• We are several weeks into the school year and you may be thinking the dust has settled. Unfortunately, new apps are appearing on our students’ phones causing issues at school and at home. In my book, Parenting in a Digital World, I lay out the two basic problems with social media. First, children can meet people outside their parent’s knowledge; and secondly, social media removes...SEE MORE

  • I have recently received questions from several parents about a new app, TBH. TBH, which means: "To Be Honest," is a social media app for teens 13-years or older. TBH lets friends anonymously answer questions about one another. The questions are 100% controlled by the developer. This is intended to keep the questions and answers from becoming mean or insulting. Users can submit their...SEE MORE

  •   The internet and social media are an amazing technological advancement. We have the ability to know more about the world, and other points of view than ever before. Social media, like Instagram and Snapchat, have become an integral part of many people’s lives. Many young people, often called Digital Natives, have never known a world without constant connectivity to the internet and each other.SEE MORE

  • This new smartphone app ‘AntiChat’ is free of charge for both iOS & Android & lets you talk about just anything with other users. You can join any of the available anonymous chat rooms without having to worry about your personal data being stored or shared (‘nobody will judge you, as nobody can find out your real name’). There are literally hundreds of...SEE MORE

  •   Cyber safety tips for parents and educators to help keep their children safe online. (Part 1)   In this episode we discuss: 1. Social media defined and where this technology is going. 2. Popular social media applications teens are using 3. Common problems teens are having online. 4. The illusion on privacy online, sexting, over friending, and over sharing. 5.SEE MORE

  • The Internet has made hardcore pornography more accessible than ever before in human history. More people visit pornographic sites than Twitter, Netflix and Hulu combined. As the prevalence of pornography grows online and in popular culture, so does nearly forty years of scientific evidence that viewing pornography has catastrophic effects on our lives. When we talk to our children...SEE MORE

  • What is Houseparty, and how does it work? Houseparty is a new group video chat app available on both apple and android devices. You can add friends based on the phone numbers you have stored in your contacts or search for their usernames. Once you open the app, you can join "rooms" (the apps' name for chats) with other friends who are currently in the app. Chats are limited...SEE MORE

  • Online Security & Privacy Tips to Keep Students Safe   How can we keep children safe and secure online? What are the next steps that parents should take? As soon as your child has access to the Internet, step in and set safe boundaries for them because a lot of the things that they are being exposed to online is unintentional. What I suggest that parents do, especially parents...SEE MORE

  • Sean found himself in the Principal’s office again for being disruptive in class. Sean, as he was walking home with a suspension notice in his pocket, couldn’t think of anything but how his teacher had it out for him and now he was probably going to get grounded by his mom too. After reaching an empty home, his mom was still at work, he took out his smartphone and opened Instagram.SEE MORE

  • Here is a tutorial on how to hide photos on your iPhone using the new iOS. Your teen might try using this technique to hide images from you.    First, you need to make sure the Notes app is able to lock notes. This can be turned on in Settings if not already on. To hide a private photo: Locate the photo in the Photos app. Tap the Share icon...SEE MORE

  • In my book, Parenting in a Digital World, I showed you how to set up parental controls on all the major computer and mobile platforms. Since publication, Microsoft has released Windows 10. Thankfully for parents, Microsoft has greatly improved parental controls and has included some monitoring features which will make our lives as parents a bit easier. If for no other reason, this is a good...SEE MORE

  • You’ve probably heard about Pokémon Go on the news or from your child. Mine has asked me 10 times today if he can go outside and catch some Pokémon. News reports of car crashes, muggings, stabbings, and even the accidental discovery of a dead body have parents rightly concerned about their child’s safety while playing this game. I will give you a brief overview...SEE MORE

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