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Social Media Addiction: Where Does It Begin?

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/internet/followers-cheaper-lips-young-influencers-detail-allure-cosmetic-proced-rcna14463 It’s been proven that social media addiction is real, but what happens when that addiction goes beyond scrolling and posting? There’s a disturbing...

How Friendly Are Kid-Friendly Apps?

The continued concern about our kids and digital devices is the amount of data that tech companies are collecting about them. Even if your child isn’t on social media yet, they are still vulnerable to disclosing their personal information while using apps and video...

Dove Fights Back Against Toxic Social Media Content

https://www.fastcompany.com/90746539/dove-deepfakes-moms-to-illustrate-the-impact-of-toxic-influencers-on-teens For many young girls, their self-esteem is heavily influenced by their mothers.  And most mothers do their best to protect and build that self-esteem so...

Synthetic Media: What Is and Is Not Real?

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-gastronomy/the-ethics-of-a-deepfake-anthony-bourdain-voice?utm_source=morning_brew Synthetic media.  That’s a term that was new to me until today.  Synthetic media is “a catch-all term for the artificial production,...

Teaching Your Teens How To Handle Inappropriate Texts

https://www.wsj.com/articles/sexting-among-kids-is-bigger-than-everand-often-illegal-heres-how-to-talk-to-your-child-11622894400?mod=tech_lista_pos1 When my kids first started going out to dances, parties, or even just to sleep over at a friend’s house, we devised a ...

Parenting in the Digital World

https://www.nytimes.com/guides/smarterliving/family-technology I just finished having lunch with a friend whose 7 year old daughter began asking her “the questions” last night. You know the ones.  The questions began innocently enough, and with each answer my friend...

Misinformation and Disinformation: What’s The Difference?

https://slate.com/technology/2021/12/information-consumers-misinformation-adrift-media-literacy.html Misinformation or Disinformation? Both words refer to wrong or incorrect information but the key word that separates them is intent. Let's start with misinformation....

Changing the Culture We Created

https://www.ted.com/talks/monica_lewinsky_the_price_of_shame?language=en October is Cyberbullying Awareness month.  But honestly, shouldn't we be aware every month, every week, every day?  We should, but we’re not.  We’re not aware until we read another headline of...

A Step In The Right Direction

https://www.theverge.com/2021/9/30/22702117/epic-games-children-privacy-safety-kids-web-services-free Unless you don’t have a preteen or teenager living in your home, then you are probably aware of an online game called Fortnite.  Fortnite was created by Epic Games...

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