Archive for 2010

Financial investment scams yield lessons for on and off-line relationships

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry, with Attorney General Eric Holder (right) and Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, talks about "Broken Trust."

FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry, with Attorney General Eric Holder (right) and Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, talks about "Broken Trust." Photo: courtesy

In the network culture, trust is fast becoming a “currency” as the sting of harassment, fraud and deception impact lives in profound ways. The typical headlines are cyberbullying and pedophile seduction of children.

And then there are bad actors after your money, as illustrated by the FBI news yesterday about Operation …

Texting application addresses AAA caution that texting while driving is as dangerous as drunken driving

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

"Many law enforcement agencies now say that DWT (Driving While Texting) is the new DUI.” - Erik Wood, CEO of Otter App

Recent statistics released by the Center for Disease Control bring encouraging news that there has been a decline in the fatality rate of teens aged 17-18 in automobile accidents from 2004-2008.

This report also indicates that the decline in teen fatalities is more than likely a factor of economic pressure to conserve spending, …

Cyber network trends for parents to watch

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Photo: qthmasbower (FLickr)

As children access Internet powered applications and tools, including social media (Facebook and MySpace) as well as popular search engines like Google and Yahoo, they can feel like they have everything they need to know.

The children of the Web are conditioned to ignore adults as credible sources of information and at the very best the voices of parents become “noise” to children.  Taking charge of family life in this network culture …

Can you hear me? Hip Hop Congress of Auburn gives the voices of youth a legitmate venue

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
On Tuesday evening, October 26 I attended a special forum held by the Hip Hop Congress of Auburn, California. Hip Hop in Auburn? Who knew?

Voices of the network culture: ‘Lessons’ by ODapt

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
I met Chris Owens, known as ODapt, at a community forum hosted by the Hip Hop Congress of Auburn. He shared the lyrics of one of his songs called “Lessons”. These lyrics (below) reflect a profound understanding of the responsibilities of freedom and the realization that self-discipline is where the individual finds liberty – not by relying only on the hand outs from others.

Radio journalist mom launches blog: Mama on the Mic

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Nikki Medoro, Mama on the Mic blogger and KFBK journalist

Last week I met with Nikki Medoro, KFBK journalist and cyber-mom who just launched a parenting blog called: Mama on the Mic.

Medoro is a very dynamic, positive and tech savvy mom who experienced the Internet and mobile phones during her teen years.  Her daughter is 18 months old and she also has questions about raising children in the networked world. Who will influence …

Financial literacy program seeks to ‘sucker-proof’ children by helping them be money wise

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Marie Hall, Executive Director of BeMoneySmartUSA wants to instill in youth the wisdom and knowledge required to build wealth to make their financial future secure. Ultimately Hall’s aim is to “Sucker-proof” children by instructing them to be money wise, and to think for themselves about what is a good return, not what some big institution tells them.

Ten Things You Need to Know about Selecting a Therapist for Your Child or Teen

Monday, October 25th, 2010
Dr. Debra Moore is the Clinical Director for Fall Counseling Associates in Carmichael, California. She has observed alarming trends in her business over the last generation. Moore observes that kids today in general are more stressed as we are multi-tasking with demanding schedules and intense cyber communications of the Internet and mobile phone. “They are over scheduled, over stimulated and constantly multi-tasking.” And parents are key.

Helping children through anxiety and depression: 20 Reasons to consult a therapist

Monday, October 25th, 2010
Dr. Debra Moore is the Clinical Director for Fall Counseling Associates in Carmichael, California. She has observed alarming trends in her business over the last generation.

Selecting a good mentor: Tips for parents and teens

Sunday, October 24th, 2010
We are all familiar with the tragic headlines of youth such as Phoebe Prince, a high school student in South Hadley, MA who took her life rather than face the bullying that she experienced. And more recently we heard of Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers

About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.

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