“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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Understanding Empathy

Understanding Empathy

I’ve seen this video several times…and I’ll continue to watch it to keep my mind fresh when talking with struggling youth. It’s a very powerful 3 minute reminder on human connection.

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Digital Dating

Unlike when I grew up, our kids are digitally dating. I’ve worked with students that have met someone IRL (in real life), that person moved to a different city, and then they continued their relationship digitally. I’ve talked to youth who have met their partner online and have never met in person. There are also youth who date in person, but stay connected (and date) through digital devices.

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Youtube and Roblox Adult Content

Roboblocks

Please read this article. I can’t confirm how much of this happens, but it can happen. Kids love Roblox and Youtube. My children are not permitted to use Roblox because they are not of age yet, at 8 and 11.

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TikTok Is Not OK for Kids

Pervs-Playground

TikTok is not appropriate for elementary or middle school kiddos. Some of the content is not appropriate for high school teens. There is much adult-themed content on it and as with any interactive app: the potential for grooming.

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Too Much Too Young

Too-Much-Too-Young

You may have seen a recent story posted on the Medium website titled,  “I’m a 37-Year-Old Mom & I Spent Seven Days Online as an 11-Year-Old Girl. Here’s What I Learned.” This story was sent to me by numerous folks who support the mission of Shape The Sky. I have to admit, it’s a catchy headline, and I’m sure many people wanted to know what the 37-year-old mom learned.

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1st Graders with Smartphones

1st-Graders-and-Smarphones

With the recent Christmas holiday, many students have been talking to me about the electronic devices they received as gifts. One of my recent conversations was with a first grader who got a phone but told me that he “can’t call on, but can do everything else.” He then pointed out that he was unable to text because he wasn’t good at spelling yet.

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Random Chat Apps

Smartphone Apps

I’ve been talking about random “chat roulette” type of apps since I started my trainings in 2012. These types of apps have changed and morphed over the years, but the function is basically the same: you are randomly connected with a “stranger” also using the app anywhere in the world. What has changed is the age of the kids using these apps.

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