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Who is the bully? Why faith matters

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.

Facebook etiquette tips for parents: Be the lifeguard

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

CyberParenting Topics on TheFish103.9FM Tuesday mornings.


The cyber technology is incredibly seductive and encourages folks to “let it all hang out”. The impulsive nature of a point and click environment (i.e., who is going to stop me?), needs to be countered by the reality there is no privacy on-line and there are real-world consequences for inappropriate conduct.

So the role of the parent on Facebook is that of a guardian, much like a lifeguard, …

How to instill social network confidence in your child

Monday, May 21st, 2012

CyberParentingTopics featured on TheFish103.9FM Tuesday mornings

  •  1.     Why is confidence so important in the network?

Confidence is defined as being certain of what to do in most situations.

It is the opposite of being insecure.

Confidence is important because our children are being challenged by so much uncertainty and untruth in their on-line worlds.

When children are confident, they involve parents in appropriate ways (see example 1) when they encounter a bad situation involving cyber …

Is MomEnough Time cover controversy really about breastfeeding?

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

The new Time cover features a photo of a mother nursing her four year old son (he’s standing on a chair to reach her breast).  A cyber-powered controversy ensued and today the mother on the cover speaks out to defend herself.

Motherhood is as much an extremely personal experience, as it is a nurturing/socialization role shared by many. When we start to judge and measure  our motherhood decisions (stay at home, breast feeding, discipline/leadership, …

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,

Helicopter parents beware the illusion of control

Saturday, October 17th, 2009


Helicopter parents monitor and advocate in all details of their children’s lives well into young adulthood.  So when Lenore Skenazy wrote in her column (for the New York Sun) that she let her 9-year-old son travel home by himself on the subway in New York, she sparked a controversy that led to her creation of the website “Free Range Kids” and a book by the same title released last Spring. (Note this blog

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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.