We're excited to share this post from the man who brought text messaging to the U.S. He's got some great advice for you... and it involves elves! In American folklore, a Christmas elf is a diminutive creature that lives with Santa Claus in the North Pole and acts as his helper. Santa's elves are often said to make the toys in Santa's workshop and take care of his reindeer, among other tasks. I have been working with great people, and maybe some elf’s too, in the media literac
Here's a FREE holiday gift for you, courtesy of our friends at Frienedy: "5 Guidelines To Help Your Kids Build a Safe and Positive Digital Presence." GET YOUR FREE BOOK HERE And while you're at it, why not help yourself to the FREE and significantly discounted items in the Holiday Protection Package? It's a perfect last-minute gift for the digital kids you know and love. ABOUT THE HOLIDAY PROTECTION PACKAGE Parents recognize the positive impact that technology has on their ch
If you have time to read only one Digital Wish, please make it this one! Thank you Heather for taking the time to share your invaluable experience as an investigator of child exploitation, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, narcotics, espionage, homicide and more. Who are cyber predators looking for? I’ve been asked this question a lot. For 14 years I was a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS…yes, like the tv show). I lived and wor
We’re big fans of Cyberwise’s tagline ”No Grownup Left Behind.” We want to see all parents up to speed when it comes to what their kids and teens are doing online, and what kind of guidance best assures safe and responsible online activity. With that in mind, our digital wish is for parents of kids who are coming of social media age is: “No parents who just say no”. “What’s that?” you say. Let me explain. The average American teen gets her first cell phone by the age of 12, a
It sometimes feels like we rapidly toggle between two extremes in how we view social media. Depending on the day, it seems to either be that: social media will usher in a new age of cross-cultural understanding and explosion of creativity OR social media has devolved into a cesspool of kneejerk reactions, trite zingers, and ugly mudslinging. It is easy to think that the trolls have overtaken the castle.
As we know, social media is all of the above--a mixture of the wonderfu
My #Digiwish for 2016 is for us to elevate the discussion of tech use from a limited scope of addressing problems, like cyberbullying and screen time, to a more holistic view of how to weave technology in to our lives in a positive way. Our focus as a community of parents, teachers and tech safety advocates should be on how to encourage good digital citizenship, defined by the recent DigCit Summit as “smart, savvy and ethical use of technology.” Cyberbullying: One Part of the
Are you Guilty of "Oversharenting"?
Have you ever noticed on your social media accounts, like Facebook or Instagram, there are some people who post picture after picture and video after video of their kids? Maybe they do it to keep extended family in the loop of every little triumph. Or maybe the parent just needs extra validation through “likes” and they end up over sharing their children's accomplishments.
I think its fair to assume that we all have those “friends” an
This is the first of our ongoing #digiwishes campaign, inspired by our Holiday Protection Package Wishlist. We'll be asking digital experts to tell us their Digital Wishes for a safer, saner, and kinder online world. We are honored to have Sue Scheff, a tireless advocate for online kindness, as our first featured blogger! Here is her wish: Today we live in a world where the majority of people, young and not so young, are hooked on some type of gadget. From infants and toddler
This past week PocketGuardian attended the 2015 Family Online Safety Institute's (FOSI) annual conference. We had the pleasure of connecting with many organizations and thought leaders who are bringing awareness to online safety. Over the two-day event, panel topics explored cyber ethics and cyber-bullying, child online sexual exploitation, privacy, international trends, educational technology, digital parenting, and much more. This was our first time participating we felt