How to talk to your kids about the Coronavirus (and any other future panic-inducing pandemics)

talking to children about the coronavirus

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.

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Should you sign a phone contract with your child?

child's phone contract

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?

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Parents’ Guide to Twitch

Twitch is where people go to watch live streams of other people play video games. That’s the cliffs notes version, but that version doesn’t really do justice to the cultural phenomena that is Twitch.tv.
Let’s talk about why and how Twitch became popular, and how parents can make sure it’s safe for their children.

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4 Ways to Recognize Dangerous Apps for Kids

Recognizing Dangerous Apps for Kids

Is there a surefire way to find out if an app is safe for children? While no social media or any other social app can truly be 100% safe, there are a few precautions parents can take to protect their children and find out if a certain app is dangerous for children. We promise it won’t take long.

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