I'm a teacher, a researcher, and a mom, and I'm going to help you teach and raise your digital kids.
I have an MA in Education, I was a reading and classroom teacher for 10 years and I have been freelance writing in print and online for 8 years now for places including The Huffington Post; The Washington Post, Brain, Child Magazine; allParenting; Everyday Family; TIME, and more.
In 2014 I wrote an article about marriage and the comments that came in on it were about my weight and how fat I looked in my wedding dress. Even though I had been working online for years, I was hit really hard by this.
A few months later, when I pulled myself together, I wrote a second article calling out my fat shamers and calling for online kindness. That article went viral giving me the platform to become a voice for online kindness.
In between these two events, something much more interesting happened at my house:
My tween decided that she would like to get online.
The thought of sending her into a space where something like that had just happened to me terrified me.
So I had three choices:
1. I could say, "no." (This was tempting.)
2. I could say, "yes," and ignore my worries. (This was also tempting.)
3. Or I could buck up and teach her what she really needed to know about how the Internet is meant to be used. (Honestly? This was not at all tempting. But it was the right thing to do.)