Parents are constantly telling their children, and especially teenagers, "think before you post." However, are we walking the talk? Not too long ago I wrote, Facebook Is Not A Diary for the HuffPost and this story went viral. It was about a single mother of two who went on a rant about her online dating—sharing things that the world really didn't need to know, especially her children. It seems to hit a nerve. Shortly thereafter there was a video that went viral too, called, W
When it comes to college admissions, scholarships, and jobs almost all students are now acutely aware that colleges and employers will be checking their social media. A recent survey of more than 1,000 20-25 year old recent and soon to be college graduates found that 68% of respondents said they would never try to hide their social media accounts from potential employers. In assessing these findings, the survey sponsor surmised: “This transparency is a boon for potential empl
Raising teens and tweens in today’s digitally-connected world is complicated. Parents often worry about what their kids are doing online. That’s why the best way to combat cyberbullying, online predators, and to protect the online/offline reputation of kids is to teach them to become “cyberwise”—not just about the tools they use, but their behaviors on them as well. The first impression they give to the world is frequently online. Everything they post on the Internet, and eve
Once upon a time, kids could be kids. They could do the silly things that kids do — make inappropriate comments, appear in and take ridiculous photos — and only their very close friends, and maybe their family, would be any the wiser.
Unfortunately those quaint days of yore are long gone. Today nearly everything a young person (or any of us, for that matter) says or does is chronicled for the world to see on an assortment of social media sites ranging from Instagram, Vine,