Family Safety

Can You Decode Your Teen’s Texting Language?

It’s hard to believe, right, parents? In just a blink or two, you went from being the teenager dropping cool phrases like “rad” and “gnarly” to monitoring a teenager texting words like “lowkey,” “IRL” and “CD9” into her smartphone non-stop.* For generations, teens have been crafting terms to differentiate themselves from other age groups. ...

Consumer

ScamsWeek2020

Here’s How to Be Yourself and NOT let a Scammer Be You! If you hadn’t truly embraced the incredible benefits of managing your life online, then I bet 2020 has changed things for you. With social distancing still a big consideration in day to day life, more Aussies than ever ...

Consumer

How to ‘Online Date’ Safely in 2020

If you are a young person looking for your ‘special someone’ then 2020 would have seriously cramped your style. Whether you’ve been in lockdown, working from home or simply staying home to stay well, your social life would have taken a hit. So, it comes as no surprise that dating ...

Family Safety

How to Keep Remote Learning Pod Students Safe Online 

The upheaval of 2020 has forced us all to reimagine familiar pathways, and parents are no exception. Cautious about sending their kids back into the classroom, families across the country are banding together to form remote “learning pods.” Learning pods are small groups of families with like-aged children that agree ...

Family Safety

Messenger Rooms: New Video Chat Option is Fun But Has Risks

One of the many things we’ve learned during this season of being homebound is that video chats with friends can save the day. One of the newest channels for video chatting is Messenger Rooms. While the new Facebook feature isn’t groundbreaking in terms of how it works, it’s the ability ...

Family Safety

Reports of Online Predators on the Rise. How to Keep Your Kids Safe. 

June is Internet Safety Month. And, with kids spending more time online, stepping up the public conversation about digital risks couldn’t come at a better time. The past few months have created what some experts call the perfect storm for online predators. Schools are closed, kids are on devices more, ...

Family Safety

Is Your Child Being Cyberbullied? What Parents Need to Know

In this season of social distancing, teens need their friends more than ever. Daily digital connection — through texting, video chat, social networks, and gaming — is critical to keeping friend groups strong. But could increased time online these days lead to an increase in cyberbullying? While there isn’t data ...

Family Safety

Keeping Virtual Play Dates, Hang Outs, and Video Chats Safe for Everyone

Every day we discover (or stumble over) new ways of coping and connecting during this unique chapter in family life. Still, as every age group under your roof finds their favorite virtual play date and hangout apps, parents may need to add a few safety rails to make sure the ...

Family Safety

Internet Safety for Kids: A Refresher for Homebound Families

Editor’s Note: This is part II of our internet safety for kids series. Part I focuses on younger children and can be read here. Parents have always been concerned about keeping their kids safe online — especially their tweens and teens. That conversation is even more critical with parents and ...

Family Safety

Little Ones Online More? Here Are 10 Basics To Keep Them Safe

Online safety conversations look dramatically different depending on the age and stage of your child. For very young children, toddlers through elementary school, parents have a golden opportunity to lay the foundations that will shape a child’s digital perspectives and behaviors for a lifetime. One way to keep younger children ...

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