Too many kids texting under the sheets in the middle of the night and not getting enough sleep. How about a new house rule: all devices get docked at night. Check this one out on Amazon.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Friday, June 22, 2018
The World Health Organization made it official. Video game addiction is a disease and should be classified the same as a gambling addiction.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Download the app for Android here: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=BullyAlert&hl=en
The app currently supports only public Instagram social network profiles
The app currently supports only public Instagram social network profiles
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Haters and trolls are people who go online, often anonymously, and write mean comments, sometimes with the goal of getting a response. Chances are if your kids are online, they'll encounter both. Discover five ways to deal with haters and trolls.
Positively Social is a video about digital citizenship and the positive impact that responsible technology use, and social media, have on youth. It is a production of the Maine-Endwell Central School District.
Monday, June 4, 2018
Even though many of my counseling and technology skills have come in handy over the years, parenting is still a tough challenge. Hands down, no doubt, technology has been one of the greatest challenges over the years as my wife and I have been raising our two boys, Matteo and Giuseppe, now 18 and 24 years old. When they were younger, it seems as if we were approached with questions and requests on a daily basis. From video games to social networks, from mobile devices to new gadgets, making informed decisions was tough. This is especially true because the technological landscape was changing and developing at a dizzying pace. As someone who straddles being a “Boomer” and “GenXer,” and as someone who is focused on helping counselors with their technological literacy, I’ve been keeping up with this crazy technology ride ever since it got good really good in the 1980’s.
One day a few years ago, my wife, Betty, quipped about how grateful she was that I was able to successfully negotiate technology with the kids based on what I knew according to the research (in technology, human development, and change) and best practice. I was already doing a significant amount of work helping kids to make responsible decisions for themselves regarding technology use. What Betty made me realize that day was that I also needed to help the people outfitting their kids with all this power — the parents/guardians. These days, when a school district or other organization calls about cyber training, I let them know that a comprehensive approach is best: getting kids, parents, and educators on the same page. I also let them know that, indeed, the key is education, especially with the end user, and that training should ongoing, not just an event.
Bring Knowledge to your School
If you are a school counselor, leader, or parent and are interested in cyber safety training, here is what you need to know:
The training includes three segments which, together, addresses staff, students, and parents. The goal of this workshop is to help students, parents/caretakers, and educators, better understand the nature of the risks that technology may pose among children as well as the tools and activities they can use to keep kids more safe.
A typical day includes conducting student assemblies in the morning, meeting with staff after school, and then working with parents in the evening.
I take a comprehensive and multi-level approach to bullying/cyberbullying emphasizing a multi-tiered model that includes prevention, intervention, and postvention (see below). The workshop is designed as a “launching off point” or beginning for a year long process to help educate students about confronting cyberbullying, using technology responsibly, and being mindful of their digital reputation.
All school staff will receive a DVD-ROM including over 2.8 Gb of actual presentation files which includes everything they need to work with students – the PowerPoint, handouts, videos, and links – for months ahead.
In this one hour (or 75 minute) assembly, students will become more aware of cyberbullying, their digital reputations (public posting of personal/private information), and the “Rules of the Road.” This assembly is customized for either elementary students or middle/high school students. Remember, you can download and preview the actual presentations and accompanying material for review by visiting my GuardingKids website.
Parents and caretakers need to understand how to make informative decisions about how their children use technology, how they monitor, supervise, and provide support.
This meeting will help them to understand the potential risks of technology and several ways to reduce that risk using both human and technological strategies. Click here to download and preview the presentation materials.
I encourage you to check out my comprehensive vita for an overview of my work, particularly the expansive range of topics I have delivered and the number of participants I’ve had the pleasure of working across the United States, and around the world.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Ahead of the second season, which will be released May 18, the network is working to show audiences that they’ve taken this criticism seriously and will be equipping viewers with adequate resources to help make the show’s impact a productive one.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Starting today, Instagram will filter bullying comments intended to harass or upset people in our community. Learn more here: https://t.co/uN5IgfhoeF pic.twitter.com/p9mC8auaWF— Instagram (@instagram) May 1, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
Lots of excellent resources here for parents and kids from Collier County Public Schools, Florida.
Friday, April 6, 2018
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
As with other forms of technology, VR comes with challenges and opportunities. This report collects the most significant findings to date and sets the stage for the years ahead, when practitioners and the public will need more information about effective VR applications in classrooms, entertainment, social media, and more.
Learn more: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/virtual-reality-101
Saturday, March 24, 2018
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Saturday, March 10, 2018
In 2016 AT&T and the All American High School Film Festival staged a contest for teenagers to create short films about online bullying. This film combines a few cyberbullying contest submissions and tells an important story for parents. For more information and resources for understanding the film, please visit http://www.soulbehindthatscreen.org.
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Monday, February 12, 2018
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
What is gaming disorder?
Gaming disorder is defined in the draft 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) as a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.
For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months.
What is the International Classification of Diseases?
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the basis for identification of health trends and statistics globally and the international standard for reporting diseases and health conditions. It is used by medical practitioners around the world to diagnose conditions and by researchers to categorize conditions.
The inclusion of a disorder in ICD is a consideration which countries take into account when planning public health strategies and monitoring trends of disorders.
WHO is working on updating of the ICD. The 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) is scheduled for publication in mid-2018.
Why is gaming disorder being included in ICD-11?
A decision on inclusion of gaming disorder in ICD-11 is based on reviews of available evidence and reflects a consensus of experts from different disciplines and geographical regions that were involved in the process of technical consultations undertaken by WHO in the process of ICD-11 development.
The inclusion of gaming disorder in ICD-11 follows the development of treatment programmes for people with health conditions identical to those characteristic of gaming disorder in many parts of the world, and will result in the increased attention of health professionals to the risks of development of this disorder and, accordingly, to relevant prevention and treatment measures.
Should all people who engage in gaming be concerned about developing gaming disorder?
Studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only a small proportion of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities. However, people who partake in gaming should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities, particularly when it is to the exclusion of other daily activities, as well as to any changes in their physical or psychological health and social functioning that could be attributed to their pattern of gaming behaviour.
Also see Scholars’ open debate paper on the World Health Organization ICD-11 Gaming Disorder proposal | Journal of Behavioral Addictions http://akademiai.com/doi/full/10.1556/2006.5.2016.088
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Want to take a stand to show you are against (cyber)bullying? Offer support and friendship with these Be Strong emojis & stickers. These emojis were chosen by almost 5,000 young people around the world, who identified with them as symbols of compassion and solidarity.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Securly has rolled out free protection for all Chromebooks with a cloud-based web filter that helps administrators design a more age-appropriate Internet. The filter includes self-harm and bullying detection on social media, as well as delegated admin features. Make your Chromebooks safer here.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Today’s children are growing up in a high-tech world. According to a 2015 national survey by Common Sense Media, 53 percent of children 8 to 12 have their own tablet, and 24 percent have their own smartphone. Among teenagers, 67 percent have their own smartphone.1
American parents believe they have an important role to play in helping their children develop safe, healthy habits for technology use.
Read more: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/digital-guidelines.aspx
Saturday, January 6, 2018
"They are impactful for all ages, but sometimes, us adults need an extra reminder. Be sure to have Kleenex readily available, because many of these will have you in tears."
Friday, January 5, 2018
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