Get Your Kids’ Tech Ready for Back-to-School

Get Your Kids’ Tech Ready for Back-to-School

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It’s that time of year again. The long lazy days of summer are winding down. It’s time for families (grateful parents, disgruntled teens) to get back on a normal schedule, back to work and back to school. It’s also a time for parents to review their kids access to technology. Here are some easy to follow tips for setting reasonable expectations for tech use at home and in school.
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The Technology Isn’t the Problem, It’s You

The Technology Isn’t the Problem, It’s You

Blog
Over the past few weeks there have been more stories about people losing their jobs, their admission to elite colleges, or the full potential of their formerly bright futures because of what they posted online. The headline of these stories routinely emphasizes the social media platform on which the offense is shared, as though social media is the problem. It is not.
Read More
Digital Wellness: Apply Five Healthy Principles for a Happier You

Digital Wellness: Apply Five Healthy Principles for a Happier You

Blog
Technology is so entangled in our lives that we need to consider our tech use when we think about our overall health and wellbeing. Are we using our technology for its intended purpose – as a tool to help us stay connected? If not, are we too dependent on our devices that we isolate ourselves? Think about how you have incorporated social media and smartphones in to your daily life. If you feel out of balance, try these five tips to a healthier digital you.
Read More
The Screen Time Dilemma: Your Attention Please!

The Screen Time Dilemma: Your Attention Please!

Blog
I had the opportunity recently to see the IndiFlix documentary entitled LIKE, about the impact of social media on our lives. What really impressed me about this treatment of the subject was the lack of judgement. I note this because many news items and programs, especially about kids’ and teens’ relationship with technology, are delivered with a sneer or exasperation at the way the younger generation is focused on their online lives.
Read More
Digital Wellness: The Tools to Help Us Help Ourselves

Digital Wellness: The Tools to Help Us Help Ourselves

Blog
It has been a tough year in terms of public relations for the big tech firms. From Congressional hearings, to Russian manipulation of social media platforms to data privacy concerns and breaches you might think we’d all give up on them! But no, they’ve got us hooked. From iPhones to Google to Instagram and Amazon, we all seem to prefer the convenience and connection they provide us over our own privacy and independence.
Read More
Should We Rely on Tech to Get Us Off our Tech?

Should We Rely on Tech to Get Us Off our Tech?

Blog
Facebook, Google, and Apple have recently launched Digital Wellness or Digital Health guides to help us break our addiction to their products. But can we trust them? And shouldn’t we be able to break our unhealthy digital habits without relying on tech to remind us to do so? Is the solution to ‘tech addiction’ found in the tools the big tech companies provide? Isn’t the problem that we rely too much on what our devices tell us to do rather than to our own instincts?
Read More
Gaming Advice for Parents

Gaming Advice for Parents

Blog
Parents concerns about gaming are very similar to the overall ­­­­issues parents have with regard to technology: time spent, interaction with strangers, and inappropriate content. Some of the top games kids are playing include: Fortnite, (a great article on this game by Your Teen for Parents), Rocket League, NBA 2K18, Madden (NFL and Mobile), FIFA, Super Mario Odyssey, Star Wars Battlefront II, Clash of Clans, Trivia Crack, Minecraft and Call of Duty.
Read More
Dear Social Media, It’s Time to Grow Up

Dear Social Media, It’s Time to Grow Up

Blog
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act provides safeguards for our children under the age of thirteen. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even YouTube use COPPA to inform their age requirements. This assumes that at 13 years old while using social media, our teens should be able to understand the difference between advertising and content, truth and distortion, appropriate and offensive postings and how to behave in an online environment.
Read More
4 Tips for Avoiding Tech Distracted Holidays

4 Tips for Avoiding Tech Distracted Holidays

Blog
‘Tis the season of gathering around the fireplace, attending holiday parties, enjoying lively dinners and the sounds of beeping Smartphones. Wait, what was that last one? During the holidays we aspire to re-create a 1950s perfect version of family gatherings. The problem is that 2017 is full of distractions that were unthinkable 60 years ago. So, how can we resolve our nostalgia with 21st century reality? Here are my Positive Digital Life tips to make the whole family happy.
Read More
Digital Strategies: Why One Teacher WANTS His Students to Use Social Media

Digital Strategies: Why One Teacher WANTS His Students to Use Social Media

Blog
One amazing teacher can have a profound impact. Many of us can remember at least one teacher who changed the way we thought about ourselves, about learning and about our place in our communities. I remember my third grade teacher who was so captivating that she made me want to do my best. Decades later, I still remember her style, humor and passion for teaching. She made it cool to be smart and she changed the way I thought about school. I thought of her again recently when I spoke with Jason Shaffer, High School Education Technology Teacher for the North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. Jason is on the leading edge of educators who want their students to use social media. He is an inspiration to me and to his students, watch my full interview with Jason and you will soon see why.
Read More
Online Safety: Mission Possible

Online Safety: Mission Possible

Blog
Parenting is hard. We all know and accept this. The minute you were released from the hospital with a newborn you realized it was not going to be easy. I remember being overwhelmed in the car ride home from the hospital, and like most new parents I’m sure I looked like a deer in headlights. So you lean on others to guide you; parenting books, doctors and nurses, your parents, relatives, friends and your spouse. With the help of a village you are able to face the challenge of caring for the new little person in your house.
Read More
My Approach to Good Digital Citizenship

My Approach to Good Digital Citizenship

Blog
Earlier this month the Obama Foundation launched a project to define and promote ‘digital citizenship.’ As Founder of Cyber Sensible, my focus has been to encourage parents, students and educators to maintain a positive digital life by employing the power of technology toward their success and well-being. During my workshops, I begin the digital citizenship discussion by asking these questions.
Read More
Summertime Screentime

Summertime Screentime

Blog
The lazy days of summer can be a much-needed break from the busy routine of the school year for kids. Unfortunately for parents, summer can become a battle to keep kids from getting swallowed up by their technology – Netflix, Xbox, Instagram, Snapchat, Pokémon Go and on and on. So, how can families balance tech use and keep free time from becoming nothing but screen time? Here’s my advice.
Read More
Teach Your Child to Be CyberCivil

Teach Your Child to Be CyberCivil

Blog
There is a loss of civility in our culture and even more so online as people feel they can hide their poor behavior behind the shadow of their screens. As a parent, I think it is important not only to talk to your kids about responsible use of technology, but also to set an example of good digital citizenship. Take some time to reflect on your online behavior and be a good digital role model for your child. Following are ten simple steps you can take to show your child how to behave online.
Read More
An Argument for Digital Citizenship Education

An Argument for Digital Citizenship Education

Blog
Before finishing my morning coffee, two news stories caught my eye as they provide more evidence that digital citizenship education is essential for all, especially the young. The first is a tragic story of a young girl who was targeted on social media, first by cyberbullies and next her vulnerability was exploited, also online, by her alleged killer. The second story is about a celebrity being sued for an offensive meme he shared online of an eight year-old-girl. What do these stories have in common? That what we do online has consequences. And everyone, from the young and innocent to the ‘should’ve known better’ could use a lesson or two in the appropriate use of technology.
Read More
Kids, Safety and Social Media

Kids, Safety and Social Media

Blog
We know our kids spend a good deal of their time with technology, in school, at home and on the go. How can we as a community work together to allow our kids the incredible potential of our connected world while also keeping them safe from harm?
Read More
Don’t Fight the Future: Adapt to a High Tech World

Don’t Fight the Future: Adapt to a High Tech World

Blog
Recently, an episode of ABC’s Blackish entitled “Their Eyes Were Watching Screens” hilariously and pointedly addressed our shared parental concern around our children’s use of digital technologies.
Read More
Get Your Kids’ Tech Ready for Back-to-School

Get Your Kids’ Tech Ready for Back-to-School

Blog
It’s that time of year again. The long lazy days of summer are winding down. It’s time for families (grateful parents, disgruntled teens) to get back on a normal schedule, back to work and back to school. It’s also a time for parents to review their kids access to technology. Here are some easy to follow tips for setting reasonable expectations for tech use at home and in school.
Read More
The Technology Isn’t the Problem, It’s You

The Technology Isn’t the Problem, It’s You

Blog
Over the past few weeks there have been more stories about people losing their jobs, their admission to elite colleges, or the full potential of their formerly bright futures because of what they posted online. The headline of these stories routinely emphasizes the social media platform on which the offense is shared, as though social media is the problem. It is not.
Read More
Digital Wellness: Apply Five Healthy Principles for a Happier You

Digital Wellness: Apply Five Healthy Principles for a Happier You

Blog
Technology is so entangled in our lives that we need to consider our tech use when we think about our overall health and wellbeing. Are we using our technology for its intended purpose – as a tool to help us stay connected? If not, are we too dependent on our devices that we isolate ourselves? Think about how you have incorporated social media and smartphones in to your daily life. If you feel out of balance, try these five tips to a healthier digital you.
Read More
The Screen Time Dilemma: Your Attention Please!

The Screen Time Dilemma: Your Attention Please!

Blog
I had the opportunity recently to see the IndiFlix documentary entitled LIKE, about the impact of social media on our lives. What really impressed me about this treatment of the subject was the lack of judgement. I note this because many news items and programs, especially about kids’ and teens’ relationship with technology, are delivered with a sneer or exasperation at the way the younger generation is focused on their online lives.
Read More
Digital Wellness: The Tools to Help Us Help Ourselves

Digital Wellness: The Tools to Help Us Help Ourselves

Blog
It has been a tough year in terms of public relations for the big tech firms. From Congressional hearings, to Russian manipulation of social media platforms to data privacy concerns and breaches you might think we’d all give up on them! But no, they’ve got us hooked. From iPhones to Google to Instagram and Amazon, we all seem to prefer the convenience and connection they provide us over our own privacy and independence.
Read More
Should We Rely on Tech to Get Us Off our Tech?

Should We Rely on Tech to Get Us Off our Tech?

Blog
Facebook, Google, and Apple have recently launched Digital Wellness or Digital Health guides to help us break our addiction to their products. But can we trust them? And shouldn’t we be able to break our unhealthy digital habits without relying on tech to remind us to do so? Is the solution to ‘tech addiction’ found in the tools the big tech companies provide? Isn’t the problem that we rely too much on what our devices tell us to do rather than to our own instincts?
Read More
Gaming Advice for Parents

Gaming Advice for Parents

Blog
Parents concerns about gaming are very similar to the overall ­­­­issues parents have with regard to technology: time spent, interaction with strangers, and inappropriate content. Some of the top games kids are playing include: Fortnite, (a great article on this game by Your Teen for Parents), Rocket League, NBA 2K18, Madden (NFL and Mobile), FIFA, Super Mario Odyssey, Star Wars Battlefront II, Clash of Clans, Trivia Crack, Minecraft and Call of Duty.
Read More
Dear Social Media, It’s Time to Grow Up

Dear Social Media, It’s Time to Grow Up

Blog
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act provides safeguards for our children under the age of thirteen. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even YouTube use COPPA to inform their age requirements. This assumes that at 13 years old while using social media, our teens should be able to understand the difference between advertising and content, truth and distortion, appropriate and offensive postings and how to behave in an online environment.
Read More
4 Tips for Avoiding Tech Distracted Holidays

4 Tips for Avoiding Tech Distracted Holidays

Blog
‘Tis the season of gathering around the fireplace, attending holiday parties, enjoying lively dinners and the sounds of beeping Smartphones. Wait, what was that last one? During the holidays we aspire to re-create a 1950s perfect version of family gatherings. The problem is that 2017 is full of distractions that were unthinkable 60 years ago. So, how can we resolve our nostalgia with 21st century reality? Here are my Positive Digital Life tips to make the whole family happy.
Read More
Digital Strategies: Why One Teacher WANTS His Students to Use Social Media

Digital Strategies: Why One Teacher WANTS His Students to Use Social Media

Blog
One amazing teacher can have a profound impact. Many of us can remember at least one teacher who changed the way we thought about ourselves, about learning and about our place in our communities. I remember my third grade teacher who was so captivating that she made me want to do my best. Decades later, I still remember her style, humor and passion for teaching. She made it cool to be smart and she changed the way I thought about school. I thought of her again recently when I spoke with Jason Shaffer, High School Education Technology Teacher for the North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. Jason is on the leading edge of educators who want their students to use social media. He is an inspiration to me and to his students, watch my full interview with Jason and you will soon see why.
Read More
Online Safety: Mission Possible

Online Safety: Mission Possible

Blog
Parenting is hard. We all know and accept this. The minute you were released from the hospital with a newborn you realized it was not going to be easy. I remember being overwhelmed in the car ride home from the hospital, and like most new parents I’m sure I looked like a deer in headlights. So you lean on others to guide you; parenting books, doctors and nurses, your parents, relatives, friends and your spouse. With the help of a village you are able to face the challenge of caring for the new little person in your house.
Read More
My Approach to Good Digital Citizenship

My Approach to Good Digital Citizenship

Blog
Earlier this month the Obama Foundation launched a project to define and promote ‘digital citizenship.’ As Founder of Cyber Sensible, my focus has been to encourage parents, students and educators to maintain a positive digital life by employing the power of technology toward their success and well-being. During my workshops, I begin the digital citizenship discussion by asking these questions.
Read More
Summertime Screentime

Summertime Screentime

Blog
The lazy days of summer can be a much-needed break from the busy routine of the school year for kids. Unfortunately for parents, summer can become a battle to keep kids from getting swallowed up by their technology – Netflix, Xbox, Instagram, Snapchat, Pokémon Go and on and on. So, how can families balance tech use and keep free time from becoming nothing but screen time? Here’s my advice.
Read More
Teach Your Child to Be CyberCivil

Teach Your Child to Be CyberCivil

Blog
There is a loss of civility in our culture and even more so online as people feel they can hide their poor behavior behind the shadow of their screens. As a parent, I think it is important not only to talk to your kids about responsible use of technology, but also to set an example of good digital citizenship. Take some time to reflect on your online behavior and be a good digital role model for your child. Following are ten simple steps you can take to show your child how to behave online.
Read More
An Argument for Digital Citizenship Education

An Argument for Digital Citizenship Education

Blog
Before finishing my morning coffee, two news stories caught my eye as they provide more evidence that digital citizenship education is essential for all, especially the young. The first is a tragic story of a young girl who was targeted on social media, first by cyberbullies and next her vulnerability was exploited, also online, by her alleged killer. The second story is about a celebrity being sued for an offensive meme he shared online of an eight year-old-girl. What do these stories have in common? That what we do online has consequences. And everyone, from the young and innocent to the ‘should’ve known better’ could use a lesson or two in the appropriate use of technology.
Read More
Kids, Safety and Social Media

Kids, Safety and Social Media

Blog
We know our kids spend a good deal of their time with technology, in school, at home and on the go. How can we as a community work together to allow our kids the incredible potential of our connected world while also keeping them safe from harm?
Read More
Don’t Fight the Future: Adapt to a High Tech World

Don’t Fight the Future: Adapt to a High Tech World

Blog
Recently, an episode of ABC’s Blackish entitled “Their Eyes Were Watching Screens” hilariously and pointedly addressed our shared parental concern around our children’s use of digital technologies.
Read More