Entries by Shape the Sky

Facebook’s “Dislike” Button

In the last week, there has been a lot of talk about Mark Zuckerberg creating a new button to allow users to express “dislike.” This request has been going on for several years as users would like to show empathy for a FB friend who may be going thru something that is negative in their lives.

Hiding Pictures on a Device – Part Two: Calculator% App

In June 2015,  I wrote about apps that allow you “hide” or “lock” your picture on a device which limits access to others. Click here to read. This type of app and behavior has recently been in the spotlight again due to an Alabama prosecutor’s viral video telling parents that the calculator app on their […]

Subtweeting

During my trainings, I discuss cyberbullying and try to have the audience think outside of text messages or Facebook posts. I discuss meme bullying,  fake chat logs and apps used to send anonymous texts to others. I found this article related to a different kind of cyberbulling that can occur primarily on Twitter. It’s referred […]

Guide to Ask.FM

Ask.Fm is a popular site/app for young people. It offers a space for exploration via anonymous question and answer posts. I discuss it at all of my training’s. The site has been topic for discussion in more than one of my therapy sessions as a counselor with teens as well. Often parents and professionals will […]

Digital Knowledge vs. Wisdom

“Let’s take a moment to examine the concepts of knowledge and wisdom and how they relate to social media. Some people may combine knowledge and wisdom in the same category. While they are closely connected and work well together when used symbiotically, there are distinct differences.   Knowledge is gained daily through assignments, tasks, and activities…think […]

Bullies & Suicide

You may have heard of the tragic story of an 11 year old boy completing suicide after bad Facebook hoax was played upon him. My heart and condolences go to both of these families. As adults, we need to teach kids to tell us when they see someone posting about suicide, self-harm or eating disorders on any social media or texting platform.

Tinder & Setting Expectations

I regularly talk to kids about apps. Over the past year, I’m starting to hear about Tinder with the senior aged kids. Part of my work is teaching them to recognize red flag behaviors, indicators for grooming and not going to meet people in person that they meet on Tinder (or other sites such as Craigslist).