Archive for 2011

Network pressure and cyberbullying

Thursday, December 15th, 2011
When children are not grounded first by connection to the family, someplace secure where they belong, make contributions and are valued, they are vulnerable to the whims of the network, sometimes playful and sometimes sinister energy promoting actions and beliefs that are not always in alignment with our values.

Book review: Alone Together

Friday, November 11th, 2011

In her book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other (2011), Sherry Turkle, a technology and society specialist at MIT, addresses the question of whether we as humans will determine how to keep busy the cyber technology that  automates our lives and disrupts, or acts as an impervious substitute for, genuine human interaction. 

From social media to robots, Turkle observes that we are a society experimenting with a simulated, …

How teens rule their cyber world: House rules to live by

Thursday, October 6th, 2011
These teens were encouraged to consider that freedom is not without limits, and that if the Internet has no boundaries, and is “free” so others can do and say what they want, when they want, what is preventing bad actors from infringing on your personal security.

Post 9/11 fear-based paradigm of the network culture

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
When Al-Qaeda made its menacing presence known to the world on September 11, 2001, it symbolized for me how vulnerable we are in the network culture. The cyber technology that enabled so much prosperity,

FBI ChildID app offers prarents preparedness without fear

Friday, August 5th, 2011

SACRAMENTO — The FBI just released a free mobile phone app that enables parents to provide the authorities with immediate identity information including current images in the event a child is lost or kid knapped.

Special Agent Steve Dupre of the Sacramento FBI office encourages parents to consider this child identity application as a tool that will act as insurance, but does not signal a rise in the threat of child abduction.

“In the unlikely …

How parents help students tame academic anxiety

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

by Alice Rush, M.A., MCC  — Owner and Founder of CareerU® Counseling Center

This article is for kids who are stressed out in high school, don’t know how they’re going to make it; parents who are not sure how they are going to afford the new “6 years” of private college tuition or UC System tuition for a Bachelor’s Degree; the high achiever kids that surprisingly ‘don’t get in’ and are wondering what to do? …

Why kids cyberbully and what to do about it

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
So you are facing a cyberbullying crisis. While it can feel like you are powerless to stop it, remember that it is in times of crisis when your role as the parent and your connection with your child can be strengthened.

Kim Fredrickson is a marriage and family therapist in Roseville, California.  She specializes in helping parents connect with their children in meaningful ways, to promote a home that is more like a sanctuary as …

Three ‘C’s for parents leading teens in recovery

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Barry Lessin is a  psychologist  specializing in adolescent addiction and ADHD.  Through his practice in Ft. Washington, PA, he has observed the challenges parents face in supporting teens in recovery from addiction. He offers insights for parents to take charge of family life and guide your teen into recovery.

Barry Lessin, M.Ed., CACD
Licensed Psychologist
Certified Addictions Counselor Diplomate

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( 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.