Archive for the 'Internet Safety' Category
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.
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:
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.
Monday, October 26th, 2015
(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com).
This morning, Mary Konow, owner of MK Career Designs in Roseville, delivered a presentation to parents who wanted to know more about the social media landscape their tweens and teens are navigating, and offered some insights about helping youth think correctly in their cyber social realm. The social media workshop was hosted as a public service by St. Joseph Marello Catholic
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?
Monday, October 12th, 2015
Cheryl Cobbins is an identity theft prevention specialist with LegalShield in the Sacramento region, who encourages parents to think about the many ways in which personal data is shared and stored in electronic databases or in social media platforms, and then consider the importance of having access to experts if your personal data gets into the wrong hands. “There are so many ways that people wind up giving personal information through social media,” she said. “A parent sharing a proud moment by posting a picture of their teen with their driver’s license is one good example.”
Friday, October 9th, 2015
While the drive to fit in and feel connected is prominent during adolescent years anyway, this drive is intensified and can be used against them in very powerful ways with mobile devices and apps like Twitter, Instagram and SnapChat. Cooper Anderson sums up beautifully how being 13 is different today with social media: “There are so many more witnesses.” When we aim to have a relationship with a crowd, our life focus centers on pleasing people which inspires great anxiety. The simple truth is that self worth is first realized from within and then expressed outwardly; it is that inner knowing that we were created uniquely for a purpose that cannot be found by consulting the crowd or measured in worldly terms (sex, approval ratings, and money)...
Monday, October 5th, 2015
Mental health is a touchy subject, and youth are very confident about searching for information via the internet. So it is not surprising that a recent article via BBC News featured a concern that teens are seeking mental health advice from the internet and not involving the adults in their lives. But more interesting to me is that parents were not mentioned as one of the “go to” resources for youth seeking assistance with mental health issues. This made me wonder how parents can realize their role in their children’s mental health.
Friday, September 11th, 2015
Historically the teen and young adult years are perceived as times of separation from parents, but I am advocating for deeper bonding in a hyper-connected world. I will be teaching a 2-part workshop on Fearless Communication with Your Teen and Young Adult in Roseville at Recovery Happens, on 3017 Douglas Blvd., 3rd Floor, on September 21, 6:00-7:30pm and September 28, 6:00-7:30 pm.
A mother of two grown sons, I left a career in technology …
Monday, September 7th, 2015
As a mom of two grown sons, I left the corporate world in 2004 when my youngest son hit middle school to better understand what it means to grow up in a cyber-powered world and the new demands on parents. My mother heart wanted to know how we are supposed to provide protective cover for youth who have literally have …