Three Things I Wish I’d Known the Moment I Became a Dad!

I became a father in 1997.

It took a while for me to learn how to become a dad.  Through a series of not so pretty combustions, explosions, trials, and triumphs, I finally figured a few things out!

In keeping with the theme of this blog site, that lasting change requires ongoing disruption; I want to share three things I wish I’d known the moment I became a dad.

These things were discovered because I failed, often.

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Six Quick Tips to Combat the Seedy Side of Social Media!

Six Quick Tips To Combat Seedy Side of Social Media!

Okay, parents, we all know that social media is here to stay.

If that’s the case, developing a strategy that will enable your child to enjoy the benefit of social media (and gaming sites), while preventing them from early exposure to the seedy side of the social media world is vital.

In this post, I’ll share Six-Quick Tips that will help you prepare your child and develop an intentional plan in your home!

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Social Media Apps Provide Porn and a Big Blue Whale that’s Killing Our Kids!

Social Media Apps Provide Porn and a Big Blue Whale that’s Killing Our Kids.

Have you heard of the Blue Whale Challenge?

No?

Stop what you are doing and Google it.  Better yet, get on your Instagram and key in #thebluewhalechallenge.

Be prepared, this game is being blamed for over 100 suicides in Russia and the UK.

It’s made its way to our shores and recently claimed the life of a 15 year-old  Texas child.

It’s time you learn what it is, how to prepare your child, and ways to combat the toxic stream that’s flooding social media. Continue reading “Social Media Apps Provide Porn and a Big Blue Whale that’s Killing Our Kids!”

Social Media: You Child is Spending NINE Hours A Day On it!

Social Media: You Child is Spending NINE Hours a Day On It!

Social media apps are saturated with porn.  Porn is not, however, the only problem.  The problems associated with social media, particularly among the generation raised with unfettered access to social media, range from lack of trust to a loss of hope.

Note the lament of a teenager raised in the digital age.  While her voice is her own, it’s one familiar to and representative of so many more:

“I have terrible trust issues.  Ever since middle school and everybody got their phones.  I don’t feel like I can trust anyone.” ~Carrie, 15 year-old teen from Boca Raton, FL.

The book where I found this quote is called, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, by Nancy Jo Sales.  Carrie, and the host of teenage girls studied in this groundbreaking book, goes on to describe the world of Finstas.

A Hidden World Within the App

Finstas are fake Instagram accounts that middle school aged and younger children create to keep them hidden from their parents.

Do you know if your child has a Finsta?

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Parenting Against Porn’s Mid-week Minute- This Year’s Dirty Dozen!

Welcome to the Disruptus Renovatus Mid-Week Minute, a Parenting Update.  This is a tool (often a short read) designed to assist parents who want to protect their children and grandchildren from the influence of porn!

Many times I’ll provide helpful tips and hints related to technology and the media-crazed teen world.

Other times I’ll offer stories from my experience of parenting and struggle with porn addiction.

Most of these posts will highlight, however, porn’s ongoing, and often subterranean, influence in our culture.  May of us, in the midst of our busy work-a-day world, simply don’t have time to see the subtle influences shaping childhood and teen life today.

Hopefully this Mid-week Minute will be an aid for those who want to do more, but simply don’t know where to start!

This week, I am highlighting The National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s recently released 2017 Dirty Dozen list.

You won’t believe who made this year’s infamous list.

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