Talking to grade schoolers about the risks of social media and texting

Talking to grade schoolers about the risks of social media and texting

Last Sunday, I met with fourth and fifth graders at St. Joseph Marello Catholic Church to talk about the risks of social media and texting, and how to respond with confidence.  This training was part two of a class on Your Circle of Grace and Social Media, which helps...
Confronting internet porn: Five elements of intimacy every teen needs to know

Confronting internet porn: Five elements of intimacy every teen needs to know

Given this hyper-sexualized social landscape our tech-savvy youth are navigating, I am convinced it is more important than ever that parents have meaningful conversations with youth about their sexuality. And the emphasis needs to on the practical value of prudence...
Tips for talking to teen girls about the attacks on their sexuality

Tips for talking to teen girls about the attacks on their sexuality

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com) In her book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers (2015), Nancy Jo Sales describes in intimate and vivid detail the incredibly graphic and degrading...
Teens’ live streaming sex-capades fuels mistrust between tech-savvy youth and parents

Teens’ live streaming sex-capades fuels mistrust between tech-savvy youth and parents

Earlier this week, Yahoo News reported yet another incident of teen abuse of technology in Milwaukee that feeds the mistrust between parents and tech-savvy youth. According to the report posted by CBS58, two 14-year-old girls cut class with a 15-year old boy and live...
Want your teen and young adult to trust you? Get honest about your own faith

Want your teen and young adult to trust you? Get honest about your own faith

One of the important lessons parenthood has taught me is that my opinion is not the same thing as wisdom, and yet they are so easily confused. My opinion, no matter how well-informed, is just that – it always involves limited understanding and it belongs to me. While...

Tips to prepare your child for the top 4 internet risks

Cyber Safety for Families with Joanna and Jodie on The Fish Family Morning Show 103.9FM The Fish Christmas time introduces cyber safety concerns for parents whose children are receiving various internet-enabled devices as gifts. And we know that internet connectivity...