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Developing Healthy Cell Phone Habits

by Stacie Muñoz Do you know how many minutes you’ve spent using your smartphone today? How about how many times you’ve picked up your phone to check for notifications? Would you admit the answers to those questions if you could? At the beginning of the school year I asked my 9th Grade Digital Thinking class…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Social Networking

Have You Looked at Your Facebook Privacy Settings Lately?

Social media is a really great tool. It’s important for businesses to reach their customers, for agencies to share widespread messages, and for families and friends to keep up with one another. But it becomes a lot less great when tech users aren’t actually aware of how it works or how to protect themselves online.…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Reputation, Social Networking

Be the Example

I’ve spent the past several years traveling the country meeting thousands of parents who are interested in learning how to help their kids have a safe and positive experience when it comes to utilizing technology and social media. For me, the most interesting thing continues to be learning new things daily about kids’ habits, interests,…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Privacy Matters

The news media recently reported an unfortunate incident in which a daughter’s Facebook brag allegedly breached the terms of her father’s confidential settlement with his former employer, potentially costing the family approximately $80,000. The incident is unfortunate for several reasons including, among other things, that the daughter has received negative public attention, which some have…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

Public Social Media Sites: Limits and Responsibilities

Social media is how we, as individuals, communicate. Among other things, we use social media to share, convene, entertain, engage in political discussions, obtain news, perform research, and to communicate just about any type of information. Many businesses in the private sector have also embraced social media and are successfully appealing to customers, advertising, and…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Social Networking

Selfies: Annoying Word or Interesting Psychology?

Did you know Oxford Dictionaries officially declared the word “selfie” as the 2013 word of the year? A simple flip of the camera phone allows us to take these popular, flattering pictures of ourselves, and many popular selfie apps such as Instagram, allow us to get creative with editing them as well. According to the…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Social Networking

Pinterest and Privacy

Pinterest  is a wildly popular social media site that allows you to collect resources about a particular topic by “pinning” images to a “board,” kind of like the stuff you’d pin to a bulletin board over your desk or hang on your refrigerator door. Recently, the company announced a new privacy policy, which will go…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

Ask.fm and Ask Again

By: Piper Graber, age 14 Last month my mom wrote on this blog about an incident that happened in my 8th grade class: A student in our class was the recipient of a cruel post on ask.fm. In this case, the victim was smart, and shared this information with a trusted adult. Their teacher turned…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Teens and the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

As I come home each day from work, I often find myself surrounded by teenagers in the Metro. Instead of talking to each other, all of their eyes are focused on a screen of some sort. In today’s 24/7 social media driven world, adults, teens, and children feel like they need to be constantly aware…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Social Networking

Protect or Prepare? A Question about Ask.fm

What is it with parents and the knee jerk reaction to technology? Here’s an example… someone is mean to our child on _______________ (fill in the blank with today’s most popular app/social networking site). We response by either, a) taking the device away, or b) demanding they delete the offending app and/or social networking site…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Social Networking

What Does Your Teen “Like” On Facebook? It Matters.

A Facebook “like” shows interest in a topic. Interests are key indicators of personality. Outside the world of the internet, interests help people find common ground and interact. On Facebook, many of us choose to “like” something to show our interest. Some never ‘like’ anything and there are others who seem to ‘like’ everything. Does…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Blind date over frozen yogurt? 70 male college students all say yes.

Dating apps are becoming quite popular these days, especially among college students. Although dating apps and websites are great ways to meet the potential spouse, they have their downsides. According to 2012 10-Q filing by Facebook, they estimated that there are about 83 million fake profiles on their site. In context of online dating, one…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

SnapChat: What’s All The (EN)Rage?

My job is pretty nifty; I get to travel the country and speak with students, parents and school staff/administrators with varying backgrounds and experiences. Being in the business of keeping kids safe in this technology-driven world, I’m convinced I learn as much from everyone I meet as they learn from me. I find out about…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

Social Stupidity

It seems like a new social networking platform comes along about every five minutes.  Kids move from one platform to another with astonishing speed.  Just a few years ago, only a few teens used Twitter, but recently youth have been tweeting in rapidly increasing numbers. Like other social networking applications, Twitter has privacy settings that…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

It Takes a Village to Understand an App Called Vine

Last week I was the recipient of a group email from a fellow mom warning about the new Twitter app, called Vine, that lets users share six-second looped videos with one another.  The sender had just watched some “not so flattering” videos of her daughter on this new social network and wanted to warn the…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Employers prohibited from social media accounts of its applicants

Filling out an application, having an interview, and receiving a phone call a few weeks later used to be the standard procedure when applying for a job. In today’s 21st century workplace, it is becoming more and more common for employers to ask their applicants to “hand over” their usernames and passwords to their social…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Social Networking

If it is on the internet – It’s NOT Private!

Think of social media as a chain link fence.  Even though we are all linked together, there are lots of holes.  The fence seems pretty strong, but will lose its strength if any of the links are broken.  We count on that weakest link to hold things together, but sometimes it causes the fence to…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

Recent Legislation May be Sending the Wrong Message to Social Media Users

In 2012, 14 states introduced legislation prohibiting employers or educational institutions from requesting social media user names and passwords from employees, students, or applicants; in 2013, at least 28 states had introduced legislation concerning social media use.  While such legislation is clearly aimed at protecting the privacy of social media users, it may be sending…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Social Networking

Teen Shaming

The dictionary defines Cyberbullying as the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person that is often done anonymously. One of the most recent studies, conducted by cyberbullying experts Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin, reports that about 20% of the 4,441 children surveyed had been a victim of cyberbullying, and 20% of those surveyed admitted…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

Fake Facebook Friends

CNN reported in August 2012 that 83 million Facebook accounts are fake. That’s almost 9% of all Facebook accounts! There are many reasons someone creates a fake Facebook page: Some people want to spy on an ex. Others want to cyberbully without getting caught. Others use fake pages for real people or businesses in order…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

Youth, Politics, and Participatory Media

How does digital media affect youth participation in politics? Does social media make kids more or less likely to engage in politics and, when they do, are they effective?  The answers, according to a Youth and Participatory Politics study, contain both good and bad news. On the plus side, substantial numbers of kids are taking…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

Sgrouples for Privacy?

Many people have a love / hate relationship with Facebook.  They feel like their personal business is all over the place, but if they choose not to place their personal business all over the place, they then feel left out. While some people have actually taken the leap and deactivated their Facebook accounts, most of…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

A Positive Look at Social Networking

It is hard to believe that just a little over a year ago, we experienced Hurricane Irene in the northeast and now we are in the middle of Hurricane Sandy—or what has now been termed “Superstorm Sandy.” I started writing this blog post in the dark, without power, but with a charged up iPad.  A…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

Letter to my Kids: Facebook can be scary

Ethan and Kyla, Many months ago, one of our software testers (Michael) created a fake Facebook account for a girl who doesn’t exist (he called her Savannah), and posted a profile photo of a cute girl (he doesn’t know) wearing a bikini on the beach. Her Facebook profile states that she recently turned 14 yrs…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Social Networking

Like it or Leave it . . . Your Job, that is

Is liking something on Facebook constitutionally protected free speech?  Or can you be fired for whom or what you “like?” A Washington Post story describes a Virginia case in which a government employee was allegedly fired for liking the Facebook page of his boss’ opponent in an election.  A lower court judge held for the…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Social Networking

How do teens view their digital lives?

Social media has become an integral part of modern day adolescence.  As teens are growing up in this new digital age, parents, educators and other adults are becoming more and more interested in the role media plays in their everyday lives. According to a recent study by Common Sense Media’s Program for the Study of…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Social Networking

Social Media: Valuable Resource That Could Have Detrimental Consequences

With the revolution of Social Media Networks, humans communicate with family, friends, coworkers and clients in new ways. Messages that once took days or weeks to reach the recipient, can now circle the globe in seconds. According to the Nielsen Company, social networks and blogs now account for one in every four and a half…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Social Networking

Frictionless Sharing

This year, Facebook introduced the world to “frictionless sharing.” Up until now Facebook users were able to choose whether or not they shared content, such as music or news, on their profile after they had viewed it. Now this choice has been eliminated in most apps and the same information is automatically shared instead of…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

YouTube Announces Face Blurring Option for Videos Requiring Anonymity

Today, YouTube announced a new feature that allows users to obscure faces within videos with the simple click of a button. According to the international human rights organiztation WITNESS’ Cameras Everywhere report, “No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users” these options—making YouTube among the first. To blur faces on YouTube, just follow these…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

5 Tips for Grownups with Digital Kids

In celebration of “Social Media Day,” we were asked recently to speak to an audience of parents about how to keep kids safe online. This is a topic that captures the interest of most adults with children, and even the tech-savvy grownups in the audience we addressed seemed anxious and worried about what their kids…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Do Consumers Respond Differently to Online Advertisements on Premium Websites?

Facebook and NeuroFocus- a company that applies neuroscience to consumer insights- recently conducted a study exploring consumer engagement with online messaging on premium websites. The study sought to better understand how consumers respond to different online experiences. The study, “The Premium Experience: Neurological Engagement on Premium Websites” answers two key questions about online user engagement…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

Are Kids Under 13 Really Ready for Facebook?

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about whether or not children under the age of 13 should be allowed to join Facebook. While adults debate this issue, a study by Consumer Reports tells us that over 7.5 million children younger than 13 are on Facebook already, most of them having registered with the help…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Social Networking

Spokeo is Down, but Not Out

A company called Spokeo has recently become the first online data aggregator to be fined by the Federal Trade Commission for their online activities. Spokeo is a website known as an online data aggregator and has been the target of many privacy advocates for some time now.  The site compiles information found throughout the web…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Privacy, Social Networking

Facebook to give young children access

On June 4th, the Wall Street Journal said that Facebook is looking at methods to give younger children access to Facebook accounts. Because of federal law, children under the age of 13 have previously been unable to use the popular social networking site. Although it is illegal, many children still create pages with or without…Continue Reading

Categories: Reputation, Social Networking

Kids and Social Networking: What’s New, What’s Now, What’s Next?

One of the things that makes my job so fun is not knowing what’s next in the world of social networking and technology. I’m constantly researching to find out what’s new, and the daily interaction with students across the country allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of what’s in and what’s out.…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Social Networking

Responsible Connections:

Recently, the very affluent community of Clayton, Missouri made national news when Clayton High Principal Louise Losos created a fictitious Facebook page and friended students and parents. After the page was discovered—and erupted into controversy—Principal Losos resigned. I know this suburban St. Louis community very well.  When I was Commander of the Missouri ICAC Task…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Reputation, Social Networking

Can an employer force you to give them your social networking password?

For years, we’ve been warning kids to be careful about what they post on Facebook or My Space, in part because prospective employers, college admission officers, and others were looking.  Your Facebook might enhance your reputation and get you that job or it might raise alarms and prevent you from attending the college of your…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Social Networking

Parents: Are your online posts too revealing?

The internet can be a wonderful tool for social connections. But do you know enough about online privacy? Do you “overshare” in posts? A surprising study by “Reputation Management and Social Media” in 2010 revealed that adults are more likely to post revealing information than children or teens.  Parents scrutinize, chastise, and teach the youth…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy, Social Networking

Facebook for School Counselors Launched Today

Facebook has become an increasingly integral part of students daily lives, and school counselors often find themselves called upon to address and resolve the very real consequences of issues that are born in the virtual space. iKeepSafe and the ASCA recognize that school counselors’ roles are multi-faceted and specifically published Facebook for School Counselors today…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Social Networking

Microsoft Helps Combat Child Pornography

One of the most disturbing crimes of our day is child pornography. It is a significant problem that can be seen in the rise of arrests and the proliferation of content available on Internet. High profile cases exist in recent months, including the arrest of a University of Utah professor while flying Delta Air Lines.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Privacy, Social Networking

Technology Practices Require Informed Policy-Makers

Many students, parents, and educators recognize the potential to reach and engage students through technology and new media use within the educational environment.  While many administrators and policy-makers also acknowledge the potential benefits, some are unfamiliar with technology and new media, skeptical of the benefits, and/or consider the risks to be too great. While each…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Social Networking

Kids Use Bogus Facebook Accounts for Parents to See

According to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation survey, kids ages 8 to 18 spent a little more than 7 1/2 hours per day using “digital” entertainment.  And consequently, parents are struggling to stay on top of their kid’s online habits. For example, a growing trend among teens is to create and manage two Facebook accounts.…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Social Media in the Classroom: The Digital Safety Debate (Part 3 of 3)

This three part series tackles the question: How do teachers and administrators navigate the litigious, educational and social issues that new media brings to the classroom? Read Part 1 Read Part 2 This third installment focuses on social media’s place in teacher-student relationships—should it be used as a communication tool outside of school? My initial…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Social Networking

Blogger Beware: Privacy and Other Considerations for the Social Media User

I love blogging.  I blog at work and I blog at home, and I appreciate how blogging and other social media use can be tremendously beneficial, especially within the educational setting.  With any type of social media use, however, one of my primary concerns has always been privacy, particularly when minors and students are involved.…Continue Reading

Categories: Privacy, Social Networking

Social Media in the Classroom: The Digital Safety Debate (Part 2 of 3)

This three part series tackles the question: How do teachers and administrators navigate the litigious, educational and social issues that new media brings to the classroom? This second installment focuses on social media’s place in the school—is it teacher’s pet or troublemaker? (Read Part 1 here). Imagine a stranger walking up to you, placing a…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Legal Issues, Social Networking

Safer Internet Day: Teachers Connecting Generations Through Technology

Today is Safer Internet Day, and with its theme of “Connecting generations and educating each other,” teachers have the perfect opportunity to highlight how much children and adult family members can learn from each other when then meet online and across digital devices. Fifteen years ago, the internet got a lot of flack. People were…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Parenting, Social Networking

How Young is too Young?

What app do 20 million minors actively use? According to a 2010 Consumer Reports survey, the answer is Facebook. Do you agree with Facebook’s age limit? Even though there is a Facebook requirement that members be at least 13 years old to open an account, there is a discrepancy between Facebook rules, and reality. If…Continue Reading

Categories: Social Networking

Social media in the classroom? Not a Discussion for the Emotional

Should educators use social media in the classoom? In my home state of Missouri this has been a highly charged debate.  The intention of this article isn’t to prove that either side is right or wrong, but is rather to have a discussion around what may work best for your particular school or community. I…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Social Networking

Should Teachers be on Social Media sites and other ethical questions

As we head into 2012, let me introduce you to a new cyber phenomenon—Cyberbaiting. Some of you may not know what it means, many kids do, and unfortunately many teachers have dealt with it. According to the Norton Online Family Report, released November 17, 2011, cyberbaiting is “a growing phenomenon where students taunt their teachers,…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Social Networking

Social Media in the Classroom: The Digital Safety Debate (Part 1 of 3)

This three part series tackles the question: How do teachers and administrators navigate the litigious, educational and social issues that new media brings to the classroom? This first installment focuses on what schools don’t do that gets them into legal trouble and what they can do to keep out of it. If I may take…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Legal Issues, Social Networking

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