Posts Tagged 'cyberbullying'

Shaming others publicly has been a social practice that far predates social media. When we are not eating, working, or sleeping, hierarchy-happy humans tend to rank, dog-pile, one-up, judge, call out, stereotype, and ridicule. We rephrase it, couch it in clever or passive aggressive phrasing, or slap a hashtag on it to fold it into […]

Forget making the football team or honor society, for teens, social hierarchy is measured by how hefty your follower count is on Twitter. Studies show that while Facebook is still the #1 social network for teens, Twitter is one of the top three digital cruising lanes. And if you think your teen doesn’t have a […]

It’s called Flinch and the idea behind this new app echoes an innocent childhood game: Stare at the other person across from you, keep a straight face, and the first person to smile or laugh, loses the match. Sounds like oodles of fun, right? Not if the other player live- streaming to your phone is […]

At a recent ladies’ get-together, discussion about the murky world of online grooming, cyber stalking, and identity thieves found its way to our lunch table. Everyone had a story to relate about Facebook friends turning kidnappers, handsome teens in chatrooms turning out to be adult men, children revealing personal details while playing online games and […]

Being a parent in a socially networked world is likely one of the toughest challenges you will face. In the thick of this challenge, I’ve shifted my parenting approach significantly over the past several years. I’ve evolved, as many of you have witnessed on this blog, from being a panicked protector to a full-time preparer. A key shift for me personally has been […]