Parenting is hard. We all know and accept this. The minute you were released from the hospital with a newborn you realized it was not going to be easy. I remember being overwhelmed in the car ride home from the hospital, and like most new parents I’m sure I looked like a deer in headlights. So you lean on others to guide you; parenting books, doctors and nurses, your parents, relatives, friends and your spouse. With the help of a village you are able to face the challenge of
The Internet and mobile technology have given kids incredible opportunities, in education, social engagement and entertainment. Kids love using screens, and parents love the opportunity to have a precious, uninterrupted break! The Downside of the Internet for Kids But the online world has brought dangers into our homes - cyberbullying, pornography, sexting and worse. Technology is so appealing to our kids it can be difficult to get them to go outside, to study and to sleep. P
Do you remember when it was difficult keeping up with all the new cartoon shows our kids used to watch? Staying on top of new programs seemed almost impossible back then. Now, fast forward a few years, and not a lot has changed. This is especially true during the teen years when social media is involved. New apps are hitting the market every day, and for many of us it is an overwhelming task to understand everything our kids are downloading. Chances are, if you have teenagers
There are a number of steps you can take to protect your kids from online predators. Here are some of them: Talk to your kids about sexual predators and explain about potential online dangers. Explain about the grooming process and warn them about some of the tactics an online predator may use. Install parental control software. Surfie can identify and block harmful content in chats, forums and other internet communication tools (or just alert you about them, if you so choose
Kids are using smartphones at increasingly younger ages. Between 2014 and 2016, the number of 12- to 17-year-olds using smartphones climbed from 71 to 84 percent, while the number of children under 11 using smartphones rose from 28.7 to 41 percent. The average age for a child getting their own smartphone is now 10.3 years old, Influence Central’s 2016 Digital Trends Study found. 39 percent of kids have a social media account at 11.4 years, and 11 percent have one before they
So, what is a Student Online Safety Symposium? Symposiums are designed to educate, inform, and create an ongoing dialog about the roles that schools play in keeping students safe especially when they’re using school-issued technology and devices. Attendees engage in strategic and tactical discussions, learn more about keeping students safe, and enjoy plenty of networking opportunities. Each symposium brings together school and district administrators and other educators respo
It’s 2017. Do you know what your (digital) kids are up to?
Chances are they’re glued to a new gadget they received over the holidays—an iPhone 7, Kindle, or electronic toy of some sort. You can expect, if they are like most kids surveyed last year, that in 2017 they’ll spend 4 1/2 hours per day with their screens (for tweens); and nearly 7 hours per day (for teens), and this doesn’t include time using devices for school or in school, which is increasing each year.
This family version of our turnkey middle school digital literacy program meets an urgent need to help youth become ethical, knowledgeable, and empowered digital citizens. It includes four activities, video, full support and resources to teach key online safety lessons to your children at home. Learn more: http://www.cyberwisecert.com/cyber-civics-for-families #cybercivics #onlinesafety #digitalcitizenship #families #digitalliteracy
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
For many families, video games are a normal part of everyday living. Many of our children are plugging into consoles, typing commands using a keyboard, downloading games on their smartphones, or using their tablets to play Candy Crush. While this might not be a sure recipe for disaster, it can open our children to many unseen digital pitfalls. That is why it is important that we understand the potential dangers facing our sons and daughters when they log on to the digital wor
It's clear social networks are here to stay. Most teens (73 percent) now own a smartphone and 92 percent go online every day, according to a new study by the Pew Foundation, so they are able to access the Internet and social networks 24/7, wherever they may be! According to this study, here is how teens spend their time: 71 percent of teens 13 to 17 use Facebook 52 percent of teens use Instagram 41 percent use Snapchat 33 percent use Twitter 33 percent use Google + 24 percent
Digital Citizenship is a hot topic in both the education world and general society of late…and rightly so. It’s rare for a day to pass and you not hear about a celebrity, athlete or politician’s inappropriate or insulting social media use. And if these are supposed to be our children’s role models, we’re in trouble. I’m a high school tennis coach, so I see the downward side of social media abuse on an almost daily basis. It’s unfortunate and discouraging. It’s extremely fo
Technology, specifically mobile, continues to advance at an amazing rate. Can parents really keep up with all of these latest technological advances? The latest apps? As a software developer by trade, I am fully immersed in technology daily. For parents who are not, keeping up is an overwhelming task. Countless times I have witnessed parents handing a phone to a child for help. Shortly afterwards an expression of awe and frustration appears on the parent's face--as they reali
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
These days keeping children safe online is nothing short of an Olympic feat. That's why, with billions of dollars being spent on digital devices this year, it is important that parents not overlook one of the most important items on their back-to-school checklist: the digital safety of their kids. One of the most vital tools parents can use to help shield their kids from potential negative online consequences such as cyberbullying, sexting and online predation is a parental c
At one time, most families kept important documents in a fireproof lockbox or safe. Today, many vital documents are created and stored digitally. For instance, about 91 percent of federal tax returns filed in 2014 were submitted electronically, the IRS reports. Even family albums are now stored digitally. With so many important documents and irreplaceable photos preserved in digital format, it's increasingly important to know how to properly store and protect your digital doc
Over the past several months the questions we've been asked the most by parents are about Snapchat. Do you ever plan to monitor Snapchat? When will you support it? How will you be able to do it? It's understandable that parents are concerned about Snapchat. The allure of Snapchat, and one of the reasons it is popular with teens, is that messages disappear after they are opened. This makes the task of monitoring Snapchat all the more challenging. In addition, parents are more
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
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