CyberSecurity Tip 7: Words Can Be Online Stones

When I was researching and drafting CyberSafe,  most kids' first exposure to the digital world was email. Now, of course, texting and social media are how teens communicate today. The problem with online communication is it can move quickly from fun and conversational to negative and hurtful. Some of the negativity can be true cyberbullying which is intentional while other forms of negative … [Read more...]

CyberSecurity Tip 6: A game made for the military is too violent for a kid

Here's a fact you may not know. The very popular war simulation games our kids and teens love to play and beg us to buy for them despite the intensity and violence are created by the same groups who make the US Department of Defense's simulation programs for our soldiers. Here's an example. … [Read more...]

CyberSecurity Tip 5: Dr. Gwenn’s Guide to Online Behavior

The best way to teach kids how to behave online is to behave appropriately online ourselves. If we are stellar examples of digital citizens and treat each other with respect online, our kids will pick up those behaviors and treat each other well, too. … [Read more...]

CyberSecurity Tip 3: Wordless Wednesday – modern teen life

    A sign of our times... but do we really know what they are doing and if they are safe? Checking in with our teens once in a while when they are in their texting zone helps you have a reality check with them and lets your teens know there is a world beyond the phone. … [Read more...]