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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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
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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A quick guide on how to set parental controls on an Android phone

The world is a lot different now than it used to be. We have so much information right at our fingertips; if you have a question, you can find an instant answer. Need a recipe? Just look one up online. Not sure what the answer is to that trivia question you heard a few days ago? A quick online search on your phone will return the answer. Want to know what your child is doing on their phone, or who they are talking to? Well, that one gets a bit more complicated. 

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Social media parents guide: how to keep kids safe online

It seems that no matter where you look these days, you will encounter some form of online social media, from Facebook to Twitter, Snapchat to Instagram, and everything in between. We are constantly surrounded by social media. It can be a bit intimidating and frightening when you allow your child to get their first phone knowing what all is out there. This social media parent’s guide will help you navigate the “do”s and “don’t”s of online usage. 

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