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Digital Parenting is Important for Teens, Whether They Like it Or Not

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, communication, Digital Parenting Tips, Spying vs Engaging, teen privacy, trust both ways

Internet Security Could Save Your Child From Crime

Topics: sexting, Internet Safety, online predators, child predator methods, dangers, In the News

Mobile and Internet Child Safety: The Role Of The Schools

Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, school, kids & technology, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Internet Security Question: Is Someone Spying on Your Kids?

Topics: Internet Safety, online predators, child predator methods, prevention, Victims

Digital Parenting: The Dark Side of Instagram

Topics: social media, privacy, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, monitoring, dangers & safety, underage users, terminology

Tips for Cell Phone Safety for Your Tween or Teen

Topics: iPhone, Android, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Inconspicuous Apps Teens Are Using to Date and "Sext"

Topics: iPhone, Android, dangerous apps, social apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Kids Apps

Teen Dating Apps That Are Bad News

Topics: iPhone, Android, dangerous apps, social apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Kids Apps

iPhone Monitoring Your Teens: the Very Basics

Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, parental monitoring, positive parenting practices, parental mobile controls, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, Cellphone Rules & Safety

When is a Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

Topics: iPhone, Android, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Digital Parenting: Keeping Children Safe From Online Dangers

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, communication, kids & technology

Setting Digital Rules for Your Teens and Tweens

Topics: Parental Intelligence, positive parenting practices, Spying vs Engaging, parenting styles, discipline

Prom Night Digital Decorum: Preventing Teens From Oversharing

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, communication, selfie, Photo & Image Sharing, Privacy & Reputation

How to to Stop Teen Texting and Driving

5 Tips for Mobile and Internet Child Safety

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, Digital Parenting Tips

Teaching Children About Internet Security Right From The Start

Topics: digital parenting, sexting, cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, communication, 10 ways to protect your kids from catfishing, kids & technology, Digital Parenting Tips, prevention

Digital Parenting: Understanding the Risk of Snapchat

Topics: Snapchat, sexting, social media, Internet Safety, video sexting, dangers, other social networks

Mobile and Internet Child Safety: Comparing The Old With The New

Topics: Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, online predators, digital trends, child predator methods, Social Trends

Establishing That the Internet is a Privilege, Not a Right

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, communication, behavior, Digital Parenting Tips

You're Invited: The Internet & Mobile Safety Workshop for Parents

Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Digital Parenting Tips

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Digital Parenting is Important for Teens, Whether They Like it Or Not

Posted by Tim Woda

May 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Digital parenting is one of those topics that can make families uncomfortable. No teenager wants to feel like Mom and Dad are sticking their noses into his or her personal business, and no parent wants to keep their kids from making the most of the advantages the internet can provide.  

It’s important to know what your kids are doing on the internet: it can be a tremendous tool for school and for social interaction. It also opens them up to a whole range of possible dangers including cyberbullying, child predators, and inappropriate content. How do parents keep their kids from undue risk without stifling their independence?

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, communication, Digital Parenting Tips, Spying vs Engaging, teen privacy, trust both ways

Internet Security Could Save Your Child From Crime

Posted by Tim Woda

May 12, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Protecting their child is the number one objective of any parent. This is the primary role and responsibility. Unfortunately, it is becoming a role that is more difficult with the Internet around. Although the vast majority of people use the Internet for harmless everyday tasks, there are some who use this medium to commit crimes.

Worse yet, many of these crimes are committed against children. Take this headline from the Calgary Herald for example:

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Topics: sexting, Internet Safety, online predators, child predator methods, dangers, In the News

Mobile and Internet Child Safety: The Role Of The Schools

Posted by Steven Woda

May 11, 2015 at 7:30 AM

Educating children is the role of any school, public or private. They are supposed to teach them about the ways of the world and make them more prepared to join the workforce when they have completed their education.

There is always a question of exactly what the schools are responsible for teaching children and what should be left to their parents. Mobile and Internet child safety is becoming more and more on the shoulders of the schools to help out with teaching. 

Mobile Phones At An Early Age

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Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, school, kids & technology, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Internet Security Question: Is Someone Spying on Your Kids?

Posted by Steven Woda

May 7, 2015 at 9:30 AM

You're a 21st-century parent who embraces the wonders of the Internet. This is why you allow your kid to roam the web in search of homework answers, to play online games, and to video chat with grandma.

But you're also aware of the online dangers. That's why you allow use of the desktop or laptop only in the living room where everyone can see. And the built-in camera is only available when you're watching.

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Topics: Internet Safety, online predators, child predator methods, prevention, Victims

Digital Parenting: The Dark Side of Instagram

Posted by Steven Woda

May 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

The photo-sharing social media site, Instagram, has been treading more on the innocent side since its launch and rise in popularity. Recently though, a new disturbing trend has risen on Instagram that should have all parents concerned.

Instagram and Teen Body Image

More and more young girls are making their profiles and pictures public and posting a picture for others to assess their attractiveness. Many of these young girls are in provocative poses and are dressed in revealing clothing. The young girls post their pictures using hash tags such as #amipretty or #beautycontest, looking for the most positive comments to boost their self-esteem.

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Topics: social media, privacy, oversharing, For Parents, instagram, monitoring, dangers & safety, underage users, terminology

Tips for Cell Phone Safety for Your Tween or Teen

Posted by Tim Woda

May 4, 2015 at 8:30 AM

There once was a time—you may be old enough to remember—where kids actually had to go to the TV and turn the knob to change the channel or adjust the volume, play a game out in the backyard or take turns on a landline phone to call their friends. But nowadays, in this technological world, kids are presented with all kinds of gadgets as parents strain to keep up with everything.

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Topics: iPhone, Android, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Inconspicuous Apps Teens Are Using to Date and "Sext"

Posted by Tim Woda

May 2, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Thanks to evolving technology, teens have a lot more access to the outside world than in previous years. Today, almost every teen has a smartphone or iPhone. Teens use their phones to talk and text but they also use their smartphones and iPhones to download apps to keep in touch with their friends. Sometimes, teens abuse these apps and use them for things the app is not created for.

Video chatting apps, social messenger apps, and messaging apps all offer different styles of chatting with different features. These apps are designed with the purpose of helping users keep in touch with friends, relatives, and even co-workers, but a lot of teens abuse these apps or some of these apps' features. They're often used for things they are not meant for, such as sexting. Simply put: abusing the rules of these apps can put them in serious danger.

Video Chatting Apps

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Topics: iPhone, Android, dangerous apps, social apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Kids Apps

Teen Dating Apps That Are Bad News

Posted by Tim Woda

May 1, 2015 at 8:10 PM

The trend of using dating apps seems to become more and more mainstream each year. People of all ages are exploring their romantic options on sites like eHarmony and Match.com. The surge in the popularity of dating apps has certainly trickled down into the teen demographic. 

As you can imagine, most dating sites, including the ones specifically intended for teenagers, have their risks. Dating apps require personal information in order to generate matches, and while users are virtually searching for their soulmates, they are also unwittingly allowing access to information that anyone can use to find them.

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Topics: iPhone, Android, dangerous apps, social apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Kids Apps

iPhone Monitoring Your Teens: the Very Basics

Posted by Steven Woda

April 30, 2015 at 7:33 PM

The threats of identity theft, iCloud hacking, stalking and harassment are very real in the digital age. Thus, safeguarding your children from the perils posed by new technology has become part and parcel of modern day parenting.

The troubling aspect of this necessity is that the technologies are constantly evolving, making it imperative to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable on digital defense. Luckily, Apple is consistently making iPhone monitoring for parents much more accessible and easier to accomplish.

Enabling Restrictions

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Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, parental monitoring, positive parenting practices, parental mobile controls, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, Cellphone Rules & Safety

When is a Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

Posted by Tim Woda

April 27, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Cellphones have created a few dilemmas in digital parenting. Particularly with smartphones, parents have to be sure what their children are doing on social media and other apps.

Let's look at the first dilemma that parents will come across: deciding when their child should have a cellphone. In this discussion, your child is sure to bring up the argument that every other kid in their class already has one.

This is a time when you have to make a personal decision for your child and ignore the pressure from other parents.WebMD covered this topic and provided a few statistics on the matter. Here is some of the background information:

  • 85% of teens aged 14 to 17 have cell phones
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Topics: iPhone, Android, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Digital Parenting: Keeping Children Safe From Online Dangers

Posted by Tim Woda

April 23, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Any sensible parent is going to keep their child safe from dangers that present themselves in the real world. This same sense of concern should extend to dangers that present themselves in the online world. Digital parenting is as important as parenting against dangers in the real world. 

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, communication, kids & technology

Setting Digital Rules for Your Teens and Tweens

Posted by Steven Woda

April 23, 2015 at 7:47 PM

Being a digital parent is an assignment that is not easy to handle. It is certainly something that is not always all that easy. However, digital parenting is a part of the expectations for parents these days. Without proper supervision, teens can make huge mistakes online as well as they can anywhere else. 

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, positive parenting practices, Spying vs Engaging, parenting styles, discipline

Prom Night Digital Decorum: Preventing Teens From Oversharing

Posted by Steven Woda

April 21, 2015 at 8:36 PM

Prom is a very exciting event for most teens who have finally reached the age of being able to attend this important milestone. While in the past students and their guests were limited in communicating about prom, present day social media has created a whole new form of communication for them to let others know about their plans and activities in real time. This, of course, has its pros and cons.

While sending texts to friends to coordinate meeting times or showing pictures can be reasonably safe, using social media can be problematic when it comes to safety and security.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, oversharing, communication, selfie, Photo & Image Sharing, Privacy & Reputation

How to to Stop Teen Texting and Driving

Posted by Tim Woda

April 21, 2015 at 4:39 PM

Texting is responsible for more teen deaths behind the wheel than alcohol, making it a serious concern for parents everywhere. Stopping the problem requires a multi-faceted approach, along with clear expectations and firm consequences. These tips can help keep your teen safe when they are on the road.

#1: Take Advantage of the Technology

Teenagers don't always tell the whole truth, which means you may have to use their own technology to keep them safe. A text monitoring app can log all their texts, including the time they were sent, for you to view on your phone or computer.

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5 Tips for Mobile and Internet Child Safety

Posted by Steven Woda

April 19, 2015 at 7:50 PM

Children now spend more time with the media via Internet and mobile technology than they do with their family, in school, or sleeping.A 2012 a nationwide survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that in just five years, media use has increased from 6 ½ to nearly 7 ½ hours a day in children between the ages of 8 and 18. As if this weren’t frightening enough, children also tend to be master multitaskers, using as many as three technological tools at once to browse through their digital lives.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, Digital Parenting Tips

Teaching Children About Internet Security Right From The Start

Posted by Tim Woda

April 16, 2015 at 9:00 PM

There is never a time too early in the life of a child to start thinking about Internet security. Children of younger and younger ages are starting to get a glimpse into the world of the Internet, and many are potentially at risk if they are not informed of what they should and should not do. 

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Topics: digital parenting, sexting, cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, communication, 10 ways to protect your kids from catfishing, kids & technology, Digital Parenting Tips, prevention

Digital Parenting: Understanding the Risk of Snapchat

Posted by Tim Woda

April 16, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Snapchat started as a college course project, but has grown exponentially in the last year. Now available, for free, through app stores, the application allows people to send and receive pictures and videos directly to their phone.

The "Snap" is only available for a set period of time (about 10 seconds), then it is deleted from the phone and the server. Snapchat seems like a fun enough venture, but for those trying to parent in the digital age, it can be problematic. 

Potential for Sexting

Because Snapchat only keeps photos for 10 seconds or less, parents have no way of really knowing what content their child is swapping. For many years, Snapchat has been dubbed the "sexting app". Although not every person using Snapchat is sexting away, the app didn't get their nickname for no reason.

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Topics: Snapchat, sexting, social media, Internet Safety, video sexting, dangers, other social networks

Mobile and Internet Child Safety: Comparing The Old With The New

Posted by Steven Woda

April 14, 2015 at 3:53 PM

When considering mobile and internet child safety as parents, it may cause you to reminisce. "Well, back in my day this was never a concern."

Don't feel old, we're all working through it. Technology has changed and will continue to. Due to this, considering a child's safety hasn't changed - instead, there's now more to be cautious of. 

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, Internet Safety, online predators, digital trends, child predator methods, Social Trends

Establishing That the Internet is a Privilege, Not a Right

Posted by Tim Woda

April 1, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Something that parents need to establish with their children early is that using the Internet is a privilege, not a right. This is important because if kids get too accustomed to and reliant on the Internet, it will be harder to end their privilege to it if they go against the rules.

In order to practice digital parenting, there has to be set rules that children understand and abide by. These rules vary on a case-by-case basis, but they should require open conversation between children and their parents concerning their activity on the Internet. When the rules are set, parents have to be ready to remove the Internet privilege if their child breaks the rules. It's not just to keep children safe from cyber threats, but also a life-long lesson that they can't take shortcuts and cheat the system.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, communication, behavior, Digital Parenting Tips

You're Invited: The Internet & Mobile Safety Workshop for Parents

Posted by Tim Woda

March 30, 2015 at 1:06 PM

Today’s children represent the first generation to grow up entirely in a digital world. They have spent their entire lives using computers, video games, webcams, digital music players, mobile phones, instant messaging apps and everything else the digital world has to offer. In a sense, our kids are all “native speakers” of a digital language.

They are "Digital Natives". So what does that make this generation of parents?

Those of us who were not born into a digital world are, and always will be, "Digital Immigrants" and we are now in the process of learning a new language while also trying to raise our kids and keep them safe.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Digital Parenting Tips