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Tips for Protecting Personal Information Online

When I started writing, KidsPrivacy focused on how to protect children’s personal information online. As technology has expanded so too has KidsPrivacy. Recently, I returned to my roots for the Digital Parent Podcast. On the Digital Parent Podcast, Sedgrid Lewis and I chatted about protecting kids’ personal information online. I have followed Sedgrid for a while and was…

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5 Steps for Creating a Healthy Media Diet

A couple of years ago, I attended a luncheon where a counselor from ReStart spoke about internet addiction. ReStart is a clinic here in Washington that specializes in treating internet addiction, video game addiction and phone over use. For a while now, I had this half-written post on internet addiction kicking around in my folder.…

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Snapchat is more than a disappearing photo app

The results from a recent survey will not surprise parents with teenagers. According to the Piper Jaffray study “Taking Stock with Teens”, Snapchat is the number one social network for teens. For the first time, Snapchat surpasses Instagram with Snapchat receiving 28% of votes and Instagram a close second with 27%. When Snapchat first launched,…

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Highlights launches Hidden Pictures App for Digital Kids

Highlights, the first magazine for kids, is 70 years old! Back in the day, we used to thumb through issues of Highlights while waiting in the doctor’s office. I remember we were always excited to find one where someone else had not already circled the hidden pictures. Waiting in a doctor’s office today, children are not sitting…

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What Parents need to know about Vault Apps

Vault apps or locker apps appeared on my radar during the Canon City High School sexting scandal. At this high school, school officials discovered teens were sharing and trading inappropriate pictures of themselves. They were able to keep these pictures hidden away on their phones by using vault apps. Since then, I keep hearing about…

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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 Guess My Password Game 2015 Edition

For the last five years, Splashdata has released a list of the most frequently used passwords. I stumbled upon this list a few years ago and quizzed my eldest child on her password. I guessed it in four tries. Yes, she had the #4 password on the list. Every year, I quiz them on their passwords. Over…

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More College Admissions Using Social Media

When I was in high school, most of us applied to only a few colleges. We were selective because the application process was daunting. Every college had their own unique application plus recommendations, essays and application fee. When it was done, we had a trip to the post office to mail it all off. With the common application,…