Archive for the 'Internet Social Networks' Category

The role of parents in confronting the bully at school

Monday, September 22nd, 2014
Back to school is a time of excitement as well as insecurity and uncertainty. And in the cyber social realm, where it is easy to be mean, the cyberbully phenomenon surfaces as a topic of concern and conversation. While bullying is not new, the level of hostility and persistent invasiveness that mobile connectivity inspires in the social networks our children navigate on and off line is unprecedented. And the children need socialization to help them overcome the lack of empathy that can happen from behind the screen. It is a challenge that has inspired legislation across the nation to make cyberbullying cause for disciplinary action in schools.

The family-friendly pros and cons of iPhone 6 and iOS8 functionality

Monday, September 15th, 2014
The new iPhone 6 and iOS8 was released last week, and as is always the case, new releases of technology bring changes that can be good and potentially problematic. So parents need to be aware of what is involved and have a plan to handle it.

Help your child learn how to trust and be trusted in the social network

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
The most important thing a parent can do is become the “trusted advisor” so that your child’s cyber-powered communities do not become a single point of reference for life. Here are some tips.

Preparing your child for social media in middle school

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Middle school is a very important and challenging time where kids can feel enormous pressure to be validated by their peer community and then experience extreme insecurity as they begin leading digital lives which amplifies the emotion of adolescence. Parents can help their middle school student develop their own digital “playbook” wherein they have declared for themselves how they will be in command of their own social network experience. From a Cyber Rites of Passage perspective, by the time kids are in middle school, they are in the “Junior Explorer” stage.

Preparing for internet porn and sex in the social network

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.

Creating an on-line identity management policy for you and your child

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Cyber Safety for Kids and Families with Joanna and Jodie on !03.9FM The Fish Family Morning Show

jullien_kids_sillouetteParents are feeling pressure to post pictures and publish details of their child’s early life on line, and as the first generation of digital natives (born after 1990 who cannot imagine the world without WWW connectivity) becoming parents, it will be interesting to see how this decision is handled. A recent New York Times article about the pros …

Is being ‘facebook friends’ with your young adult child too much information?

Monday, May 12th, 2014
A recent Mother’s Day headline features five reasons to be friends with your mom on Facebook. The article basically argues that it is a good thing to “friend” your mom because Facebook moms are cool, after all they are using social media. And they want to know what is happening in your life and enjoying looking at the pictures of friends and what’s happening in your world. Also she worries so she needs to be informed, and most importantly you never call her anyway and it’s cheaper than a plane ticket. So why not?

How to know if your smartphone is robbing attention from your child, and what to do about it

Monday, April 28th, 2014
Your child essentially translates inattention as rejection. Most parents don’t realize that attention management is one of the most important cyber-safety factors for kids and families, because preoccupation with devices hinders the development of open parent-child communication, which is essential for parents to stay current on what is happening in their children’s cyber realms.

Social media etiquette for parents

Monday, April 21st, 2014
One of the most important things parents can do to keep their children cyber-safe is maintain a relationship defined by open communication, which requires a culture of transparency and respect for personal boundaries. And yet a lack of parenting social media etiquette discourages open communication, and can encourage your child to create secret, alternative media presence using alter egos and different apps. Below are a top ten list of parenting social media miss-steps which the Daily Mail recently published.

Underage use of social media: How parents can plan for it

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Social media and texting has become such a normal part of daily life it can easily be perceived as a right, rather than a privilege. The minimum age for use of social media has been set at 13 years, but it is not possible for media sites like Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter to enforce that users are truthful about entering their date of birth. Kids at younger ages are tempted to get into the social media mix, which is a concern because in the cyber realm many adult issues are exposed to very young hearts and minds.

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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.