Last week I talked to Kori Chambers, anchor for the PIX11 morning team about social media do’s and don’ts for parents. Covering apps that keep your family pictures private, social media shaming and creating a digital footprint for your kid before they can even walk – the segment covered a lot of advice for parents […]Read More Talking Social Media Do’s and Don’ts on PIX11 NYC
A lot of local media press is swirling around the new social media guide put out by the NYC Department of Education this week. At first glance that sounds great. Administration is stepping in to help kids navigate social media, provide tips and guidance and empower kids to make smarter choices online – or so […]Read More NYC Department of Education Releases a Social Media Guide for Students That Says…Nothing?
Yesterday a Bloomberg News video with Martha Stewart made the rounds on Facebook and ignited a frenzy of indignation from the women’s blogging world. In the interview, Martha disparages bloggers by saying they are “not experts,” that they don’t fully test recipes, that many just repost other people’s work. Here’s a sample of the […]Read More Martha Stewart proves that no one can talk sh*t about bloggers – except other bloggers
The pound/number sign (#) has become a celebrity symbol now that it has been reborn as “hashtag.” What started out simple has of course become out of control – especially on Instagram. It’s used as an aside, a note of sarcasm, a way to track interests or participate in twitter chats, run contests, aggregate content, […]Read More What’s a #Hashtag?
There was an extremely sad story in the New York Times about a 12 year-old girl in Florida who committed suicide after being relentlessly bullied both on and off-line. It’s unfortunately an all too familiar heartbreaking story involving mean girls, cyberbullying, school officials who didn’t really know how to intervene, and a parent who did […]Read More Don’t Blame the (KiK) Messenger – What the REAL conversation needs to be about Cyber Bullying
What makes a video go viral? My husband described it as lightening in a bottle – and I think that’s true to a degree. It is rare, and it has an element of impossibility. This past week we watched our first honest to goodness viral video happen at KidzVuz. We’ve had videos get tens of […]Read More KidzVuz in the News – on E! News, Fox NY and going viral!
Today I read an article in Education Week summarizing some of the “mind-blowing” professional development tips given to elementary school principals at The National Association of Elementary School Principals Conference. These lessons in how to integrate and open up their classrooms to tech were dished out from a professional developer named Alan November of November Learning. […]Read More Twitter is NOT for 1st Graders – and other things teachers should know
On July 1st the new regulations for the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) went into effect. But, COPPA really only concerns the collection of information from a child under 13. It does not care about content, about moderation, about bullying, about many of things that actually concern parents when they think about their kids […]Read More Easy Tips for Parents to Keep Kids Safe Online
Every year around April and May in the mom blogging community a common refrain starts popping up on Facebook and twitter – “Are you going to BlogHer?” I was on the fence this year. It’s in Chicago so it means paying for travel and hotel. To be honest, even though I technically went to the […]Read More Why I’m Going to BlogHer – Again
As most of my readers know I am deeply involved in education advocacy and issues. One of my favorite topics is the importance and role of arts education in our schools. I actually think that art can and should be integrated into all curriculum areas – and that art can help illuminate concepts from math […]Read More Support the Arts in Schools with Blick- an Artsy Twitter Party