Family Safety

Are Your Kids Using Decoy Apps to Hide Photos, Videos?

Wouldn’t it be convenient if the dangers heading toward our kids had neon signs pointing to them? Unfortunately, that’s not the way things work and, more often than not, the dangers are camouflaged, sometimes intentionally. While it’s normal for kids to have secrets, when you add technology to the mix, there ...

Family Safety

Cyberbullying – Where Did It All Start?

You would be hard pressed to find a parent who doesn’t worry about cyberbullying, and rightly so. Cyberbullying can be absolutely devastating for victims. A quick ‘google’ provides parents with a list of tragic cases of young adults who have suffered significant psychological trauma or even lost their lives as ...

Family Safety

Teens’ Online Behavior Can Get Them in Trouble

Do you really know what your kids are doing all the time? Probably not, unless you’re a stalker (just kidding). But really, there has to be some element of trust and you can’t physically be everywhere your kids are. And that also applies to the online world. As parents, we ...

Family Safety

7 Soft Skills Critical to Parenting Today’s Digital Kids

We write a lot about the tech basics—or the hard skills—you need to excel in your superhero job as a digital parent today. But there’s the other side of parenting that is equally if not more important called the soft skills. Soft skill is a term associated with a person’s ...

Family Safety

What Should the Consequences Be for a Teens’ Digital Slip-Up?

Usually the first question I get from panicked parents who just found something shocking on their child’s phone is, “what should the consequence be?” It’s also not unusual for them to want to take every piece of technology their child owns and throw it in an industrial-sized meat grinder. But ...

Family Safety

Netiquette – Teaching Your Kids Online Manners

‘Chew with your mouth closed’ ‘Say please and thank you’ ‘Don’t interrupt – wait your turn to speak’ How many times have you issued those commands? Me – thousands! Teaching our kids manners and safety is something many parents just do automatically. We provide the hot tips as we go ...

Family Safety

Why Your Kids Can’t Join Facebook Until They Are 13

Have you ever wondered why it is that your kids can’t join social media sites like Facebook until they are 13 years of age? Perhaps you thought that it is the social media sites ‘looking out’ for the interests of our children. I know I did a few years back. ...

Family Safety

Kik – The App of the Moment

If you have tweens or teens living in your household then I am quite sure you would have heard about Kik. Kik is clearly the ‘app of the moment’. In fact, if I was a betting woman, I would predict that Kik’s moment may last for a good while. In ...

Family Safety

Cyber Pranks – Funny or Mean??

We all know that kids love to play pranks – it is just part of childhood. Whether it is whoopee cushions, switching the salt and the sugar or good old plastic spiders, harmless pranks can be fun and actually a good way of teaching kids resilience. But unfortunately, when kids ...

Family Safety

So Are You ‘Hot or Not?’ App Rates Appearance

First, let me begin with the fact that I love apps. In fact, I am probably addicted to them. I frequent the app store like a chef frequents the produce aisle. I look for apps to help me be more efficient in my work, apps to get healthy, and apps ...

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