I Can't Put My Phone Down and It's a Problem

I Can't Put My Phone Down and It's a Problem

I don’t know about you but I think I may need an intervention.

I often put down my phone with the express intention of working on/doing something that doesn’t involve me using my phone at all and then, usually without realizing I’m picking it up, the phone is in my hand and I’m scrolling through social media or playing a game on the device while I was supposed to be focusing on something else.

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Online Privacy Doesn't Exist

Online Privacy Doesn't Exist

Does online privacy exist?

The Debbie Wasserman Schultz DNC’s email scandal is just the latest in a constant string of public missteps involving emails, posts and texts sent or shared online, not originally intended for public consumption, that became public and led to scandal.  She, like most people who use email, likely assumed her email wouldn't be shared with the world.  She, of course was wrong and now she and the Democratic Party are now dealing with fallout from the reality that online privacy doesn't really exist .

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Cyber-Safety: To Spy or Not To Spy

Cyber-Safety: To Spy or Not To Spy

To Spy or Not to Spy?

I am the founder of a tech company (The Social U) that specializes in scanning and scoring social media accounts for students to ensure that what they post online doesn’t prevent them from getting an internship, a job, a scholarship or into college. We also educate young people on various issues concerning cyber-safety and online etiquette.

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5 Tips for Talking With Your Child About Social Media

5 Tips for Talking With Your Child About Social Media

Tips for Talking About Social Media With Kids

Talking to your kids about social media isn't as easy it might seem.  Below are 5 tips to help you talk to your kids about social media so that they learn to use it properly.

  1. Start early
  2. Don’t make it an inquisition
  3. Show them examples of social media “don’ts”
  4. Use statistics to your advantage
  5. Keep it simple and short
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What Does "Don't Post Anything Inappropriate" Really Mean?

What Does "Don't Post Anything Inappropriate" Really Mean?

Define "Inappropriate"

I’ve heard many parents tell their kids (myself included) “don’t post anything inappropriate online”.  We say this phrase and think we are being good/responsible parents – that we are doing our job when it comes to talking to our kids about being responsible on social media.

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