Why Tracking Cell Phone Text Messages is a Child Safety Issue

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A profile of a new kind of sexual predator is emerging: one who is technically savvy and targeting vulnerable children in the age range of 12 to 15 years old. Take for instance, the story of Katy. She is a 12 year old girl who encountered a middle-aged sexual predator. He didn’t find her in a dark alley or lure her with candies or puppies- she was physically safe in her own home. The sobering fact is that he made contact with her online in a chat room. Katy began chatting online, after … [Read more...]

Protecting our Children from Bullying: Gender Stereotypes Hurt Boys Too

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A preschool boy wants to wear a dress to school and likes to paint his fingernails. A first grade girl dresses like a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and practices martial arts. A toddler boy's favorite toy is a Barbie doll. Older children and adults may view these younger children as doing or wearing the "wrong" things. Girls are not supposed to dress in superhero costumes, they are supposed to wear pink and put bows in their hair. Boys are not supposed to play with dolls and paint their … [Read more...]

Digital Parenting, Part I: The Shift To A Virtual Reality

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When we were kids, we met our friends at movie theaters and shopping malls, swapped gossip over the phone or by passing notes, and sneaking out at night required significant strategic planning.  Lying to our parents felt akin to Grand Perjury, and by the time we were clever enough to avoid getting caught, we were smart enough to avoid the worst situations. Would you say our kids’ experience is the same? Not Even Close Kids and teens of the 21st century don’t need to plan elaborate social … [Read more...]

Customizing Parental Controls for Cell Phones To Match Your Family’s Needs

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Parental controls for cell phones will vary depending on your carrier, plan, and model, and they may or may not be what you need to protect your children. Parents have the right to know what their children are seeing via their cell phones, and so it’s important to learn every option for how to filter and limit what they see. Here we’ll discuss some of the top carriers along with their options for parental controls: AT&T  AT&T has a feature called “Smart Limits.” It allows you to set … [Read more...]

Parenting in the Social Age: Infographic

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Did you know that over 50% of parents felt that their children know more about the internet than they do? Maybe that statistic isn’t so surprising. After all, our kids have been raised in a world where everyone owns some sort of gadget, digital media can be accessed instantly, and the internet is used for everything from entertainment to education. As parents, however, that can put us in a tricky position. Just like we put restrictions on TV, chores, bedtimes, we want to be in control of what … [Read more...]