I love to read. Especially blogs and articles on everything to do with the messy, wonderful, exhausting and exhilarating life of being a parent. For the most part, I like what I read. I pick little nuggets of information here and there that I think works for me and leave the rest. But when I … [Read more...]
I’m Not Sorry I Unfriended You. Here’s Why
One thousand one hundred and eighty-one. That’s a lot of friends for an introvert. In my 40+ years on Earth, I’ve been on Facebook for 10, and have found people from all periods of my life that have shown up on the platform. Many I’ve friended, especially in the early days of social media when … [Read more...]
Should We Allow Our Teens To Watch ’13 Reasons Why’?
If you have teenagers, then there's a good chance you've heard of the newest show on Netflix that everyone their age is talking about. And if you haven't, you're definitely sure too soon. The show is called 13 Reasons Why. It's comprised of 13 episodes about the suicide of a teenage girl named … [Read more...]
You Don’t Have To Be Friends With Everyone—In Fact, I Encourage My Kids Not To
It feels good to have a large circle of friends. Many of us are guilty of wanting larger social media numbers—friends, followers or fans, depending on the platform. The term for this is called ‘vanity metrics’, defined by Techcrunch.com as: "things like registered users, downloads, and raw page … [Read more...]
Smart Girls Ask Questions At The Golden Globes
I admit that I love watching the award shows and yesterday's Golden Globes is usually a good indication of potential Oscar winners as well. Okay, aside from the actual awards, some of us love all the Red Carpet mayhem and interviews that happen before the show. But beyond the glorious gowns and … [Read more...]
Haters Back Off: Instagram ‘Beauty Queen’ Essena O’Neill Is Trying To Live Her Life
Chances are if you have an active social-media account, you will probably spend a significant amount of time trying to increase your followers. Perhaps you incorporate trending hashtags into witty, topical tweets. Most likely you will follow people who follow you, in the … [Read more...]
Thousands Flood Social Media To Show #thepowerofmakeup
Women are taking the internet by storm and posting pictures of them wearing makeup on only half of their face to combat “makeup shaming”. The campaign, which has now gone viral with the hashtag #ThePowerofMakeup, was started when a YouTuber and hair and makeup artist NikkieTutorials transformed … [Read more...]
Is It Time To Spring Clean Your Social Media Profiles?
While we normally think about cleaning up around the house during this time of year, ever considered doing a little cleaning of your social media? I sure have, especially in the past few days! I'm taking a good look at my profile and I know it's time to clean house. It's a good habit to get … [Read more...]
“Tagged” Explores The Dangers Of Social Sharing & Cyberbullying
I'm sitting in an intimate theatre with a bunch of teenagers at the opening performance of the play Tagged. As you would expect, the teens are loud as they sing along to the blaring pop music as we wait for the show to begin. It reminds me of my teen years going on field trips and thinking "yeah, … [Read more...]
What Are Your Kids Up To On Social Media?
Back in the summer last fall I was introduced to a new app called VISR. It's an app designed to help families keep a respectful eye on their kids' social media usage. I know what you're thinking... there are lots of options out there. This is different and it's a way for parents to keep tabs and … [Read more...]
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