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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 07.22.2015 | 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 07.15.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.10.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 bu...

How an Email Facilitated a Discussion On Feminism

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Lara Lillibridge

To be a feminist mother of two boys is a gift. It is an opportunity to stop the cycle of objectifying women and ridiculing women who are not conventionally attractive. Raising boys who do not tolerate sexism is just as important as raising strong girls.

How To Protect Your Privacy When Dating Online

Laurie Davis | Posted 06.28.2015 | Women
Laurie Davis

"Can't I date online more privately?" my client Michelle* asked. She's an executive working in a male-dominated industry and is wary of bumping into people from her boardroom. It happened once on The League, an exclusive, invite-only dating app. Awkward.

The 3 Teachable Moments Every Digital Parent Should Seize

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Stephen Balkam

It goes without saying that your teen will pay much more attention to what you do than what you say. If you are constantly on the phone, text at stop lights, bring your phone to bed and are not present for your own kids, then they will follow your lead.

4 Biggest Targets For Identity Theft

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 05.16.2015 | Money
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

Identity theft is a growing threat throughout the world. Thieves continue to create more advanced, sophisticated and unpredictable methods to steal valuable personal information. In 2012 alone, 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. The risk is real, and everyone is a target.

Let's Choose to Create a Better Internet

Stephen Balkam | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Stephen Balkam

In a small way, we are co-creators of the Internet every time we log on, send a text or upload a photo. In what might seem to be in an insignificant way, we add to the tone, tenor and nature of the web by our actions, by what we contribute and by what we choose not to respond to.

Safer Internet Day With Sheryl Sandberg, Kamala Harris and the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

Larry Magid | Posted 04.05.2015 | Technology
Larry Magid

I'm particularly excited by the upcoming Safer Internet Day panel titled "Using Technology to Effect Social Change" because it will cover how today's connected devices are helping people all over the planet make small and large changes to improve their lives.

Online Safety Redefined: The 3 Key Elements

Stephen Balkam | Posted 03.13.2015 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Online safety has come of age. Kids now create the content we used to try and keep them away from and they do it with immensely powerful devices they carry around with them in their pockets. So it behooves us to take a step back and ask ourselves what we mean by online safety in 2015

6 Scary Stories That Will Make You Rethink The Black Hole That Is The Internet

Erin Kelly | Posted 01.08.2015 | Crime

The world is a scary place -- but the Internet can be even scarier. Between a simple Google search and scrolling through your Facebook feed, there ...

How to Get a 4.0 in Fraud Prevention

Mary Johnson | Posted 03.08.2015 | College
Mary Johnson

Living with roommates, making online purchases and communicating through social media channels are just a few of the ways students can leave themselves dangerously open to thieves on the hunt.