Topic: Internet

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 »

When Even Deleted Photos Aren’t Safe, How Do We Protect Our Kids

When Even Deleted Photos Aren't Safe, How Do We Protect Our Kids

No doubt most (if not all) of you have heard about the latest celebrity nude photo scandal. Some basement-dwelling asshole has released intimate photos of some major female celebrities, and is promising to release dozens more of even more women. What is most hideous and terrifying about these newly outed photos of stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kate Upton is not only that these were, of course, photos that were never meant to be shared, but that in some cases these photos had been deleted by the women involved yet were still accessible to hackers through their iCloud accounts. As a mother, how do I teach my kids that even the last illusion of privacy — the deletion of personal photos and videos — is gone? More »

Google Cares More About Making Money Off Your Kid Than Keeping Him Safe

Google Cares More About Making Money Off Your Kid Than Keeping Him Safe

Parents of children under 13 be alert – Google is coming, and it wants your children to buy all of the things. There’s a rumor afoot that Google is currently working on providing some of it’s services, like Gmail and YouTube, to children under the age of 13. Finally, your 8-year-old can email their friends and share YouTube videos of animals vomiting, or whatever kids that age are into. More »

Add “Am I Pretty?” Videos To The List Of Reasons Parents Are Terrified Of The Internet

Add "Am I Pretty?" Videos To The List Of Reasons Parents Are Terrified Of The Internet

It is nothing new for kids to be this way toward one another but now they have so many immediate avenues for spewing their hatred and bullying- it is no wonder that kids commit suicide and participate in so many harmful behaviors these days. It is so easy for kids to hurt themselves and others through social media and to have their self-esteem destroyed. More »

The Real Reasons Why Women Breastfeed In Public

The Real Reasons Why Women Breastfeed In Public

Breastfeeding moms are told to cover up, to be discreet, to go feed their babies in public restrooms because as we all know, there is nothing more pleasant than having lunch in a place reserved for urinating and defecting, or else to go sit in a hot car in a parking lot and feed your baby in the privacy of your vehicle. When I was breastfeeding my kids, and when I did so in public, I always did it because they were hungry, but according to the internet, women do it for many other reasons More »

I’m So Sick Of ‘Pinnable Parenting’ – Where Moms Need Everything Pinterest Perfect

I'm So Sick Of 'Pinnable Parenting' - Where Moms Need Everything Pinterest Perfect

Growing up in the 1970s, a great deal of my childhood was spent on my parent’s cracked linoleum floor, surrounded by avocado green appliances and flocked, floral wallpaper, dumping measuring cup after measuring cup of lukewarm water into an old saucepan or a tomato-sauce stained Tupperware container. I sat on a frayed beach towel with bleach spots, folded to make it more comfortable for my scrawny toddler body, my mom in a housecoat sharing a cup of instant coffee and smoking cigarettes with one of her friends who was probably dressed the same.

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Another Slender Man Stabbing In Ohio Obviously Means Kids Can’t Like Scary Stuff

Another Slender Man Stabbing In Ohio Obviously Means Kids Can't Like Scary Stuff

Growing up, I was a huge fan of scary stuff. I loved scary movies, and television shows like Tales from The Darkside and The Twilight Zone and one of my most beloved books was a giant Alfred Hitchcock anthology I dragged around with me that belonged to my parents. I dressed up as The Creature From The Black Lagoon for Halloween when I was about five-years-old and I had a huge crush on Vincent Price. I never wanted to stab anyone.
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