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10 Traits Of Tech-Healthy Families

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 01.08.2016 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

Our families can have a positive relationship to technology without allowing it to take over.

Amazon Kids' Fire Promotes Sleep, Life Balance

Jenifer Joy Madden | Posted 12.19.2015 | Parents
Jenifer Joy Madden

Parents are getting help from a fun-filled tablet that encourages kids to go to bed on time. The Amazon Fire Kids Edition shuts off so cleverly and ge...

Help! My Daughter Is Being Excluded on Instagram

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 12.09.2015 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

It's time to start the dialogue as a community instead of feeling isolated by such experiences. The technology keeps us connected, but it also constantly shows us when we are disconnected from friends, peers and fun. Even if we know that sometimes it's just the appearance of fun -- it can still hurt.

How to Find 'Vault' Photo Apps

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

The Colorado sexting story that has been all over the news is a teaching moment for all of us, including parents. Mom and dad, this is your opportunity to have that uncomfortable conversation with your kids and teens about sexting and other harmful online behaviors.

Instagram iRules for Beginners

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 10.07.2015 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

1. Pause before you post. Ask, does this feel/sound/seem like something I should share? Yes?! Go for it! 2. Be tech positive & post only comments, pictures, & shares that lift up. It's contagious!

Wearables for Babies: Yay or Nay?

Jeana Lee Tahnk | Posted 10.01.2015 | Technology
Jeana Lee Tahnk

Everywhere you look these days, you're likely to see people wearing their tech. Whether it's a fitness tracker, smartwatch, or even Google Glasses, wearables are all the rage.

The Heartbreak of Digitally-Preoccupied Parenting

Richard Freed | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents
Richard Freed

I observe many children who are snubbed by digitally-preoccupied parents: a girl who can't get her dad's attention because he's watching a game on his phone, a solemn boy whose mom is so taken with posts and pictures on her phone that she doesn't say a word to him for the entire meal.

Hackers Could Tap Into 'Smart' Baby Monitors With Ease: Researchers

AP | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.02.2015 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) -- Several of the top Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to hackers, according to ne...

Online Harmony: A Shared Responsibility

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 09.17.2015 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

Being a good digital citizen requires that each and every one of us who uses and benefits from the connected world take ownership of it's culture and climate. Remember to be your best self online and encourage others to behave with thoughtfulness and kindness online.

Be Your Best Self Online

Denise Lisi DeRosa | Posted 10.22.2015 | Parents
Denise Lisi DeRosa

What is it about technology that makes some people behave badly? We tell our kids that their digital reputation and presence online is part of their overall character. Unfortunately, kids are getting mixed messages when they see examples of bad behavior all around them online, and not just from their peers but also from a large cross-section of the online community.

The Four-Letter Word Parents Have for Social Media

Diana Graber | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Digital parenting isn't for sissies. Nothing's prepared us for Kik, Yik Yak , Vine, Ask.fm, Whisper, Secret, Instagram, Omegle, Tumblr or whatever other social media app lurks in the mind of the barely-adult person who's about to create it.

Respecting Age Restrictions And Privacy Policies

Sue Scheff | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Sue Scheff

If some parents are lacking in privacy policy understanding, is that an excuse not to respect age restrictions on social media sites?

These Grown-Ups Are Making a Living Playing With Toys Online, and Internet Kids Love It!

Melissa Maypole | Posted 01.18.2015 | Technology
Melissa Maypole

As I began to investigate a bit, I found out that there are quite a few adults making toy videos on YouTube as their full-time jobs. One such YouTuber, Brandon Haynes, co-founder of DCTC, agreed to speak with me about he and his friend Amy Jo's motivation for their work.

All the Parenting News You Missed Last Week (While You Were Busy Parenting!)

Melissa Maypole | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Melissa Maypole

Parents are some of the busiest people on the planet, though, so it's virtually impossible to keep up with all the latest and greatest parenting posts. To help keep you in the loop, I've rounded up the best of this week's parenting articles and blog posts to share with you. Hope you enjoy!

Minecraft Explained from a Mom Who Gets It (Finally!)

Melissa Maypole | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Melissa Maypole

Since my twelve year-old son has been obsessed with the game for some time now, I thought I'd pick his brain about what exactly is so compelling about the virtual world and what he thinks about the idea of Minecraft in the classroom.

Nude Picture Hacking: It's Not Just Celebrities; It's Your Teenage Daughter, Too

Tom Galvin | Posted 11.02.2014 | Parents
Tom Galvin

What was once a problem for a small group of content creators -- movie studios and record companies -- is now a pain point for all of us. In a digital era where stealing movies or music is met with a shrug, violating the privacy of classmates is just the next logical step.

Back to School: Teens and Digital Stress

Sue Scheff | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Being a teenager today is not easy. As schools open throughout the country during August and September, teens are dealing with more than the normal stress that we dealt with before technology.

Creating a Caring Teen Online Starts Offline with a Caring Parent

Sue Scheff | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

There is nothing wrong with wanting our children to be academically accomplished and happy, but many understand that giving to others actually brings the most joy to those that do the giving.

Google and YouTube: Stolen Lives Deserve More Than Flag Alerts

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Yes, Google has a responsibility to parents and the people to keep the cyber-world safer. Google is the number one search engine. We made them that, and in return, shouldn't they help create a safer net?

Teens and Screens: The Breakdown of Digital Parenting

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

We have taught our kids about stranger danger in the parks and playgrounds, and we talked to them about the chatrooms where predators can linger. However, are our teens prepared for when people that they really don't know want to friend them on social media?

Google+: A Playground For Predators? What Parents Need to Know

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Parents may feel helpless in the shadow of the world's biggest Internet company, but we all have the power to change this, even if Google continues to be unwilling to make things right. Until Google lives up to its own "Do no evil" motto, it's up to parents to protect children.

Cyber Restriction: When Your Teen Abuses Their Digital Privileges

Sue Scheff | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Most families have implemented boundaries and rules that their kids and teens have to follow when it comes to their gadgets. Hopefully, parents today understand that digital citizenship is as important to their children as potty training was to them as toddlers.

Digital Parenting Should Include Google Apps for Education

Sue Scheff | Posted 06.21.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

I have discovered that many parents -- even the digital natives who witnessed the dawn of the commercial Internet in their youth -- simply do not understand well enough how that commercial Internet works, how companies exploit various technologies to monetize users, including and especially children.

Third Screen: An Interview with Lisa Belkin of The New York Times

Vickie Karp | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vickie Karp

I don't have kids. Let's call it "Roomy Nest Syndrome." But that doesn't stop me from reading Lisa Belkin whenever I can.