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The Internet Talk: Parent Talking Points for Each Age 

Here I break down the Internet talk into talking points and topics for each age group to help parents.  The Internet talk is the new sex talk

Digitally Grounded: Discipline in a Technological Era
To discipline teens these days, it takes a lot more than a simple order to “Go to your room!”

Fascinating New Cyberbullying Research
A new study highlights the relationship between empathy and aggressive behavior in teens and the potential to become cyberbullies.

Cyberslacking: When Procrastination Goes Digital
From texting to Facebook browsing, there are plenty of ways these days to do anything but the task at hand.

10 Best and Worst iPhone Apps for Teens and Parents
There are a slew of really useful apps like iTopic for conversation starters, or iWonder for parental control software on the phone, and a slew of useless apps like Annoy-a-Teen, which is exactly what is sounds.

Public Journaling: Why Teens Love to Share All
Four currently popular sites where teens share their lives online.

Sample Cell Phone Contract for Kids and Parents
A contract that both teen and parent have equal say in can be an effective way for parents to ensure their teen uses his or cell phone appropriately.

The Future of Play
Vanessa talks about the decline of play in our kids’ lives and what she hopes for future of play.

10 Offline Hobbies That Can Now Be Online Traditional hobbies move online and still remain fun and creative.

8 Helpful (and Quirky) Websites for Moms These websites will save moms time and energy- from a site that keeps track of bills to a site where you can vent to other moms.

Best YouTube Videos for Kids That Parents Can Stand From shadow puppets to a special trip after the dentist, these videos will have both teens and parents entertained!

10 Ways to Teaching Common Internet Sense to Teens The Internet is simply a fact of life these days. It is important to relate to your teens some common Internet safety concerns such as cyberbullying and privacy.

Spectrum of Online Relationships: The 12 Degrees of Virtual Friends From a real life friend to just a virtual-mutual acquaintance, online relationships often mirror offline relationships and require the same boundaries and unspoken rules.

Degrees of Facebookability: Why Did You Join (or not)? The top 8 reasons she hears most when people explain why they joined the big FB and why we are tired of hearing them.

Virtual Grown Ups: 6 Ways Kids Seem Older Than You Have you ever had to teach your parent to use the computer, an iPod? Vanessa has! And it wasn’t easy. Through technology, and their extensive knowledge of it, teens can sometimes seem older than grown-ups!

If Kids Were Computers… Helpful tips to learn the operating systems of a teen, much like the operating systems of different computers.

Online ‘Drivers’ License: Should You Need to Pass a Test to Use the Internet? The Internet can be a big, scary world, and yet children as young as 3 or 4 are online. Technology is definitely a way of life. But, maybe we can better prepare our young children to navigate the World Wide Web.

Virtual College Admissions 101: Your University Guide From the initial application process to your first orientation, learn how college admissions has gone virtual and what this means for generations to come.

Pros and Cons of Virtual Studying More and more of school is going online.  Here are some of our favorite free tools.

Emoticon Translations: Top 20 Teen Emoticons Defined With new technologies, comes new forms of communication which we are not necessarily taught. Here Vanessa breaks down them most used emoticons.

10 Ways to Use Wikis in the Classroom As schoolwork goes virtual, learn how to keep up with the latest online tools like Wikis.

10 Best Virtual Worlds for Teens, Tweens and Kids From penguin avatars to Toon Town, now there is a virtual world for every age.

Emailing Teachers: 5 Tips to Successfully Email Teachers As schooling becomes more and more virtual (e-books, online homework, etc) it is important to learn how to develop proper relationships with teachers online as well as in class.

5 Ways Students Can Use Free Websites to Virtually Study How the Internet can be a great source for free study aids, like virtual flash cards and Skype or iChat.

The Top 10 Problems with the Internet for Youth From online gambling to online harassment, some common concerns of youth and the Internet.

Social Networks for Teachers and Students: 5 Ways to Use Them There are many ways social networks can enhance education, like having online debates and combining fun with school work.

Kids Who Play Online Games: 10 Tips and Insights
From homework games to social games, this list shows how not all gaming is bad gaming.

Phone-Phobia: Why the Next Generation Won’t Pick-Up Six steps to getting a phone-loather to answer that call and why teens and tween hate talking over texting.

Kids Who Play Online Games: 10 Tips and Insights From homework games to social games, this list shows how not all gaming is bad gaming.

Social Networking Fatigue: 7 Ways It Will Affect You Though there are many benefits to the fifty plus social networks out there, why sometimes we could all use a break.

5 Code Cracking Perspectives on Digital Kids Some unique and different advice on understanding digital teens, tweens and kids.  Parents of kids of all ages should read this article.

Why MySpace is a Nightclub and Facebook is a Sorority Facebook is the new sorority, haven’t you heard? MySpace is just like a nightclub, see these funny comparisons.

Teacher CyberBating: Terrible Teen Classroom Trend Teens are now angering teachers, filming their reaction and then putting it all over YouTube…what can we do?

Gen Y Cares: 10 Most Popular Facebook Groups Legalize marijuana? Green peace? What are the top ten facebook groups for teens?

iPod Addiction: 8 Pros vs Cons and How to Balance Do your kids have perma-earbuds in their ears?  I worry about the constant need for young people to listen to music all the time.

8 Examples Why Websites Are the New Teen BFF You love hanging our with a website, you can become obsessed, it’s where you turn when your sad….are websites the new teen and tween best friend?

Virtual Studying: Are Students Actually Working? iChat study sessions? Virtual flashcards? Wiki study guides?  Are all of the Internet study techniques actually working? How has studying changed for the net-generation student.

Netiquette Class for Teens and Tweens I am teaching a Netiquette class, get enrolled before we reach capacity!

The Mashup Syndrome A new trend in teen and tween use of electronics and media…they want to make it their own.

10 Ways to Protect your kids Against Identity Theft This is becoming a serious problem and parents need to secure their house and teach their kids about phishing and identity scams.

4 Ways to Deal with Information Overload Multitasking, 40 blogs, 26 email newsletters…the list goes on and so does the information.  Many people are complaining these days about having too many options, too much information.  How do you teach your kids to sift through all of the information?

10 Ways to Take Facebook Pictures Like Teens I love teasing my teen sisters and clients about how all teens have the sexy picture, the oops I am flirty picture and a few more doosies.

20 Activities If You Have a Techie Kid What do you do if your teen will not get off the computer, cell phone or ipod? Here are some ideas.

Ode to My Internet (my husband) and My Baby (my blog) [Humor] Sometimes it feels like I am married to the web, and the blog is my baby.  Here I wrote a funny poem about this relationship (many people ask me how I spend so much time and energy on my business!)

Techno Perfection: Teens Need to Be Perma-Hot I think a lot of teens are struggling with the idea of fame, self-importance and vanity.  The internet, camera phones and HD have changed the way teens think about image.

10 Types of Teen Internet Users I loved writing this article, what kind of teen do you have?

Cotton Candy Friends: How Social Networks, IMs, Texting and the Internet are changing teen’s friendships.

Help Tackling Cyberbullying This is Part II of some of the new trends in Cyberbullying and what parents can do about it.

Explaining the Net-Generation in Parent-Friendly Terms This is a series I will be continuously posting about for parents and teachers. Parents need to always stay two steps ahead of their kids online. In many of these poss I explain kid lingo, news, terms and how to keep your kids safe in easy to understand terms–but from a younger perspective (I really know what is going on because I do it!)

Best Free Websites for Parents

For Parents: What is YouTube

13 Holy CyberCitizenship Laws Parents give the sex talk, the drug talk, but how about the cybercitizenship talk? Here are 13 laws that every person should try to follow when participating in the online world.

7 Ways Teachers Can Use Online Tools to Keep Students Interested Net-generation students have am extremely short attention span and love using new tools in their school work. Teachers can utilize many free resources to help make their subjects more interesting.

6 Things You Need to Know About Cyberbullying Parents need to get informed on how the landscape of the social scene in schools has changed– significantly altering cyberbullying, cliques and peer pressure.

What is RSS and Why Parents Need It Ever wonder what it means when I as you to RSS to my feed? Here, I explain in simple terms and explain why it could be an option for busy or out-of-touch parents.

Best Free Online Resources for Students Kids and students now are using the Internet for everything. Here are some of my favorite sites, with great tips and tricks from how to take notes, cramming for tests and organizing your back pack. Take a look and forward it on to some of you kids or teacher friends!

Best Parenting Podcasts Need something to listen to on a long drive, while you are cleaning are cooking? Here are some of my favorite podcasts and radio shows!

Review of Parental Control Software: There is a lot out there, which are the best for the price? Here is my review.

10 Ways to Protect your kids Against Identity Theft This is becoming a serious problem and parents need to secure their house and teach their kids about phishing and identity scams.

Best Free Online Resources for Students Kids and students now are using the Internet for everything. Here are some of my favorite sites, with great tips and tricks from how to take notes, cramming for tests and organizing your back pack. Take a look and forward it on to some of you kids or teacher friends!

For Parents: What is Social Networking, Facebook and MySpace? This is a must read if your kids are starting to dabble in these online communities. It is part of my series on Growing Up Online.

25 Coolest Free Websites for Non-Techies This is part II of my first post of coolest websites because so many parents ask me about what websites and free resources they should know about online, here they are, keep up with the times!

A Parent’s Perspective to Social Networking [Guest Post] How has another parent dealt with the social networking phenomenon. I loved how Katy, my guest blogger handled the situation with her child.

How to Handle Social Networking With Your Kids Ok, so you have now been informed about what Social Networking is…what do you do about it! Here I give a bunch of steps to approaching the Facebook and MySpace situation

What is Professional Blogging? Another question I get all the time is what is professional blogging? This is my official title and I thought I would explain exactly what it is.