Category Archives: Internet

Today’s Teens and Their Tech

Last week Pew Research’s Amanda Lenhart released their brand new report on Teens, Social Media and Technology, providing us with the newest data on how many kids are actually online, engaging in social media, and using mobile devices. Any parent … Continue reading

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From SnapChat to Tappy

It’s called Tappy. It’s the newest app acquired by Tinder, and the buzz is that it’s Instagram meets Snapchat. The conversation begins with a photo, and then becomes chat. All messages disappear after 24 hours. It’s everything young people want: … Continue reading

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You May be Addicted to Your Smartphone If…

Amy Williams just wrote a fascinating guest post about teen smartphone addiction for our Parenting Help column on TheSource4Parents.com this week. For those of you who are a little more visual, here’s her infographic: You may be addicted to your … Continue reading

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5 Ideas to Help Your Kids be Smarter Than Their Smartphone

Last night my wife and I saw a friend at a Christmas party who I hadn’t seen in months… at least face-to-face. But immediately I complimented her on her Thanksgiving decorations and asked how her daughter’s b-day party was last … Continue reading

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Talking with Teens about Their Smartphones

Teens typically think their smartphone use is reasonable. Parents and teachers, however, think teen smartphone use is out of control! Who’s right? That’s the question I just proposed in the brand new blog I’m writing to teenagers every week (the … Continue reading

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Free Online Training

I constantly receive emails from people who can’t come to one of my training workshops, but wonder if we provide any free online training. I’ve always answered, “Yes!” and provided a link to our Free Training Tools page, which includes … Continue reading

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Teen Online Behavior 2014

Last week McAfee released their newest Teens and Screens study to help us understand exactly what our kids are doing online. The report revealed some interesting findings about teens’ online habits. Here are a few observations worth noting: Teenagers Love … Continue reading

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The Social Media Irony

(and 5 Ideas to “Socialize” the Socially Isolated) In a world where 4 out of 5 teenagers are social media users, you’d think young people would be growing more… social? Sadly, no. In fact, most research is revealing quite the … Continue reading

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5 Days of Get Your Teenager Talking- DAY 2

Each day in my blog this week I’m giving you a little somethin’ you can use to provoke meaningful conversations with young people. (Click here for yesterday’s.) My brand new book, Get Your Teenager Talking has 180 conversation springboards that “get … Continue reading

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Keeping Social Media Safe

“Should I allow my 13-year-old to use Twitter?” It happens after every parent workshop I teach. Parents line up with specific questions. “Is Instagram bad? “Should I be worried if I found my teenager using Omegle?” “All my daughter’s friends … Continue reading

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