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...
How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

How the sciences of addiction, faith and recovery inform prevention strategy

(Below is the message Joanna shared with parents, educators, law enforcement, faith leaders and community leaders at the Coalition for Placer Youth, State of the Youth Community annual luncheon at 180 Church in Rocklin, last May 25. Joanna serves as the Chairperson...
How the brains of tech-savvy youth are ‘hacked’ and what to do about it

How the brains of tech-savvy youth are ‘hacked’ and what to do about it

On Sunday June 11, 60 Minutes aired a very revealing and insightful expose on how cyber tools and applications are designed to efficiently and proficiently engage the intellect and will of people so that they easily become addicted to the device – which then...
How the life experiences of tech-savvy youth inform parents

How the life experiences of tech-savvy youth inform parents

The sciences of medicine and behavioral health appear to be converging on this discovery articulated by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, that childhood abuse and chronic stress, as well as growing up with parents who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse...
Empowering logic to counter ‘13 Reasons Why’ a child commits suicide

Empowering logic to counter ‘13 Reasons Why’ a child commits suicide

When I decided to leave a career in technology to focus upon the impact of technology on family life (2004), my youngest was entering eighth grade and mobile connectivity had just landed in the hands of youth. Before the smart phone, texting had quickly surfaced as...
Five steps to let go of negative experiences in the social network

Five steps to let go of negative experiences in the social network

One of the great challenges of our time is learning how to embrace a forgiveness and grace mindset in the social network. When people say that a post or a text is forever, it can be a very intimidating thought for young people who are bound to experience a snare of...

Honoring faith and self-determination in the social network

On May 17, the Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento recognized Core Connectivity as a public charity doing good work for the community at their “Power of One” annual event with a certificate of appreciation from Assemblymember Kevin McCarty and a generous donation...
Cannabis 101 for parents: Two truths about today’s pot

Cannabis 101 for parents: Two truths about today’s pot

Community leaders, law enforcement, health educators and cannabis industry business leaders convened at Squaw Valley in Tahoe last May 12 to collaborate in a regulatory response to the legalization of marijuana (cannabis) via Prop 64 in order to protect the health of...
No excuses required: On compassion and forgiveness in the family

No excuses required: On compassion and forgiveness in the family

As an eager student of the human condition, I get really excited about the strategic value of forgiveness as an essential mindset that promotes resilience and healing. And yet forgiveness is so misunderstood; it is often confused with excusing bad or offensive...