September 14, 2018

Cyber Safety: Part II

Cyber Safety – Part II – Help, Hope, & Healing Research shows that scare tactics backfire. They don’t encourage healthier behaviors! So, how do I talk about these very real risks without freaking readers out? I want them to THINK about how to address these issues – not run away from them!  That’s what I said to myself once looked at what I’d drafted for this […]
April 4, 2018

Cyber Safety Part 1

Cyber safety: Part 1 – Conversations are Key   When I took my first computer class in high school (in 1985!!!), I never dreamed that students would be using digital technology as they do today.  Nor would I have believed that, in 2018, I’d be talking with 240 6th graders at Northley Middle School (Go Vikings!) about cybersafety, planning cybersafety programs for 1st graders at Chester […]
October 16, 2017

Child Pornography: The Lasting Impact of Images

  All too often headlines announcing an arrest for possession of child pornography show up in the news. Shock, horror, outrage, and disgust are common reactions as people process the injustice and exploitation. When the accused doesn’t fit the stereotype of the creepy social outcast, which most possessors don’t, a certain cognitive dissonance may arise, as well. Photos or videos of child sexual abuse may be […]
October 3, 2017

A Time to Fight Stigma: Mental Illness Awareness Week

“Nothing happened. She’s just mad and trying to get him in trouble. She’s always lying. You can’t believe a word she says.” These harsh words were said about a survivor named Liza by someone named Alex, a mental health professional who was meant to help Liza after she had been sexually assaulted. Why didn’t Alex believe Liza’s report of assault? Because Liza has a history of serious, chronic mental illness. Alex […]