The world of social media surrounds our children. Kids are super curious and when they hear about a new site or tool they want to find out what it’s all about. It can be exciting for a child to enter into a social network. They are going to try things out, so it’s important to acknowledge that interest with your children and be involved with what they view.
I have a daughter who is 11 years old. The lure of social media and being connected to her friends has become of recen
The Internet is a great way for your child to do research, gain new knowledge and to get help with school work. But, as a parent, you all know that online predators are the dark side of the Internet. Predators hide behind the anonymity that the Internet provides. We all take this threat seriously and want to protect our children. So, first, you need to educate yourself. Then you need to teach your young children how to safely use the Internet. Remember, your children may
It's that time of year again! New school supplies, new clothes, and preparing for a new year of learning. As a mom of two, I know the importance of being prepared to make the next school year a good one. At our home have been getting more organized and working not only on back-to-school essentials, but also on getting my kids' digital devices prepped for a new year. So here are six back-to-school tips for digital parents that can help in starting things off right in our digi
It's so easy to stay connect to loved ones today. We have access to Skype, texting, and social media to keep our family and friends up-to-date with our crazy lives. It's important to stay in touch with all of our loved ones--including older generations--and to keep them informed of the ever changing technology game.
Make it a goal to educate grandparents and even great grandparents about technology. This Father's Day, why not treat Grandpa, or even Great-Grandpa, with his
Not too long ago, in a time far far away, families had one phone and one phone number. If your household was lucky enough, you may have had two or three landline phones. Kids were taught at an early age how to answer the phone, take down a message, and then close down the conversation.
Ahhh the good ol’ days.
Today, if your household is a typical American household, everyone has their own cell phone and their own phone number. Texting is now the method of choice in com
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. This year it falls on Sunday, May 8th. What a perfect day to share with your Mom how much she means to you. You can tell her in a card, face to face or even send her an e-mail! In fact, as our Mother's Day Gift to you... we'd like to offer you a free lesson for your kids-- How To Communicate Online--courtesy of Kids Email and Cyber Civics! DOWNLOAD IT HERE Here are 8 Things
Email can sometimes get a bad rap. Some believe the further communication moves away from face-to-face interactions, the less effective it becomes. With the increase of smartphone use, we sometimes choose to communicate more impersonally. However, according to research, connecting through digital methods might actually be a great way to convey how you feel. "The bottom line is that email is much better when you want to convey some information that you want someone to think ab
There’s a new app in town and with close to 10 million users this app is definitely growing in popularity.
This app, called the "After School App," is a new social media platform for teens only. Users create a school specific message board, verifying that the user attends the school via FB, making adult users prohibited. Users are anonymous which makes accountability virtually impossible.
While the app does have some safety procedures in place--like emergency response i
When your child starts using the Internet, security is the most important piece of information to educate them about. As with anything else, the Internet comes with risks, and if one is not educated, they have a higher chance of encountering them. It’s important that both you and your children know about Internet security, so you can avoid any mishaps and trouble that could come with using it. Teaching children about Internet security can be simple, but first you’ll need to k
Are you Guilty of "Oversharenting"?
Have you ever noticed on your social media accounts, like Facebook or Instagram, there are some people who post picture after picture and video after video of their kids? Maybe they do it to keep extended family in the loop of every little triumph. Or maybe the parent just needs extra validation through “likes” and they end up over sharing their children's accomplishments.
I think its fair to assume that we all have those “friends” an
If a student is not fluent in multiple forms of media, I would venture to say that they won't necessarily be considered literate. -Nichole Pinkard, Founder Digital Youth Network
What is media literacy? Media literacy is the ability to access, evaluate, analyze, act, communicate and create using all forms of media. -NAMLE.net The ability to understand and interpret the information we have access to on a daily basis is increasingly important. Since media plays on our senses,
Periscope, Meerkat, and YouNow are live streaming apps (they broadcast live video on the go) that enable the user to gain followers and chat live. While technology is moving forward and making our world a little bit smaller, it is also having serious consequences for children.
If you and your child decide to enable a live streaming app, there are a few things you should consider first: Be sure to set strict rules and adhere to those rules. Agree on consequences for poor be
When I was a kid I remember passing my girlfriends notes in school, all written in pink ink and folded like a star or triangle, with “code words” mingled in with my sentences like NKOTB, ASAP, or TGIF- not very exciting right? Today’s teens do things a little differently. Texting has replaced doodled note passing in the hall, and acronyms are a much easier way to short hand a message. But… There’re some acronyms that parents should be cautious about, which may be dangerous