You’ve probably heard about the ‘Ice bucket challenge’, or the ‘skull-breaker challenge’ – Online challenges are viral videos wherein people are challenged to perform all sorts of dares, tasks and tricks for online glory. They’re mostly fun and whimsical, but occasionally dangerous and harmful. What can parents do to help their children stay safe?Continue reading
Children can spend dozens of hours per week, sometimes even what amounts to whole days, playing mobile games. Apart from paying close attention to the time children spend on mobile games, we always try to remind parents to keep an eye at the other risks involved in mobile gaming and gaming in general.Continue reading
Blocking, on most social media platforms and apps, means to completely hide someone from your feed. You won’t see the blocked person and that person won’t see you. It is the ultimate way to avoid or hide from someone. Sounds extreme? Well, kids do it A LOT.Continue reading
The Coronavirus epidemic has been grabbing a lot of attention recently, raising many concerns worldwide. As you’re reading this, you’re probably concerned about the virus yourself, even outside of China. Considering the rumors, stories, videos and social media attention to the virus, it’s hard to blame kids for taking part in the collective anxiety. If you haven’t discussed this recent outbreak with your child yet, you’ll probably find yourself in that situation soon enough. Children will have questions and may worry about this new disease, and it is our job, as parents, to help them manage their anxieties.Continue reading
If you are reading this, then chances are your child is at the age where you have to make some parenting decisions about social media and phone usage. How do you decide what social media sites to allow your kids on? How do you know when they are old enough for one site over another? It can be difficult to determine just which social media site is appropriate for you and your family, and it can be even more difficult finding good general guidelines of what is and isn’t necessarily age-appropriate for your child. If you are looking for some quick guidelines on parental controls on social media for various ages, then keep reading.Continue reading
With the temporary nature of “snaps”, it can be hard to know just what your child is sending out to the digital world, and just what they are receiving in return. How does a parent keep up? Do you schedule regular check-ups on your kid’s phone, or do you do random checks? What exactly is the best way to keep up with your kids and what they are doing in the digital world? How can parents monitor Snapchat when it is so fleeting?Continue reading
Your teen wants to assert their independence, they want to explore the world they live in, and they want to socialize with their friends. Social media seems like the perfect platform for this, a place where they can start to define their identity and reach an audience of their peers and family members. As a parent, however, it may be hard to let them stretch their wings. Teens feel ready for more independence, but parents still remember them as the baby, toddler, and child they so recently were. As well, it’s easy for parents to remember the pain and pitfalls of our own teenage years and want to protect their children just a little longer. In order to give teens their freedom while assuaging your own concerns, it is vital that you talk to your children about their safety and what steps you’ll be taking to keep them safe. How parents monitor Snapchat, Instagram, and other social media platforms matters.Continue reading
Things change by the second when it comes to online popularity. What was relevant last night, is suddenly yesterday’s old news. Even the way information is disseminated changes just as quickly. Right when you think you have a handle on it all, everything changes. This applies doubly to memes, which spread rapidly on social media, especially among teens and tweens.Continue reading
Phone contracts between parents and children are becoming ubiquitous. They can be found on the Internet, in schools, and probably even among your neighbors. Behind every such contract we find a young child, asking for a phone, and a parent who wishes to give her one, but is wary of the consequences.
Should you consider jotting down a contract with your child before handing that first phone? And what should that contract contain?
How important are grandparents in their grandchildren’s lives? Studies show that a strong bond between a grandparent and grandkid holds incredible benefits for both. If this article won’t make start planning the next visit to Nana’s house, were not sure what will.Continue reading
Instagram is not suitable for young children, and some parents even hesitate to allow their teens on the social network. However, there are a few tips and tricks that will help parents make sure their child’s Instagram profile is much safer. The number one concern every parent has when it comes to Instagram is, “how safe is it?” Like any social media platform, that answer comes down a lot to maturity, a good knowledge of online safety, and good use of privacy settings.Continue reading
It can be scary giving your child a phone. Suddenly, the digital world represents a whole new universe of threats in many of the places that we take for granted. We worry about social media threats such as bullying or sexting. So how do you protect your child from these risks? Do you completely lock down their phone, or go through it every day to see just what your child is up to? Do you trust them to make smart choices and to alert you of any issues? What if there was a way to trust them with their privacy while still monitoring their phone for any issues? What if there was a way to use a parental control for text messages on Android phones?Continue reading
The world of social media can be a bit intimidating, especially when it comes time for your kids to get online. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat can seem a bit scary for a parent of teens and tweens. With a little help though, they can be pretty easy to navigate and understand.Continue reading