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Look But Can’t Touch

August 29th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I could hear my son singing and playing his guitar in his bedroom one evening. The only thing strange about that scenario was that he had closed his bedroom door. Just weeks away from his 13th birthday, the door closing had begun.
So naturally I opened the door to find out why it was closed: standard [...]

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Tags: Puberty · Relationships · Technology · Uncategorized · friends · social media

Communicate Or Be Damned!

August 12th, 2009 · No Comments

According to an article in The New York Times, technology is being prioritised over family life in many American households.
“Mr. Gude wakes at around 6 a.m. to check his work e-mail and his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The two boys, Cole and Erik, start each morning with text messages, video games and Facebook.”
As I [...]

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Tags: Education · Parental Bonding · Relationships · Rules · Technology

Yes, Teenagers Don’t Tweet

August 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Source: Mashable
I am a mad Tweeter and my teenage son thinks I’m a loser. Maybe he’s right. Social media is a huge commitment that I feel guilty neglecting.
My son and his friends are big on Facebook, but he can’t see the value in sending out tiny messages to people he doesn’t know or care about [...]

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Tags: Puberty · Technology · Uncategorized

Home Schooling? Why?

July 1st, 2009 · No Comments

I was listening to a segment on the ABC this afternoon about the pros and cons of home schooling. There are pros?
I hate to be judgmental, but I honestly don’t get it. Unless the children that are home schooled are like angels and their parents (usually the mother) can’t bear to be apart from [...]

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Tags: Bullying · Education · Parental Bonding · Technology

Use Youtube To Tell Your Teenagers About Iran

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s never been so easy to spread the word about an injustice – even when the tyranny is occurring in a country with a government that chooses to control what the rest of the world sees, hears or reads about it.
Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, bloggers have cut across the secrecy in Iran as protesters have filmed [...]

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Tags: Education · Media · Technology · Violence

10 Reasons To Suggest You’ve Lost Touch

June 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

1. You share Michael Jackson’s death with your teenager and then start humming, Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough. Your teenager’s reaction is to ask you to stop singing. You don’t bother mentioning Farrah Fawcett then. (Or maybe that’s just me.)
2. You want your son to look neat and tidy in his cool new clothes [...]

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Tags: Drugs · Education · Fashion · Grooming · Motivation · Parental Bonding · Rules · Technology · Teen Dictionary

Top 20 Internet Acronyms

June 19th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s no secret that teenagers speak a different language to the rest of society. The website Livia Web Protection offers information that will alarm even the most relaxed parent.
A LiviaWeb Twitter post announced today that “40% of kids between 10-17 have seen online pornography in the past year 2/3 of those exposures are unwanted [...]

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Tags: Media · Motivation · Technology · sex

Drug Testing Your Child

June 12th, 2009 · No Comments

American parents have jumped on the anti-drug bandwagon with such fervour that they are taking matters into their own hands. Hair Follicle Drug Testing has become so commonplace there that you can buy a kit over the internet.
If there is a suspicion that their child is taking drugs, they can simply pluck a hair from [...]

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Tags: Addiction · Alcohol · Drugs · Technology

Can You Spy & Discuss Without Letting On?

May 26th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s easier than at any other time in history to find out what our teenagers are doing, thinking, feeling. As a teenager, I had a locked diary that I wrote in each evening. I hid it under my bed and the key was safely locked away in a place that my parents wouldn’t discover.
My son [...]

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Tags: Media · Parental Bonding · Technology · sex

The Youth Advising Government Policy On Cyber-Safety

May 4th, 2009 · No Comments

This time last year the Federal Government invited 15 schools from across the country to join a Youth Advisory Group on cyber-safety. The schools chosen were known to have a commitment to the cyber-safety issue. Those schools were:
NSW: Ascham School, Cabramatta High School, Monaro High School
ACT: Telopea Park School
NT: Sanderson Middle School
QLD: Ipswich Girls Grammar, [...]

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Tags: Technology