Category Archives: Digital Citizenship

Mum’s Oldfashioned Rules for Newfashioned Media

If our tweens and teens abided by some of the simplest, time honoured rules it  might help to keep their social media world a nicer place and the social media user safer. Seriously though, below are some of mother’s basic homespun wisdom that would keep most out of … Continue reading

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Top Sexting Tips for Teens and Parents

If you regret sending an image to someone, ask them to delete it and not  forward it on to others. If the image has already been exposed to other people, speak to a trusted  adult to assist you in taking … Continue reading

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The Psychology behind a Selfie from a Teen’s Perspective……

A Selfie is defined as – taking a pic of yourself, often sexualized, and posting it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram with the sole intention of getting ‘likes’- the more the better. Celebrities do it, and tweens, teens and twentysomethings follow.   Why? Take … Continue reading

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Teens Deserting Facebook For Tumblr

It is happening!  Facebook is being parked by teens.  By what and why, you ask?  Quite simply because we (old, boring mums – sorry I am speaking for myself!) are on it!  Teens are over being watched (sometimes stalked ever so sweetly) by Mum, … Continue reading

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Mean Games Girls Play on Boys

Guest blogger, parent and teacher Damien Atkinson-Buck writes: As a parent of a toddler, I’m fortunate that I don’t have to worry about his adventures in the cyber world for now, but I do have nieces and nephews in their early … Continue reading

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What is Ask.fm? Parents and Teachers warned: Website linked to Cyberbullying

Teens and Anonymity – they are not a good mix! I encourage parents of young teens in particular, to join this website, ask.fm and search for the names of your children. Or ask your child if they know about it. If your teen … Continue reading

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Video Proof your Teen Must See!

Hot on the trail of my last post one of our Dad’s  (bless him) has just let me know that a self named ‘geek’ in the US has posted  video proof on Youtube that shows that Snapchats are even less destructible. digitaltrends reports that … Continue reading

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Surprise, surprise, Snapchat Pics Don’t Delete!

Teens think Snapchat is fun and many use it just for that. But do those who use it to sext, (and that is a well known use of it!) know that Snapchat’s promised “self-deleting” images do not actually disappear!  This is not the … Continue reading

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Sexting v Child Pornography

When three US high school students from Virginia made mobile phone videos of drunken sex acts with fellow teens and shared them among themselves, they ended up in court last week facing charges usually reserved for adult predators: child pornography, … Continue reading

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Rate Me Instagram! Instant Online Beauty Contests.

According to the Washington Post, the latest craze involves young girls around the ages of  12 to 13 posting photos of themselves and asking the sadly popular Internet question: “Hot or not?” The Post goes on to say that, ‘A quick look at … Continue reading

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Have you Googled your Child’s Name?

Not many know that as well as teaching Literature I also dabble in teaching Year 7 Multimedia. One lesson I teach is a Digital Reputation class.  I start by ‘googling’ my own name and showing the class what is on the internet about me.  We talk about how they … Continue reading

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall – The Selfie and the Psychological Impact on our Teens

The urbandictionary defines a Selfie as: ‘A picture taken of yourself and uploaded to Facebook, or other social media sites. You can usually see the person’s arm holding out the camera. A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy or duck face or … Continue reading

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Spring Clean Facebook……Chores for the Modern Teen!

We all know that teens can ‘post’ without thinking.  Soon many who are turning 15 or above will be  searching for a part time job.  Some well-known companies ask applicants to log in to their Facebook page as part of the interview … Continue reading

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:) Like what you Hate! :( What is Hater?

Yet another new App was launched last week.  It looks a lot like Instagram. You can take a picture or upload a photo from your phone, share it with a caption, and view and respond to other posts from the Hater community. … Continue reading

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To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract Love Mum :) xo

Dear Gregory Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good and responsible 13-year-old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. … Continue reading

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