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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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Raising digital kids: 10 tips for improving parent-teen relationships

By Annie Fox: You know your child is an adolescent (semi-formed human) when she or he: Gives you attitude over stuff that’s never been an issue before. Refuses to do what you ask. Agrees to do it and then (un)wittingly “forgets” Denies they ever agreed to anything. Says “You don’t get it!” at least twice […]

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Setting screen-time limits – for parents

By Maureen Kochan: Turns out parents need to set screen-time limits – for themselves. If you have kids and digital devices in your family, chances are you’ve fretted about the right amount of screen time for your kids. But a Boston Medical Center study suggests that you should also tally your screen time, because increased […]

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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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A YouTube for the littlest video viewers

Think of YouTube Kids as digital training wheels for the little video viewers at your house – something a lot of parents have been wanting for a very long time. We all know how popular but not always appropriate YouTube is for kids. Problem solved. Designed for kids through age 8, YouTube Kids carefully screens […]

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From public shaming to public compassion

The public discussion about “online reputation” has gotten darker, as “public shaming” appears in more and more headlines. We may think it’s tough to be a celebrity, having everything one does – good, bad or anything in between – go viral. But it’s even tougher not to be, if you post something negative online. Because […]

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Of student digital privacy & schools demanding passwords

For Data Privacy Day (today, 1/28), let’s take a look at students’ data privacy – as in the data on their cellphones and whether school administrators have the right to search the devices. The ACLU says they don’t. It called out a school board in Tennessee for violating the constitutional rights of students by implementing […]

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Kids’ top social media picks: Great new resource for parents

Here’s a super starting point for a conversation with your children about social media: NetAware, a brand-new set of reviews of kids’ top social media services. It’s not the first such resource for parents, but two things set it apart: These are kids’ own top social media picks. This isn’t adult guesswork. Because part of […]

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