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Kids and Social Media...It's Personal!

by Wanda Taylor

"By the time they are 2 years old, more than 90% of American kids have an online history." 

"At 5, more than 50% regularly interact with a computer or tablet device, and by 7 or 8, many kids regularly play video games. Teenagers text an average of 3,400 times a month. The fact is, by middle school, our kids today are spending more time with media than with their parents or teachers, and the challenges are vast: from the millions of young people who regret by high school what they've already posted about themselves online to the widely documented rise in cyberbullying to the hypersexualization of female characters in video games." (reported by CNN, May 21, 2012)

 Facebook and 7.5 million kids...

Consumer Reports reported last year that more than 7.5 million American kids under the age of 13 have joined Facebook, which technically requires users to be 13 years old to open an account. No one has any idea of what all of this media and technology use will mean for our kids as they grow up.  How is this happening with parents' consent?  We can only believe that adults are unaware of the dangers that kids face by connecting in a world with predators at a time when they tend to feel "invincible".  Have the "tech talk" with your kids and make sure they understand not to post pictures with identifying addresses, not to use "stalker software" in the name of posting where they physically are at all times, and, most of all, never revealing their personal information.

We cannot say it any better...

Chelsea Clinton and James Steyer have written an awesome article about Kids and Social Meda.  They are currently studying the effects of social media on kids.  They report that "Our new world of digital immersion and multitasking has affected virtually everything from our thought processes and work habits to our capacity for linear thinking and how we feel about ourselves, our friends and even strangers. And it has all happened virtually overnight."

For the complete article, please click here:

We have to do a better job of guiding this process.  Won't you check us out at or conribute to our crowdfunding campaign at







Cyber-Bullying....It's Still Personal!

by Wanda Taylor

Cyber-Bullying is Very Personal!

Cyber-Bullying has been described as "using computers, cell phones, and other technologies to hurt, scare, or embarrass other people."  It can be overt or it can be extremely subtle to others, though very personal to the victim.

According to, there is a very strong link between bullying and suicide.  "Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC.  For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.  Over 14% of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7% have attempted it. 10 to 14 year old girls may be at an even higher risk for suicide.  And, according to ABC News, 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying."

What are the symptoms?

  • Giving away personal items and saying goodbye to people.
  • Expressing that they "can't take it anymore".
  • Showing signs of depression, changes in sleep or eating habits, and withdrawal.
  • Excessively looking, and getting upset over, internet posts.
  • Excessive crying or a complete lack of emotion.

What can you do about Cyber-Bullying?

Start by understanding the technology tools that your children use.  Become familiar with how often they use them and how they gain access to them.  Pay attention to what they are saying or not saying.  To do this, you might need to slow your life down enough to engage with your children in ways that promote communication.  Discuss bullying and cyber-bullying.  Make sure that you explain the dangers of the internet.  Be clear with them that they do not ever know who they are actually engaging with in their chats, email, etc.  Just as you would teach them to go to an adult or an adult authority if they were physically being threatened, teach them that the same holds true on the internet.  Take all threats seriously - better to be safe than sorry. Talk to the school and district about their cyber and campus policies about bullying and safety.  And, most important, ASK THEM if it is happening to them or someone they know.

Plenty of Resources to Guide You:

Here are a few links to get you started:

What are we doing at about Cyber-Bullying?

First, we are an educational resource site for parents, educators, and kids.  Secondly, we take any type of predators seriously and have spent 7 years designing safe browsing and searching, as well as creating very strict social networking features.  We encourage collaboration and engagement within a safe and secure browser and virtual world.

Won't you help us complete this mission...

We would appreciate a donation to help us with this mission.  If you want to see what we're all about, please check out our campaign at  We hope that you will get involved by donating.  In addition, we would appreciate it if you would share this post, our campaign, and our site to stimulate the conversation and education about this topic and others because "it's still very personal." Launches Pre-Registration!

by Wanda Taylor Launches Registration!

After nearly 7 years, has launched its pre-registration site for the upcoming May 4th, 2013 launch!

Registrants can get their very own Passport to Your Emagine-Nation by logging into and launching the registration page. Members can sign up as parents, kids, and educators. Parents are encouaged to register their child(ren) with them present as they will be able to customize their avatar and pick out their avatar name right then.


Passport to Your!

If kids are under 13, an email will be sent to their parents asking them to verify their registration and participation.  Kids will earn 5 Tribets (Emagine-Nation's online currency) for registering.  They can return each day to earn more by taking a Room Tour-of-the-Day, an Adventure-of-the-Day, and playing a Game-of-the-Day.  They will also receive a Quote-of-th-Day.  Tribets can be used at launch to create and customize each member's personal room, further customize their avatar, and unlock games and activities.

Kids over 13 will not need their parent's permission.  And, educators are also invited to sign up in order to take advantage of all the resources included in the site specifically for educators, such as lesson plans, websites, webquests, and more. 

Registraion Link:


Security and Safety Features has been designed and developed by licensed school psychologists, mental health counselors, certified educators, and academic coaches.  We researched the privacy and safety issues that kids, parents, and educators face today.  We interviewed kids to find out how they were getting around parental controls, school firewalls, and other monitoring systems.  We went to the source and designed an infrastructure and enviornment unparalleled in safety. 

Some of our features include:

  • safe search with content filtering
  • secure browser
  • internet application blocking with parental code access
  • video, picture, and file sharing controls, parental approval, and administrative approval
  • friend requests approved by parents
  • whitelist of educator-approved websites with parental ability to approve and add to whitelist (site grows as parent and children use it)
  • in-world site linking only (they can't get there from here by clicking on an ad, YouTube video, or other external link)
  • chat and group chat moderation
  • and more

Parents Don't Need a Doctorate in Parental Controls!

Kids know what to do.  And, even if parents are protecting their kids with at-home computer monitoring, kids access the internet at school other friends' houses, on their tablets, and on their phones.  Access is almost impossible to lock down unless parents download and use as their child's sole browser, search engine, and virtual world to play in.  We've designed it to be easy to use - we've already done all that work for you. 

Register today for, where your kids can have fun and get stuff done!


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