How to Monitor an iPhone Without Jailbreaking It

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Jailbreaking—the process of removing restrictions on electronic devices that stop you from doing certain things—is a requirement for most monitoring software that can be installed on an iPhone. Unfortunately, it also has a number of downsides, including more frequent crashing, difficulty upgrading, and (ironically) compromised security. When it comes to monitoring your teens phone, you want to have peace of mind that your child’s device is functioning properly for your teen, but giving YOU … [Read more...]

TeenSafe in the News: When to Give Your Child a Smartphone with ConsumerAffairs

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Giving a smartphone to a child has become a major milestone of their life. Just like when we give them a driver’s license, a smartphone is a tool that allows them to journey into the world on their own terms. But before a teen can get a driver’s license, they have to study, take driving lessons, even spend time with a restricted learner’s permit. So what sort of restrictions do we put on children’s access to smartphones? That’s the topic of a ConsumerAffairs article written by Mark Huffman, … [Read more...]

Why Parents Can Monitor Social Media with a Cell Phone Tracker Free of Guilt

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Over the last month we’ve discussed teens and social media in depth, from how social media has changed the way teens communicate—in good and bad ways—to how social media can affect their future. We’ve look at platforms that teens are using, some of which parents know about, some of which parents don’t. Teens are constantly seeking ways to hide their activity from parents, yet at the same time, they often share way too much personal information with their peers. Many teens don’t understand the … [Read more...]

Understanding the Psychology of the Bully, with Dr. Mary C. Lamia

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Today we’re happy to present a follow-up to Narcissism and Shame on Social Media, An Interview with Mary. C Lamia, Ph.D., with an article written together with Dr. Lamia herself! Dr. Lamia is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who has spent 35 years teaching adults, adolescents, and preteens about dealing with behavior and emotion. Her young adult book Emotions! Making Sense of Your Feelings was the recipient of the 2013 Family Choice Award. In this article, she helps us make sense … [Read more...]

Social Media, Part IV: When Social Media Meets the Real World

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We’ve discussed the risks that social media poses to teens—cyberbullying, sexting, depression, the fear of missing out. Today, we’re going to look at what happens when social media meets the real world and things spill between them. When Social Media Turns Bad Teens often turn to social media as a way of getting away from the problems in their life, but the reverse happens as well—problems online have a way of escalating into physical confrontations in the “real” world. These fights escalate … [Read more...]