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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

Tips for Cell Phone Safety for Your Tween or Teen

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

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

Mobile And Internet Child Safety: They Are One In The Same

Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, Internet Safety, communication, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices, Cellphone Rules & Safety

5 Essential Navigation Apps for Your New Driver

Topics: iPhone, texting, Android, texting and driving, Mobile Phones/Apps, Cellphone Rules & Safety, texting rules & safety, Positive Apps, Navigation Apps

iCloud Safety: What Parents Can Learn from the Celebrity Photo Hack

Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, Android, online privacy, password protection, Photo & Image Sharing, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Your Child's First Cell Phone: When is it Time?

Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, first cell phone, kids & technology, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, parenting styles, Cellphone Rules & Safety

How Mobile Phones Are Changing the Way Our Teens Learn

Topics: digital parenting, texting, Parental Intelligence, parental monitoring, Teens, kids & technology, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Digital Parenting: Making the iPhone a wePhone

Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, Android, Selfies, monitoring apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Digital Parenting: So You Bought Your Child an Android. What Next?

Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Cellphone Rules & Safety

What I Know One Year After Giving My Teenager an iPhone Contract

Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Digital Parenting: Help Your Family Spend Less Time on Their Phone

Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, addictions, Mobile Phones/Apps, health & wellbeing, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Top 5 Things to Consider Before Buying Your Child a Cell Phone

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

Why You Need To Treat Your Child's Cell Phone Like a Computer

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

Your Phone is Up to Date, Is Your Mobile Monitoring?

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

12 Signs Your Teen Is Addicted to Their Smartphone

Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, addictions, Mobile Phones/Apps, health & wellbeing, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Smartphones – Your Teen's Life Then and Now

Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, parental monitoring, addictions, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, Cellphone Rules & Safety

20 Percent of Third Graders Own Cell Phones: Sexting Issue?

Topics: iPhone, sexting, Android, Internet Safety, kids and cellphones, facts & stats, prevention, Mobile Phones/Apps, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Child Getting a New Phone? Better Have a Parental Monitoring Tool

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

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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

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

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

Mobile And Internet Child Safety: They Are One In The Same

Posted by Steven Woda

February 9, 2015 at 8:29 PM

If you think that your child is absolutely safe on the Internet at all times, you are probably fooling yourself. This is particularly true if you have not taken the time to have a conversation with your child about the potential dangers of the Internet. It is important to consider both mobile and Internet child safety these days. 

Why Mobile Matters Just As Much

Pew Research conducted a poll asking teens what kind of phone they have. They found that 37% of teens ages 12 to 17 indicate that they own a smartphone. This means that almost half of teens can chat, meet people, buy things, and get involved in other situations online that could be potentially dangerous to them. 

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Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, Internet Safety, communication, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices, Cellphone Rules & Safety

5 Essential Navigation Apps for Your New Driver

Posted by Tim Woda

November 22, 2014 at 5:36 PM

It’s a nerve-racking experience to have kids on the road. And if your teen has just started driving, you want to do everything that you can to keep them safe. One useful technological advancement that can help? GPS and other navigation applications.

While GPS technology has been around for a while, GPS apps make it even easier for young drivers to get where they’re going – without relying on anything but their smartphone. Below are five of the best navigation apps for new driver. All of these apps are designed to keep drivers safe and precise on the road.

    1. MotionX GPS Drive. MotionX GPS Drive was one of the first GPS entries into the market.

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Topics: iPhone, texting, Android, texting and driving, Mobile Phones/Apps, Cellphone Rules & Safety, texting rules & safety, Positive Apps, Navigation Apps

iCloud Safety: What Parents Can Learn from the Celebrity Photo Hack

Posted by Steven Woda

November 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

It's likely that you have heard about the recent celebrity photograph hack incident, where the private photographs of numerous celebrities were stolen and leaked on the Internet. It is reported that the photo hack stemmed from a criminal either breaching the iCloud system or hacking stars' personal account usernames and passwords.

Although the attacker responsible for this crime was clearly targeting celebrities, it is important for parents to know that these kinds of breaches can happen to anyone. Learn about how to secure both account usernames/passwords and the iCloud service.

The Cause of the Celebrity Photo Breach

There is a dispute regarding the source of the hack and this, in itself, is an indicator of how tricky security can be. The photos were obtained from Apple's iCloud service, but the exact nature of the iCloud breach remains in question - Apple maintains that the pictures were obtained through targeting usernames and passwords, but others suggest there was a more fundamental breach of the iCloud.

In reality, for the purposes of many people, the source of the hack is a secondary consideration - both methods are entirely plausible and whichever was used here, either could be used in the future. In consequence, to ensure security of things such as pictures, both factors should be given consideration. Parents seeking to ensure their children's privacy should take steps to ensure both that usernames and passwords are secure and robust, and that a future iCloud breach has only limited information to steal anyway.

It Can Happen to Anyone

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Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, Android, online privacy, password protection, Photo & Image Sharing, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Your Child's First Cell Phone: When is it Time?

Posted by Tim Woda

August 4, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Check out what guest blogger and winner of the Annual Parenting Blog of the Year Contest, Mommy Masters' Ellie Hirsch, has to share about her insight on the topic of kids' first cell phones!

It seems like my seven year old asks me for a cell phone on a daily basis. What does a seven year old need with a cell phone? Who is he planning on calling? Would it come in handy in case of an emergency? Do any of his seven-year-old friends have a phone? Should I consider this crazy idea? I never thought this conversation would come up at such an early age, especially since I did not get a cell phone until I was 22.

My son's response to this fact? "You are old so they didn't have cell phones yet when you were my age". TOUCHÉ.

Whether it's a cell phone baby rattle or simply watching Mama texting on the phone,

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Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, first cell phone, kids & technology, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, parenting styles, Cellphone Rules & Safety

How Mobile Phones Are Changing the Way Our Teens Learn

Posted by Tim Woda

March 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

These days, it seems like everyone has a high tech, feature-rich mobile phone. No matter where you go, chances are you will see someone with their eyes on their smartphone. Some people claim that the prolific use of mobile phones shortens attention spans and decreases learning ability. Others say that having such a wealth of interactive, up-to-the-minute information at their fingertips allows teens to learn more efficiently. Though the dangers of mobile phone use by teens have been noted, it is clear that they are here to stay. So, what should you know about how mobile phones are changing the way that teens learn, for both better and worse?

Interactivity

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Topics: digital parenting, texting, Parental Intelligence, parental monitoring, Teens, kids & technology, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Digital Parenting: Making the iPhone a wePhone

Posted by Tim Woda

February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Giving your child their first phone brings with it much of the same responsibility that comes with getting their own set of keys to a car. You would not send your kids out on the road without first ensuring they knew how to operate a car safely nor should you hand over a smart phone without some rules of the road.

We recently discussed the safety and security aspects of Android phones – this post is more specifically focused on iPhones. Set some rules for your kids that range from times of day that are off limits for phone usage, asking permission for app downloads, creating “screen free” hours for the whole family, no phone usage while driving, no phones at the table, etc… Phone privileges should be consistently tied to these rules, if a rule is broken the phone is taken away for a predetermined amount of time. Do remember to model the behavior yourself to show the importance of following the rules. 

For device set up, please consider the following factors:

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Topics: iPhone, Parental Intelligence, Android, Selfies, monitoring apps, Mobile Phones/Apps, Privacy & Reputation, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Digital Parenting: So You Bought Your Child an Android. What Next?

Posted by Tim Woda

January 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM

This holiday season there were reports that “smart phones” beat out “toys” as the top gift request from the 18 and under set. With a lot of new phone users out there, now is the perfect time to set some basic rules of the road with your child and really get to know how the phones work before they become an inevitable appendage of your child (and don’t worry, iPhone buyers – a post for you is coming soon).

Today’s smart phones are the house phone, record player, maps, books, and libraries of parents’ youths rolled up into one device that lives with your child 24x7. Rather than being overwhelmed by this technology, parents need to get smart about how to harness that same power to make sure kids are using the phones in a responsible way.

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Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Cellphone Rules & Safety

What I Know One Year After Giving My Teenager an iPhone Contract

Posted by Steven Woda

January 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Would you give your child an iPhone for Christmas? What if it came with a strcit contract?  We posted a blog from the Huffington Post earlier this morning about a mom that did just that, and here are her reflections and what she learned one year later. 

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Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Digital Parenting: Help Your Family Spend Less Time on Their Phone

Posted by Tim Woda

November 29, 2013 at 12:38 PM

The smart phone is a great tool for families. It allows you to remain in constant contact with your kids wherever they are, meaning you never have to worry about where they could be if they are late for dinner – you can simply send them a text, or vice versa. It’s also a great tool for allowing them to keep in better touch with their family, from uncles and aunts to their cousins. Of course, there are drawbacks to smart phones as well.

Kids especially tend to be drawn to the quick fix entertainment that smart phones offer, from access to the Internet to the many games and apps that are available for download. This can lead to your family being glued to their smart phone screens instead of interacting with their family at home.

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Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, addictions, Mobile Phones/Apps, health & wellbeing, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Top 5 Things to Consider Before Buying Your Child a Cell Phone

Posted by Tim Woda

November 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The cell phone debate goes on in millions of homes across the country. When a child is ready for a phone is perhaps the biggest discussion in families about cell phones. With children asking for and receiving phones at younger and younger ages many parents question exactly what they need to do before they give their child a cell phone. Cell phone monitoring, cell phone models and even when your child is ready, should all factor into the decision.

1. 1. The Magic Age of Maturity

Many parents wonder when the right time to give a child a cell phone is. There is no magic age. Your child’s maturity must factor into the decision. There are 12 year old children who are mature enough to handle a cell phone, and there are 15 year old children who are not mature enough to handle a cell phone. Consider your child, their personality, and their responsibility level before unlocking the keys to a cell phone. You may also consider your own lifestyle in this decision. For example if you work and your child is home alone, a cell phone is probably necessary sooner than if you were home to meet your child after school. You must also consider your child’s personal needs as well. While a normal 8 year old may not need a phone, a child with a medical condition may need one earlier.

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

Why You Need To Treat Your Child's Cell Phone Like a Computer

Posted by Tim Woda

April 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM

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

Your Phone is Up to Date, Is Your Mobile Monitoring?

Posted by Tim Woda

November 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Doesn't it seem that new smartphones appear all the time? If the media isn't touting the latest and greatest new phone, your teenager certainly is! While teenagers around the country started to drool over the new features, parents face the same dilemma they have faced since the origianal smart hones started appearing on kids' birthday and holiday gift lists. How do I keep my child safe?

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

12 Signs Your Teen Is Addicted to Their Smartphone

Posted by Steven Woda

August 16, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I'll admit it. Smartphones are pretty addictive. They're fun to use, make it easy to stay in touch with anybody no matter where you are, and can do just about everything. I'm pretty sure you could spend a whole day on the couch without ever getting up except to go to the bathroom and eat – and maybe your teen has.

Have you seen your texting teenager and wondered whether they're really addicted to their smartphone?

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Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, addictions, Mobile Phones/Apps, health & wellbeing, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Smartphones – Your Teen's Life Then and Now

Posted by Steven Woda

August 13, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Does your teen have a smart phone? You've probably noticed that it makes a teenager's life a lot different than when we were kids.

No more asking to use the house phone at a friend's house to call home –  just text mom to ask her if it's okay to spend the night. No need to plan a night out – just check in on FourSquare and find out where everybody is. And that cute guy in Spanish class? You can get the inside scoop on him on Facebook without even talking to him.

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Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Android, parental monitoring, addictions, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, Cellphone Rules & Safety

20 Percent of Third Graders Own Cell Phones: Sexting Issue?

Posted by Steven Woda

April 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

kids on computerThis article was written by Heather Campobello from WebProNews.

A startling new study finds that kids are at risk for sexting, cyberbullying, and more at a much younger age than originally thought. A new study surveyed 20,766 children from grades 3-12 in Massachusetts. The findings are from a self-report so children may not

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Topics: iPhone, sexting, Android, Internet Safety, kids and cellphones, facts & stats, prevention, Mobile Phones/Apps, Cellphone Rules & Safety

Child Getting a New Phone? Better Have a Parental Monitoring Tool

Posted by Tim Woda

January 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM

What are the conditions of giving your child a cell phone? Whatever is acceptable for your child, it's important to clearly communicate those rules in a parent/child cell phone contract.

As adults, we have to sign a “terms of use” agreement for pretty much everything we do. It lets us know what's expected of us and what happens if we break our word. Kids who receive a cell phone from their parents need exactly the same thing.

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