Archive for 2015

How to enforce social media age restrictions

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
...So the concern from the parent’s point of view, is not trying to keep track of all the possible apps your child may want to use, but to maintain an open dialogue about their interests and build trust about what apps they are allowed to use, when and why. Social media is a very compelling experience, and in their pursuit to seek personal identity and sense of belonging, children at earlier ages can come to believe that in order to be a real person, to be visible, they must have an on-line presence.

Tips for family conversations about internet porn and sex

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
According to a recent report from Aleteia, at the fall annual assembly of U.S. Catholic Bishops in Baltimore, scheduled for November 16-19, there will be a vote to issue a general statement about pornography as a “pastoral crisis”. The purpose of this general statement is to educate clergy, parents and young people about this crisis for families and society.

Tips to help teens find their identity & fit into the social network

Sunday, November 1st, 2015
Featuring his new book, Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers, Clark addressed the social, cultural and biological dynamics of growing up in today’s world and offers insights for parents whose own development experience cannot compare.

The most critical life skill to teach your tech-savvy teen: Think for yourself

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
After ten years of fieldwork devoted to understanding what it means to grow up in a cyber-powered world and the new demands on parents, it is clear that the new demands on parents are as follows:

Simple tips to create & remember secure passwords

Monday, October 26th, 2015
If you sat down to calculate the number of on-line accounts associated with your email and/or phone number, it may be more than 20 - and setting and remembering secure passwords can be a challenge.

Essential social media life skill tips for teens

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Social media etiquette for teens

Monday, October 19th, 2015
The most important thing parents can teach children in order to groom them for cyber-safe use of texting and social media is that they already have power and it must be defended. It is like the teacher saying, “You already have an ‘A’. Your assignment is to defend it.” The seminal question for the modern teen is, how much personal power will you surrender to the bully, the drug or the device?

A simple truth for tech-savvy teens

Sunday, October 18th, 2015
Yesterday, the Soroptimist International of Lincoln, a community service club, held a Teen Esteem event, which featured motivational speaker, Jenny Williamson, CEO of Courage Worldwide, a Sacramento region non-profit dedicated to restoring the lives of girls rescued from sex trafficking. “First figure out who you are, not what to do. Once you figure out who you are, then your heart will lead you,” she said. “Do what your heart calls you to do.”

How teen self esteem can be tied to social media

Sunday, October 18th, 2015
Social media hypes the teen experience for better or worse, and events like this are important to remind youth that they have power that can never be taken, but is easily surrendered to feelings of isolation and inadequacy in their social network. The keynote speaker, Jenny Williamson is the founder of Courage Worldwide, a Sacramento region non-profit dedicated to restoring the lives of girls rescued from sex trafficking which is a growing industry that also capitalizes upon social media. According to Williamson, “Romeo pimps” target girls who express vulnerability on social media. “They romance girls who are vulnerable, and they will tell them that they are beautiful and get them to be dependent upon them emotionally,” she said. “After a while, sometimes as long as a year, they start selling their bodies for sex.”

Simple steps to teach your child to be cyber-safe with texting and social media

Monday, October 12th, 2015
Every day youth are exposed to the latest digital hangouts – most of it is adult swim, content that features bullying (, YikYak), addiction (drugs and alcohol glorified) and exploitation (gratuitous sex and consumer hype). This reality of the cyber realm, this brave new world can be intimidating to confront if you are the parent of a middle schooler. A recent Contra Costa Times article featured awareness with the title: “There is nothing simple about parenting in the digital age”. Well, I beg to differ.

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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.