Worried about how social media influences your child? Then understand what you can control

Worried about how social media influences your child? Then understand what you can control

Regretfully, I must open this update with the reality about the life and death decisions our children are making in the social network and in the flesh. As the Chair of the Coalition for Placer Youth I was invited to attend a vigil for a Rocklin senior high school...
Building youth resilience to violent extremism in the social network

Building youth resilience to violent extremism in the social network

In the beginning of the year, a private contractor with the Department of Homeland Security reached out to me to collaborate on grassroots efforts to counter the radicalization of youth into violent ideologies by gangs, neo-Nazis, terrorists, and other groups...
Three reasons why smartphones are not to blame for the isolation and depression of tech-savvy youth

Three reasons why smartphones are not to blame for the isolation and depression of tech-savvy youth

Adolescent mental health is a growing concern. A Pediatrics study published in November 2016 indicates an increase in major depression episodes reported for youth ages 12-20 from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014. This study concludes that the prevalence of...
Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Helping youth respond to the ‘triple-dog-dares’ of social media

Peer pressure, dares and challenges are nothing new. Think about Ralphie’s younger eight-year-old brother in the movie, A Christmas Story, who found himself stuck to a frozen pole in the school yard after accepting and acting on a  “triple-dog-dare” to lick it. The...
A response to the heroin epidemic: Remove the ‘cone of silence’ at home

A response to the heroin epidemic: Remove the ‘cone of silence’ at home

Over 12 years ago when I refocused my energy away from the corporate world to better understand what it means to grow up with cyber connectivity and the new demands on parents, one of the first things I observed was the parenting culture, the network culture and the...