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Back to School: Cyberbullying and Digital Safety Tips

Back to School: Cyberbullying and Digital Safety Tips

| September 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Perhaps this year is the first year your child has been required to use a computer for school. Maybe it’s the first time they’ve gone to school with a smartphone in their backpack. No matter what the circumstance, now is a very important time to provide clear guidelines for your child regarding their use of […]

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How to Secure Your iCloud Account

How to Secure Your iCloud Account

| September 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

As I’m sure you ​are aware, a number of celebrities’ iCloud accounts were recently hacked and their personal pictures and information were non-consensually distributed on the Internet. Unfortunately it seems we live in a world where hacking and violating privacy is far too common and prevalent. As parents, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our […]

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Do you Know What Schools are Doing with Your Kids’ Private Data?: Two Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Child's Data Is Protected

Do you Know What Schools are Doing with Your Kids’ Private Data?: Two Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Child’s Data Is Protected

| September 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Parents in the digital age have a lot to worry about when it comes to their child’s online safety: privacy protection, cyberbullying, predation, adult content, the list goes on. But many parents think that is where the concerns end. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. You need to be aware that your child’s data, collected and […]

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Netflix Parental Controls Revised

Netflix Parental Controls Revised

| August 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Netflix has updated their parental control settings with the use of “Profiles” for each person using the account. The control options are the same, and the content-ratings are consistent with those used in the previous options. Here’s what you need to do to either update your parental control settings, or activate them: 1. Using a […]

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Disappearing Messaging Apps - What You Need to Know

Disappearing Messaging Apps – What You Need to Know

| July 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Popularized by Snapchat, disappearing message apps are flooding online stores and becoming increasingly popular with users of all ages. Social media is an undeniable part of the social lives of young people, where they interact with their friends and peers in real time through the web. Parental control apps, like the ones we’ve reviewed before, […]

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Star Girl: Not an App Your Daughter Should be Playing

Star Girl: Not an App Your Daughter Should be Playing

| July 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

“Star Girl puts you in the high heels of an aspiring celebrity who is setting out to build her career as a superstar while having a ton of fun along the way!” As my 10 year old daughter and I were in the car driving home from camp, she asked me, “Mom, has there been […]

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Kickstarter Has Stopped Vetting Projects

Kickstarter Has Stopped Vetting Projects

| June 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

“Don’t believe everything you read on the internet” – Abraham Lincoln. The internet is 25 years old as of this year and you probably know by now that you shouldn’t trust everything you find online to be 100% true. This is the golden rule of the internet and it is particularly important to remember when […]

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Snapchat: How to Delete Your Snaps

Snapchat: How to Delete Your Snaps

| June 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

We’ve written about Snapchat on this site before, and we have mixed feelings, to say the least, about the popular image sharing app. If your child has a Snapchat on their phone or tablet or if you yourself have the app, you may want to know how to permanently delete images. Deleting Images from Your […]

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Productivity Apps for Families and Teens

Productivity Apps for Families and Teens

| June 10, 2014 | Comments (1)

There really is an app for everything, including family productivity/organization. Having now reached 1.2 million apps, the iTunes App Store has countless productivity apps, but some are more useful than others for families with hectic schedules.   1. Cozi Family Organizer  Considered a “must have” by the Today Show, Cozi features a color-coded calendar, shopping […]

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Revenge Porn: What it Is and What You Need to Know

Revenge Porn: What it Is and What You Need to Know

| June 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Revenge porn is the nonconsensual digital distribution of pornography and sexually explicit images and videos without the individual’s consent. The most common way that these images end up online for the world to see is after a bitter breakup. As reported by the Internet Watch Foundation, 88% of self-generated explicit images and videos are taken […]

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Minecraft – Three Things Parents Need To Know

Minecraft – Three Things Parents Need To Know

| May 27, 2014 | Comments (2)

Parents, there are three things you need to know about Minecraft – the game every child seems to be playing, wanting to play, or is asking for the Minecraft toys for their birthday. First, Minecraft is a free, world-based, graphically lower grade game where players can simply construct their own world. In creative mode, users […]

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One Way Children Set Up Instagram Accounts and Hide It from Their Parents

One Way Children Set Up Instagram Accounts and Hide It from Their Parents

| May 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

Parents, here is what I said in 2012 when we published an article about Instagram: Is It Ok for Kids? What Parents Need to Know. I said it then, and stand by it now. Instagram is changing the way people share photos and they do it simply and beautifully. However, this photo sharing app is […]

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Teachers Being Cyberbullied

Teachers Being Cyberbullied

| May 8, 2014 | Comments (1)

Shockingly, a 2011 study performed by the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs Task Force on Classroom Violence Directed Against Teachers, found that 80% of the approximately 3000 K-12 teachers surveyed felt victimized by students, students’ parents, or colleagues. Among the reports of verbal intimidation, physical aggression, obscene gestures, and theft/damage of personal property, […]

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10 Android Parental Control Apps

10 Android Parental Control Apps

| April 30, 2014 | Comments (3)

I have received a number of requests from parents looking for solutions to make sure their child’s Android devices are family-friendly ready and safety-enabled. Unlike iOS on Apple mobile devices, Android does not offer any significant parental control capabilities, so third-party apps are a must. There are countless apps in the Android marketplace, so selecting […]

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How to Set up a Child Friendly YouTube Channel

How to Set up a Child Friendly YouTube Channel

| April 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

If your children or young teens are like mine and want their own YouTube accounts to share sports highlights, how-to tutorials, their own home-made movies or product reviews with friends and others their age, follow the steps provided below for parents and teens. These simple steps will help them enjoy the benefits of having their […]

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How to Disable Nearby Friends on Facebook

How to Disable Nearby Friends on Facebook

| April 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Nearby Friends is Facebook’s newest feature that allows your nearly exact location, or your child’s, to be identified so that those in the same geographic area can meet up. Although it may be a useful tool for adults, it is a danger for younger users who can’t understand the significance of disclosing one’s location online. […]

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Video Game Addiction - Advice for Parents

Video Game Addiction – Advice for Parents

| April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

As a parent of five children, I’ve seen two of them gravitate towards video game play more than the other three. It’s interesting to me that gaming has been a draw to my sons versus my daughters. Video game overuse, also referred to as video game addiction, is simply defined as the excessive and/or compulsive […]

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The Yoursphere App for iOS

The Yoursphere App for iOS

| April 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Keeping all the best parts of Yoursphere at your fingertips, wherever you go! After working extensively with developers, the Yoursphere app is here, offering all of what makes Yoursphere so unique: customizable profiles, joining or creating spheres centered around members’ interests (fashion, animals & pets, sports, performing arts, movies & TV, books, travel, charitable causes, […]

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Steps to Take When a Fake Account Has Been Set Up on Instagram

Steps to Take When a Fake Account Has Been Set Up on Instagram

| April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

I received a request for help from a parent regarding an important issue. A fake Instagram account had been set up under her child’s name.This is what she said: Just in the past two days, someone impersonated my underage daughter and created an Instagram account using her profile picture and posting some sexually explicit pictures […]

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How to Set Parental Controls on Kindle Fire HD

How to Set Parental Controls on Kindle Fire HD

| April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Amazon’s Kindle isn’t just for reading your favorite author’s newest novel anymore. The new Kindle Fire HD can do anything a laptop or tablet can do. This means, if you have children who use the Kindle, you should know how to enable its parental control settings so that your child can have an age-appropriate experience. […]

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iOS 7 Parental Controls iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

iOS 7 Parental Controls iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

| April 2, 2014 | Comments (2)

If you’re considering buying your child an iOS device or have already given them one, consider enabling some, or all, of the Parental Controls so that your child can have an age-appropriate experience. The iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch are all amazing devices, yet they don’t come out-of-the box family-friendly ready, which they need to […]

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