Sometimes parents think that if they simply keep a watchful eye on their kids' digital activity, everything will be fine. It's a nice theory, but putting it into practice is significantly more difficult than one might think.
As a parent and cyber advocate, I have browsed many teens' Facebook pages and have been stunned at the snapshots I see. Although I err on the side of caution, I'm confident many of these photos could easily be manipulated into revenge porn.
Even in bed, I've never been much for talking. When I do I always regret it and spend days rehashing the whole stupid "I'm gonna step out of my comfort zone" experience. Plus, it's always inaudible so a clarification conversation ensues, complete with a guessing component.
The persona who tweets or posts online may not be the one who would get the job. So why do people act on the Web in ways that they would regret in real life?
The Weiner scandal is laughable in many ways, and the puns practically write themselves. But beyond being fodder for late night comedians, what can we learn from men who pseudo-cheat and the women who enable it?
The mass consumption of love makes us all out to be generic products, itemized by size and shape, listed with some amalgamation of ingredients, and requesting to be sampled. The more you look, the more they all sound the same, so you figure you'll try a bunch of people out.
As more parents embrace Facebook, they're driving teens and tweens away as they look for other, more secretive venues that won't be subjected to the same level of parental scrutiny.
Even a mundane cell phone can disclose more than you might want. My husband was once a notorious pocket dialer.
As she's sweet and smart and Weiner's so brash and impudent, I don't know how long their marriage will last, but it seems Abedin needs to stay in the marriage a while in the interests of her career.
The majority of teenage boys now accept sexting as a normal form of communication between girls because how they communicate through smartphones has stunted their ability to develop authentic loving relationships.
Produced with intelligence and wit, Peter Savodnik and Alex Bolton provide a fresh take on Weiner, revealing energy and drive overlooked by mainstream media that wows voters, and that at least one woman found sexy -- the blackjack dealer with whom he sexted.
Texting can make you look like you have the personality of a parking meter or the personality of a woman who's really fun to hang out with.
Cheating is not just how men are. This narrative is offensive to men. But sex does reveal something about a man: his character, his relationship to power.
By suggesting a technological "work around" to getting caught sexting, we're acknowledging that politicians are going to sext people, and that it's acceptable behavior. We're not holding someone accountable for their actions here.
When I was in high school, my Driver's Education instructor was Mr. Brake. Yeah, we thought it was a riot, too. But that was actually his name. I hadn't given much thought to aptronyms until the recent sexting scandal hit New York politics.
Dear Mrs. Weiner, We don't know each other, but I've been thinking about you lately. Wondering how you're holding up. Yes, you. Anthony Weiner's mom. I'm concerned about you. Can we talk, mother to mother?