April 15, 2014
Just Kidding Still Doesn’t Cut It in the Online World

Just Kidding Still Doesn’t Cut It in the Online World

In July of 2013 I wrote about a young man named Justin Carter who posted a threatening status update on Facebook resulting in his arrest. This story has since become a cautionary tale that I have travelled all over the country with. The moral of the story being that “just kidding” doesn’t cut it in the online world.

American Airlines 737-800 N966ANThis week a young Dutch girl, “Sarah”, is learning that same lesson in front of a…

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April 1, 2014
What Parents Should Know About The Eraser Challenge

What Parents Should Know About The Eraser Challenge

The world of the internet never ceases to amaze me and what people, kids especially, are willing to do to achieve their 15 minutes of fame is even more shocking. I received an e-mail from a concerned parent in Connecticut this morning about a new trend in schools called “The Eraser Challenge”. Coincidentally, I had just seen a news report about this very issue.

Join me now in a massive eye roll…

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March 19, 2014
What Parents Should Know About Keek

What Parents Should Know About Keek

This week’s entry comes from a parent in Nebraska who has asked about Keek. I will admit that I was a bit confused by the question regarding the app. Turns out that Kik Messenger and Keek are two completely different apps!keek

Keek is a Toronto based social networking service that allows users to upload video status updates also known as “Keeks.” Keeks can be created on a mobile device or through the…

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March 14, 2014
Yik Yak (Don’t Come Back!)

Yik Yak (Don’t Come Back!)

If Ask.FM taught the would anything, it was that teenagers and the ability to remain anonymous cannot be mixed. In the summer of 2013, the popular Q&A web site became known worldwide after a series of bullying related suicides. Despite the public outcry, the site’s developers refused to aide in the investigation into instances of bullying and threats.

Social App newcomer, Yik Yak, found…

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March 14, 2014
Fitness Friday: Just Eat the Cookie

Fitness Friday: Just Eat the Cookie

Two months into my fitness quest, I have found myself feeling weird about taking detours on the diet track. Having eliminated soda, Starbucks Lattes, fast food, many snack foods and so much more from my eating habits- I’ve found it very difficult to even consider eating them.cookies

This was a big learning moment for me.

I had always been really annoyed when people around me refused to eat a piece of…

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March 12, 2014
What Parents Should Know: Vine Becomes PG-13

What Parents Should Know: Vine Becomes PG-13

Just over a year after its debut, Vine (a Twitter-owned platform) had brought about a major change in their Terms of Service. Last week, Twitter announced and immediate change in the terms banning all pornographic and sexually explicit content.vine001

Twitter and, by extension, Vine had no rules against pornographic material though they did supress the content by putting up disclaimers over the video…

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March 11, 2014
Social Networking in the Classroom: Talking to Students about Sexting

Social Networking in the Classroom: Talking to Students about Sexting

The issue of sexting is starting to come around again big time and causing a lot of problems for schools. Problems arose when 10 students, aged 14 to 18, at Walpole High School in Massachusetts found themselves being questioned by police regarding illicit messages being sent around the school.

ID-10092889One important piece of information to highlight from this Fox 25 reportis that in Massachusetts and many…

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March 5, 2014
What Parents Should Know About Yik Yak

What Parents Should Know About Yik Yak

We’re back with the “What Parents Should Know” series. This entry is ripped straight from the headlines in my own backyard after a pair of bomb threats caused Marblehead High School caused an evacuation. This isn’t the first issue schools are having with the app as rumors of violence and instances of cyberbullying are running wild within the three-month old app.

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About the App(from the Android…

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February 14, 2014
Fitness Friday: One Month DownIt’s been one month since I started my fitness journey and it has been an interesting trip so far.…View Post

Fitness Friday: One Month Down

It’s been one month since I started my fitness journey and it has been an interesting trip so far.…

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February 13, 2014
Dale Hansen Stands Up to Michael Sam’s Critics and It’s AmazingI was fully prepared to write something insanely amazing about the Michael Sam story. While I’m not…View Post

Dale Hansen Stands Up to Michael Sam’s Critics and It’s Amazing

I was fully prepared to write something insanely amazing about the Michael Sam story. While I’m not…

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