Holidays and Facebook and Social Networking

The holidays are here! Whether you are celebrating the holiday or not,  many are catching up on their social networking!

Friends are posting on each other’s Facebook walls – Merry Christmas!

Heartwarming photo’s and touching video’s are being circulated and it is simply a time of catching up with your family and friends – virtually!

Virtually is reality today, and if you aren’t one of the billion people on Facebook, chances are pretty good you will eventually get signed up.

The best part about social networking is that there is something for everyone.  From 8 years old, to 18 years old to 80 years old – the fact that the Internet is ageless is priceless.

Remember, if your child is under 13 years-old, or even for teens, parenting and teaching cyber-safety is a must.  For the younger kids, get them involved in Yoursphere – a place for younger kids to mingle, chat and be safe.  At Yoursphere – safety is their priority.

So as you are checking your Facebook wall and your friends walls, take the time to share it with your kids – after all, isn’t holidays about family?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Sue Scheff: Father’s Day is 100 Years-Old on June 20th

This year people will celebrate Father’s Day for the 100th time as it was first came into existence in 1910. The first observance of Father’s Day is believed to have been held on June 19, 1910 through the efforts of Sonora Dodd. Ms. Dodd is from Spokane, Washington.

How will you celebrate Father’s Day 2010?  As with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day can be difficult for those that have lost their father or never had a father  or father figure in their life.  It can be a time to reflect and be grateful for that special person that has been there for you.  Maybe it is time for amends.

These celebratory days are to recognize those that you love and care about, and show your appreciation.  If they are no longer with us, take the time to do something in their memory. 

During a year of financial stress in many families, buying a gift may be a struggle.  Start thinking now about what you can give that special person.  Look for those old photo’s and create a collage of the times you cherished, Life with Dad. A good time for laughter, find those old family movies and burn them to a DVD.  Check out those hairstyles and clothes, life does come full circle, especially after a 100 years!

Consider creating a coupon book with tickets for things you could do for that person, for example, wash the car, make dinner, mow the lawn or anything around the house that would give your father a break.

Of course the best gift of all is the gift of your time!  Plan a family day, go to the beach, the park or even your own backyard!  Play some games, have a picnic and just enjoy each other.  Time is a priceless gift.

Broward County Parks and Recreation – check for local events and activities.

Teenagers, think twice, you don’t need to be a parent too soon

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Sue Scheff: Teens Want to Spend Time with Parents

As Mother’s Day is here, an amazing study has been released, teens want time with their parents!

According to a ‘Family Circle’ survey, beneath that angst-ridden façade is a teen who is much different than he or she appears. There is a part of them that hungers to be part of their parent’s life.

As a matter of fact, teens have stated that they wish their parents spend more time with them and worked less.  With today’s economy, that can be difficult, but it is promising that teens deep down do want to be part of your family.

What Parents Need to Know:

  • While nearly a quarter of teen respondents said their parents don’t seem to have enough time to spend with them, the majority of the parents surveyed did not report having struggles with finding enough time to spend with their kids. This disconnect may be the result of parents underestimating the amount of time their kids want and need from adults. (Dr. Holly Kreider, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Teens say it’s the simple things -like taking walks, sharing meals, playing games, watching TV and talking more with each other – that they most want to do more of with their parents. (Opinion Research Corporation)
  • Use time together as an opportunity to talk about what’s going on in your teen’s life, how their day was and what they want for their future. (Dr. Nancy McGarrah, psychologist)
  • Spending time with your children is essential to their development. Parents are the best source of education for their children. Make sure they’re getting their information from you – and not the TV or other teens. (Dr. Kindell Schoffner, licensed psychologist)

Sources: Connect with Kids, KATV, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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What are you doing with your teens today?

Sue Scheff: Valentine’s Day, Social Media and Your Gifts

Reputation Defender, the leader in protecting your online profile and helping you maintain your honest image, has some great advice on sending and receiving social media Valentine’s gifts.

Source: Reputation Defender Blog

This Valentine’s Day, keeping things “personal” between you and your significant other may mean not using social media or other online tools to express your genuine feelings. In other words, NOT sending Facebook flowers/hugs/lingerie/other assorted virtual gifts to someone you truly care about; NOT using E-Cards as a replacement for the real thing; and NOT uploading a video of yourself lip syncing (or worse actually singing) Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” in your underwear to YouTube to share with your partner and the rest of the online community. More often than not, the real thing is much more effective.

With those thoughts in mind, we here at ReputationDefender have compiled some Valentine’s Day social media tips designed to keep the day special for just you and whoever you choose to share it with:

  • Keep your Tweets and Facebook status updates PG-13 rated

Nobody wants to read about your Valentine’s night plans, no matter how subtle you are. So instead of tweeting “At the grocery store buying strawberries and chocolate sauce, hint, hint” or updating with “Can’t wait for my night with (add name here),” just keep it to yourself. Your Facebook friends will thank you for keeping mushy, gushy stuff off their update streams and your partner won’t hate you for announcing plans for “Horizontal mambo time.”

  • Don’t text or e-mail that “special” Valentine’s Day picture to your partner.

You can never be too sure where it’s going to end up. It’s well know that data doesn’t just disappear into a World Wide Web black-hole, never to appear again. It goes somewhere. So unless you want that sexy, pouty lipped image of you dressed in leopard lingerie to pop up on Hot or Not or God knows where else, save the outfits (or lack of outfits) for personal time.

  • Avoid the myriad “Who’s your perfect match?”, “What type of lover are you?”, and “Are you meant to be together?” quizzes on Facebook and other websites.

While knowing whether or not you’re compatible with Jessica Alba is helpful information, basing a relationship off of or even bothering to take an online quiz is about as constructive as proposing via Twitter. Besides being time wasters, quizzes can be detrimental to a relationship depending on how much thought you give them (“What do you mean I’m not your perfect match!?!”) and often are managed by third-party developers (who are known to have security issues).

  • Being genuine often means going the extra mile.

Nobody wants to read “I love you” in a tweet, Facebook message, or e-mail, particularly on Valentine’s Day. A Valentine’s Day E-Card is just as impersonal with the added annoyance that it’s carrying possible malware. Your best bet is sticking to tradition, i.e. cards, candies, flowers, etc. Besides preventing images or text from being seen by the wrong people, the traditional approach to Valentine’s Day says you care enough to at least stop at the drug store or supermarket on your way over.

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