Entries by Shape the Sky

Illegal Image Trading on Popular Apps

I’ve been talking about encrypted messaging apps at my trainings for years. There is competition in this market and there are many apps that offer end-to-end encryption, meaning that only the person sending and the recipient can see the message.

App review: “Lure”

A parent emailed me asking if I thought the Lure app was appropriate for his 12 year old child. I did my research. Lure is a “Chat Fiction” app that allows the reader to follow a story told as if you were watching someone’s text message log.

New Resource: Cyberbullying

Working in a middle school, I often speak to youth who report being “bullied.” School counselors spend time looking at the scenarios and helping youth understand the difference between being rude, mean, and bullying.

New Resource: Hashtags and Mental Health

Over the years, the mental health hashtags have evolved and are ever-changing. It’s difficult to keep up with all of the mental health hashtags as they are sometimes blocked on Instagram or other social media platforms, but when certain hashtags become blocked, others come to life to replace them.

New Resources!

With a mental health counseling background, my goal is to provide the resources needed to raise emotionally healthy youth in the digital age. Something I hear often when training adults is, “I’m so glad I grew up before the internet.” Even though we didn’t have the internet, we were young and full of mistakes.

Talking to Children About Terrorism

Today we remember those lost on 9/11/2001 and honor those who helped survivors out of harms way as well as everyone else who gave on that day and the months/years after. It was, and hopefully will stay, the most horrifying day I’ve experienced in my lifetime.