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What Parents need to know about Messenger

While teens are not interested in Facebook, Facebook is still interested in them. Facebook is doing its best to draw them back in. Recently, Facebook launched a new app only for teens. I have doubts about the success of Lifestage (and this may be a subject for a future post). Where Facebook has been successful is splintering…

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10 Back to School Tech Tips for Families

KidsPrivacy is back from summer break and scrambling to get ready for school. Like many families, the easy days of summer led to a softening of rules especially around tech. Without the pressure of homework and bedtime, phone chargers crept upstairs and screen time became all the time. For us, September is the month of…

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Google follows Apple and launches its own Family Sharing

Most parents do not allow their children to run out the door without telling them where they are going. In the same way, children should not be running around online without parents knowing where they are. Not every app or website is suitable for kids. By using filters and parental controls, parents can allow their…

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Tips for Talking about Sexting with your Teen

Smartphones enable teens to connect and engage with their friends and the world. These devices can also capitalize on the impulsivity of teenagers. Add in hormones and boyfriend/girlfrend, teens may be tempted to take or share a sext. I wrote about sexting with Amy Lang, from Bird+Bees+Kids, almost 4 years ago. We collaborated on a script…

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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,…