Archive for the 'The Law' Category
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Certainly for families technology can be a very disruptive influence. The power crisis of mobile connectivity landing in the hands of youth, happening today at earlier ages, can be summed up in one question: when it is easy to believe that you can simply google anything you think you need to know, who needs a parent, teacher, coach or a benevolent deity to impart wisdom?
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
Effective January 1, 2016, the State of California is enforcing new rules for law enforcement to gather personal data, and for manufacturers of devices and web-enabled services, such as smart televisions and parking security services. The aim of the legislation is to protect the on-line privacy and civil liberty of citizens. And while legislation provides some very important safeguards against the abuse of personal data provided by consumers and citizens, the most important privacy measures are learned and enforced at home. This is to provide an overview of the new on-line privacy laws, and reinforce the things we must do at home to protect privacy.
Saturday, June 27th, 2015
A recent headline about a Canadian teen, 18 years old, who was killed when he used the tracking app to locate his device which he had left in a taxi, reminds us that knowledge and wisdom are not the same thing. Just because you know something, doesn't mean that you know enough to act on that knowledge to your benefit.
Monday, May 25th, 2015
What distinguishes us and our children from murderers, criminals, addicts, pedophiles, bullies, sexual objects, and victims? Honestly, I have come to appreciate that it is our opinion informed by our own chosen faith which is an intensely personal perception of our spiritual identity. What you choose to believe about your core identity influences your personal response to the power and control issues in the world (which are fueled by fear).
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
In an article via Mamapedia, a blogger mom, Jenny Ball, expresses her simmering rage in an open letter to an Amway lady who deeply offended her teenage son while he concluded a shift at his supermarket job. The lady was a customer and as he finished bagging her groceries, she made a comment about his acne and then suggested she had a product that would take care of it and left him her card.
Personally I recognized this mama bear that surfaced in this blog post. That mama bear lives in me too; and as a mom reformed I routinely redirect that mama bear to her cage. And so I could also appreciate the considerable restraint this angry mom demonstrated not to publish the woman’s contact information as she delivered a diatribe that ascribed misguided and exploitive motives on the part of the Amway lady in question. This mother heart knew intimately how painful that Amway exchange was for her son, which according to her was a kick in the gut to someone who already knew he had an acne problem and was working on it.
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
Internet porn and sexting is about power and control in the realm of hearts and minds; it is about human exploitation which is glorified on and off line in popular culture and in cyber-powered peer communities. These are adult issues because they evoke primal emotion that can be challenging to tame at any age, and our job as the primary teachers is to help children learn how to discipline their own thinking so they can overcome responses to such worldly images and experiences that can make us feel powerless.
Moreover, historically, parenting is viewed as a prevention only exercise. Conventional wisdom of popular parenting culture suggests that if we are good parents our children will become model citizens beyond reproach. And yet, the physical and cyber realms of our world introduce the pressure to surrender personal power (i.e, the free will to choose what to believe and then how to respond) with very seductive, convincing, addictive and exploitative agendas of others that disturb the peace and can disrupt our capacity to think with the mind of our greater selves -the divinity within.
Monday, June 9th, 2014
Last Memorial Day weekend proved fateful for three teens at Whitney High who were arrested on suspicion of making annoying internet communications and criminal threats and then released on June 2. According the Sacramento Bee report the teens (one of them 18 years old and the other two 17years old) were linked to an Instagram profile that featured …
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
New research shows that safe teen driving is about training for competency and state driving laws are structured differently. New drivers 18 years or older are not required to receive the training and provisional licensing, and they are less safe that younger teens with learner’s permits.
Dr. Kelly Browning is the Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers, a Sacramento non-profit dedicated to promoting a safe teen driving culture through awareness and education. “Turning 18 years old is not a magic number,” Browning said. “Parents need to understand that they are the ones ultimately who determine what is right for their child. And each child may be different.”
Monday, February 18th, 2013
My friend Lisa Ford Berry of Carmichael, California, knows intimately how the individual is attacked by the bully culture of the crowd in cyber-powered communities (texting and social media). The voice of the crowd also threatens the bystanders who remain silent or pile on for fear of being different and then targeted themselves. The target becomes so isolated it can feel like there is no escape, no hope, no future left, and no point to go on living.
Monday, October 8th, 2012
In this context of the global network culture amplifying all things changing and uncertain, the American Republic is a model of authority that empowers us to confront the bully, or the insecure side, which for the founding fathers was simply defined as tyranny.