With more teens flocking to social networks outside of Facebook, it’s more important than ever for parents to understand—and coach their kids—through the rapid-moving, drama-filled environment of Twitter. Twitter has become a hot spot for teens, many of whom view Tweets the same way they view texts. They tweet quickly and often. And, sometimes things ...
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We write a lot about new apps on this blog because apps are hot in the very mobile teen world. Kids use apps to stay connected to the outside world and that’s where you as a parent need to be looking when it comes to threats to their personal safety. This week we’re looking at ...
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Many parents shudder at the thought. Some even experience a shortness or breath and heart palpitations when they imagine what might really happen if they took their teenager’s phone away as a consequence for poor choices. When you consider a teen’s sheer dependency on their phone for a social and emotional connection to their peers, ...
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  Have you noticed that commonplace words don’t quite mean what they used to? It’s a subtle but alarming shift when simple words such as “grooming,” “mirroring” and “fishing” take on entirely new meanings when it comes to the web and the threat of online predators.   Here are three words as a parent you ...
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We recently visited a public school and spoke to a group of Junior High students ages 13-14 about the dangers of sexting. When we asked the girls in the room how many of them ever had a boy ask them to send a provocative or nude photo of themselves over their phones, we were shocked to ...
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Twitter’s new video-sharing app Vine is the hottest mobile toy since Instagram—and to be honest—it’s even more fun. Still, parents need to keep Vine on their radar as the popular social network evolves. Vine allows users to create super-easy, six-second video clips to share with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Vine. All users do is ...
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The task of parenting a digital native isn’t for the faint of heart. Not only are kids texting and posting in a mysterious, abbreviated code, they are also peppering such code into everyday conversation so that to anyone outside of the “circle” can sound pretty garbled. Demystifying the slang can be a full time job, ...
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“Mom, how do you block people on Instagram? I can’t figure it out,” yelled 13-year old Chloe casually from the top of the stairs.  Chloe tried to mask the urgency to her question.  She had just discovered several bluntly inappropriate comments beneath a photo she posted of herself on Instagram. A month earlier Monica agreed ...
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