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Gotta Ban Them All

Karen L Pollock | Posted 07.27.2016 | Parents
Karen L Pollock

Those calling for a ban on Pokemon Go claim paedophiles will use the app to lure children away from Pokestops and Gyms (places where more than one player may encounter each other). For many years this was the standard warning children were given about child abuse. The reality, as any professional who works with the survivors/victims of child abuse knows, is very different.

Twitter's Defense Of 'Ghostbusters' Star Isn't Good Enough

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 07.21.2016 | Technology

Twitter poured a cup of water on a dumpster fire Tuesday night, banning one of its most notorious trolls following a sustained harassment campaign aga...

Please Don't Let Pokémon Go Get Your Knickers In A Bunch

Diana Graber | Posted 07.19.2016 | Parents
Diana Graber

What, my husband and I wondered, is up with families these days? Why aren't they getting their kids outside? My knee-jerk reaction, perhaps unfairly, was to attribute this get-outdoors deficit to the internet and video games.

'CHiPs' Star Erik Estrada Sworn In As A Cop In Real Life

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 07.07.2016 | Entertainment

He was one of the most iconic police officers in television history, and now he’s a cop in real-life, too. Erik Estrada, who played Officer Frank ...

Tech Distraction and 'Ill Communication'

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

In 1994 the Beastie Boys released their multi-platinum selling hip-hop album Ill Communication. The title, and lyrics throughout, reference the break-...

What You Need to be Teaching Your Child Today

Dr. John DeGarmo | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Dr. John DeGarmo

When many of our children go online today, this lesson of etiquette is often forgotten. For many children in foster care, lessons of etiquette were never taught to begin with.

Are You and Your Family's Privacy Now At-Risk From Simply Watching TV?

Sue Scheff | Posted 05.10.2016 | Parents
Sue Scheff

The new box would bundle your streaming options with your cable channels in one place. Proponents of this proposal claim it will lower costs for consumers. More options along with more convenience at a lower cost -- what's not to like? Well, there is a catch.

Sexting Among Teens May Be A Lot More Common Than Parents Realize

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.02.2016 | Fifty

Sexting -- the sharing of sexually explicit photos on social media sites -- isn't the sole purview of the Anthony Weiners of the world. There's a good...

Moving from Fear to Empowerment

Susie Lee | Posted 04.19.2016 | Women
Susie Lee

It is human nature to seek connection, and we should all feel we have the tools we need to find each other. The reality is that we must hold two truths: Most people today are using online dating platforms to find these connections and the prevalence of gender-based violence is real.

Parent's Guide to Keeping Kids Safe Online and in Social Media

Margarita Hakobyan | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents
Margarita Hakobyan

It's the responsibility of anyone online to work for the safety of all kids. Thankfully, there are some things that both website design engineers and parents can do to help kids safely navigate the choppy Internet waters related to bullying as well as crime.

Connected Video Gaming Advice for Parents

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 03.18.2016 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

The specific concerns parents have about gaming are very similar to the overall issues parents have with regard to technology: time spent, interaction with strangers, and inappropriate content.

6 Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.18.2016 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM If you've ever had your credit card company call to alert you to unsusal charges to your account, then you're all too familiar wi...

Talking About Teen Identity Theft

Jennifer Hanley | Posted 03.11.2016 | Parents
Jennifer Hanley

It's National Consumer Protection Week, which makes it a great time to think about the personal information that you and your children share online. One important issue to consider is teen identity theft.

8 Super Smart Tips For Parents From ASKfm's Online Safety Guru

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.10.2016 | Fifty

What do the experts in online safety do when it comes to keeping their own kids safe online? We asked one -- Catherine Teitelbaum, chief trust and saf...

Teens, Cyberbullying, Sexual Harassment and Social Media: The New Normal?

Sue Scheff | Posted 02.25.2016 | Parents
Sue Scheff

From slut shaming to sexual harassment in the workplace, we aren't immune to headlines of sexual misconduct from adults -- even professionals such as ...

Curb Your Parenting Instinct?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 02.24.2016 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

It is universal truth that children, especially adolescent children, have a secret life, insulated from the protective eyes of parents. As long as the...

Kids, Safety and Social Media

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 02.06.2016 | Technology
Denise Lisi DeRosa

Safer Internet Day is Tuesday, February 9th. To celebrate this important event, I want to do my part to move the conversation forward. Whose responsibility is it to keep kids safe online? My answer: It is everyone's.

An Argument for Digital Citizenship Education

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 02.17.2016 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

Before finishing my morning coffee, two news stories caught my eye as they provide more evidence that digital citizenship education is essential for a...

You Can Never Be Too Safe: 7 Tips to Protect Yourself

Carol Morgan | Posted 01.27.2016 | Women
Carol Morgan

It's never too late to think about arming yourself with some ways to protect yourself. Here are seven things you should think about to ensure your safety.

Why 2016 Will Be an Even Scarier Year for Internet Security

Rami Essaid | Posted 01.27.2016 | Technology
Rami Essaid

The holiday decorations had barely been returned to the attic when 2016 already saw its first high-profile cyber attack. Time Warner Cable said on Jan...

Nearly Half Of Parents Say They Snoop Through Their Teen's Phone

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 01.07.2016 | Technology

Untag that sweet bong-rip, Chad: American parents keep close tabs on their kids' digital lives, a new survey finds. Nearly half say they go through th...

Fake Friends, Fake Boys, Fake Love: "Identity Crisis" Exposes Online Fakers

Sue Scheff | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Sue Scheff

When you read this book, you can actually feel the hurt that both girls are experiencing. Afterwards, you will come away with a new sense of empathy -- and want to be sure that no one ever does this to someone you love.

Teach Positive Tech Use in 2016

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 12.14.2015 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

My digital wish (#Digiwish) for 2016 is for us to elevate the discussion of tech use from a limited scope of addressing problems, like cyberbullying and screen time, to a more holistic view of how to weave technology in to our lives in a positive way.

Contrary to Popular Belief, Parents Are Not Clueless About Kids Use of Tech

Larry Magid | Posted 11.17.2015 | Technology
Larry Magid

Despite numerous articles about how parents are clueless and less tech savvy than their children, the study found that the majority of today's parents do feel they have a handle on how their kids are using technology.

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.