin Raskin

To track or not to track? I'm convinced that tracking our kids, our elderly and our pets is going to become commonplace. The technologies work relatively well and could be the deal breaker in many an unpleasant situation.

Cyber Hygiene - Keeping Your Devices Clean

Christopher Burgess | Posted 10.01.2015 | Technology
Christopher Burgess

How often do you receive a CD or a USB from friends or family with something of interest? If you simply drop the CD into the drive or stick the USB stick into the slot and run, you are entrusting the security of the device to the security protocols used by that friend or family member.

Creating a National Online Safety Plan

Stephen Balkam | Posted 09.16.2015 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Keeping kids safe online while also giving them freedom to explore is tough. Giving parents timely information and the skills they need while helping them be good digital role models to their kids is not easy.

What Every Parent Should Know About the 'Dark Web'

Common Sense Media | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

If your kid downloads Tor or knows other kids who are on it, it's important to talk about the implications. The Deep Web isn't a safe place to hang out.

Teens Trapped by Coercive Control

Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | Women
Lisa Aronson Fontes, PhD

Sometimes teen romance can be downright dangerous. Early relationships can be traps for young people, spoiling months or years of their lives and setting the pattern for future coupling.

School's In Session: Talk To Your Children About Sexting and Other Risks

Nancy Sharp | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Nancy Sharp

School is about to start, and with it, the frenzy of texting and social media on every imaginable device. Here's what I believe: we might not be able to control everything our children do, but we can and must arm them with the knowledge to bring their most conscious selves forward.

Hackers Prey on Teens With YouTube's 'RAT' Infestation: Selling Slaving

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.05.2015 | Parents
Sue Scheff

We live in a world of technology where nothing is off limits. From human trafficking to revenge porn to hackers now taking over your private life without your knowledge. From tweens to teens to even young adults and seniors --- anyone with an active webcam is ripe for the picking.

How Facebook Fails: The Content Police

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.22.2016 | Technology
Nathan Timmel

In the real world people face their accusers in court. This might be a little Beach Boys of me, but wouldn't it be nice if Facebook was like that? Instead of anonymous accusations and handed-down judgments, make someone reporting "offensive content" own up to their action.

3 Simple Rules for a Healthy Media Diet

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

A healthy media diet balances three things: what kids do, how much time they spend doing it, and whether their content choices are age-appropriate. At some point, you'll help them take the reins and manage their own use. In the meantime, these tips can help.

Online Security: The Fundamental American Right of the 21st Century

Emmanuel Schalit | Posted 06.30.2016 | Technology
Emmanuel Schalit

Here in America, there is an unquestioned belief in the fundamental right to safety. It is built into the legal framework, and thus culture of America, that every citizen has the inalienable right to be protected from physical violence.

Parents' Top 5 Questions to Keep Kids Safe Online

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.10.2016 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Lots of kids start playing around online during the preschool years, but many parents wait until kids are in elementary school to get them started. Whatever you choose, these guidelines will give you and your kid a good beginning.

Spring Cleaning For Your Life [part 1 / 3]

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 05.10.2016 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Tune up your mind. Spruce up your routines. A trio of checklists for parents, couples, and for your career. Spring is in the air. Tender flower buds...