When is it Useful for Kids to Have Smartphones?
We know there are many pitfalls to kids owning smartphones. However, for most parents, giving their kid a phone is a practical choice. Just because a kid has a smartphone doesn’t mean they will cyberbully, sext, or worse (but they can be on the receiving end of of risks…
What is Data Mining and How to Protect Your Children
The practice of data mining involves analytics companies harvesting large sets of data from large internet providers like Google, or social media giants like Facebook, and using it to track user behavior in order to benefit their company or clients. Data mining has been in the headlines recently because of…
A Note About Our Partnerships
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.…
Tech Backlash to Facebook Messenger Kids
Earlier this year I wrote about the recently released Facebook Messenger for Kids. We did not download it for our daughter but, I’ll admit, it didn’t seem like an entirely bad idea for children in the 6-13 age group. Some kids are determined to communicate digitally no matter…
4 Ways Kids and Parents Can Combat Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying can happen in many forms and through many different apps on a phone, and sometimes victims don’t even have to have a phone. I’ve heard of instances where mean things were said about a fourth grader in a text message exchange, and then the exchange was shown…
Cyberbullying & Toxic Conversations: What Parents Need to Know
According to The Cyberbullying Center, cyberbullying is the willful and repeated use of digital communication tools to inflict harm or make another person feel angry, sad or scared. While this definition is fairly straightforward, the world of cyberbullying and toxic conversations is deeply nuanced, especially in the realm of children…
Is a Tech-Free Childhood a Thing of the Past?
When I reminisce about my childhood it definitely doesn’t include smartphones or iPads. Instead, I distinctly remember when my parents bought our first family VCR. Next came an Atari system, which my brother and I were allowed to play once a week for 30 minutes. We had one phone…
What’s the Deal with Facebook Messenger for Kids?
Late last year Facebook launched their new product, Facebook Messenger for Kids. Aimed squarely at the under 13 market, it is intended to be a safe, user-friendly app that allows parents and kids to chat with each other. Kids can also chat with any person on the app that is…