As your children grow up, technology will become an increasing part of their world. While every parent hopes their child will never encounter inappropriate content, cyberbullying or online scams, these dangers are out there.
Luckily, there are certain steps you can take to promote online safety and help your children have a positive online experience.... Read more »
As parents, we worry about the safety of our kids. These days, modern technology and social media platforms make it even harder to protect their identities. Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, and other social media websites make it easy for people around the globe to share memories. Sadly, they also make it convenient for identity thieves and... Read more »
Walk into any restaurant and you'll see tables filled with people engaging...with their electronics—from parents looking down at their iPhones to kids playing with their tablets. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, children ages 8 to 18 spent an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day using entertainment media—that’s seven... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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... Read more »
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.
Whether... Read more »
Why does it seem like kids post absolutely everything they do online? And how can we talk to them about it as parents?
Case in point: Last week, a good friend of mine sent me a video of her 14-year-old's first kiss. How did she have this in her possession? A girl at her son's school... Read more »
“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!”
I should put these words to music, because they are a constant refrain in... Read more »
During the past four years, there has been a rise in student use of social media (Facebook, Twitter and texting are the top examples) for the purpose of degrading, threatening, bullying and harassing other kids. Too many of us have watched the recent shocking news stories about students like Rebecca Sedwick who were teased and bullied... Read more »