Thursday, May 19, 2016

Children And Media - Tips For Parents

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

In a world where children are "growing up digital," it's important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the AAP to help parents manage the digital landscape they're exploring with their children:

Also see:

Citizenship in the digital age

Source; ISTE | Infographic: Citizenship in the digital age

And yet, we don’t have to start from scratch. The elements of digital citizenship, it turns out, are not so different from the basic tenets of traditional citizenship: Be kind, respectful and responsible, and just do the right thing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Multitasking Is a Myth, and to Attempt It Comes at a Neurobiological Cost

This is also true when trying to do homework, listen to music, and monitoring social networks.

Published on May 9, 2016
Multitasking is a myth, says McGill University Psychology Professor Daniel Levitin. Switching focus across tasks comes at a neurological cost, depleting chemicals we need to concentrate. Levitin's latest book is "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload" (

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Your Bullied Child or Teen: A Parent Empowerment Guide

This video accompanies a booklet with the same title. This Booklet and additional resources are available at

Raise a bully, pay a fine. What do you think? WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

What do you think, vote below:

Do you think it's okay for parents to be fined if it is determined that their child is bullying?

Yes, good idea.
No, bad idea.
I have a different idea (write in the comment section after you submit)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Teens love Snapchat.

For the first time, messaging app Snapchat is the preferred social network for teens, according to a survey from research firm Piper Jaffray. The survey, which polled 6,500 teens in the U.S., found Snapchat used surged this spring, with 28% of them claiming it's the most important social network. Closely behind is photo sharing app Instagram at 27%.

Read the full story from USAToday here

Read Parent's Guide to Snapchat from ConnectSafely (PDF)

Watch video from the Snapchat Safety Center:


Snapchat 101: A Guide For Educators | Burlington High School Help Desk

Lots of valuable info here including the following video:

From Common Sense Media:

  • Read about Snapchat here
  • Snapchat is a popular social media app, especially among teens. Find out why and what to watch out for. Watch this video about Snapchat:


The Snapchat Revolution: Background, Basics, Pros, and Cons - Cyberbullying Research Center

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