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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:

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.

How to prepare your child for the cyberbully: 3 things parents must decide

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Whatever your religious beliefs, the universal truth for every human being is the desire to be free from thoughts and experiences that torment the soul. And it is also true that a mother is as happy as her least happy child. So there can be great fear and anxiety for parents dealing with tech-savvy kids who are natural users of apps and devices, but lack the wisdom of life experiences needed to respond to some of the most cruel and sophisticated bully and exploitation agendas of others. And so to respond to this human need to seek and find a measure of peace in a hyper-connected world featuring fear and fakery, a Parent University was established at St. Joseph Marello Catholic Church to serve people of all faiths, free of charge.

How the internet redefines the parent-child bond as ‘trusted friend’

Monday, September 14th, 2015
One of the hallmarks of digital natives (born after 1990 and cannot imagine the world without internet connectivity), is that they experience authority more as a relational experience that involves trust, and less as a matter of hierarchy and formal title. So the fact that millennials are forming parent-child bonds that are more collaborative and less authoritarian makes sense...

Teach your child to recognize and respond to email scams

Saturday, September 5th, 2015
Itay Glick is the CEO of Votiro Inc., an internet security services technology firm that specializes in identifying unknown threats embedded in emails and data exchanged in the context of an enterprise network. “The phishing threat is not just a concern for businesses,” Glick said, “Everybody is vulnerable. Phishing emails are sophisticated and contain references that are relevant to the user.” This is what is known as “spear-phishing” scams, which are personalized to deceive.

Security expert reveals why cyber safety threats are all about the parent

Monday, August 31st, 2015
In an interview earlier this week with AVG Technologies Security Evangelist, Tony Ascombe, he explains that the results of a recent Harris Poll survey commissioned by AVG indicate that the cyber safety concerns for youth equipped with internet-enabled devices are all about the parent. This survey is scheduled to be released soon and was not available for publication at the time of this interview.

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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.