Teaching Internet Safety: It Takes A Village

There's a quiet debate taking place in the hallways of schools across the country - no - around the world. Who is responsible for teaching kids about Internet Safety? I've travelled to hundreds of schools around North America and I've had this conversation regularly with school administrators, counselors, parents and even students. It would seem … Continue reading Teaching Internet Safety: It Takes A Village

Just Kidding Still Doesn’t Cut It in the Online World

In July of 2013 I wrote about a young man named Justin Carter who posted a threatening status update on Facebook resulting in his arrest. This story has since become a cautionary tale that I have travelled all over the country with. The moral of the story being that "just kidding" doesn't cut it in … Continue reading Just Kidding Still Doesn’t Cut It in the Online World

What Parents Should Know: Vine Becomes PG-13

Just over a year after its debut, Vine (a Twitter-owned platform) had brought about a major change in their Terms of Service. Last week, Twitter announced and immediate change in the terms banning all pornographic and sexually explicit content. Twitter and, by extension, Vine had no rules against pornographic material though they did supress the … Continue reading What Parents Should Know: Vine Becomes PG-13

Social Networking in the Classroom: Talking to Students about Sexting

The issue of sexting is starting to come around again big time and causing a lot of problems for schools. Problems arose when 10 students, aged 14 to 18, at Walpole High School in Massachusetts found themselves being questioned by police regarding illicit messages being sent around the school. One important piece of information to … Continue reading Social Networking in the Classroom: Talking to Students about Sexting

What Parents Should Know About Ask.FM

This week continues my regular series "What Parents Should Know." This week's entry was prompted by recent events.  Have something you’re wondering about? Send me a message and I’ll do my best to find an answer: info@joshgunderson.com Following the August 2 suicide of Hannah Smith, parents have become very concerned about their kids using the … Continue reading What Parents Should Know About Ask.FM

Vine vs. Instagram: Which Is The Better Choice For Your Child

Last week's entries about what parents should know about Vine and Instagram (with video) have created an interesting response in my inbox. Many parents want to know- which is better for my kid? SPOILER ALERT: The winner is going to be Instagram. Privacy Both Instagram and Vine give users the ability to keep their content … Continue reading Vine vs. Instagram: Which Is The Better Choice For Your Child