Topic: Internet

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 »

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 »