By Jennifer Geller, Savvy Cyber Kids Contributor Many consider the U.S. the birthplace of gaming, borne arcade gaming, the introduction of the first personal computers and home gaming consoles. These influences produced the game players and the game developers who shaped the direction of the industry—leading to gaming improvements in software, graphics, sound and player interaction that has also informed the technologies we use on a daily basis. Whether you consider yourself a gamer or not, there is no denying that gaming is a major industry. Worldwide video game sales approached 75 billion in 2015 and are expected to reach 90 [...]
By Jennifer Geller, Savvy Cyber Kids Contributor Ten incoming freshman to Harvard learned a cyber ethics lesson the hard way. Thanks to their online behavior, Harvard rescinded their acceptance offers. Why? They posted offensive jokes, mainly memes, to a private Facebook group on topics practically pulled straight from a Cards Against Humanity deck: school shootings, the Holocaust, bestiality, racism and a variety of other obscene themes made the cut. This from 10 young people who many would assume should represent discipline, thoughtfulness and intelligence. And, if we met them in person, they might come across as decent, worthy young people [...]
Did You Know Teen Vogue is Teaching Your Kids About Anal Sex? Not in Your Mailbox? Don’t Worry, it’s Online Too.
By Jennifer Geller, Savvy Cyber Kids Contributor Even if you don’t subscribe to the magazine, your kids have easy access. From social media to school libraries and the house next door, to this article has been delivered to your child. This means that parental controls NO MATTER HOW GOOD are not enough to control what your child is exposed to by mass media. I’m talking about house rules, family contracts, software and hardware controls, you name it—not good enough. Don't let a false sense of security soothe your inner voice of concern. Digital parenting—when done right—is an active process, from [...]
Do you know what the most popular show on Netflix is right now? Your kids do. Whether you know it or not, your kids are very likely watching and talking about 13 Reasons Why, a series based on the 2011 best-selling Jay Asher book by the same name. In it, teen Hannah Baker leaves behind 13 cassette tapes explaining in explicit detail why she chose to kill herself. Each tape is dedicated to one of Hannah's peers, calling them out for the things they have done to her and ways they've caused her harm. Some people are calling 13 Reasons Why [...]