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Archive for April, 2010

Funny Friday - Sex Offender Locator

Funny Friday – Sex Offender Locator

| April 30, 2010 | Comments (0)

This app allows you to access a database of sex offenders, but unless the developers want to freak parents out, they should consider changing the name…or at least the pop-up notification.  Happy Friday everyone!   Coutesy of: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2010/04/sex_offender_locator_youre_d…

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Formspring - A Concerning Site That's Growing in Popularity

Formspring – A Concerning Site That’s Growing in Popularity

| April 29, 2010 | Comments (0)

People love to see likes, tweets and diggs on the updates, pictures and videos they post on their blog or social network profile.  Even more so, it’s always a nice surprise to see that you have comments on whatever you posted. The nice comments can put a smile on your face, while the not-so-nice ones […]

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Sexting 101

Sexting 101

| April 28, 2010 | Comments (0)

Under the umbrella that is cyberbullying is another form of technological misuse–sexting.  Sexting is something that anyone who owns a cell phone with a camera, can engage in if they choose. The term “sexting” is wordplay on exactly what it entails, sending sexual images via text-messaging services from one person to another. The viral affect […]

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How to Get Kids to Talk About Bullying – ParentDish.com

| April 26, 2010 | Comments (0)

I thought this would be a great follow-up article to the Cyberbullying 101 blog that I posted last Friday.  The following information is from Tom Henderson and Colleen Egan from ParentDish.com, along with some professional advice from Dr. Michele Borba. Children are literally being bullied to death. There’s even a word for it now: Bullycide. […]

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Cyberbullying 101

Cyberbullying 101

| April 23, 2010 | Comments (0)

With a lot of the attention in the media focused on horrific bullying cases, I thought it was important for us to step back and take a black and white approach to sharing the basics of cyberbullying, and why coming up with a solution to end cyberbullying involves so many complications.  These complications have put […]

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Moderation Is Key

Moderation Is Key

| April 20, 2010 | Comments (0)

Times are changing…and fast!  This is something that the folks at the National Association for the Education of Young Children are starting to realize. No one can deny the swift technological change that overwhelms parents and keeps kids on their toes.  It’s an every-day thing for our culture now, and it isn’t slowing down anytime […]

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How Hot Is Your Tween on Facebook?

How Hot Is Your Tween on Facebook?

| April 19, 2010 | Comments (0)

That’s the first question that got my attention from Forbes.com writer, Joan Indiana Rigdon. The second question she asked: “Isn’t it time for schools, parents and social media sites to get extremely specific about Internet safety?” got my attention as well. Thank you, Joan, for asking these questions. Though there are many useful advantages of […]

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Moms and Dads Who I Admire. Meet Linda Criddle.

Moms and Dads Who I Admire. Meet Linda Criddle.

| April 16, 2010 | Comments (0)

Have you ever met someone that just “put you in awe” and made you smile? Have you ever met someone so intelligent and passionate about what they do that you immediately felt like you would find a way to support their mission? Well, that’s the feeling I got when I finally had the pleasure of […]

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The Wonderful Benefits of Social Media

The Wonderful Benefits of Social Media

| April 14, 2010 | Comments (0)

Out of all of the convenient communication technologies that have helped shape our society in the last 10 years, social media has, without a doubt, been most influential in our lives. Social media mediums like texting and social networks have allowed us to stay in touch with friends and family on a daily basis without […]

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Utah School District Enforcing Strict Social Networking Policy

Utah School District Enforcing Strict Social Networking Policy

| April 13, 2010 | Comments (1)

You may have read the blog I posted last week regarding social networking in schools and where to draw the line between student-teacher communication on social networks.  Well, this article from ABC 4.com is a great follow-up to that blog as it discusses how a school district in Utah is taking a firm stance on […]

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Funny Friday - Explaining Social Media to the Past

Funny Friday – Explaining Social Media to the Past

| April 9, 2010 | Comments (0)

Makes you wonder how different social media will be when we start asking similar questions.

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Youth Educators And Leaders Are in a Social Networking Pickle

Youth Educators And Leaders Are in a Social Networking Pickle

| April 8, 2010 | Comments (0)

Educators have a universal responsibility to look out for their students’ best interest in the classroom. They know it, their students know it, and parents often depend on it.  I know it based on my experience with my children, and based on my husband’s commitment to his student athletes.  I’m grateful that my family has […]

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What to Say When Your Under-Age Child Wants a Facebook

What to Say When Your Under-Age Child Wants a Facebook

| April 5, 2010 | Comments (1)

Meryl, a friend of mine, shared an interesting story with me the other day.  It was about her 11-year-old cousin, who, like many 11-year-olds, is starting to show interest in social networks, more specifically Facebook. The good news was that Meryl knew about Yoursphere; she knew that it was perfect for kids just like her […]

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Funny Friday – Attack of the Giant Thumbs!

| April 2, 2010 | Comments (0)

True story: The other day, I walked into my 16-year-old daughters room only to see her furiously texting. All I heard was the blazing fast tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap that came from the contact her thumbs made with her phone. I was impressed with her speed. I told her I just […]

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Moms and Dads Who I Admire. Meet Jason Harper.

Moms and Dads Who I Admire. Meet Jason Harper.

| April 1, 2010 | Comments (0)

Jason Harper and I live by the same motto: “be the change in the world you want to see”.  That’s why I created Yoursphere and that’s why Jason made the impact he did with his 100-mile-distance run around Sacramento. Not many people would volunteer to run 100 miles around the city of Sacramento in triple-digit […]

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