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Hands-on advice for parents who want guidance on how to manage their kids' use of technology.
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Keeping Kids Safe from Predators Online and Offline

Keeping Kids Safe from Predators Online and Offline

Jerry Sandusky. Michael Jackson. Mary Kay Letourneau. All of these individuals were accused and/or convicted of committing unspeakable crimes against children. While certainly upsetting, these high profile cases are a good opportunity to spark a conversation with your kids about staying safe, as parents are the first and most powerful line of defense against predators. When parents educate their children, and make home a safe place for kids to ask questions and talk about their experiences, children are less likely to become victims. Having a discussion with your child about online and offline safety isn’t always easy or comfortable, but it is important.

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4 Steps to Managing Your Child’s Screen Time

4 Steps to Managing Your Childs Screen Time

Is it just me or does it seem like children have lost their playfulness? Many of us can recall summer days spent playing games outside with friends, riding bikes, playing hopscotch, or making forts in the woods. Now, though, it seems that most kids prefer to lead a wired existence, constantly connected to some electronic device. Many parents are exasperated by their child’s constant technology use and the degree to which tablets, TVs, video games, laptops and smart phones have taken over their household. I once talked to a desperate mother whose child was sending upwards of 20,000 texts per month (No, that is not a typo.) Like this mom, many parents who we hear from are fed up and looking to take back control. Here are 4 steps you can take to manage or limit your child’s use of technology so that it works for you and your family.

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Screen Time: Using Technology as a Consequence or Reward for Your Child

Screen Time: Using Technology as a Consequence or Reward for Your Child

It's important to understand that you can’t getyour childto care about homework, choresor hygiene just because you do. What you can do is help them complete those tasks and reach certain goals regardless of how they feel about them. You do this by offering something important to them, in order to get them to complete something important to you. What do kids value? Screen time. In other words, phone, Internet, TV andvideo games.

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Texting: The New Way for Kids to Be Rude

Texting: The New Way for Kids to Be Rude

“My 14 year old daughter is a texting addict! She will even sit and text when our family is at a restaurant. It drives me nuts. If I tell her to stop, she just does it under the table. It’s like this little secret that we can’t be in on, plus it’s just plain rude. It’s as if half of her is here with us, but her brain is somewhere off with her friends. The thing that really annoys me is that she doesn’t take part in family activities any more—it’s like she has to have a special invitation to participate. What should we do?”

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Combat CyberBullying: Be a Part of Your Daughter’s Life—the Real and the Virtual

Combat CyberBullying: Be a Part of Your Daughters Life—the Real and the Virtual

In this age of MySpace, cell phones and instant messaging, it has never been more important to ensure that you are a part of your daughter’s life: the real and the virtual. It is no surprise that girls are enamored with social communications as a way to make connections and keep in touch. By the time they are ten or eleven, they may be developing their own websites, and creating fun emoticons, avatars, and colorful texts for their emails.

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Parents, Get a Clue: What Teens are Really Doing Online Plus: Tips on How to Talk to Your Teen about Internet Safety

Parents, Get a Clue: What Teens are Really Doing Online Plus: Tips on How to Talk to Your Teen about Internet Safety

Amber* got onto Facebook when she was 12. “It was easy, she said with a shrug.All you have to do is lie about your age and give them your email address.” The teen, who is now 15, said, “I guess I accepted a lot of ‘Friends’ to my list without really knowing who they were.” On social networking sites, the goal is to acquire as many “friends” as possible, a virtual popularity contest that can add up to a whole lot of unknowns.

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Video Games and Violence: What Every Parent Should Know

Video Games and Violence: What Every Parent Should Know

What I typically suggest to parents is that they don’t allow violent video games in their home. If and when the issue comes up, that is actually a good opportunity to talk about their values, how to resolve conflicts and disputes in a non-violent way, which are useful conversations to have with kids. In any case it’s useful to convey your values to your children that violent solutions are not appropriate. Non-violent solutions can almost always be found.”

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How to Keep the Violence Out of Your Home

How to Keep the Violence Out of Your Home

It’s an undisputed fact that the more violence kids are exposed to, the more desensitized they become to it. But it’s not the violence that’s the problem for families now. It’s the delivery systems used to bring that violence into the home. James Lehman explains how to keep the violence outside your home and away from your kids.

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Electronic Overload: The Connection Between Too Much Screen Time and Childhood Obesity

Blogger After more than four decades of government campaigns in public schools about healthy eating and the importance of getting adequate exercise, moderate progress has been made to reduce obesity in kids. But let’s face it, while living a busy, on-the-go, stressed-out lifestyle, putting in a full eight-hour plus day, many parents don’t have the time or simply lack the energy to do all that much when they come home.
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Have Gaming and Electronics Taken Over Your Home? 5 Ways to Tame Technology and Find Balance

Blogger Today, people of all ages are playing online video games worldwide. More than half a billion people are playing at least one hour a day. There are 183 million gamers in the United States alone. It has been estimated that the average young person spends up to 10,000 hours gaming by the time they turn 21. To put that into perspective, that’s about how much time they would spend in the classroom from middle school all the way through high school with perfect attendance!
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Can Video Games Be Good for Kids? How to Make the Most of Screen Time

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I used to worry that my kids played too many video games, especially my 11-year old son who is obsessed with Minecraft. Like many parents, I fretted over how much time Billy spent gaming and what effects his hobby of choice was having on his health, wellbeing, social life, Vitamin D intake, etc. If you can imagine it, you can bet I worried over it! After reviewing the research on kids and video games, I still worry, but I worry less. What I found was that there may be as many benefits to gaming as there are drawbacks, and there are ways that parents can help their kids make the most of their gaming experiences while still having lots of fun.

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Selfie Culture: How Do You Talk to Your Child about What They Post on Social Media?

Blogger Why does it seem like kids post absolutely everything they do online? And how can we talk to them about it as parents?
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Go Ahead, Stalk Your Kids on Facebook - Everyone Else Is!

Blogger Actress Julianne Moore made headlines recently when she admitted stalking her kids online, arguing that You don't get to have privacy when you're only 16! While many parents applauded her for being a good digital parent, others accused her of helicopter parenting and ridiculed her attempts to shield her kids from the big, bad web.
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Setting Boundaries on Technology and Screen Time (Free Technology Contract)

Blogger “Get off the iPod! Stop playing video games. Turn off the TV! No, you can’t have a smartphone yet! Do you think we’re made of money? And what do you need a phone for anyway—you’re not even in high school yet!” Sound familiar?
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