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Is ‘New Profile Pic’ App a Russian Malware Scam?

I’ve seen this creative new profile picture making it’s rounds on my social media. I must admit that that’s a fun way to update your profile picture. Then I started seeing posts about the app used to create it potentially being a Russian malware scam.

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Can Youth “Accidentally” Share Nudes on TikTok?

Have you seen the Rotoscope filter on TikTok? It’s a fun filter that makes your video a colorful cartoon silhouette of yourself. It’s a neat filter that is definitely fun for the youth. But some users on TikTok use this filter while taking their clothes off. 

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“The Unexpected But Genius Trick That Stopped Tech Battles With Our Teen”

Growing up is an evolution for the body and mind. Growth comes from success and struggle. Learning to walk, ride a bike and eventually drive a car come at the appropriate developmental stage for our youth. Their digital development should be the same.

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“The Phrase ‘Look at My Sound’ Is a Sexual Hint for TikTok Users In the Know”

I believe that the misconception about TikTok is that it’s just an app where people dance and share funny or fun videos. While this is true, there is a dark underbelly of sexualized content on TikTok.

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Let’s Teach Kids to Lift Each Other Up

I see the damage every day caused by youth being mean to each other intentionally and inadvertently. Bullying, mean words, purposeful exclusion and making fun of others are a daily struggle, particularly in middle school.

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“Should Parents Take Away Cell Phones? 4 Things to Consider”

When parenting your children (or students in your school), are your consequences;  1-relevant (to the infraction), 2-realistic (“you’re grounded until you’re 30!),  3- respectful (treat them like you would like to be treated in the same situation)

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A Fresh Look To Celebrate 10 Years of Trainings

Celebrating 10 years of trainings!

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“Vicarious Supervision: Preventing Problematic Behaviors Online through Positive Parent-Child Relationships”

Sometimes after one of my presentations I have parent tell me that “their kids are never getting anything (digital)” until they turn 18. I encourage them to think about their child’s digital life as a evolution from when they enter school till they graduate and are on their own. Let’s face it, this is a digital world and that’s not going to change. Is this realistic?

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