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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

When is a Child Ready for a Cell Phone?

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

Teens And Smartphones: Reasons To Consider Waiting

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

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 Stocking Stuffers for Kids with Smartphones

Topics: iPhone, Android, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices

Is My Child Ready For Their First Phone? Ask Yourself the Following

Topics: Parental Intelligence, kids and cellphones, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices

Is Your Child Being Bullied For Having a "Dumb Phone"?

Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, bullying, cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Android, Internet Safety, Cell phone for kids, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices

Is Your Smartphone Really a "Phone"?

Topics: iPhone, Android, cellphone rules and safety, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices

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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

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

Teens And Smartphones: Reasons To Consider Waiting

Posted by Tim Woda

February 11, 2015 at 10:50 AM

You may be contemplating whether or not teens and smartphones are a good combination. Perhaps you have seen other teenagers that have smartphones and wonder if you too should get one for your teenager. There are at least a few reasons that you should perhaps hold off on that. 

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

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 Stocking Stuffers for Kids with Smartphones

Posted by Tim Woda

December 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

If your teen or tween is expecting a smartphone from Santa this year, make sure he has all the gear he needs so you both get the most out of this life-changing and bank-balance-draining purchase. From keeping the phone powered so you can always stay in touch to protecting it from damage, these five essential smartphone accessories will not only make great stocking stuffers, but they'll help with parental peace of mind.

1. A Durable Phone Case 
As soon as the phone is out of the box, it needs to go straight into a durable, drop-proof case such as the Otterbox Defender. Offering three layers of protection, including a plastic interior shell that cushions the device and a built-in screen shield to prevent scratches and scrapes, this case is practically indestructible, making it the perfect accompaniment to a smartphone this season.

2. Back-up Power 

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Topics: iPhone, Android, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices

Is My Child Ready For Their First Phone? Ask Yourself the Following

Posted by Tim Woda

January 15, 2014 at 11:36 AM

If the talk about cell phones hasn’t come up, it will.  There comes a point where you can't say no anymore.  Making that determination depends on whether you feel your child is ready to handle this important step and maturity has a ton to do with it.  Here are some questions to help you out. 

What reason do you have to buy your child a cell phone?  Great reasons include sports practice, living in a two family household, dropping landline for cell phones, emergency purposes and your child being old enough to stay at home until you come back from work.  If the reason is just as important as those listed a cell phone may be in the cards.  Giving your child a cell phone for no reason is not an option. 

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, kids and cellphones, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices

Is Your Child Being Bullied For Having a "Dumb Phone"?

Posted by Tim Woda

September 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Maybe you don't know what a “dumb phone” is, but your teens certainly do – and they don't want one.

One of my closest girlfriends hasn't upgraded to a smart phone yet: her trusty old flip phone serves her just fine. She does find herself several times a day, however, constantly apologizing for her lack of connectivity.

If we're in a group and someone says, “quick, grab your phone and take a picture!” or “get on Facebook to show me some pictures of your new niece,” she has to shrug and say, “Sorry, I can't. I have a dumb phone.”

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Topics: iPhone, digital parenting, bullying, cyberbullying, Parental Intelligence, Android, Internet Safety, Cell phone for kids, Digital Parenting Tips, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices

Is Your Smartphone Really a "Phone"?

Posted by Tim Woda

August 17, 2012 at 10:27 AM

When you think about it, 'smartphone' is a real misnomer. If you watch how your child uses his or her smartphone, you're not likely to see a whole lot of actual calls being made and received. In fact, just 26% of teens say they even use their phones to make calls.

In the last 24 hours, here are some of the things your child may have been doing on his or her smartphone:

  • Sending 60-100 texts to their best friend

  • Downloading music

  • Shopping for apps to download

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Topics: iPhone, Android, cellphone rules and safety, Mobile Phones/Apps, Devices