We Dare You to… Talk to Your Kids About Online Challenges

talking to kids about online challenges

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?

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When children block (and Why it’s Probably a Good Thing)

Parental monitoring app for blocking

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.

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Parental Controls on Social Media for Different Age Groups

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. 

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How Can Parents Monitor Snapchat when Snaps are Temporary?

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?

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It Matters How Parents Monitor Snapchat and Other Platforms

Happy family demonstrating how parents monitor Snapchat

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.

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Should you sign a phone contract with your child?

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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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Can You Put Parental Controls on Instagram? Should You?

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.

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Using a Light Touch with Parental Control of Text Messages on Android Phones

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?

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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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