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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

Digital Parenting: Do You Know What Your Children Are Doing?

Posted by Steven Woda

December 9, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Ask the average parent about what their child did on the social networking sites just last night, and they are probably going to have no idea. The problem is not that they are bad parents, but merely that technology has made the job of parenting that much harder. Digital parenting is now a full time job, but there are some measures parents can take to make the job a little easier.  

Getting Into The Lives Of Your Children 

It may sound like exactly the wrong tactic to use, but just getting into the online lives of your child or children is actually the first step to take to make a difference. Many parents are hesitant to do so fearing the backlash from their child.

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, parental monitoring, Spying vs Engaging, 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

4 Eye-Opening Tips to Improve Your Relationship With Your Teen

Posted by Tim Woda

June 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Summer is upon us! Teens may view these lazy summer months as a time to do whatever they want and possibly push the limits of their independence. More free time along with having another school year under their belts may prompt them towards some acts of rebellion.

Whether you decide to give them a little more freedom or not, it's important for parents to make smart steps to maintain control. If you are looking for help on how to improve your relationship with your teen by understanding teens, look no further. We've compiled a four-step guide, which will leave you with a grasp on teen parenting like a pro!

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, Teens, Spying vs Engaging, trust both ways

To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love

Posted by Tim Woda

January 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Check out this blog post that we found on the Huffington Post a year ago about a mother who gave her son an iPhone with a strict contract for Christmas. And check back later today because we will be posting the follow up from author Janell Burley Hoffman, entitled "What I Know One Year After Giving my Teenager an iPhone Contract".

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, cell phone contract, phone contract, iPhone contract, how to make a cell phone contract for kids, Spying vs Engaging, trust both ways

Trust and Digital Parenting

Posted by Steven Woda

August 6, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Parental involvement has been shown to have positive influences on a child’s academic and social development. As kids get older, they naturally want to gain independence and trust. When parents are controlling, kids may question if their parents trust them and parents might feel like they’re intruding. On the other hand, the job of a parent is to safe-guard in a reasonable and responsible way, leading both by example and by setting firm guidelines.

Set boundaries

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Topics: digital parenting, social media, Parental Intelligence, Facebook, For Parents, Digital Parenting Tips, Spying vs Engaging, trust both ways