March 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM
uKnowKids has created another SlideShare to help you manage digital parenting. This latest SlideShare includes lots of information on how to protect you and your family from online identity theft. Did you know that the total financial loss attributed to identity theft in 2013 was $21 billion? Don't let your family be a statistic. View this SlideShare and learn:
March 10, 2014 at 4:02 PM
Children have more ways than ever before to communicate with their friends and family. While living in the digital age has its advantages, parenting in the digital age can be a difficult and confusing process. Each day many apps are added to digital stores. Whether your child is using an iPhone, a tablet, and iPod or an Android device, he or she has access to thousands upon thousands of applications. While many of them are harmless, there are a few apps that pose a significant risk to your child. Snapchat, is one app that, on the surface, may seem innocent enough, but can be extremely harmful.
March 9, 2014 at 11:30 AM
As parents, we have a lot of concerns with regards to keeping our children safe and healthy. There is still some controversy surrounding the location monitoring of children. The world isn’t the safe place we all wish it was, and it is your job to ensure you do what you can in order to protect your child. Location monitoring isn’t about spying on them and not trusting them; it’s about much more. It’s about making sure small bad choices don’t lead to serious consequences and having the opportunity to curve wrong behavior before it goes too far. Location monitoring is also about giving you your peace of mind, knowing your child is where they are supposed to be. Also, if something should happen, you will have a head start on knowing the last location of your child. There are too many good reasons for following through with the monitoring of your child.
March 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM
In today’s world, having a cell phone is not just a convenience for adults. Parents of pre-teen and teenage children should consider buying cell phones for their kids. Far from being something to make the kids happy, those cell phones can also be a powerful tool for effective parenting. Consider these five examples of how a cell phone for your child will provide protection and also help you keep up with what your kid is doing.
Getting a Ride Home
While you don’t like to think about it, kids can find themselves in all sorts of situations, some of them not of their own doing. Perhaps your child was out with friends when some activities got underway that he or she did not want to be involved with. The trouble is that your child needs a ride home. If you have provided the child with a cell phone, all that it will take is a quick call to you or another trusted adult, and someone will be on the way to retrieve your child in no time.
That cell phone will also come in handy in other situations. In the event that the car breaks down, your child can let you know what is happening. You can then make arrangements to send help and also make sure that he or she gets a ride home.
Calling for Help
Should your child feel endangered in any manner, calling the local authorities is a simple act as long as the cell phone is near. The same holds true if your child begins to feel ill or needs some type of professional assistance quickly. With a phone on hand, calling you or the right type of professional will have help on the way in no time.
Monitoring Phone Activity
Another reason to secure a cell phone for your child is so that you can keep track of what is going on. As kids enter their teens, they tend to pull away a little from mom and dad. The result is that it is sometimes difficult to know where your child is and which friends he or she is hanging out with. If you invest in a monitoring service that can help you know the physical location of your child, it is much easier to know if he or she is really at a friend’s house, or happens to be somewhere that you think is inappropriate.
Another important aspect of this type of monitoring is that the phone can be used to track your child if the need arises. Should your child go missing, activating the applications associated with the monitoring can help law enforcement find the phone and hopefully your child at the same time.
Reaching Your Child in an Emergency Situation
Not all of the benefits of buying a cell phone for your child have to do with monitoring activity. There could be times when you need to make contact due to some unanticipated situation. Maybe you have to work late, and that will mean you can’t pick up your child from school on time. Perhaps another family member has taken ill and you need to let your child know you are on the way help. In these and similar scenarios, the ability to communicate with your child quickly will provide both of you a great deal of peace of mind.
A Training Tool
All your parenting efforts are geared toward helping your child become a responsible adult. Just as you talk with your child about how to handle finances, choose a career path, and how to get along with people, you also want to help the child understand how to use communication tools effectively. By buying your child a cell phone now, you have the chance to provide practical lessons in how to contact people in an appropriate manner, what type of behavior to avoid, and even how to choose phone services in the future.
There are other reasons to buy a phone for your child now rather than waiting. Take the time to sit down with your child and discuss the pros and cons of making this move. Together, the two of you can work out the specifics and be very happy with the selection of the phone and how it will be used.
March 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Do you remember when Facebook celebrated their 10 year birthday and allowed everyone to check out their "look-back" videos?
March 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM
Yesterday we posted about the possible effect technology has on childrens' attention spans. Find out what Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of "Taking Back Childhood", has to say about the effect technology may have on kids' creativity. This article was originally published on The Washington Post by Valerie Strauss.
My 4-year-old grandson Jake who lives in Guatemala recently called my husband in his office on Skype. No one seems to know how Jake managed to get onto the computer and make the call. And, as I sat talking to a friend, her 3-year old somehow found her iPhone and found his way to a video of Cat in the Hat.
A 13-month old uses a iPad. It wasn’t long ago that we were talking about how much TV kids should watch. And now here we are in the midst of a technology revolution that is happening so fast we can barely keep up with the number of devices and the options for screen time available to kids — on computers, tablets, cell phones, iPhones, flip down car monitors, interactive “app” toys, and on and on.
March 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM
This article was originally published on Huffington Post by Robert Siciliano, personal security and identity theft expert.
Never underestimate the brains of a young guy who still lives with his mother—at least not the case of 19-year-old Luis Flores, Jr., who was smart enough to steal the identities of Kim Kardashian and even the head of the FBI, and assume their financial accounts
Of course, he wasn’t smart enough not to get caught.
Flores’ weapon was a flash drive loaded with private data from celebrities and politicians; he got into their credit card accounts and transferred thousands of their dollars to his bank account. He got nabbed finally.
March 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM
This article was originally published in the Huffington Post by Diana Graber, co-founder of Cyberwise.
Whenever I find myself at the front of a 7th grade classroom, I keep the title of this book in mind: Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire. This mantra serves to remind me that, short of actually lighting my hair on fire, a burning enthusiasm for the information I'm there to share is what's required to capture and hold the attention of this generation. After all, these kids have been raised in a world where access to information is instantaneous, and often entertaining, thanks to mobile technology.
We hear it all the time -- increased exposure to technology is rewiring our kids' brains, making it tougher to reach and teach them. A Pew Internet survey of nearly 2,500 teachers finds that 87% believe new technologies are creating an "easily distracted generation with short attention spans" and 64% say today's digital technologies "do more to distract students than to help them academically."
But before you wring your hands in despair or, more likely, get distracted away from this story by your own task switching tendencies, read on! These same teachers also say that the Internet and digital search tools have had a "mostly positive" impact on their students' research habits. In another study by Common Sense Media, teachers say that when it comes to finding information and multitasking, "students' use of entertainment media has helped rather than hurt them." That's because technology not only helps students find information more quickly and efficiently, it also improves their ability to switch between tasks more quickly.
March 3, 2014 at 5:43 PM
As many of us know, social media changes so quickly that it is often hard to keep up. New videos and games pop up constantly and immediately go viral. The latest craze to hit social media is a game called Neknominate.
March 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM
Check out the three biggest rules that your child may be breaking online according to Sierra Filucci. This article was originally posted on Common Sense Media.
For those of us who grew up with dial-up modems, it can be hard to understand what the digital age is like for today's kids. Access to information is literally at their fingertips. But easy access reduces the time it takes to think through your actions -- and makes it easier to do not-so-great things. Like copying other people's work and calling it your own. Or downloading copyrighted music or movies illegally. And the list goes on. Part of the problem is that kids may not even realize that what they're doing is illegal. Here are the top three online offenses -- and how to make sure your kid's online activities stay on the safe side.
Plagiarism and high-tech cheating
What it is: Copying someone else's work and calling it your own. In Common Sense Media's 2009 study of high-tech cheating among kids 13-17, 38 percent said they'd copied text from the web to pass off as their work. And more than 35 percent said they'd used their cell phones to cheat.