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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

How to Use Location Monitoring Without Being Creepy

Posted by Steven Woda

August 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

As parents, it's only natural for you to worry about where your children are, who they are with, and what they are doing. However, it is just as important to respect their limitations and privacy. So how do you do both?

Nowadays, there are so many ways to use location monitoring that it could be overwhelming. It could be used to share your location on social media, find directions, book travel, and more. It's no wonder than many find location monitoring creepy! On the upside, since most people use location services nowadays, monitoring children can be easier and less-intrusive than it was before. 

Recently, we wrote about why location monitoring your teens and tweens is not creepy. Put the idea into practice with these steps:

1. Have a discussion with your child.

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, location monitoring, parental mobile controls, GPS Monitoring, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, teen privacy, Child ID, trust both ways

Why It's Not Creepy To Monitor Your Teen's Locations

Posted by Steven Woda

July 18, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Location monitoring is a recent innovation, based on modern GPS technology. Parents can now use it to determine where their children are, particularly when they are in their teens. As a parent, you may be hesitant about using this impressive bit of technology on kids and teens. Perhaps you may think of it as an intrusion, or you may be afraid that they will be angry with you.

The fact is, however, that teenagers are still minors and that it is your perrogative to use whatever means you have at your disposal to monitor your teens. Teens are learning and growing during a time when they're given increasing amounts of responsibilities and it is natural for there to be some issues along the way.

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, parental monitoring, location monitoring, GPS Monitoring, Mobile Phones/Apps, Spying vs Engaging, teen privacy, trust both ways

The Decline of Online Privacy

Posted by Steven Woda

February 19, 2014 at 5:33 PM

High-profile data breaches and issues arising over who actually owns personal data have raised important questions about online privacy and the security of personal information. There is a growing sense of fear and powerlessness among the public as businesses and governments continue to gather more and more personal data. The truth is, digital privacy is becoming a myth and it will take a combination of personal responsibility and policy changes to change the tide.

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, online privacy, Internet Safety, identity theft, online safety tips, Privacy & Reputation, Spying vs Engaging, teen privacy, child app

4 Services for Monitoring Your Kid's Online Activities

Posted by Steven Woda

November 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM

This article was originally published in the Daily Times by Digital First Media's Steve Fox. The full article can be accessed here.

One of the bigger struggles a parent faces is how much privacy to give to their children ... and when? With a 15-, a 13-, and a 10-year-old, I have three very distinct age groups to contend with when it comes to monitoring activities online.

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Topics: sexting, Parental Intelligence, parental monitoring, Internet Safety, prevention, Spying vs Engaging, teen privacy