The Lost Art of Kindness: Cyberbullying, an Ever-Growing Issue

This. Is. AWESOME. Read it, share it with your kids. Share it again in a few months. Cyberbullying is real, and we are not only the problem – but the solution. Teach and preach kindness, it’ll go such a long way. Share away, please – this is so good!
“I believe that as much as we are the problem, we can also be the solution. Instead of using the Internet to hurt someone, use it to empower people and make others feel good about themselves. And if you don’t have anything nice to say, just keep scrolling. Life is short. Spend your time here wisely, and just be nice to people.”

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Teen Depression and How Social Media Can Help or Hurt

This is a great article, and really interesting perspective on how social media (with healthy parental involvement) can be a positive thing in kids’ lives. More and more I hear stories of kids using social media to promote messages of positivity – or in this instance, helping others battling depression. Really worth the read.

“Social media is embedded in the social and emotional fabric of our teens’ lives. As parents we need to stay involved, walking the challenging line between teen privacy and autonomy, while ensuring safe, productive and even healing social media experiences.”

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Cyberbullying on rise, particularly for teen girls, study says

According to a recent study, cyberbullying is on the rise. This is no surprise to me, as new technologies and apps (especially anonymous ones and ones that claim to make posts “disappear”) make it easier than ever to be less accountable. The solution to this is two-fold: 1. Setting a good example out of the gate, teaching kids to be kind. 2. Preventative education a talking about studies like this and its short and long-term implications.

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Michigan Woman Charged for Alleged Sexual Obsession Over 11-Year-Old She Met on Xbox Live

This makes me sick and is so important to discuss on so many levels. Gaming is HUGE with middle school and elementary school kids. With the ability to play live with people around the world, we HAVE to be paying attention and laying out some major rules before our kids even start gaming. This is so tragic and scary. If you think your child can handle it, I recommend using this as a discussion point (maybe taking out some parts of the story).

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Airline checkpoints, cyberbullying and sexting are all confusing real risks

A really important goal of mine in educating people about digital safety is getting to the root of the issue. It’s not all about stopping sexting amongst teens, it’s about teaching respect; it’s not about learning how to stop cyberbullying, but more about teaching our kids from day one to be kind, compassionate and accepting.

This is one of main reasons I don’t encourage relying on apps of this nature that claim to filter out certain words or catch our kids sending inappropriate pictures. While some can be tools to help, they’re bandaids, not solutions. This is a great article that speaks to this point.

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