Using Social Media to Deepen Your Relationship with Teens

How to connect with your teen using social media!

I have a personal policy that if a teen I know wants to friend me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram I always accept and follow back, but I don’t friend or follow first. Here are 3 reasons why I have this policy: It is important to me that the teenager feels a sense of power and control in the relationship. This is because the world is set up so that teens (and all … [Read more...]

When the TV in Their Room is an iPhone

when their phone is the tv in the room.

Growing up we had two television sets in our home: a tiny black and white box in my parent's bedroom and a larger screen in our basement family room. In my house right now we have 3 TV sets -- one in our bedroom, one in our family room and one in a basement playroom. The average American home has 3 TVs and most watch a minimum of 5 hours per day. However I took a different … [Read more...]

Technology and the Sexploitation of our Teens – Podcast

Teens using technology are easy prey for sexploitation. This podcast we discuss how to be aware.

Dr. Tracy Bennett discusses technology, teens and sexploitation We're talking about teens, tweens and technology again this week on our podcast, but getting into some serious stuff. Too many young teens are sending wildly inappropriate photos and texts to members of the opposite sex and their friends. Or their friends could be taking photos of your child when they're not even … [Read more...]

Teens and Tweens Using Social Media, and Technology Podcast


Teens, Tweens, Technology and Social Media Podcast A lot of parents struggle with social media and technology when it comes to their tweens and teens. In this podcast, Dorien Morin-van Dam and our Editor, Kristen Daukas, discuss the pros and cons of it as well as how to handle schools who only use devices to teach in classes. Topics we discuss include: What age do … [Read more...]

6 Tips to Balancing Family Connection and Fun Screen Time

6 ways to unplug and connect this summer

Oh Delicious Summertime Remember last summer? You started out strong with fantasies straight from your ‘80’s memories of yummy giggling connection, nourishing sunshine, fresh fruit, and dusty barefoot tree climbing. But then there were closets to sort, kids to feed, and socks to wash . . . Everybody kind of drifted off, positioning themselves in front of their screens. When … [Read more...]

Why Social Media Behavior Matters To Teens

teen's behavior on social media can greatly affect their job and college search

Colleges and employers are watching what you tweet Many teens are tired of hearing parents and teachers reminding them to pause before you post or think before you send a text. They may be tired of hearing it, but that doesn't mean we are going to stop preaching it, since it is imperative that not only youth pause before publishing anything in cyberspace -- grown-ups need … [Read more...]

How to Tell if Your Child is Addicted to Their iPhone

14 signs your teen's addicted to their iphone

Is your teen or tween addicted to their iPhone? Here are 14 ways to tell. First, the addiction isn’t necessarily with the phone, it is with the incoming/outgoing, constant communications and engagement in a cyber world that the phone creates. Because the phone is mobile, they always have it with them. I call it “phone addiction” because I have seen what happens when the … [Read more...]

Is It Love Or Just A Crush – Social Media and Your Teen

Is it love or just a crush - Social media and your teen

Does Your Teen Love Social Media? With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air. You can feel it, see it and even taste it! How do you celebrate? Are you swayed by commercialism, Hallmark and peer pressure and go all-out on February 14? Or, do you celebrate just the way you want, all year long? (This is how my husband and I do it, by the way. I can't remember the … [Read more...]

It’s High Time We Teach Social Media in Schools!

It's High Time We Teach Social Media in Schools!

TEACHING SOCIAL MEDIA IN SCHOOLS – A NECESSITY? I just read this article and then watched a three minute video by Jay Baer where he poses the question “Should Social Media Be Taught in High School?” Jay makes excellent points and, like him, I trust his mom’s opinion: if a former high school teacher (30 years of experience with teenagers!) answers this question with a … [Read more...]

From the Mouth of Babes “Look in the Social Media Mirror”!

Look in the social media mirror!

Kids Say The Darndest Things! I am not only a social media consultant and business owner, I am also a mom to four kids, three of them teens. Having three sons, the conversations with them are often limited to sports talk, school work, friends and the standard ‘what’s for dinner’. With my daughter the conversations go deeper and lately, are often related to social media. In … [Read more...]

How To Get Your Teenager To Engage With You, Not Just Their SmartPhone

How To Get Your Teenager To Engage With You, Not Just Their SmartPhone

You Are The Engagement Specialist! Picture this. You are having dinner and you think your (pre)teen is very interested in what is on their plate; s/he is bend over and intend on looking down, occasionally taking a bite. Only to find out half-way through dinner that their head is bend down because they are secretly texting their friend with their Smartphone in their … [Read more...]

Tweens and Kik – It’s Far From Kicks

your tween and kik

 You Tween and Kik As a mom, and a communications professional in the technology space, I've heard some pretty scary stories about kids' use of social media. Predators lurking on Facebook, bullying happening via Twitter and even suspicious activity occurring on Minecraft. Add in all the news about SnapChat and Ask.FM and it’s easy to get jaded with how bad the next new app can … [Read more...]

Five “Back to School” Rules for Technology

whitney fleming

Technology Needs Back to School Rules, Too As kids get older, more and more of their school work is completed online. Homework assignments, research, and collaborating with their classmates on projects are now all completed through the Web instead of at the library — like we used to do it in the olden days. Although laptops, iPads and mobile phones seem to be necessary for … [Read more...]

Lessons Taught From Celebrity Photo Leak

Using the celebrity photo leak to teach our kids A few days ago nude pictures of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kate Upton, Lea Michele, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and others showed up online.  I happened to see them on a friends' Twitter account.  When I saw them, I was like, "no way those are … [Read more...]

Teens and Social Media – What Parents Need to Know


Parents receive daily warnings on how their teens’ social media activities will hurt their chances of getting into college or finding a job. Rather than dwelling on the well publicized negatives of teen social media use, parents should be working with their teens to unleash the positive storytelling powers of social media. Parents can help their teens tell their story by … [Read more...]

When It’s the Parents Who Act Bad

It's not just the kids who are naughty on social media... The parents can make your skin crawl. We have had our fair share of bad weather this winter here in NC.. Mother Nature has been nothing short of bipolar.. 70 degrees one day, an inch of ice the next.  The kids have had delays, early dismissals and have missed more days this school year than they have in almost 30 … [Read more...]

Teens Building Their Digital Trail During the Summer: Summertime Blogs

teens blogging

Digital citizenship is a phrase we have heard a lot recently. Teaching our kids and especially teens to be upstanding citizens online as they are offline is a priority. Creating a positive digital image will affect their future. It is a fact, there will come a time when your child's name will be put through the Internet wash-cycle and how it spins out will depend on how they … [Read more...]

Would Grandma Approve of Your Facebook Page?

If you wouldn't say it to your grandmother don't post it online

Yes, colleges are looking at your Facebook and other social media accounts. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Pheed----the list of social networking options is seemingly endless.  We use them practically 24/7, sometimes with the mistaken notion that they are forms of private communication rather than public fora.  The illusion that our children, nieces, … [Read more...]

Four Reasons My Kids Don’t Use Electronics in Public

kids using devices in public

Do Your Kid Use Electronics in Public? My beautiful daughter had attached a pink silk flower to the top of her head so she would be visible amongst the other penguin-attired, middle school orchestra members. Standard issue white shirt with black bottoms clogged the stage. When I saw the flower appear, I knew where to keep my focus. Lights dimmed and a hush fell. The silent … [Read more...]

Winter Break, Spring Break: No Break for Online Reputation

teens and online reputation during spring break

It is that time of the year again, when teens are planning their trips or what they will be doing with their time off during school break. One thing we know about teenagers: their social media won't be taking any vacations, quite the contrary, keystrokes and uploads usually work overtime. Parents continue to have the discussions about underage drinking, distracted … [Read more...]