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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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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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How Teens Are Using Facebook May Surprise You

When I first joined Facebook, my teen’s friends appeared often on my newsfeed. Most of my friends had friended their own kids and sometimes their teen’s posts popped up on my newsfeed. The last few years, I have rarely seen updates from them. Not seeing them, I assumed that moved on to Instagram and Snapchat.…

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Ask KidsPrivacy: How to keep Kik videos private

One of the challenges for parents and teens is keeping up with all the new features added to apps. A year ago, a parent may have agreed to a simple photo sharing social network. Flash forward a year later and that same app now allows users to share videos and send direct messages. Kik messenger has…

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Does your favorite app make the grade?

Moms with Apps asked parents what they considered the most important quality when choosing an app for their child. The number one quality “extremely important” to parents was does the app protect their child’s personal information. Protecting personal information ranked above both educational and age appropriate. How can you tell if the app your child wants…

Friday Rewind: Tips for managing media, apps and privacy

This week, I found 3 excellent articles filled with tips for parents on how to talk with kids and teens about media, apps and privacy. Children, Teens, Media, and Body Image from Common Sense Media examines the role of media and technology in the development of kids’ and teens’ body image attitudes and behaviors. More than just discussing the…