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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The astonishing amount of data being collected about your children

Parental concerns about student privacy have been rising in recent years amid the growing use by schools, school districts and states use technology to collect mountains of detailed information on students. Last year, a controversial $100 million student data collection project funded by the Gates Foundation and operated by a specially created nonprofit organization called inBloom was forced to shut down because of these concerns, an episode that served as a warning to parents about just how much information about their children is being shared without their knowledge.

TBH (To Be Honest) and More Slang Parents Should Know 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What is on your child's mobile device?

"I think I have a pretty good handle on it, but I know the predators are smarter," parent Angie McKenney said.

We invited six Southwest Florida families to our studio. All of them allowed a web safety expert to go through their kids' devices.

Get the full story here:

See the video below. WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

FOSI released its latest research report, “Parents, Privacy and Technology Use”

FOSI released its latest research report, “Parents, Privacy and Technology Use” on November 17, 2015. This research was conducted by Hart Research Associates and included an online survey of 589 parents of kids ages 6 to 17, as well as 3 focus groups in suburban Philadelphia. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

NBC2 reveals what you don't know about your kid's mobile device.

Watch Dr. Sabella on NBC-2 tomorrow night at 6pm. You can ask question via Facebook at

TOMORROW: NBC2 reveals what you don't know about your kid's mobile device.

Posted by NBC2 News on Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

10 tips for digital citizens’ parents

REDNATICActually, parents are digital citizens too. If they spend any time in digital spaces. At least for as long as we residents of this networked world are still putting “digital” in front of “citizenship.” I suspect that won’t be for very long, but we’re here, now, in an interesting, global discourse about what citizenship means now in an increasingly networked world – especially for youth, the people who will be running it – so let’s run with it.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015


From fashion bloggers to fitness experts to simply photogenic everyday citizens, the "Instagram celebrity" has emerged as a new branch of fame in our social media-run world. Essena O'Neill, an 18-year-old from Australia, was a regular teen who amassed half a million followers on Instagram (on top of 200,000 followers on YouTube and Tumblr and 60,000 on her Snapchat, all now inactive) with selfies, outfit posts, and #fitspo photos. After building that up, she decided last week that she was done with social media. She deleted 2000 photos, renamed her account to "Social Media Is Not Real Life," and changed the captions on existing photos with truthful anecdotes about posts she was paid for, how many tries it took to get the shot, and the pressures she felt to look perfect.

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The New Guide to Managing Media for Tweens and Teens

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Friday, October 16, 2015

See the new B.I.O.N.I.C. “Prevent Bullying by Just Saying H.I.” Videos

Six (6) new videos about the new B.I.O.N.I.C. “Prevent Bullying by Just Saying H.I.” program – one for staff training about 4 minutes (one each for elementary, middle, and high schools), and one for student video announcements for each level – about 2 minutes.

Here is the first video. Visit the link above to see more.

Bionic Middle School Final3 from Martin Bentsen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

Beyond ‘turn it off’: How to advise families on media use

"Today, more than 30% of U.S. children first play with a mobile device when they still are in diapers, according to Common Sense Media. Furthermore, almost 75% of 13- to 17-year-olds have smartphones, and 24% admit using their phones almost constantly, according to the Pew Research Center."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015



The #iCANHELP message is clear- one person has the power to make a difference and delete negativity online and in his or her life. Through assemblies, presentations, social media campaigns, and student leadership trainings, #iCANHELP GIVES STUDENTS THE POWER to control the influences in their lives. Our speakers have traveled all over California speaking to elementary, middle, and high schools, rallying POSITIVE WARRIORS who are ready to combat negativity.

CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° Breaks News About Teens And Social Media

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CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° Breaks News About Teens And Social Media In Provocative Two-Year Long Investigation

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Parents with a sense of humor (Texting and Facebook)

Parents with a sense of humor... love these texts to their children in college.
Posted by Steve Harvey TV on Monday, September 14, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Simple rule, powerful outcomes

What should parents know about Snapchat?

Kids and teens love using the messaging app Snapchat because it lets you send texts, pictures, and videos that you program to disappear after a few seconds. Snapchat also offers fun, easy-to-use instant-editing tools that let you add cool effects to your "Snaps," such as captions, drawings, and emojis.

Read more here

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

You Raise your Children; I Will Teach them French: Rosalind Wiseman at TEDxTeachersCollege

Published on Aug 22, 2012
In this talk, Rosalind Wiseman addresses the complex problem of bullying in schools, and how administrators and parents need to support kids to make schools the safe places that they should be.

Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. She is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the groundbreaking, fully revised edition of her bestselling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls.

TEDxTeachersCollege 2012 explored innovations in international education at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the leading schools of education in the world. The full-day event covered themes about education, policy, peace and justice, technology, and gender identity. For complete coverage of the conference, visit

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

All Digital Citizens ....


Teens, Technology and Friendships

Video games, social media and mobile phones play an integral role in how teens meet and interact with friends.

This report explores the new contours of friendship in the digital age. It covers the results of a national survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified. The survey was conducted online from Sept. 25 through Oct. 9, 2014, and Feb. 10 through March 16, 2015, and 16 online and in-person focus groups with teens were conducted in April 2014 and November 2014.

Read full report here.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Cyberbully expert offers perspective and tips for parents

Top 10 Board Games For Tweens

Looking for a fun way to engage with your tween? Board games have long been a way to bring families together for good old fashioned fun! Here you'll find a list of challenging, entertaining and age appropriate games that are certain to appeal to your tween (even the most challenging of the bunch). Top Ten Board Games for Tweens.

Having a family game night has been a fantastic way for our family to connect, unwind and led to lots of laughter and memorable moments. As our kids get older, it can be more difficult to find games that appeal to everyone, are actually fun to play, and involve some thought process.  I’ll be the first one to tell you that I do not enjoy mindless preschool games…. for more on that, check this out.

Friday, August 21, 2015

3 Kinds of Apps That Stir Up Drama in Schools

As kids head back to school this fall, beware of social networking apps that appeal to negative impulses.
Caroline Knorr Parenting Editor | Mom of oneCategories: Cell Phone ParentingDigital Media and School
Parenting Editor | Mom of one
If your kid is among the 73% of teens who have access to a smartphone, you're well aware of the app obsession that can take over a brain and body in seconds. Multiply that by the average student population at your middle or high school, and you see the problem many schools are facing this back-to-school season. For teens, smartphones + apps = social networking. And where there's social networking, there's sure to be drama.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Social media helps find missing children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has a huge social media presence? In addition to helping law enforcement bring missing children home by sharing missing child posters, NCMEC social also covers national stories focusing on the issues surrounding our important cause.

Please tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter to like our page at and help bring more children home. The more people who see photos of missing children and their abductors, the better the chance someone, somewhere will recognize them.

Monday, August 17, 2015

The Educator’s Guide to Social Media’ (PDF)

Click here for The Educator’s Guide to Social Media’ (PDF) and more!

Rethink before you type | Trisha Prabhu | TEDxTeen


Published on Oct 23, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Have you ever done or said something and wished you could take it back? Cyber bullying is a bigger problem than you think. There is a solution. ReThink about it...

Trisha Prabhu is a 14-year-old student at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. From a young age, she has been fascinated with the inner workings of the brain. In 2013, Trisha heard about young girl’s suicide due to bullying on the Internet and set out to find a long-term solution to cyber-bullying.

Her research led her to create the product Rethink, which won her a spot as a Google Science Fair 2014 Global Finalist. Rethink gives adolescents who are trying to post an offensive message on social media a second chance to reconsider their decision. Her product idea also won first prize at the PowerPitch Competition at 1871, Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurial hub. Rethink has been covered on Business Insider, International Business Times, Huffington Post and several other media outlets. She currently holds a Provisional Patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Rethink.

Prior to her Rethink project, Trisha researched the brain’s role in the cognitive distraction that causes distracted driving. She won a Gold Medal Award from the Illinois Junior Academy of Science for her work. She is an advocate of STEM in education and believes that technology is the future of tomorrow. She has spoken at education and technology conferences in the Chicago area.

Aside from her love of science and technology, Trisha is a published author of four books. She was also named Chicago’s Financial Literacy Ambassador by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

How to Activate Google Safe Search

Source: Click here.

With Google SafeSearch sexually explicit images, videos and results that may link to explicit content get filtered out from your search results. 

To activate SafeSearch from the Google homepage, find the “Settings” button in the lower right hand corner and select “Search Settings”
You’ll see “SafeSearch filters” as the top result. Check this box to turn on SafeSearch and click “Save” at the bottom. 

As Google indicates here, the filter won’t catch everything, but it will hide most adult content. You can also lock SafeSearch by confirming with your email address to keep children from changing the settings. 
You can even set SafeSearch for your phone browser, iPad or iPhone Google app, Android app, tablet, or Android TV.

For step-by-step instructions for setting these settings and more information about them, find the “Help” section on the left-hand side. Then “Turn SafeSearch on or off”.

On this page, you can learn more about how SafeSearch works, how to keep it locked, and how to troubleshoot. 

In addition to SafeSearch it is important to teach your kids how to determine what websites are good reliable sources. 

For further information regarding Internet and app safety, check out our other videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

5 Social Media Musts for Teens (and I say, Everyone including adults)

5 Social Media Musts for Teens
Teens today are spending a lot of time on social media. They're checking their friends' status updates, posting their own, IM-ing, video chatting, sharing photos and more.
Posted by Common Sense Media on Friday, August 14, 2015

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ten Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Posting Something Online


FOSI: All of Our Good Digital Parenting Tools in One Place!

All of Our Good Digital Parenting Tools in One Place!

Hi there,

You know you need SPF when outside in the summer sun. SPF is important when you are inside as well. Get Safety, Privacy, and Fun tech advice to keep your kids safe and entertained online during the long lazy days of the season. Dig in to our Good Digital Parenting Tool Box to access our best tips so you can keep your family protected.

Equip yourself with our Online Safety Contract Cards, App Tip Sheets, Digital Citizenship Flashcards and expert advice on managing your kids' tech use during the summer months.


Internet Safety How-To Videos

We want to make online safety as easy as possible. Watch our videos for step-by-step visual instruction on how to turn on YouTube's safety mode and how to update your privacy settings on Facebook. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more helpful videos coming soon.

What the Internet safety community can learn from the TSA failure

By Larry Magid

As has been widely reported, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) failed in 67 out of 70 tests when government agents were successfully able to sneak potential weapons past airport checkpoints. These are the same checkpoints that confiscate bottles of water and shampoo with more than 3 fluid ounces.

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A Brief History of People Getting Fired for Social Media Stupidity

Isis Mock

Just last week, six HSBC bankers in Birmingham, England, were fired over re-enacting (and recording, and posting on Instagram) a mock ISIS beheading. One of the bank employees – the one who nabbed the coveted leading role of beheading victim – rocked an orange jumpsuit as he kneeled in front of his five colleagues, who did a lovely job as a supporting ensemble in black tracksuits and balaclavas. They were fired after the super-insensitive clip circulated online, of course. In their defense, the video was reportedly made during a work-sponsored team-building exercise, and you can only do so many trust falls before it becomes boring and, quite frankly, dangerous.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

The app that makes parenting a little easier

Get the scoop on what your kids want to watch, read, download, play, and learn

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Read or print A Parents’ Guide to is a social network on mobile devices and the Web that allows you to ask questions—to your friends or others who also use the service. People use to ask all sorts of things about life, religion, politics, books, pop culture, food, travel and much more.  Read more >>>

Bullying: My Kid Would Never Do That - Watch Dateline - June 28, 2015

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