About Michelle Hainer

Michelle Hainer is a New York-based journalist whose articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Real Simple, In Style and other national publications. She blogs at Made By Michelle, and is also the author of the Girl World: Quiz Zone book series.

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Articles by Michelle

Should You Let Your Teens Blog?

Should You Let Your Teens Blog?

Millions of blogs already exist, and thousands more appear each day. So if your teens are interested in joining the blogosphere, don’t be surprised. While you don’t want to stifle their creative freedom, it’s perfectly natural to be a bit concerned about what they’re going to be writing about — especially if they have a tendency to overshare. And having been in media for a long time,... 

Who’s Gawking at Your Kid’s Photos??

Who’s Gawking at Your Kid’s Photos??

With all of the photo-sharing apps and websites out there, it’s easier than ever to stay up-to-date on the lives of loved ones. But with the freedom and accessibility comes concern about who you want viewing your online photos: Grandma? Yes. Creepy guy from high school whose friend request you accepted out of guilt? Not so much. So before you upload your personal snapshots, keep these tips in mind. Choose... 

Should You ‘Friend’ Your Teens Online?

Should You ‘Friend’ Your Teens Online?

A decade ago, reading your teen’s diary would have been the ultimate form of privacy invasion. Nowadays, checking out their Facebook page or Twitter feed can yield the same sense of betrayal — if they don’t know you’re doing so. So how does a parent protect their kids from the dangers lurking on the Internet? The answer may be to join them online. Sites like Facebook are appealing to kids... 

Top 3 Kid-safe Social Networks

Top 3 Kid-safe Social Networks

When Rachel Sarah of Oakland, Calif., first heard about Club Penguin, a social networking site for kids, she had no idea what it was. “My daughter kept asking me if she could use it”, recalls Sarah. Not sure whether her daughter, who’s under 13, was too young to be on the Web, Sarah decided to check it out herself. “There aren’t any ads, and the site seems really fun and...