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Parent bullying: The one-upper society

By Sue Scheff: Every day we hear or read about kids using words as weapons to inflict harm upon one another — whether it’s on the playground, in the hallways of our schools, in their own homes, or online. Peer cruelty happens every day. Where does this behavior come from? Although many experts have weighed […]

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Seven good smartphone security habits

by Monica Vila: As we load up our smartphones and tablets with more and more personal information, it’s time to get serious about mobile security. Despite the proliferation of cloud backup services, we still remain vulnerable to lost or stolen handsets, data theft, and various forms of malware. But there are certain things we can […]

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Parents: Check your (online) behavior

By Sue Sheff: We frequently hear and discuss the behavior of youth on social media, but we rarely discuss how adults behave online. And while you’ve probably heard how kids engage in sexting and other risky behaviors online, did you know that according to one recent study, one in five parents admit to sharing intimate […]

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Age restrictions and privacy policies protect youth

by Sue Scheff: Both age restrictions and privacy policies are put in place for our protection and the protection of the young. The issue: • A PEW Research poll recently found that half of Americans who spend time online don’t know what a privacy policy is. • Parents are allowing tweens to join social media […]

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A Bully? My Kid? Impossible!

By Annie Fox No parent easily swallows the idea that their child would intentionally harm another kid. “OK, maybe if Emma were strongly provoked… But even that’s not likely. She’s so sweet. Not at all a mean kid!” Your daughter may well just as you say. And yet… according to 2011 data from the Institute […]

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Warren Blumenfeld: We are “carefully taught” to hate

By Warren Blumenfeld Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein reminded us in one of the songs, “You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught,” in their 1949 Broadway musical, South Pacific that:  You’ve got to be taught To hate and fear You’ve got to be taught From year to year It’s got to be drummed In your dear […]

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Warren Blumenfeld: The Hunger Games as metaphor for youth oppression & resistance

Guest post by Warren Blumenfeld I believe one of the litmus tests by which a society can be judged is the ways it treats its young people, for this opens a window projecting how that society operates generally. Adultism, as defined by John Bell includes “behaviors and attitudes based on the assumption that adults are […]

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Jason Brand: Digital & social: A teen’s perspective on parenting

Guest post by Jason Brand This guest post by family therapist Jason Brand is a composite of many teens’ views and experiences, those expressed in family and individual therapy sessions. “It’s some of the words behind the anger, avoidance or even just frustrated eye-rolling that teens can use in response to parental questions or concerns,” […]

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About our strange way of understanding teen sexting

Guest post by Nina Funnell Based on her many thoughtful conversations with youth and adults about sexting over several years, Australian researcher and author Nina Funnell – who I met and heard speak at an Internet safety conference in Sydney last year – offers adults the rare opportunity to step outside the box of conditioned, […]

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Kris Gowen: Teens on social media’s impact on relationships: Survey

by Kris Gowen The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) for My Future-My Choice, a peer-led sexuality education curriculum developed in Oregon, conducts a survey every year to gain insight into the communities in which they live. This year, because Oregon just instituted a new law that requires sex education to cover healthy relationships, the TAB members […]

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