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Cyberbullying is not a joke: Celebrities and public figures can make a difference

By Sue Scheff: Sadly, we live in a culture of digital cruelty that no one is immune to. Whether you are a celebrity, the child of a sports figure or an average person trying to get through life — you can be struck down by the emotional keystrokes of cyber-bullets. Internet trolls can quickly become […]

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Should I worry about my teens texting?

By Michael Rich, MD: Q: I’ve noticed that many parents worry a lot about their children texting. But when we were kids, we would spend hours on the phone, sometimes not even talking much. When my teens are texting with friends at home, I liken it to those phone calls of yesteryear. I don’t allow […]

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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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What is the best way to introduce screen media to our three-and-a-half-year-old?

by Dr. Michael Rich: Q: What is the appropriate way to introduce screen media to our three-and-a-half-year-old son? We don’t own a TV, and our son’s exposure to screens has been limited to occasionally taking photos and video and watching Curious George on our smartphones once or twice a week, as a reward, for 10-30 […]

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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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Arkansas bill puts youth safety and privacy in jeopardy

By Maria Spencer: The Arkansas Consumer Safety Division website includes social networking tips that warn its citizens about improper use of social media. It reads, “Although social networking sites can be valuable resources … be careful when using them because the information you post online can be used to make you a victim.” However, a […]

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Student Advisory Boards can inform bullying policies and prevention

by Sameer Hinduja: Whenever I visit schools to give a cyberbullying assembly or presentation to parents in the community, I am also typically asked to sit down and chat with the administrators about the policies and programs they have in place. Here, they let me know what they have been doing to identify, address, and […]

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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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