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
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
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
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
If you search for “fire challenge” on YouTube, you’re going to find a slew of videos of kids (and some adults) trying to get naturally selected by dousing various parts of their bodies in some kind of quick-evaporating accelerant, like rubbing alcohol or hairspray and than lighting themselves on fire. More
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
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.
There was no Pinterest. More
Anytime the issue of public breastfeeding is discussed, there is always a man who makes the statement that if a woman is allowed to “whip out her breast” in public, he should be allowed to do the same thing with his dick. More
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.
I don’t know how we deal with this. I don’t know how we keep our kids, especially our daughters, safe online. I want my own kids to have sex with people that is consensual and safe and healthy, I just don’t want the whole world knowing about it. More
I don’t need articles about rape or VAW meme-ified or dumbed down with giant images told with panels like I’m reading a post about pop culture or what 1980′s band I am or what celebrity is making funny faces. More
There’s a horrific case out of Waukesha, Wisconsin this morning about two 12-year-old girls who invited one of their friends over for a sleepover, and the following day lured her into the woods where they played hide and seek until they decided to stab the girl 19 times in order to appease the Something Awful forums originated mythical being of Slenderman. More
I’ve made fun of you. I’ve trolled you. I’m trolling you right nao. But here’s the thing, I’m not trolling you for expressing an idea. I’m trolling you because the ideas you express are so vapid and so mind-numbingly uninspiring it’s almost impossible to be a fully-developed, intelligent, socially aware, feminist human and NOT troll you. More