The “My Strip Generation”.

Yoursphere.com was recently referred to by Reader’s Digest as “Wanted: Peace of Mind” in the article, “Parent Alert: Teens and Porn”.  The article focused on how porn has gone interactive and our children are at risk. The writer, Judith Newman, writes about how her…

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AT&T Smart Limits

Has your child ever woke up on a school-day morning looking like they didn’t quite get a full-nights sleep? Have you worried that they’ve been distracted with text messaging when it was homework or study time? Have any of your kids had…

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Digital Citizenship Is The New Online Safety

I read with interest this weeks internet safety newsletter from our friends at SafeKids/NetFamilyNews netfamilynews.org.  What I appreciated about one of their articles, is that it talked about: “A new online safety: A means, not an end.”  The piece states that to keep…

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How Informed Are You About Bullying?

It’s important as parents that we talk to our kids about bullying – online or offline. But how much do you really know about bullying? Is bullying likely to take place at school or off campus? Would your child tell…

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Facts and Fallacies About Social Networks

Facts: 1. Most sites have no identity verification and screening of members – Very true, aside from some gambling sites no one seems to be verifying identities of their members. 2. Talking with your kids about online safety does help – Kids really…

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Understanding Facebook’s Stickiness

The folks at CNNMoney just posted a great article titled How Facebook is taking over our lives. True enough! It does seem that all the buzz these days is about how Facebook is taking over the online world. Why? Because — to…

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That’s Not Cool: New Campaign Can Help Parents Too

Digital abuse is yet another of the new hazards that today’s teens and pre-teens face. Get a cell phone or join a social network like Facebook or Myspace or even just an email account, and you’re open to unwanted contact from so-called friends…

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Why Yoursphere Gives Credits and Rewards

The moms over at Silicon Valley Moms Blog have been talking about rewards. The basic question is this: Have rewards taken over our lives?! I chuckled to think about all of the chocolate and fruity candy handed out every day across the United…

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Internet Crime Could Spread Through Social Networks

PCWorld has an interesting article that says the next wave of Internet crime could come from social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. The article quotes cyber-security guru Peter Gutmann: “I would assume internet crime will migrate to social networking sites in the future.”…

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Teen Texting Gone Wild

Back in December, I noticed several articles about teens and “sexting” — sending provocative email messages via cell phone texting. This article on ABC News does a good job of pointing out all of the issues: Sexting teens can go too far. The…

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The Many Benefits of New Media

We’re a family that likes to balance a healthy dose of outside play time (baseball, football, and imaginary play for the younger kids) and after school activities (soccer, gymnastics, track for example) with time spent online or watching TV – that is, after…

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