The Nerve to Believe in Our Kids

Last night my teenage daughter and I watched a thriller called Nerve, a new movie starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco. Nerve portrays a world where young people chase after instafame by completing dares while a virtual audience watches. It also explores themes such as loss of privacy on social media and with games like Pokemon Go, and it shows how the online crowd veiled in anonymity can bring out bile, hate and shame.

Watching young people like my daughter and her friends on their phones, one can easily give in to anxiety and imagine the next generation becoming a nation of drone like people tethered to devices. This is the dystopian vision introduced inNerve. The movie highlights how the Internet can bring out the worse qualities of humankind and suggests that this future is 10 minutes away. When we witness people like Milo Yiannopoulis and his army of drones hate bashing on Twitter, it’s easy to believe we are already there.

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Interesting Links for Parents

Here are some pages on my website that are interesting and useful to parents!


This Biblioparenting free sampler provides extracts from some of the top books from parenting experts.

My number one resource as a parent is Common Sense Media.

Kids in the House has videos from parenting experts in multiple fields of expertise.

3 Things to consider before buying your kid a cellphone this holiday season is an article I wrote for Time magazine.

Here is a PDF collection of a variety of teachable moments linked to Digital Footprints.

Show your kid that every Facebook post is saved.  Download all Facebook data, which you can do by going to General Settings and following the bottommost link.

A Digital Glossary to understand all the social media jargon your kid uses

Show kids that the web archives data by going to this site that saves pages of websites.

Here is an article about what girls show on Instagram versus how they are really feeling — helps teach them about FOMO (fear of missing out).

An app that can guess who you are from Facebook – teach kids how much information they (and you) are giving away!

The Science of Why Your Kids Can’t Resist Frozen

The internet will not turn your teenagers into brain-dead zombies

As Digital Tools Abound, Help Kids Self-Regulate

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