Tweens, Teens, Cellphones and the Classroom….. Some Thoughts and Suggestions

According to a 2015 PEW Research report ( http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/ ) approximately 88% of all teens today, have access to either a cellphone or smartphone in North America. As parents, we can attest to how mobile has changed the playing field when it comes to our kids accessing the Internet and Social Media. Given that these

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The Internet and A Child’s Right To Privacy From Parents

The Internet and A Child’s Right To Privacy From Parents Caveat: It is important for the reader to know that I am a huge supporter of personal privacy.  I speak to youth internationally on this topic, given my belief that we are slowly giving up our “actual” rights to personal privacy, both to the Government

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Bullying and Journalistic Willful Blindness

I read with great interest an October 29 2013 article written in the Globe and Mail by author Margaret Wente called, “Are bullying laws even helping” which can be located at http://m.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/bullying-laws-arent-helping/article15123341/?service=mobile … . Although I agree with the writer’s premiss that laws will not stop bullying, they are a needed consequence in those cases where bullying,

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On Demand Culture

Have we as a society become so demanding that we forgo the unexpected. Back in the early 2000’s before DVRs and Video-on-Demand services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO GO, the living room operated around scheduled programming. Yes the family could watch a movie or do other actives to pass the time, but for

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Sextortion

As an internet and social media safety advocate, as well as a law enforcement professional, I am well aware of the dangers and consequences of sexting, which I share with students in ourInternet and Social Media Safety Presentation for schools.  One of the unintended consequences of posting or texting sexualized pictures…..they will not likely stay private

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