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Cybersafety

Teens and Screens: The Breakdown of Digital Parenting

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

We have taught our kids about stranger danger in the parks and playgrounds, and we talked to them about the chatrooms where predators can linger. However, are our teens prepared for when people that they really don't know want to friend them on social media?

Google+: A Playground For Predators? What Parents Need to Know

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Parents may feel helpless in the shadow of the world's biggest Internet company, but we all have the power to change this, even if Google continues to be unwilling to make things right. Until Google lives up to its own "Do no evil" motto, it's up to parents to protect children.

Cyber Restriction: When Your Teen Abuses Their Digital Privileges

Sue Scheff | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Most families have implemented boundaries and rules that their kids and teens have to follow when it comes to their gadgets. Hopefully, parents today understand that digital citizenship is as important to their children as potty training was to them as toddlers.

Teens, Drugs and the Internet: The Perfect Storm

Sue Scheff | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

It's nothing new that teens put peers' input above that of their parents. But what has changed? The input comes not just from classmates and neighbors, but from complete strangers who enter our children's lives through their virtual world -- the Internet.

The Cost of Internet Defamation

Sue Scheff | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

With the electronic frontier evolving, online defamation has reared an ugliness that has ruined lives both emotionally and financially.

When Cyberbullying Turns Into Cyber-Mobbing: Death By Suicide

Sue Scheff | Posted 11.19.2013 | Crime
Sue Scheff

Electronic bullying is another form of harassment that Rebecca Sedwick was forced to endure; however, it was not your average online bullying, it become a lynch-mob, what some would call cyber-mobbing.

How Teachers Can Help Create Cyber-Shields for Their Students

Sue Scheff | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Today's youth are inseparable from their smartphones, computers and social networks. When our kids, especially teens, spread their wings into the world of social media, it's important for them to understand how to be upstanding digital citizens.

Online Dating for Teens? Why Parents Need to Talk About Online Relationships

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

Rather than just saying, "Don't do that!" I think parents need to do some real talking -- and teaching.