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…
Five Ways to Monitor Your Child's Social Media Use
Children rapidly shift between social media networks these days. As soon as a new app comes out they are quick to adopt it, along with all of their friends. For parents trying to closely follow their child’s online social media activity this can be daunting. There is no easy…
Tech Parents: Modeling the Tech Behavior We Expect
Regulating screen time for children is a hot topic, but it’s hard to be super strict when we, the parents, are constantly on our own smartphones. Between school schedules, work, newsletters, and more, the deluge of information that comes to parents through email and social media alone is endless.…
Your Child's Phone: Know the Risks, Keep them Safe
Monitoring your child’s smartphone is a thorny and often emotional topic for families. Kids feel like they are being spied on, while parents feel like they don’t know enough of what’s going on in their child’s digital world. The conversation between parents and children regarding monitoring…