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What Parents Need to Know about Wishbone

Recently, I had a friend ask me about a new app she discovered on her child’s phone. When it comes to apps, her kid is always two steps ahead of everyone else at middle school. Her new app is Wishbone. Wishbone launched in May 2015 and is gaining in popularity, especially with girls. If you have a child, who…

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The State of Parenting in the Digital World

I remember as a new mom if I had a question, I had many places to go to for advice. I could call my mom, ask friends or consult a billion books. Granted, everyone’s advice was usually a bit different but it tended to coalesce around a guiding principle. When parenting in the digital world, there…

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How to Talk with your Teen about Medicine Abuse

On KidsPrivacy, I have the luxury of focusing exclusively on digital parenting. At home, it is a different story. I have spent many late nights researching tools to help teens deal with stress, how to parallel park, taking the SAT vs ACT, the list goes on and on. Thankfully, I can always find fantastic resources to help me deal with…

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How Familoop supports Digital Parenting

(To evaluate this product I was given a Live Demo and will receive a free subscription when released. Familoop Safeguard was not involved in the writing of this piece and all opinions are my own. In the future, I will be working with Familoop as their Digital Parenting Expert. To learn more about Familoop and digital parenting,…

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Free Book for Internet Safety Month

June is Internet Safety Month. To celebrate, I am offering my ebook, Talking Digital: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Kids How to Share Smart and Stay Safe Online, free until June 23. I will be releasing an updated version in Fall 2015. If there is a topic or question you would like included in the next…

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What Parents need to know about YouNow

YouNow is part of the new live streaming trend. The best way to describe YouNow is Live TV with audience participation. Instead of passively watching a video, teens can watch their favorite performer or classmate broadcast live and message them questions or comments. The person responds to them immediately during the live broadcast. YouNow has over 100 million sessions a month. Scrolling through these…

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Celebrate Internet Safety Month with a Good Book

It is June and June is my January. This is when I look back over the past year and make plans for the next. I always kick off summer with a list of new projects. On my list this year, along with organizing photos, is revisiting our family phone contract. With my youngest starting middle school, we will be looking…

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20 Great Websites for Parents

Spring-cleaning always energizes me to look at everything with a fresh perspective. This past week, I did a little spring-cleaning on KidsPrivacy. I played with different themes, toyed with moving around widgets and contemplated adding new features. The result is a long list of things to delete, things to add and things to move. My first change launches today.…