Cyber Cancer

Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Our social media has cancer. The Whats-App Momo Challenge is a site where kids are tricked into accessing a phone...

CyberStrong Summer Series #4

The Illusion of Privacy I have a Betta who lives in a crystal-clear bowl. His name is Betta-Not-Die. He comes from a long line of Betta-Not-Dies…. because they always do. The poor thing has zero privacy.  His every move is visible. There are no doors or walls, no...

CyberStrong Summer Series #3

Turning Off From the On You are not going to believe this, but I just found a button on my phone, as discrete and hidden as a latch to a secret door. Do you have any idea what that button does?  It turns off the phone. Can you believe it? They...

CyberStrong Summer Series #2

DEFINING FAMILY VALUES There is a powerful Microsoft commercial that asks, “You have more power in your fingertips than entire generations that came before you… what will you do with it?”  I think the better question is How will you use it? As...

CyberStrong Summer Series

CYBERSTRONG SUMMER Ah… only a couple of days before school is out for summer break, and then suddenly there is time. Time to relax… to sleep in… to have evenings that are not crammed with the demands of homework and what is needed in the...

The Smart Way to Keep Kids Safe and Strong Online

I risked entrance into heaven by lying to my daughter when she first entered the cyber world. Back then, we had zero ability to monitor their cyber use. They could go anywhere… say anything… and contact anyone. And like most parents I knew when...

The Reality of Bullies

Last night I was talking a group of parents and their kids about cyber bullying. We talked about famous bullies from movies, like Biff Tannen in Back to the Future, and Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story. We noted there has always been bullies,...

Dear Mark Zuckerberg

After all the recent news on how widespread the hacking of our information has become in social media, I thought I’d write the founder of Facebook. Dear Mark Zuckerberg, So, there was probably no way to know, not really, the impact of your...

Are We Seeing a Trend Towards More Civilized Cyber Usage?

I think we might be getting it. I just finished a two-week solo road trip where I had a lot of time to people-watch… and I saw something that made me smile… and hope. People, both strangers and friends, were looking down at their devices less. Phones were...

Sunday Mornings

I know this kid who is going to be ten in a few months. As we talked about her party, (Zombie Bowling themed), she started talking fast. “I want a smart phone. I need a smart phone. Why can’t I have a smart phone? I really, really need a smart phone.” You...

The Cure to the Cyber Flu Symptoms

Have you ever been playing Chutes and Ladders with a five-year-old, getting every best spin, ignoring the worry in their eyes as you savor the certainty of a massive win, when suddenly you land on the longest Chute…the one that takes you from nearly the...

We Can Stop Bullying

For the past year I’ve been reading…a lot. Though I’ve been studying the effects of the cyber world on our children’s development and lives, I find myself drawn mainly drawn to the topic of cyber-bullying. I can’t stop staring at the research...

Moments

Most of us work and our kids go to school for about eight hours a day. We sleep seven hours a night. We cook, eat, shower and blow hot-air on our product-saturated hair for about three hours a day. That leaves us six hours. Six. Six hours to...

Who is CyberStrong?

CyberStrong Mesa County is the first community campaign in the nation that helps parents and children…the core of our community…develop skills to use the cyber world to improve rather than harm their lives. Why?  Because we’re finally getting...