Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019

Digital Citizenship Resources

From the Scout Report Newsletter, several valuable resources:



The Scout Report (ISSN 1092-3861) is published every Friday of the year except for the last two Fridays of December by the Internet Scout Research Group, based in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Computer Sciences. 

You can search their resources here: https://scout.wisc.edu/archives/index.php

Sunday, August 11, 2019

ALLCACA Wireless Charging Station for Multiple Devices

As part of my "Parenting in a High-Tech World" presentation, I have recommended that, for young kids, all devices are docked in an inaccessible area (e.g., parent's bedroom) because we have too many kids texting under the sheets at 2:00 am, losing valuable sleep.

Here is a docking station that works well:


Good Social Media Habits

Friday, August 9, 2019

Data refute President’s linkage between violent video games & mass shootings

President Trump links recent mass shootings with violent video games.
by Larry Magid
Scroll down for podcast interview with Dr. Christopher Ferguson
In his address to the nation following a weekend of two mass shootings, President Trump made a reference to violent video games, suggesting that these games may have something to do with shootings such as the ones that took place in El Paso and Akron.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

5 Stars on Amazon: School Counselor Side Hustle

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5 stars with Amazon 

Do you know a teacher, counselor, or other helping professional who can use some help to develop their side hustle? We've got them covered with our new book which makes for a terrific gift!
 
To learn more, listen to an interview with Dr. Sabella on WGCU at https://news.wgcu.org/post/we-meet-author-school-counselor-side-hustle

Practicing or retired, all types of professionals including counselors, educators, social workers, psychologists, and other human services practitioners can use our guide to develop extra income by doing what you love to do.



“Cannot tell you how much I have appreciated this read.  I truly could not put the book down.  So many great ideas and stories.  Thank you for what you both produced.  I believe this will help inspire others to venture out.” 
-Dr. Ernest Cox, Professor of School Counseling at Texas A&M University
“Highly recommend! This book is full of great resources and ideas for any educator wanting to make extra money. It shares beautiful stories about counselors who have stepped into the entrepreneurial world to share their passions and talents.”
-Julie Frizzi, School Counselor
“School counselors have so many skill sets that lend to side hustles (like writing a book)- snag this book for yourself and see what I mean!”
-Lauren Walters Tingle, High School Counselor
“This is another ‘must read’ to add to your library!! Why do extra duties at work when you can work from your phone from anywhere?!”
-Franciene Sabens, 2016 Illinois School Counselor of the Year
"Excellent book and resource for any teacher wanting to start a side hustle. Practical tips and useful resources to make the process easy. It takes the work out of having to find all of the info yourself and trial and error. I used several of the resources and they work! This book is responsible for getting my new business started. Thank you!"Kathleen J.
Amazon Review

 
Experience the joy of doing more of what you love and the freedom of having extra income. Not sure how to do it exactly? We’ve got you covered with this new book! School Counselor Side Hustle has everything you ever wanted to know about succeeding at a lucrative side hustle! All educators and aspiring side hustlers, practicing or retired, will benefit from this book.
School Counselor Side Hustle spotlights several school counselors and educators who are already doing it. Their stories will help inspire you and give you insights into how side hustling is done. Our side hustle spotlights share the valuable lessons they have learned and then give us sage advice. School Counselor Side Hustle covers seven main areas which include:
  • Creating Resources
  • Authoring a Book
  • Public Speaking
  • Developing Tools
  • Selling Merchandise
  • Adjunct Teaching
  • Private Practice Counseling
You’ll also learn about many other side hustles and side jobs that school counselors are currently engaging in that go beyond our “Big Seven.” And, we cover the “nuts and bolts” of side hustle development from beginning to end in a practical way. From setting up your company to promoting your product or service, this book gives you the detailed information you need to start a side hustle or get your existing one to the next level.
Click below to order the paperback or ebook.https://amzn.to/2ZCC5e9

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Be Internet Awesome

To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.

Check it out now: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us

Monday, July 15, 2019

Cyber safety with older adults

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Technology is constantly advancing and older adults are adapting to the changes. However, scammers are still finding ways to take get their hands on their money.

FGCU Professor Dr. Russell Sabella stopped by the WINK News studio to discuss how you can help protect your loved ones and even teach them to protect themselves.

Source: https://www.winknews.com/2019/07/15/cyber-safety-with-older-adults/

Friday, June 21, 2019

TikTok Safety Tips from Common Sense Media

The wild-and-wacky short videos of TikTok continue to gain popularity among kids, adults, and even celebrities. But the app has had some problems, such as illegally collecting data on users under 13, notoriously inappropriate comments, and kludgy settings that can leave you with unwanted followers. Still, its viral "challenges," creative tools, and just-plain-fun features mean your kids are probably going to want it.

Read more:
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/tiktok-safety-tips


Monday, June 17, 2019

Gaming Disorder

 If you know someone who spends hours playing video games, it could be more serious than you think. In fact, the World Health Organization has officially listed gaming as an addiction. FGCU Professor Dr. Russell Sabella discussed how to recognize video game addiction and what to do about it.

Source: https://www.winknews.com/2019/06/17/gaming-disorder/

Friday, June 14, 2019

Gaming Disorder

Dr Vladimir Poznyak, expert of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of the World Health Organization, responds to questions relating to gaming disorder.



Monday, June 10, 2019

FOSI Releases New Video Series and Digital Parenting Toolkit

The video series is a way to bring to life the  7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting:
  • In Episode 1, viewers watch a young family navigate Steps 1 (Talk With Your Kids) and 2 (Educate Yourself). By talking about online safety early and often, parents are able to establish healthy digital habits sooner.
  • In Episode 2, viewers watch a family discuss Steps 3 (Use Parental Controls) and 4 (Set Ground Rules and Enforce Consequences). By setting family rules and enabling parental controls, family members gain clarity on technology privileges and how to use devices and services safely.
  • In Episode 3, viewers watch a family with older kids navigate social media with Steps 5 (Friend and Follow But Don’t Stalk) and 6 (Explore, Share and Celebrate). By respecting your child’s online space and encouraging thoughtful interactions on social media, families can learn from each other and have fun online.
  • In Episode 4, parents showcase ways in which they follow Step 7 (Be a Good Digital Role Model). Parents agree that taking their own advice on online safety benefits everyone involved.
“It’s critical that parents not only understand the challenges their children might encounter online, but also how to then address those issues in a constructive way,” said Diana Graber, author of Raising Humans in a Digital World and founder of Cyberwise. “FOSI’s new tools help parents tackle difficult conversations head-on and ensure that the entire family is on the same page.”
The online toolkit includes:

Monday, June 3, 2019

What is Squad?

Squad is a social networking app that lets users make video calls and share photos and other content remotely through screen sharing. Find out how teens are using it and what to watch for.


Dr. Sabella: Cybersecurity for Kids

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Summer is here and kids are getting comfortable in front of screens. But whether it’s a computer or phone, there are a lot of dangers that come with the technology. Florida Gulf Coast University Professor Dr. Russel Sabella discussed what you and your kids to can do to have a fun and safe summer break.

https://www.winknews.com/2019/06/03/cybersecurity-for-kids/


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

How much is too much? Test could show the effect of gaming on your kid’s brain.

Over 250 MILLION people play #Fortnite, some of hours every day – so what does your kid’s brain look like on video games? The side-by-side scans reveal brain activity in areas of the brain sometimes related to addiction: gma.abc/2WY4KbB

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Joy and Freedom

From our sponsor: SchoolCounselor.com

Experience the joy of doing more of what you love and the freedom of having extra income. Not sure how to do it exactly? We’ve got you covered with this new book! School Counselor Side Hustle has everything you ever wanted to know about succeeding at a lucrative side hustle! All educators and aspiring side hustlers, practicing or retired, will benefit from this book.
Read on to learn more ...
Broke is no joke. School counselors and educators play a vital role in the success of our students and of our future. And yet, they continue to be financially undervalued and underpaid, struggling to make ends meet on an educator’s salary.
Perhaps in our lifetimes, we will see all educators in the United States be treated more respectfully and professionally, especially when it comes to salary, benefits, and working conditions. Other countries do this already. But until that time, many of us need to monetize our unique time and talents beyond the classroom to gain greater financial freedom.
This book spotlights several school counselors and educators who are already doing it. Their stories will help inspire you and give you insights into how side hustling is done. Our side hustle spotlights share the valuable lessons they have learned and then give us sage advice. School Counselor Side Hustle covers seven main areas which include:
  • Creating Resources
  • Authoring a Book
  • Public Speaking
  • Developing Tools
  • Selling Merchandise
  • Adjunct Teaching
  • Private Practice Counseling
You’ll also learn about many other side hustles and side jobs that school counselors are currently engaging in that go beyond our “Big Seven.” And, we cover the “nuts and bolts” of side hustle development from beginning to end in a practical way. From setting up your company to promoting your product or service, this book gives you the detailed information you need to start a side hustle or get your existing one to the next level.
Special Side Hustle Spotlight Contributions by:
Kate Bailin
Kimberlita Casper
Ernest Cox
Julie Frizzi
Danielle Gray
Deb Hardy
Linda Hart
Laurie Mendoza
Carol Miller
Angela Molloy
Kat Pastor
Leticia Powell
Jeff Ream
Franciene Sabens
Giuseppe & Sina Sabella
Shawna West
Sonny Lerner
Stephanie Lerner, M.S.Stephanie@schoolcounselorstephanie.com
http://schoolcounselorstephanie.com/ Check out the Table of Contents (PDF).
Click below to order the paperback or ebook.https://schoolcounselor.com/sidehustle/ 
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Verizon Reveals Kids' Phone Plan with Parental Controls



Verizon is launching a new Just Kids smartphone plan, which includes tracking and Wi-Fi-blocking abilities for parents. The TODAY anchors talk about it on the 3rd hour of TODAY.

Watch the video here:

https://www.parenttoolkit.com/general/news/technology/verizon-reveals-kids-phone-plan-with-parental-controls

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About


Don't Panic, What Parents Really Need To Know About 'Momo Challenge'

From Andy Robertson
Forbes
As I expand below, evidence of direct harm caused by the game is yet to be found. It is essentially a viral ghost story. Rather than sharing warnings that perpetuate and mythologize the story, a better focus is good positive advice for children, set up technology appropriately and take an interest in their online interactions.

Read more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/andyrobertson/2019/02/27/dont-panic-what-parents-really-need-to-know-about-momo-challenge

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Do you have a child who is being bullied or harassed at school?

Do you have a child who is being bullied or harassed at school? Has the response of the school done nothing to stop this harm? (There is no evidence that what most schools are doing is effectively addressing this concern.)

Be Positively Powerful: An Empowerment Plan for Teens Who Are Bullied or Harassed is a new book by Nancy Willard. In this book, teens can learn seven powerful, positive approaches to become empowered even in the face of being treated badly. Parents can use these approaches with younger children.

Nancy is an internationally recognized authority on bullying and seeks to empower those who are being bullied and their parents. Her book is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2E8fT2R

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Special issue on bystanders in online aggression published


Dear researchers, colleagues, and readers interested in internet-related research,

Bystanders witnessing online aggression can make a difference - if they choose to intervene. Read the special issue devoted to these important actors in online world published at the end of 2018. The issue was edited by Hana Machackova (Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia), Jan Pfetsch (Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany), and Georges Steffgen (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg). The issue contains 6 articles: a systematic review focused on the personal and contextual factors which may facilitate or inhibit the bystanders’ actions; empirical elaboration on the participant roles of cyberbullying; studies grasping the specificity of online aggression and its impact on bystanders’ responses; investigation of negativity and aggression in celebrity-news articles and following readers’ discussions; and a study providing evidence about negative consequences of bystanders’ experiences.

We believe the issue presents a unique collection of new  insights in this timely research field. Enjoy the reading!

Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace
https://cyberpsychology.eu
IF (2017): 1.400
SJR (2017): 0.774
ISSN: 1802-7962

 
The issue content:

Editorial: Special issue on bystanders of online aggression
Hana Machackova, Jan Pfetsch and Georges Steffgen
Article 1
A systematic literature review of factors that moderate bystanders’ actions in cyberbullying
Fernando Domínguez-Hernández, Lars Bonell and Alejandro Martínez-González
 
Article 3:
Bystanders of bullying: Social-cognitive and affective reactions to school bullying and cyberbullying
Rhea-Katharina Knauf, Heike Eschenbeck, and Michael Hock

 
Article 5:
Joining the clash or refusing to bash? Bystanders reactions to online celebrity bashing
Gaëlle Ouvrein, Charlotte J.S. De Backer and Heidi Vandebosch


Article 6:
The moderation of empathy in the longitudinal association between witnessing cyberbullying, depression, and anxiety
Michelle F. Wright, Sebastian Wachs and Bridgette D. Harper





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