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Facebook Rooms

Facebook Rooms

| December 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

We recently researched Facebook’s new app “Rooms” to determine if it is something you should be concerned about your child or teen using. After investigating the app, it’s likely the app won’t fall on their list of “must-haves” particularly because it’s difficult to use, not easy to navigate, and nothing is searchable. Aside from these […]

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Smartphone Etiquette To Teach Your Kids and Teens

Smartphone Etiquette To Teach Your Kids and Teens

| December 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

If your child is getting an upgraded phone, or their first one this holiday season, now is the time to start teaching them smartphone etiquette. I’m fortunate to be able to spend a significant amount of time, both personally and professionally, among young people – particularly teens and preteens. As a result, I’ve talked with […]

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How To Have a Safe iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad

How To Have a Safe iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad

| December 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

If you’re considering buying your child any one of these iOS devices this Christmas season, be sure you enable the Parental Controls that are built in. These great products are not only entertainment and educational tools, but they’re mini computers in your child’s hand. If you placed content filters or antivirus software on your home […]

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Kurio Xtreme Is The Ultimate Christmas Gift For Kids

Kurio Xtreme Is The Ultimate Christmas Gift For Kids

| December 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Tablets are becoming one of the most popular holiday gifts requested by kids, and the market is flooded with iPads and Android tablets which, although they are versatile devices, do not offer comprehensive safety features to ensure an age-appropriate experience for younger users. The Kurio Xtreme operates using Android but gives parents much more control […]

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Apple’s New Family Sharing Plan And The Frustration With It

Apple’s New Family Sharing Plan And The Frustration With It

| November 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

I personally love Apple products. I have an iPhone, my kids have iPhones, my youngest has an iPod Touch, we’re all big fans. And at Yoursphere for Parents, the editorial team was really excited about the announcement of Family Sharing. I personally couldn’t wait to utilize the features I’d read about. I could see it […]

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How To Keep Your Credit Card Information Safe and Secure This Holiday Season

How To Keep Your Credit Card Information Safe and Secure This Holiday Season

| October 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

If you shop at Home Depot or Target, chances are you’re aware of the hacking, and subsequent theft, of millions of shoppers’ credit and debit card information. Unfortunately, it’s going to be up to you to keep yourself safe from such debacles this holiday season, as retailers don’t appear to be interested in protecting you. […]

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Ad Blocking on Your Devices

Ad Blocking on Your Devices

| October 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

A lot of the inappropriate content you may accidentally run into online is in the form of ads. Even sites that you think are totally benign could end up having an ad for Viagra pop up. So today, we’re bringing you a few pointers on how to keep unwanted ads off of your screens. Laptops/Desktops […]

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Kano: a Kit for Kids who Code

Kano: a Kit for Kids who Code

| October 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how to teach kids to code. It’s a great idea but the material is so dense that it’s left many wondering how we can make it accessible to children. Well, a company called Kano may have figured it out. Kano started off as a Kickstarter project and […]

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Google Accounts for Kids?

Google Accounts for Kids?

| October 14, 2014 | Comments (0)

I’d like to see this happen. There are a lot of kids using Youtube. One survey shows that 26% of children under 13 have a Youtube account despite the fact that it violates Youtube’s terms of service. As a result, Google appears to be working on kid-friendly accounts for their services. Little is known now, […]

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Effects of Too Much Screen Time

Effects of Too Much Screen Time

| October 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Spending the whole day staring at a screen doesn’t sound healthy but new research may prove what we already believe to be true. Too much screen time may impact your child’s interpersonal skills and psychological development. A recent study out of UCLA suggests that too much screen time could be taking a toll on your […]

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Ignore No More

Ignore No More

| October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Let’s say your child is late getting back from school or practice and you’ve called with no luck; texted them to call you and you haven’t heard back, and now you’re running out of options (and patience). What do you do next? Well if you have Ignore No More installed on their phone, you could […]

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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 (2)

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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