Topic: Internet

20-Something Questions How We Handled Life Before Cell Phones, Proves Cell Phones Are Making Us Useless

20-Something Questions How We Handled Life Before Cell Phones, Proves Cell Phones Are Making Us Useless

I spent my twenties traveling through Europe every summer. I would work all year to save money, then take off for a couple months. For some of those travels, I was completely alone. It was in the early nineties, so I did not own a cell phone. I had no issue finding my way — even in a completely foreign country where I didn’t speak the language. Now, if I leave my house without my cellphone — I feel like I’m stranded. More »

Obsessively Monitoring Your Kids’ Social Media Isn’t Parenting, It’s Spying

Obsessively Monitoring Your Kids' Social Media Isn't Parenting, It's Spying

Monitoring your kids’ social media is a hot topic. There are seemingly endless ways for a child or teenager to cause themselves trouble in the digital age. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and texting present young people with many opportunities to exercise bad judgment and misbehave. However, parents obsessively spying on all of that is not an effective means of parenting. More »

4chan Murderer Posts Victim’s Photos Online, To The Cheers Of Internet Scumbags

4chan Murderer Posts Victim's Photos Online, To The Cheers Of Internet Scumbags

If you are a woman, there are parts of the Internet that hate you for that reason alone. There can be no better proof of that than the fact that one man felt comfortable posting pictures of his girlfriend, who he says he murdered, to Internet message board 4chan – expecting to be not just tolerated, but praised for his actions. And he got what he was looking for, of course. More »

Social Media Continues to Stress Out Kids And Destroy Childhoods

Social Media Continues to Stress Out Kids And Destroy Childhoods

Hey, here’s a new concern about kids and technology that I’ve never thought about before but should have! Turns out there is a real relationship between self-esteem and the Like button. I’ve been so worried about my kids not hooking up with pedophiles that I haven’t even thought about what social media will mean to their feelings about themselves. The number of “Likes” they get or “Friends” they have is a numerical, measurable way to assess their popularity and worth. Huzzah, the internet!
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Your 11-Year-Old Should Not Be On Instagram

Your 11-Year-Old Should Not Be On Instagram

Social media is part of our lives now. Every day, most of us will navigate a series of choices what to say online and how to say it; sometimes the existence of a second Internet life seems odd to those of us who grew up even before dial-up modems, Juno email addresses, and endless AOL Online CDs arriving in the mail. For our kids, though, an online life is going to be second nature; which means that somehow, we have to teach our kids to navigate safely through an iLandscape that didn’t exist when we were their age. Internet safety for kids should start at home with some learner’s permit-style social media access supervised by a parent. And that includes helping kids understand and obey the Terms of Service social websites operate under. More »