Family Safety

Timeless Principles to Help Your Child Develop Social Superpowers

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” ~ Dale Carnegie Each year it’s my tradition to re-read a handful of books that continue to shape my perspective. One ...

Family Safety

10 Thoughtful (Free) Holiday Gifts to Give Your Friends Year ‘Round

Just a quick poll. What feelings do these digital scenarios evoke: being ghosted, getting trapped in a group text, being left on ‘read,’ or someone blowing up your phone with a million messages? Did you cringe a little or drop your phone like a hot potato? You wouldn’t be alone. ...

Family Safety

How to Help Kids Steer Clear of Digital Drama this School Year

Editor’s note: This is Part II of helping kids manage digital risks this new school year. Read Part I. The first few weeks back to school can be some of the most exciting yet turbulent times of the year for middle and high schoolers. So as brains and smartphones shift ...

Family Safety

Family Safety: Twitter, Instagram Beef Up Measures to Fight Hate Speech, Bullying

The past few weeks have proven to be wins for family safety with several top social networks announcing changes to their policies and procedures to reduce the amount of hateful conduct and online bullying. Twitter: ‘Dehumanizing Language Increases Risk’ In response to rising violence against religious minorities, Twitter said this ...

Consumer Family Safety

5 Digital Risks to Help Your Teen Navigate this Summer

S’mores. Sparklers. Snow cones. Sunburns. Fireflies. Remember when summer was simple? Before smartphones and social networks, there was less uploading and more unwinding; less commenting and more savoring.  There’s a new summer now. It’s the social summer, and tweens and teens know it well. It’s those few months away from ...

Family Safety

Group Chat Etiquette: 10 Tips to Help Your Family Navigate the Digital Chatter

Technology is touching and transforming nearly every area of our lives, especially our relationships. The group chat, for instance, is replacing face-to-face conversations. With that digital shift, comes unspoken etiquette, safety considerations, and a level of responsibility that can easily get lost in the chatter. Group chats are efficient and ...

Consumer

7 Strategies to Help Kids Sidestep Digital Friction this Summer

What happens when you mix long summer days with a steady flow of SnapChats, tweets, Instagram feeds, and a non-stop hum of group texts streaming into your life? If you’re an adult, you’ve likely learned how to power off and unplug for a few hours or days when you’ve hit ...

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