Family Safety

Honey, We’re Home! Securing Your Devices and Your Family Bond  

More and more parents and their kids are experiencing what it’s like to work and learn together from home these days. With this increase in device use, it’s more important than ever to verify that all the technology humming under your roof is as secure as possible. Securing family technology ...

Family Safety

WhatsApp Security Hacks: Are Your ‘Private’ Messages Really Ever Private?

WhatsApp one of the largest instant messengers and considered by many a social network of its own. So, in continuing our app safety discussion, we’re diving into some of the top security hacks and questions many WhatsApp app users and parents may have. But first, what’s a security hack? In ...

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TikTok Challenge, Hoop App, and Other Headlines You May Have Missed

Digital news that affects families seems to be dominating the headlines these days. To keep parents in the know, here are some of the stories you may want to give extra family discussion time to this week. Skull Breaker Challenge Proving Unfunny  Apps — video apps especially — can help ...

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Spotting Fake News: Teaching Kids to be Responsible Online Publishers

Editor’s note: This is part II in a series on Fake News. Read part I, here. Kids today are not equipped to deal with the barrage of digital information coming at them every day. Add to that, the bulk of information that may be fake, misleading, or even malicious. So ...

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Where’s the Truth Online? How to Build Your Family’s Digital Discernment

Note: This is Part I of a series on equipping your family fight back against fake news online.  Fake news is chipping away at our trust in the government, the media, and in one another. And, because our kids spend much so much time in the online space, it’s more ...

Family Safety

Is It Time to Overhaul Your Relationship with Technology?

Editor’s Note: This is part I of a series on Digital Minimalism in 2020. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, he called it the “best iPod ever,” and said it would be a “very cool way” to make calls and listen to music. Little did he know that ...

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Lessons Learned: A Decade of Digital Parenting

Give yourself a high-five, parents. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or your favorite celebratory drink and sip it slow — real slow. Savor the wins. Let go of the misses. Appreciate the lessons learned. You’ve come a long way in the last decade of raising digital kids, and not ...

Family Safety

Parents: You May Want to Pay Closer Attention to the TikTok App

You aren’t imagining things. Everyone is talking about the popular video-sharing app TikTok. That’s because it has simultaneously become both a source of entertainment for kids as well as a source of concern for some adults. The social network, owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, recently reached 750 million downloads, ...

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7 Tips to Make Sure Your Smartphone Use Doesn’t Ruin Holiday Gatherings

The gravy wasn’t the only thing steaming at the Thanksgiving table this year. Grandma wasn’t happy. It turns out that those shapes that looked like socks draped over the living room furniture were actually teenagers glued to their smartphones — teenagers Grandma had repeatedly asked to set the table. And ...

Family Safety

Could Your Child be Sexting? Signs to Look for and Ways to Respond

Oh, what we wouldn’t do to travel back in time to the days before smartphones kid-jacked our families, right? But here we are. Our kids are forever connected. And, it’s up to parents to help them navigate the risks — one of which is sexting. Ouch. Even reading the word ...

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