August 31, 2014
What Everyone Should Know About Facebook Messenger: Myth vs Reality

What Everyone Should Know About Facebook Messenger: Myth vs Reality

It would seem that we have once again found ourselves in a position of being mad at Facebook. I’m not surprised at the issue seems to come up every other year or so. The popular social networking site will make a change, we’ll all get super mad and hate it, there will be threats of shutting down our accounts in protest, and then we get over it, carrying on as normal.

I’d like to take the time to…

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August 15, 2014
What Parents Should Know About Fling

What Parents Should Know About Fling

It would seem that there will be no shortage of strange new apps to talk about.  This latest inductee into the messaging app hall of famefling puts a strange twist on the world of photo messaging.

Fling, which launched to mixed reviews and a top 5 spot in the App Store in mid-June, is the latest in the trend of random messaging. Like I mentioned, there’s a twist.

At first glance, I thought Fling was…

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August 14, 2014
New Ask.fm Owner Wants To Eliminate Bullying, Moves Company to the US

New Ask.fm Owner Wants To Eliminate Bullying, Moves Company to the US

In summer of 2013, popular social networking site Ask.fm brought bullying back to the forefront of the minds of people around the world, sparking debates on privacy and digital responsibility (see What Parents Should Know About Ask.FM)

askfmofficeThe site allowed users to interact anonymously by asking and responding to questions. Naturally, young users took advantage of the ability to remain in the shadows…

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August 14, 2014
Imagine Dragons: Cyberbullies?

Anyone that has met me know that I have a sense of humor. Sometimes it’s a bit bleak but I always understand there’s a time and a place. If I spot something that seems out of place, shocking or funny I will gladly point it out to a friend to share a laugh or perhaps relive the tale later.

The last thing I would do is take that same moment and share it with over 9 million people.ImagineDragons0

On June 27, 2014…

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August 13, 2014
O Captain! My Captain! We Never Had a Friend Like You

O Captain! My Captain! We Never Had a Friend Like You

It’s been almost 48 hours since I first heard the news that Robin Williams had passed away. Like the rest of the world, I wanted to believe it was just another celebrity death hoax. I needed it to be another celebrity death hoax.

It wasn’t.

WilliamsIn that moment I felt a loss like I have only experienced a few times before. It felt like I had just received the news that a close relative had died. That’s…

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August 11, 2014
There are always resources here for you. If you’re struggling with depression, please call. 24/7 @TrevorProject 1-866-488-7386

There are always resources here for you. If you’re struggling with depression, please call. 24/7  1-866-488-7386

July 30, 2014
The Top Parent Tool to Battle Cyberbullying

The Top Parent Tool to Battle Cyberbullying

I get asked a lot of questions. Seriously, I’ll show you my inbox sometime. It’s truthfully one of the best parts of my job, being able to impart wisdom that I have picked up from over five years of travelling around the United States and talking with people.

ID-10063311Of all the questions I get asked, the biggest from parents has to do with the issue of bullying both in the real world and the digital.

For…

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July 29, 2014
Teaching Internet Safety: It Takes A Village

Teaching Internet Safety: It Takes A Village

There’s a quiet debate taking place in the hallways of schools across the country – no – around the world. Who is responsible for teaching kids about Internet Safety?

I’ve travelled to hundreds of schools around North America and I’ve had this conversation regularly with school administrators, counselors, parents and even students. It would seem the problem is that, on all fronts, people feel…

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July 28, 2014
Casting Jonathan Maberry’s ‘Department Zero’

Casting Jonathan Maberry’s ‘Department Zero’

It would seem that my post regarding the announcement of Joe Ledger coming to life has sparked some intrigue from the online world. Since I hit “publish” on July 10th, the entry has received over 100 hits from Twitter, Facebook, and search engine inquiries. I’m a bit proud of this, not going to lie.

Also since publishing that entry I’ve been asked by some about what my thoughts on casting are. …

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July 21, 2014
Scams Exploiting Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Crash

Scams Exploiting Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Crash

It’s an unfortunate reality that in the wake of a tragedy the scum of the earth rise up to show their true colors. Scammers exploit major news tragedies in an effort to make money from real donations or fake charities.

Malaysia_Airlines_Boeing_777In the days following the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 a large number of scam charities and malicious pages have popped up all over social networks.  These scams include…

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