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  • Use Parental Controls to Build Trust, Not Erode It

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    Our kids are always a couple steps ahead of us when it comes to technology. Though tempting, this means that it doesn't work well to install parental controls, close our eyes, cross our fingers, and hope for digital greatness. Study after... 

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  • How could such a smart kid do such a stupid thing? Bumps on the road to digital citizenship

    "I just don't get it!" Sighed a dad I spoke to last week. "We have talked about this over and over again. She knows better!"

    He was referring to his daughter's online foray into posting pictures that she probably shouldn't have. The pictures weren't wildly inappropriate - but taken out of context it sounded like this dad definitely was justified in his concern that they were... 

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  • 5 Things to Love About Digital Media

    I get asked a lot to come in to a community to talk about Internet Safety. I often begin these sessions by asking parents what they are most excited about and what concerns them most in terms of parenting kids in the digital age.

    While many parents come to workshops worried about cyberbullying and predators, it is helpful to name out loud the opportunities unleashed by digital media.... 

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  • Beyond "Lock Down" and "Hands Off:" Parenting for Digital Citizenship

    My kids are obviously being encouraged to use technology in school yet I am concerned about all the other 'stuff' that comes along with it like too much time on Facebook and tons of distraction. I hate being a grouch because I actually like this stuff. What approach should I take with my kids as they get more and more tech in their lives?

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  • Internet Safety Videos

    You recently wrote a post about engaging youth in conversations about online safety and digital citizenship? Do you have any tips or resources on how to do this?

    - Monica, Toledo, Ohio

    This is a great question! Involving young people in this conversation can be as simple as asking what they are doing online and... 

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  • Facing the Facts About Cyberbullying

    Dear Dr. Dave,
    One of the students at my daughter’s school posted an awful picture of another student online. Talking to my daughter, it sounds like cyberbullying and other mean stuff online is not unusual. She told me it wasn’t a “big deal” and not to overreact. What do you think? How do you prevent cyber bullying?

    Anne,... 

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  • Talking to Your Kids About Sex, Porn and the Internet

    I recently discovered that my 13 year old son has been viewing websites about women and sex.  My husband and I calmly confronted him.  He is grounded from the computer except for homework.  In addition I will monitor his activity more closely.  The computer is in the dining room.  But how should/could we have handled the situation?  How concerned... 

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