Brooke Mueller Checks into Hospital

I am not a fan of the antics of Charlie Sheen, but having the domestic environment of children disrupted is always sad. I know little to nothing about… Brooke Mueller Checks into Hospital…So, I’ve included a small description of her life at the end of the excerpt from the NY Daily News online gossip section. It is truly sad to see someone so big in the press be so small in real life. Addiction is deadly. It is not fun; it just looks like fun.

The piece by Chiderah Monde indicates that Brooke has had 18, OMG, 18 treatment episodes for addiction, her latest in December. That is less than 5 months ago. This is an excellent example of how difficult it is to stop addiction, or even slow it down for that matter.

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If you are curious about the exploits of Charlie Sheen and his ex-wives, especially Brooke Mueller, then read below and click through to the referenced material.

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Picture courtesy of Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Charlie_Sheen_2012.jpg

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Brooke Mueller Checks into Hospital

“Brooke Mueller checks into hospital for prescription drug abuse …”

“Brooke Mueller is receiving treatment after her two children with actor Charlie Sheen were taken out of her custody May 2.”

“Authorities took her 4-year-old twins Bob and Max after deeming the residence an “unsafe environment.” They have since been staying with Sheen’s second ex-wife, and mother of his two daughters, Denise Richards.”

“”… and Brooke agreed. Brooke is very comfortable with this and very grateful to Denise for taking this on. There’s no ill will there.””

“Mueller has been in rehab 18 times before. Her most recent stint, in December, was to treat an addiction to Adderall.”

“However, an insider told US Weekly that Richards and her daughters are the “only consistency” the boys have.”

“After all, their father no stranger to addiction himself — Sheen, 47, also issued a statement.”

“”Charlie supports the actions of the Department of Children and Family Services,” Sheen’s rep told The News.”He knows Max and Bob are safe and in a stable, loving environment with Denise and the boys’s sisters. Charlie will fully cooperate and fully participate in all proceedings.””

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Wikipedia has some interesting tidbits about Brooke Jaye Mueller.

According to Wikipedia, she is an American socialite and occasional actress.

She was born in Palm Beach, Florida on August 19, 1977. She married Charlie Sheen in 2008 and was divorced in 2011.

She spent her childhood years in New York.

Her father, Allen Mueller, now deceased (late 1980’s) was ‘a Miami and Key West police officer, a real-estate broker, and a part-time minister.’ He died in a motorcycle accident.

Her mother is Moira Fiore.

Brooke has tried her hand at acting, real estate, and journalism.

Her most famous acting role was in the film, Witchhouse.

She also appeared, or starred, in the reality show The World According to Paris. Now there is a ringing endorsement. My apologies for the editorial, if I offended anyone.

She had her twins in early 2009.

What may have started the beginning of the end for her failed marriage was an assault by Charlie Sheen at the end of 2009.

Here is your link to the full Wikipedia article…

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Always be careful of your sources. You know what ‘they’ say about playing telephone, right? The press in general makes many mistakes. Wikipedia has credited some of the sources for this material in the short list below. The full list of resources are listed at the bottom of the Wikipedia article… Just click the link above to go directly there.

Who is Brooke Mueller? The Daily Beast. 2011-03-06. Retrieved December 9, 2012.

The World According to Paris, episode 07

Dinh, James (2011-01-14). “Paris Hilton Reveals The ‘Real Me’ In ‘The World According To Paris’ – Music, Celebrity, Artist News”. MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08.

“Charlie Sheen & Brooke Mueller Sheen Welcome Twin Boys”Access Hollywood. March 15, 2009.

“Charlie Sheen charged with felony in alleged assault on wife in Aspen [Updated]”The Los Angeles Times. February 8, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2010.

Banda, Solomon (August 2, 2010).“Charlie Sheen Pleads Guilty to Aspen Assault”. The Huffington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved March 9, 2011.

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Parent a Teenager in Our Technological Age

The New York Times online website has done it again. There is an informative and useful piece on How to Parent a Teenager in Our Technological Age Outline. Parents using software to monitor teens’ online behavior in any device the teen’s use. Some pros & cons are listed, including data from technological organizations and companies, such as Microsoft Research, Symantec, and Trend Micro. This piece was thoughtfully researched and written by Somini Sengupta. Read the excerpt below, and please go to the original piece for the full story. Somini has included a few personal stories from parents and families.

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Parent a Teenager in Our Technological Age

How to Parent a Teenager in Our Technological Age Outline

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“‘Big Brother’? No, It’s Parents”

“Parents can now use an array of tools to keep up with the digital lives of their children, raising new quandaries. Is surveillance the best way to protect children? Or should parents trust them to share if they are scared or bewildered by something online?”

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These are loaded questions. Children, even teens, are abducted or physically and/or emotionally harmed by someone met through an online social media website.

“… the anxieties of parenting in the digital age have spawned a mini-industry, as start-ups and established companies market new tools to track where children go online, who they meet there and what they do. Because children are glued to smartphones, the technology can allow parents to track their physical whereabouts and even monitor their driving speed. “

“If, a few years ago, the emphasis was on blocking children from going to inappropriate sites on the family computer, today’s technologies promise to embed Mom and Dad — and occasionally Grandma — inside every device that children are using, and gather intelligence on them wherever they go.”

Except that teens have jobs and their own money to spend as they choose (behind Mom & Dad’s back).

“An online service helps parents keep tabs on every chat, post and photo that floats across their children’s Facebook pages. And another scans the Web in case a child decides to try a new social network that the grown-ups have not even heard of yet.”

“The average American family uses five Internet-enabled devices at home, including smartphones, a recent survey by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found, while barely one in five parents uses parental controls on those devices.“

There a great deal more useful information on this webpage on the New York Times online. Get informed and take action.

“What’s more, technology is at least as nimble as adolescents, and neither parents nor the technology they buy can always read a teenager’s mind. Sometimes …”

The New York Times is the source

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If you want to learn How to Parent a Teenager in Our Technological Age Outline, reading this piece in the New York Times online is an excellent place to start.

Similar to the first human interest story in the piece, teens are putting titillating personal pictures, video, and data online for anyone to see.

Be smart; get informed, and stay up to date.

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Teenage Behavior Studies

From Santa Clara, California Business Wire online website released a summary analysis of a recently released Online Teenage Behavior Studies‘ findings. McAfee, self-reported as the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, conducted this study, 2012 Teen Internet Behavior.

There are quoted statistics and information from Stanley Holditch, an Online Safety Expert for McAfee, and Robert Siciliano, a McAfee Online Security Expert.

I have an extensive excerpt below; however, there are data still relevant for parents who have teens online, using Smartphone, tablets, laptops, and desktops.

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Online Teenage Behavior Studies

Online Teenage Behavior Studies

“70% of Teens Hide Their Online Behavior from Their Parents, McAfee Reveals What U.S. Teens are Really Doing Online, and How Little Their Parents Actually Know”

Announcement Headlines…

“Hidden Behavior Includes Everything from Adult Content to Cheating on School Work, Up from 45% since 2010”

“Study Reveals Top 10 Ways Teens Are Fooling Their Parents”

“22.8% of Parents Are Overwhelmed by Technology and Just Hope for the Best”

“”… unmonitored online activity exposes them to real dangers with real consequences, and these dangers are growing exponentially with the proliferation of social networks.”

“… teens continue to take risks by posting personal information and risky photos online, unbeknownst to parents.”

“… despite 73.5% of parents whom trust their teens to not access age-inappropriate content online. Specifically 43% of teens have accessed simulated violence online, 36% have access sexual topics online, and 32% have accessed nude content or pornography online.”

“Nearly half of parents believe their teens tell them everything they do online and insist they are in control …”

“However, the study reveals that teens deceiving their parents are on the rise, as over 70% of teens have found ways to avoid parental monitoring, compared to 2010, where 45% of teens have hidden their online behavior from a parent.”

Here are the ways teens are fooling their parents concerning online activities…Online Teenage Behavior Studies

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1. Clearing the browser history (53%)

2. Close/minimize browser when parent walked in (46%)

3. Hide or delete IMs or videos (34%)

4. Lie or omit details about online activities (23%)

5. Use a computer your parents don’t check (23%)

6. Use an internet-enabled mobile device (21%)

7. Use privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends (20%)

8. Use private browsing modes (20%)

9. Create private email address unknown to parents (15%)

10. Create duplicate/fake social network profiles (9%)

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Business Wire online is the source

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The related statistical numbers for parents and their teens from Online Teenage Behavior Studies are incongruent; they do not match up. Parents are behind the times. Get yourself up-to-date with the use of computers and the Internet, especially the social networks.

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Creating Social Media Discipline

Take a look at this post with an example for Creating Social Media Discipline for Children 2-12. Stacy Hawkins Adams presented this material to the Times-Dispatch, which has offices in Richmond and Mechanicsville, VA.

The author, Stacy Hawkins Adams, is a novelist, professional speaker, and freelance writer.

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Creating Social Media Discipline for Children 2-12Creating Social Media Discipline for Children 2-12

“Life Notes: One parent’s approach to social media discipline”

“Reshonda Tate Billingsley had her daughter post a farewell note as punishment for an earlier post.”

“Reshonda Tate Billingsley has been an award-winning journalist and contemporary fiction author for years, but in recent weeks, her notoriety as a no-nonsense mom has overshadowed her professional accolades.”

“Billingsley discovered the image on her daughter’s page about 20 minutes after the girl uploaded it. Her daughter had gone to bed, so she chose to wait until morning to gift the girl with an unforgettable consequence.”

“Billingsley considered a range of punishments but settled on having her daughter …”

“The note read, “Since I want to post photos of me holding liquor, I am obviously not ready for social media and will be taking a hiatus until I learn what I should and should not post! BYE-BYE.””

“”You have to know your child, and I knew my oldest daughter would be fine” with this form of discipline, said Billingsley, who also has a 9-year-old daughter and a son who is 5. “ My middle child would be scarred for life.”

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Online Facebook Changes Explained

NMR, the New Media Rockstar, is a website that claims to be “Empowering, Inspiring, and Promoting the New Media Community.” This includes Dealing with Children Online Facebook Changes Explained. NMR has an explanatory post by Camyron Lee.

“NewMediaRockstars is an online publication whose mission is to empower, inspire, and promote the independent new media community.” Hurray!Camyron Lee provides you with some statistics taken from Consumer Reports. You will find the excerpt and Source Link below; find out more.

Here is another Link to supporting information on Consumer Reports (consumerreports.org) that indicates that there are over 5 million children under 10 using Facebook! Go figure!
http://news.consumerreports.org/electronics/2011/05/five-million-facebook-users-are-10-or-younger.html

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Dealing with Children Online Facebook Changes Explained

Dealing with Children Online Facebook Changes Explained

“Rumored Facebook Changes May Cater to New Generation”

“However, the parents of Generation Z (Children born in the late 90’s-2010) are dealing with entirely different issues than previous generations.They are parenting a generation that has never known a world without the internet. These children are avid YouTube users, Angry Birds experts and according to…”

“Since online age restrictions are notoriously difficult to enforce, it looks like Facebook’s newest rumored endeavor may include allowing children under the age of 13 to launch their own profiles without having to deceive their parents or violate safety regulations.”

Aw… Oh!!!!!

“With Cyberbullying, phishing, sexual predators and compromising content as potential risks for adult Facebook users, how much more of a risk is it for children who are logging in? The Consumer Report stated that a majority of the 7.5 million children who are currently violating the site’s terms of use, are primarily unsupervised.”

Aw… Oh!!!!! Again!!!!!

NewMediaRockstars talks about Facebook

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NMR relates staggering data about Dealing with Children Online Facebook Changes Explained to fill every moment with worried thoughts about our young children. Are you worried? Cyber bulling, phishing, sexual predators, give us your opinion.

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Advice on Raising Good Cyber Citizens

Advice on Raising Good Cyber Citizens Online

Fiona Baker suggests 7 points of Advice on Raising Good Cyber Citizens Online. These are great ways to start a conversation with your children about cyber safety. Ms. Baker is writing today for the Herald Sun (http://www.heraldsun.com.au/) out of Melbourne, Australia. It seems that Ms. Baker is consistently straightforward and her advice is relevant and current.

As usual, there is an excerpt and Link to the original source below.

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Advice on Raising Good Cyber Citizens Online

“Raising good cyber citizens”

“TEACHING children online etiquette and how to look after their digital footprint keeps them – and others – safe. Three teenage boys sit in a car on the way to weekend sport. The radio news is reporting the recent sentencing of a 20-year-old man who put …”

“…it’s nasty and mean, but no-one should face jail because of what they put on their own Facebook page.”

“These boys know all the best apps, can install the latest software and would be bereft without social media – but what many kids, and their parents, don’t know is that using free online expression can get you into trouble.”

“Rosalie O’Neale, a senior advisor to the government-run Cybersmart education program, says …”

“”Parents need to be up to speed with …””

“With more than 80 per cent of children aged five to 14 online regularly, parents need to …”

Here is you source Link

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This website has a few other relevant posts on children learning all aspects of online safety for themselves, the parents, and others using the Internet. The first five Links are free articles on this website. The last Link is to a webpage introducing online educational games and    fun activities.

“What are the Effects of Social Media on Teenagers?”

“Parenting Teenagers Computer Use and the Technological Age”

“In-App Purchases Made By Kids Games”

“Eliminate Bullying Forever”

 “Kids Dealing with Bullying in School”

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Effects of Social Media on Teenagers

What are the Effects of Social Media on Teenagers?Queens Tribune Online (http://www.queenstribune.com/) reported a panel of six concerned people evaluating the effects of social media on teenagers. There are some experts in media, communication, cyber bulling, eating disorders, and the DA’s office from Queens. Veronica Lewin does a great job of spanning the panel’s results. It does seem somewhat light is the ‘meat’ of the story.

Check out the excerpt and go directly to the source.

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Effects of Social Media on Teenagers

“Forum Warns Of Social Media Woes For Teens”
“The Queens Forum hosted a discussion called “The Impact of Social Media on Teen Health” at LaGaurdia Community College on May 8. A panel of six people who have an interest in the well being of teenagers weighed in on the role technology has played in …”
“…provided today’s teens with numerous platforms to express themselves.”
“…focused on cyber bullying …”
“Now, social media platforms and smart phones make it difficult for a child being bullied to escape torment.”
“According to the panel, being a victim of cyber bullying can lead to substance abuse, eating disorders or even suicide.”
“…the ability to remain anonymous. Students today tend to say things online that they would not say to a peer face to face. Because of the ability to post comments under an alias, it could be more difficult to track who is doing the bullying.”“…receive feedback instantly.”
“… recommends being a role model for young people and teaching media literacy at a young age.”

Click for the original source – Queens Tribune

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“In-App Purchases Made By Kids Games”

“If adults have been stymied by the long-winded legalese in online disclaimers and instructions, how are children to be expected to follow the rules?”

Click this Link to go to a piece on “In-App Purchases Make By Kids Games” and see the trap that gets kids to by without parental permission. “In-App Purchases Make By Kids Games”

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“Children and Media Influence”

“Is the media Parenting Your Child? I believe the answer is, YES. Children and Media Influence is an everyday issue, 24/7. The TV has become as common as breathing. While it is on, we hardly pay attention to all that appears across the screen.”“Imagine if there was an extra adult in your home parenting your child. Every day from dawn to dusk, this person would give your kids information on everything from school work to more personal issues, like dating and relationships.”

Read the coverage and go to the Link below for a video…

Go to this Link to watch a video courtesy of ABC Action News online.

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“Parenting Teenagers Computer Use and the Technological Age”

“Many older working adults have entered the technological age long ago, due to the fast pace work world. Others are just beginning to cross the threshold. Either way, your teen is most likely light years ahead of your technical skills, unless perhaps you are a programmer. Pick it up. Start slow. You will want to stay connected to your teens and to be able to decipher their codes.”

Click this Link… “Parenting Teenagers Computer Use and the Technological Age”

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Parenting Teenagers Computer Use and the Technological Age

The Huffington Post presents a piece about Parenting Teenagers Computer Use and the Technological Age.

Parenting Teenagers Computer Use and the Technological Age Michelle Lamar writes about her experiences as a mother of two teenage girls. She is talking about parents keeping their eyes open, their senses acute, and as the saying goes… “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Michelle Lamar is a Data Analyst for ‘Spiral16’ (http://www.spiral16.com/) an online monitoring and reporting website.

There is always a good read in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/). Read the excerpt below and click the Link for the original source.

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Parenting Teenagers Computer Use and the Technological Age

“Rule Two of Raising Teenagers: Bad Takes on a Whole New Meaning”
“…there are daily parenting challenges that can’t be found in parenting books.”
“Bad Takes on a Whole New Meaning (Blue hair and nose rings are not bad).”
“Bad becomes REALLY bad when you are raising teenagers. Keeping your kids safe, while letting them make mistakes, is a daily challenge. We learn valuable life lessons by making mistakes but the stakes are higher for modern teens.”
“…on the Internet, can follow your child forever.”
“Raising a teenager in 2012 is way different from when you were growing up.”
“In other words, if your kid isn’t having a kid or smoking a crack pipe …”

Here is the Link to the source

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Many older working adults have entered the technological age long ago, due to the fast pace work world. Others are just beginning to cross the threshold. Either way, your teen is most likely light years ahead of your technical skills, unless perhaps you are a programmer. Pick it up. Start slow. You will want to stay connected to your teens and to be able to decipher their codes.

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In-App Purchases Made By Kids Games

Today in ABC News website (http://abcnews.go.com/), I found a piece about a class action law suit against Apple. Joanna Stern elaborates on this news. This might In-App Purchases Made By Kids Gameshave been in the news before. The suit was initiated in April of 2011. A California Judge gave permission to proceed with a class action suit last year. This piece does not contain a lot of information. It does imply that the old adage, ‘Let the buyer beware,’ still holds sway with much of the business community. Read the excerpt below and go to the original source to see the full piece.

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In-App Purchases Made By Kids Games

“Parents Sue Apple for In-App and In-Game Purchases Made by Kids”

“They do not have access to my password or credit card or anything else.”

“Password or no password is not the issue. Embedding this type of “device” in a child’s gameis highly manipulative and unethical.”

“The suit revolves around “game currencies” — real money used within games to buy coins or other in-game tools — that the parents claim children purchased without their knowledge.”

The Source – ABC News

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In-App Purchases Made By Kids GamesIf adults have been stymied by the long-winded legalese in online disclaimers and instructions, how are children to be expected to follow the rules? I agree with these parents in that a blanket approval or permission should not be sufficient for children to purchase online. One purchase should not infer that another purchase is permissible. This indeed seems unethical at least and at most perhaps… You fill in the blank. I can vividly imagine the stress and frustration that these parents have endured. So what is the solution? Do you have a solution to this dilemma?

Children buying should be at the sole distraction of the parents. I had a friend that ran into a similar situation. While he was sleeping, his daughter took his credit card out of his wallet and used it to purchase points in an online game. No password or any other safeguard was required. This is unacceptable as well. How do parents stop this abuse? Have a safe in the garage and lock up everything all the time… Do you have answers?

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Children and Media Influence

Children and Media Influence | Parenting 101 SuccessIs the media Parenting Your Child? I believe the answer is, YES. Children and Media Influence is an everyday issue, 24/7. The TV has become as common as breathing. While it is on, we hardly pay attention to all that appears across the screen.

One of the young teens (Teens are a especially susceptible age) a young man I had worked with (He was 14.) made an odd face several times in a conversation. It was as if he was punctuating, or emphasizing his words with his face. I was having a hard time understanding these facial expressions. Then one day I came across someone watching wrestling on the TV. Oh my… There was one of the top wrestling stars making that same facial expression. I had been trying to find a diplomatic way to approach these facial mannerisms to no avail. Adults can humiliate teens very easily with their words. Here was a young man in trouble, trying to fit in, using this very facial mannerism to ingratiate himself to others. All the while, he was not realizing that I had no idea what he was doing. The wonders of TV…
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Children and Media Influence

Imagine if there was an extra adult in your home parenting your child. Every day from dawn to dusk, this person would give your kids information on everything from school work to more personal issues, like dating and relationships.

Below you will find a short video from this article for which ABC Action News so graciously provided the embed code.

Click here to visit the original source of this post

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Children and Media Influence | Parenting 101 SuccessWhat about your children? Children and Media Influence… Have you looked into what your child is watching on TV? Don’t leave the media un-chaperoned Parenting Your Child. There are parental controls for both the TV and the computer your child uses. If your child is more advance with electronics than you are, spend some time getting up to speed. Of course, if your child is a teen, their computer may be out of your reach. You’ll have to use other means to minimize the influence of the media via TV, can computer.

Does the media influence children? Is that influence ‘good’ or ‘bad?’

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