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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Parenting in the Digital Age: Helping parents understand social media risks

Jessica Swarner is not a parent. But two things prompted her interest in helping parents better understand social media trends and ways to keep children safe online. While brainstorming for her honors thesis for Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College, Swarner heard about the murder of a young girl linked to someone the girl […]

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5 questions for internet-safety advocate Alicia Kozakiewicz

Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was abducted as a teen by a man she met on the internet, has devoted her life to helping protect children from online predators. Next week, she will be in the Valley addressing students, and she’ll give the keynote speech at the Wednesday, Nov. 2 fundraising lunch for notMYkid, a Scottsdale nonprofit dedicated […]

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Rejecting the pressure to be Pinterest-perfect

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” fruit kabobs? Check. “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” cookie-and-milk bar? Check. “Goodnight Moon” pies? Got ’em. I started planning my son’s first birthday party months in advance. I spent hours scouring Pinterest boards for inspiration. I decided on a storybook theme, and, I’ll acknowledge, went a little overboard. As […]

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Sticks and Stones: When kids use the N-word

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Plenty of parents grew up hearing the nursery rhyme meant to lessen the impact of verbal taunts. Back then, teasing happened face to face or via scribbled notes passed around a classroom. Nowadays, name-calling travels in a nanosecond online and through social […]

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Google, Facebook and me

It started innocently enough. A few weeks before finals during my first semester in high school, my social studies teacher, Ms. Nunez, needed surgery and couldn’t teach class while she was recovering. To help us study for finals, she set up a Google+ Hangout (a free video chat service) so she could teach the class […]

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Parents and social media

Studies show that the frontal lobe—the part of the brain that includes decision-making and problem-solving—doesn’t fully develop until the 20s. That’s why we have minimum age requirements for driving, drinking and voting. There is also an age limit—13—for participating in social media, but many young people lie about birthdates and create accounts anyway. And tweens […]

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Opting out of Facebook:
Why some moms are bucking the trend

It’s Saturday morning and I’m up early with the baby. While she unloads a basket of toys on the living room floor, I take a sip of coffee and reach for my phone. I swipe, tap and scroll through the morning’s “news.” A college friend had her baby several weeks early. A fellow writer I’ve […]

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Like me, follow me, retweet me

Generation Like

The lyrics from the 1969 song “See Me, Feel Me” by the rock group The Who start out See me, feel me, touch me, heal me. After watching the PBS Frontline documentary Generation Like, the updated lyrics in 2014 might be Like me, follow me, re-tweet me, use me. Generation Like, premiering Tuesday, Feb. 18 […]

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25th year? Bring it on!

We are very excited to welcome in the New Year. It’s a big one for us. In a couple of months, that nondescript volume number at the top of our masthead will change from 24 to 25. We’ll launch our 25th year as a publication, a company and a deeply committed family of professionals who […]

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Inspiration from an author's real-life fairy tale

My mom introduced me to Jean M. Auel‘s Earth’s Children series of historical fiction. She and I both have enjoyed reading the first five of Auel’s novels. So when I saw a story about Auel in Thurday’s Arizona Republic, and realized the sixth and final novel in the series is out, I couldn’t wait to call […]

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