The purpose of Latch Mobile’s patent pending technology is to take the worry out of giving kids smartphones. Parents receive real time alerts when kids are in trouble or need help when they are using their phones or mobile devices so parents can intervene early, before there are consequences.
But the problem doesn’t end there. If a kid is being cyberbullied, for example, a parent needs to address the bullying that has taken place. But how?
To help parents have these important conversations Latch Mobile has partnered with experts in the field of technology, psychology, and pediatrics. Whether it is about a cyberbullying incident, inappropriate content, or smartphone addiction, it is important that constructive conversations take place for the mental health and well being of all involved. We have assembled some of the best resources for parents all in one place (with more to come).
Here is an overview of our parent resources and how they can help:
The Center on Media & Child Health: The Center on Media and Child Health is an academic research center that educates those who care for children on how to create and consume media that supports children’s health and development. They are extremely knowledgeable about current apps and children’s media options, and can help parents make decisions about what digital media is developmentally appropriate for their children.
CirclePoint Bullying Prevention Program: CirclePoint provides bullying prevention programs for school communities designed to make a positive difference in preventing, reducing, and resolving bullying problems. This program is especially useful if your child has been a victim of cyberbullying. They also give many good ideas on how to prevent cyberbullying from occurring in the first place.
The Cyberbullying Research Center: The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying. They provide helpful checklists and conversation starters if your child has been cyberbullied. They also stay current on the conversations about cyberbullying that are occurring at the national level.
Common Sense Media: Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices around apps, games, websites, and other media. They publish information that helps families understand and navigate the challenges of raising children in the digital age. We love their smartphone “contract” for parents and children to sign when their child receives their first phone. Their website is a wealth of knowledge on up-to-date research regarding children and media consumption in the digital age.
On our resources page you’ll find links to relevant articles from these respected experts and organizations. We will continue to update these with the latest research and guidance. If you know of other resources that can help parents, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.