Showing posts from May, 2012

The Demise of Guys: How Video Games and Porn are Ruining a Generation

By Dr. Philip G. Zimbardo and Nikita Duncan , Special to CNN updated 9:51 AM EDT, Thu May 24, 2012 Editor's note: Psychologist Dr. Philip Zimbardo is a professor emeritus at Stanford University and is world-renowned for his 1971 research, the Stanford Prison Experiment. Zimbardo teamed up with artist and psychologist Nikita Duncan to write " The Demise of Guys: Why Boys Are Struggling and What We Can Do About It ," released Wednesday by TED Books . (CNN) -- Is the overuse of video games and pervasiveness of online porn causing the demise of guys? Increasingly, researchers say yes, as young men become hooked on arousal, sacrificing their schoolwork and relationships in the pursuit of getting a tech-based buzz. Every compulsive gambler, alcoholic or drug addict will tell you that they want increasingly more of a game or drink or drug in order to get the same quality of buzz. Video game and porn addictions are different. They are "arousa

10 Simple Steps to Internet Safety

10 Simple Steps to Internet Safety Get the parents' guide to Internet safety. We've covered everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask! by Caroline Knorr | May. 15, 2012 | Internet safety Wondering how to keep the Internet safe and fun? Learn how to: find the good stuff (and avoid the not-so-good)  explain how to recognize ads  teach responsible online behavior  encourage digital citizenship  Advice & Answers All about Internet safety What are the best "starter" websites? What's the right age for my kids to go online? What are kids' Web browsers -- and do I need one? Should I let my kids play on company brand sites? What are the essential Internet safety basics for kids? How do I teach my kids to recognize online advertising? What do I need to know about multiplayer games? Should I let my kid get a Facebook page? What are the rules of responsible online behavior? There's a lot of talk about privacy. How do privacy issues affect

Things I've Learned Through the Years

THINGS LEARNED WITH TIME   First published in Mikey's Funnies, May 18, 2012 ~ I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."   ~ I've learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.   ~ I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.   ~ I've learned that people will forget what you said... people will forget what you did... but people will never forget how you made them feel.   ~ I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles three things:  a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. ~ I've learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. ~ I've learned that we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for. ~ I've learned that money doesn't buy class. ~ I'

Dad, Can You Put Away the Laptop

(Michele McDonald for The Boston Globe) David Mangan works on his laptop while hanging out with his children, Aidan and Keira. Sometimes he asks them to “give me 10 more minutes,’’ he says. By Beth Teitell Globe Staff / March 8, 2012 Forever, the screen-time battles between parents and children have gone decidedly in one direction, with the mothers and fathers nagging and threatening, and the kids fighting to stay connected to their digital devices. But guess which family members are disgusted now? “You can’t get my mom off that phone,’’ said Lucas Finzi, 7, a Brookline second-grader. He and his brother have tried shaking their mother’s iPhone from her hands, and turning it off while she’s mid-correspondence, to no avail. “We’ll be at the dog park and she’ll just start texting someone,’’ said Miles 10. In Natick, little Aidan and Keira Mangan have the same problem with their father. The 4- and 3-year-old pound on David Mangan’s laptop’s keyboard to get his attention, stick the

OMG: Want to Reach Millennials? You Have to, Like, Speak Their Language

-- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/2/2012 2:22:28 PM A recently released study conducted with a panel of 100 millennials by MTV advises that if marketers take the time to understand the everyday language of their target audience, they can speak to them more effectively. Fluency in the particular language cues of the current generation, the study says, could serve as a valuable tool for marketers to package relatable messages to a millennial audience in their ad campaigns. The study also says marketers should draw on what millennial lingo reveals about them, namely: The desire to be seen as smart and funny; and appreciation for clever and quick wit Originality and authenticity A heightened sense of drama about their own lives Optimism over rebellion The MTV study -- titled "What Millennials Are Just Sayin'" -- adds that throughout the 2000s, millennials have ushered in their own vernacular reflective of digital culture and gaming influences. In it, MTV tak