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Minecraft – Three Things Parents Need To Know

Minecraft – Three Things Parents Need To Know

May 27, 2014 | Comments (4)

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 (2)

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 (4)

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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How-To: Parental Control Settings on Sony PS Vita

How-To: Parental Control Settings on Sony PS Vita

March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

PS Vita is Sony’s current-generation handheld gaming system and can play downloaded games as well as reading PS Vita game cartridges. A wide variety of games are available for all ages but to ensure that your child is not accessing inappropriate games, media or downloading apps not meant for them while using their device, follow […]

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Seflies are ‘Out’ - Uglies are ‘In’ - Teens Leading the Trend

Seflies are ‘Out’ – Uglies are ‘In’ – Teens Leading the Trend

March 19, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Oxford English Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year, “Selfie” is now being replaced by a new trend known as “uglies”. Social networking authorities blame the glamorous images portrayed by the media for young teens’ desire to receive approval from their peers by sharing “selfies.” Although 2013 was characterized by a variety of “selfie” styles […]

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STOPit: New App May Help Schools Fight Cyberbullying

STOPit: New App May Help Schools Fight Cyberbullying

March 12, 2014 | Comments (2)

Bullying is hard to fight but cyberbullying can be even harder. With constant access to the internet, it’s not easy to escape a bully’s reach. But it looks like there’s a new app that could help kids and schools fight cyberbullying. STOPit allows kids who are being cyberbullied to quickly and easily tell trusted adults […]

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Cyberbullying? There's an App for That

Cyberbullying? There’s an App for That

March 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

When you think of the forms bullying can take, a public bulletin board probably isn’t the first thing to come to mind. Yet that’s basically what Yik Yak is: an app that allows users to post messages anonymously to be seen by anyone in the area. The problem with Yik Yak is that, though it […]

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New "Honey Encryption" Technology May Make Your Data Safer

New “Honey Encryption” Technology May Make Your Data Safer

February 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

We’ve been talking a lot recently about hackers and how they can access your information but it looks like there’s a new encryption method in development that will make hacking into a database much harder. The way that most hackers work is that they use software that guesses hundreds of thousands of potential keys to decrypt […]

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Goldieblox – Helping to Put A Dent on The STEM Deficit

February 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

These are the sad facts many of us are familiar with. According to The World Economic Forum1: The United States ranks 52nd in the quality of science, technology engineering and math (STEM) education, and 5th (and declining) in overall global competitiveness. The United States ranks 27th in developed nations in the proportion of college students […]

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Selfies: Why They Can Be a Good Thing

February 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

If you have a smart phone or a Facebook account or listen to the news at all, you probably know about selfies. There are a lot of opinions out there about selfies but I, for one, am going to take the controversial stance that selfies do not in fact signal the end of civilization as […]

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How to Prevent Your iPhone From Being Hacked And What To Do If It Has

February 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

Your iPhone Can be Hacked According to this USA Today article, if you’ve used someone else’s charger it’s quite possible that your iPhone could have been hacked. That means another individual or organization may have gained access to your texts, emails, search history, passwords or even your data plan. According to Georgia Tech research scientists, […]

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A Great Technology Solution that will Help Children with Dyslexia

A Great Technology Solution that will Help Children with Dyslexia

February 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dyslexia occurs in 5% of children and can cause tremendous learning challenges for those with the disorder. Dyslexia makes it extremely difficult for children to learn to read fluently and with accurate comprehension despite the fact that these children have normal intelligence. The Yoursphere For Parents editorial team found a tool – a font that […]

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What Does a Safe Online Experience Mean for Your Child?

What Does a Safe Online Experience Mean for Your Child?

January 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Originally published on  When we think of the word safe in the context of our children, other words that come to mind usually include secure and protected. When you apply the definition of those words to our children’s online activities, they’re pretty much meaningless — even if they still hold true as standards that you […]

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