Tag Archives: Teens

Dads, please speak to your boys!

The Guardian newspaper recently reported on a new film, called InRealLife,   This is a film no parent and no teenager should miss.   A particular section of the  film caught my attention. A group of teen boys in London are asked. “What is the best thing … Continue reading

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I’m 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook

Facebook has been hijacked by the grey army and teens are deserting it.  Ruby Karp is a 13 year old teen living in New York. She writes: All of my friends have social networks — Instagram, Snapchat   etc. Facebook used to … Continue reading

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‘Ask.Fm is ridiculous and pathetic’

How good is it when you come across teenagers who show an awareness of some of the horrors of social media and are dismissive of some of these sites. This post is by 15 year old, Sami Cuff.   Sami, certainly restores my faith and … Continue reading

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Airbrush Facebook Pics

Oh, my goodness me!  I am not sure that I need to say much more but please you be the judge of this new software that can perform digital cosmetic surgery and undermine our teens sense of natural beauty at … Continue reading

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Digital Cutting – Very Disturbing

There has been a very perplexing development in the tragic  case of Hannah Smith, a 14-year-old girl from the UK, who committed  suicide after receiving cruel and harassing messages – including to ”drink  bleach” and ”die” – on the social media site Ask.fm . … Continue reading

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Kids move on from Kik. So what is Viber?

What does Viber do? Viber is an App produced for all portable devices, (Apple, Andriod, Windows & Blackberry) which uses any available wi-fi network to make phone calls via the internet. Viber also allows text messaging, so the humble iPod Touch becomes a … Continue reading

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Parents Underestimate Risk of Cyber-bullying for Teens

Nearly 80 per cent of Australian children under 10 years of age use social networks. Among older teenagers – those 16 and 17 – parents underestimate bullying and risky online behaviour. But the most likely candidate for cyber-bullying is a … Continue reading

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Students Suspended for Cyberbullying

PARENTS are being warned about the dangers of social media after  students from one of Adelaide’s most reputable public schools were suspended for  cyber bullying.    Unley High School principal Susan Cameron told the Sunday Mail there  had been a “serious … Continue reading

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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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How tricky teens hide online and what you can do about it

A study last year revealed that nearly 50% of parents believe that they know what their teens are doing online, while 70 percent of teens revealed they have ways to avoid parental monitoring! Teens trick their parents in the following ways: 53 percent … Continue reading

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What is Omegle? Talk to strangers! Really?

Below is the transcript of a conversation I had with a stranger on Omegle. On Omegle you can anonymously chat with people you don’t know.   I did not have to sign up, enter an email address or create an account and there are no age … 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 post ‘Here I am Pics’ and ‘Kik me @’

The number of tweens and teens posting a Selfie on Instagram or Tumblr is exponentially growing.  Worse, is their propensity to add: ‘kik me @…….’ broadcasting their private contact details to the world.  Once on Kik Messenger the conversation becomes private and basically … Continue reading

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Four Teens Arrested over Sexting at a Melbourne School

This is a true but sadly recurrent story among teens today despite the headlines and the warnings of teachers and parents. Nonetheless it is a teachable moment that you must use to discuss the consequences of sexting with your teen both as the possible transmitter or receiver.  … Continue reading

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