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

10 Ways to Help Your Family Break Bad Tech Habits

A new study from Pew Research confirms our collective hunch that 95% of teens now report they have a smartphone and that 45% of teens now say they are always online. No shock there. The finding that is far more worrisome? That despite this dramatic digital shift over the past ...

Family Safety

What Parents Need to Know About Virtual & Augmented Reality 

  You’ve probably heard the buzz around Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) and your child may have even put VR gear on this year’s wish list. But what’s the buzz all about and what exactly do parents need to know about these mind-bending technologies? VR and AR technology ...

Family Safety

The #1 Gift Parents Can Give Their Kids This Christmas

You won’t see this gift making the morning shows as being among the top hot gifts of 2018. It won’t make your child’s wish list, and you definitely won’t have to fight through mall crowds to try to find it. Even so, it is one of the most meaningful gifts you can ...

Family Safety

Too Much Tech: 4 Steps to Get Your Child to Chill on Excessive Snapchatting

We were in the midst of what I believed to be an important conversation. “Just a sec mom,” she said promptly after a Snapchat notification popped up on her iPhone. She stopped me mid-sentence, puckered her lips, rolled her eyes, typed a few lines of copy, and within three seconds, my ...

Family Safety

Holiday Challenge: How Serious Are You About Curbing Your Screentime?

I tinkered with the idea of signing off Facebook for the holidays. I even wrote the popular “I’m unplugging for the holidays” post, looked at it for a moment, and then deleted it. What about the holiday photos I wanted to share? And the fun pictures of friends and family ...

Family Safety

Risky Apps, Jail Time for Parents of Bullies, and More Family Safety News

If you haven’t been able to skim the family safety headlines lately — no worries. We’ve plucked a few stories from the top of the family safety heap for you. Talk about them around the dinner table tonight, continue monitoring smartphone apps, and most importantly, keep the relationship and communication ...

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