Cyber safety and the art of compromise: Balancing family security and privacy

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?

Family-safe on-line photo sharing and posting tips

Sunday, March 13th, 2016
A recent New York Times article featured a recent survey led by the University of Washington that indicated youth do not appreciate parents posting photos and sharing about their life events. According to the report, the children were more concerned about what the parents were posting about them than the parents. The survey results indicated that three times more children than parents agreed there should be rules for parents posting stuff about their children on-line. This problem of living with a paparazzi-type lifestyle made possible with social media exposes youth to ...

New on-line privacy rules for 2016: What can you & the government do to protect your family’s privacy?

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.

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...

Workshop to become the trusted resource for teens and young adults

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 …

Preparing your “tech-savvy” child to be a good friend and classmate

Monday, August 17th, 2015
Bullying is a top cyber safety concern for youth for two main reasons. First we do not have a history of socializing kids with the mobile devices which make it easy to be cruel in so many powerful and sinister ways. And secondly, my observation over the past decade is that we have lost the art of teaching good citizenship at home.

Talking about your child’s liberty in a hyper-connected, controlling world

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Teaching our children that liberty already belongs to the soul is the most important thing a parent can do for the modern child so they can learn how to become free agents in the social network and in the flesh.

A New Year’s resolution for the cyber-safe family

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Facebook’s new privacy policy announcement reminds us that the cyber-social realms we navigate make us and our children vulnerable to being exploited, bullied or over exposed. Privacy settings are dynamic and are subject to change depending upon the social media company’s strategy for generating revenues. It is important to help youth understand that when you sign up to use social networking and texting apps like Instagram and Facebook or KikMessenger, the service is funded by selling companies and third-party app providers access to you and your personal data. And in this regard the incentive of the social networking service is not to protect individual privacy. Individual privacy is something that must be defended by every individual user.

To stay informed about their on-line world parents advised to treat teens experts

Monday, November 10th, 2014
If you have a teen, you know all too well how mobile connectivity intensifies the power crisis for teens and parents. It is not new that teens feel like their parents are irrelevant, and it is true that our children’s adolescence is informing them radically differently than that of our own. Modern youth are conditioned differently for authority. Rather than as a matter of position or title, authority is perceived more as a relational experience of feeling validated in a world interconnected without interference from hierarchy, time or distance. Some of the ways in which youth may be unduly influenced in this hyper networked environment include the following perceptions:

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.

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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.