Immediately Protect Your Teen Children By Bursting The Dangerous Internet Filter Bubble

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Well hello there!

You caught Mama Bear after she's been awake now since 4am, powerfully hacking up her site to add ever more goodies for you.  Today, for example, I just finished adding a new tasty Fitness Store – do feel free to check it out whenever you'd like!

But that's not the topic of today's post, no oh no!  Instead, MamaBear insists on asking you this question.

Ready?

Alrighty then, tell me.

Is content you *need* to know….being withheld not only from you, but your children as well?

I present for your delection: The Internet Filter bubble.  Do make sure to watch it in its entirety…it's utterly fascinating.

Is that scary or what?????

Now, for brilliant parents like us, that's one thing.  We all have the ability to learn just how to uncover where the news is that we really need.

But…what about our kids?

I'm all for filtering out inappropriate material, of course.

But imagine the following…

  • What if your teen, when searching on "diversity", gets shown results replete with political correctness *only*?
  • What if your teen, when searching on "gay", gets shown results that glorify gay-bashing?
  • What if your teen, when searching on "sex", gets shown results that highlight double-standards?
  • What if….

See what Mama Bear means?

It's one thing for our kids to get messages shoved down their throats by their peers.

It's another thing entirely to have Internet search results mimic those peers!

(derived from the types of links your kid generally clicks on etc.).

So what *are* some of the signals Google uses to determine what kind of content to show?

They could include:

  1. where do we move the mouse and mark text in the search results
  2. amount of typos while searching
  3. how often do we use related search queries
  4. how often do we use autosuggestion
  5. how often do we use spell correction
  6. distribution of short / general  queries vs. specific / long tail queries
  7. which other google services do we use (gmail / youtube/ maps / picasa /….)
  8. how often do we search for ourselves

(got that list over at  What are the 57 signals google uses to filter search results?)

Now….

Think about your children now.

  • Think about their spelling ability. 
  • Their search ability. 
  • What they click on *most* from their peers.

When they *are* ready to be exposed to new ideas and thinking…will Google and Facebook deliver to them that opportunity?

Or will they be continually walled into their own tiny Internet Bubble?

It's something on which to think, aye?

Which brings me now to the question….

How on earth can you protect your teen children from missing out on knowledge?

It's tough, I'll tell you that!  But if you have a good relationship with your kids, you can run the following test with them:

  • Step 1.)  Have them search on an emotionally-charged topic on their computer.  Bullying, diversity, gay rights, etc.  Take a snapshot (Hypersnap is a nice free utility).
  • Step 2.)  Then do the same search on your computer.  Take another snapshot.
  • Step 3.)  Then do the same search on Facebook.  Take a third snapshot.

Then sit down and compare the results!

If your kids are anything like Mamabear's cubs, they'll *hate* the idea that Big Brother is telling them what it thinks they *should* know.

Use this as a lesson to reinforce that alternative opinions will always exist, and that wise people take the time to see *all* sides. 

In other words, don't take the Internet search results at face value….always encourage your kids to use their brains as well.

Their future growth will thank them for it.

Parent well,

Mama Bear

ps – want other great takes on the Internet Filter bubble?  Check out:

and you can get the book too over at:

Math Stories Rock or Making Your Child Love Math

Y'know, one of the very best skills any child can possess these days is math.

And MamaBear ain't just talking 'bout memorizing rote mathematics!  Heck, that's sheer memory power and, while very good to internalize, doesn't begin to touch upon the *real* benefit to mathematics.

And that is…

Turning real-life stories into useful math.

What does MamaBear mean by that?

Simple!  Think to yourself the following adventure MamaBear had herself in her junior year at college.

"You're in a maze of twisty turning passages…."

"You're in the local market and see the customer ahead of you ordered 3 pairs of socks at $2.99 each.  You then notice that because her calculator was broken (I *did* say MamaBear experienced this in her college years, back when clerks used calculators…), the clerk was trying to figure out the amount owed with paper and pencil.

Possessing more mathematics than your typical sea sponge, you simply inform the clerk that the price is $8.97….and when faced with her amazement, you explain that $3 is one more cent than $2.99, and 3×3 is 9, so 3*2.99 would simply be $9 minus 3 cents, or $8.97.

Then you watch when said clerk utters in amazement…"My gosh, you must be a math major!"

True story, that.  :)

Anywhos!  It was stuff like that which led MamaBear to promise herself that *her* children would never be as idjut-like in math as she was, 'way back then.

So!  When her cubs were starting grammar school, MB ferreted out some rather tremendous learning resources on the Internet.

And one of them is:

What makes MB shiver in joy over this particular site is the focus on learning how to solve mathematical word problems.

After all, in the Eastern school of thought, applied math is taught right from the get-go with series like

Alas, MamaBear never did get her paws on that particular series; she had tried buying it at eBay but it never came thru.  Wah.

But back to MathStories – it has showcases goodies like:

Make a Table

Question: You save $3 on Monday. Each day after that you save twice as much as you saved the day before. If this pattern continues, how much would you save on Friday?

Strategy:

1) UNDERSTAND:

You need to know that you save $3 on Monday. Then you need to know that you always save twice as much as you find the day before.

2) PLAN:

How can you solve the problem?

You can make a table like the one below. List the amount of money you save each day. Remember to double the number each day.

Day
Amount of Money Saved
Monday
$3
Tuesday
$6
Wednesday
$12
Thursday
$24
Friday
$48


You save $48 on Friday


Draw a picture:


Question: Laura has 3 green chips, 4 blue chips and 1 red chip in her bag. What fractional part of the bag of chips is green?

Strategy:

1) UNDERSTAND:

What do you need to find?

You need to find how many chips are in all. Then you need to find how many of the chips are green.

2) PLAN:

How can you solve the problem?

You can draw a picture to show the information. Then you can use the picture to find the answer.

3) SOLVE:

Draw 8 chips.

3/8 of the chips are green.


and other great goodies to boot.

Thus, if you want to give your young cub a great start in mathematics, check out MathStories today.  It's definitely a great investment!  It costs $26 for a years' enrollment.

Parent well,

MamaBear