Teens seem to add new words to their vocabulary every other day, and many of these are used online. That’s why we have created a handy list to help you! THE RELATIVELY INNOCENT TERMS 11:11 - 11:11 AM or 11:11 PM; it’s commonly believed that making a wish at these times makes it come true! Has connections to numerology and spirituality. Awks - Short for ‘awkward.’ BTS - A popular boy band in Korea. Bruh - Another slang for ‘bro’ or ‘dude.’ CYA - Two very different possible mea
DID YOU KNOW? Teenagers who spend hours per day playing video games and other Internet activity are more susceptible to attention problems, feelings of loneliness and sadness, and possible suicidal thoughts. Excessive amount of screen time can also cause a myriad of effects on your teenager's overall health. So how do we help our teens? Discover the answers on this workshop: Monday, April 15, 8 p.m. EST We are thrilled to be part of this! Join Cyberwise's Diana Graber, auth
I have wanted to write for the Cyberwise Blog for some time now. I greatly admire their work and as a Parent Coach, I often refer to Diana Graber and her writing to assist parents with the tech challenges they face with their kids. Admittedly, I am no expert on the nuances of keeping our kids safe from the overuse or misuse of technology; but I do know how to build strong relationships between parents and children as a means to keep them safe. So for the purposes of this bl
At 6, our daughter began crying in the middle of the night, making nights hard, just like parenting a baby! How did we stop it? Check out our experiments and find out what worked! As a baby, my daughter was a terrible sleeper. The first 8 months were hell for us as we were running on little to no sleep nearly every night trying to console and feed throughout the night. Even her then “longer” hour stints of sleep, I couldn’t sleep because my body had been trained that she’
The home of today is very different to that of 10 or even five years ago – everything from your fridge to your TV links up to the internet and has more processing power than you thought white goods would ever need. With this new-fangled technology, however, comes a raft of new security issues that most of us simply can’t afford to ignore. Here are a few things to consider and do, to protect yourself in this new domestic landscape, look after your family online and make your h
It's heartbreaking to see a young person (or anyone for that matter) missing the wonders of a beautiful day because they are gazing down into a smartphone.
So when my friend Michele Whiteaker, founder of FunOrangeCountyParks.com and co-founder of NaturePlayTrips.com asked me to collaborate with her a couple years ago on answering the question, “How can one be a good digital citizen outdoors?,” I jumped at the chance. As two moms who make our livings largely from behind our
Technology, specifically mobile, continues to advance at an amazing rate. Can parents really keep up with all of these latest technological advances? The latest apps? As a software developer by trade, I am fully immersed in technology daily. For parents who are not, keeping up is an overwhelming task. Countless times I have witnessed parents handing a phone to a child for help. Shortly afterwards an expression of awe and frustration appears on the parent's face--as they reali
It's so easy to stay connect to loved ones today. We have access to Skype, texting, and social media to keep our family and friends up-to-date with our crazy lives. It's important to stay in touch with all of our loved ones--including older generations--and to keep them informed of the ever changing technology game.
Make it a goal to educate grandparents and even great grandparents about technology. This Father's Day, why not treat Grandpa, or even Great-Grandpa, with his
Modern digital technologies continue to have a tremendous impact on the way we live our everyday lives, in terms of speed, efficiency, and geographical reach. You can pay your bills with a few quick mouse clicks, have your groceries delivered straight to your doorstep, or chat with someone halfway across the world. But learning how to use these technologies isn't always easy, especially since new ones are being released every couple of months or so. It's also a special cha
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE ARTICLE: "FREE AND EASY LESSONS ON NEW WEBSITES AND APPS" FIND IT HERE. You may have encountered this scenario before: Your kids anxiously await the holiday season, receive their gifts, and then spend countless hours engaged with their new tech. Some may even keep their tech at arm’s length at all times, taking it with them wherever they go including to bed. Conversations with your child while they are engaged with their tech are fruitless; a stale
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
Listen to CyberWise Co-Founder Diana Graber talk "no grownup left behind" with Dr. J on the Social Network Show. Listen to/read it here. #dianagraber #socialnetworkshow #digitalliteracy #socialmedia #technology
Recently we were introduced to a new tech tool we found intriguing— VISR provides "early detection" to spot threats and safety issues your children might be exposed to on their digital devices -- sort of like an alarm. It alerts parents to potential issues like bullying, violence, sexting, etc., while respecting children's privacy. We also thought Founder Robert Reichmann's story was interesting, we hope you do too! What is VISR? VISR is an early detection technology for thre