Parent Like A Tech Exec

Technology titans are issuing startling warnings about the dangers of social media and excess screen time for kids. Many parents are asking what they should do about screen time and their kids.  Our simple, shorthand answer: “Parent like a tech exec.”  You see, technology executives aren’t just raising the alarm about the dangers of screens and devices; they’re instituting new practices in their own families to guard against those dangers and equip their kids to thrive in this brave new tech world.

Lies You Have Been Told About Educational Technology

When it comes to educational technology, we are all being lied to. Educational policy-makers, teachers, students, and parents have been made to believe that modern technology is “transforming the way students learn,” and “revolutionizing education.” Schools issue tablets and laptops instead of textbooks. Students spend much of their school day and night tied to screens for schoolwork and homework. The ed-tech companies have successfully crafted, packaged and sold to schools many myths masquerading as facts. These are spun in such a way that we are made to feel bad for questioning them. However, once parents and decision makers see the truth, they will demand change. 

7 Reasons Your Smartphone Contract May Fail You and Your Kids

Building strong digital citizens does not begin with a smartphone contract. After trying this incredibly popular tool, many parents have discovered that the family smartphone contract is not worth the paper it is printed on, nor the high hopes and emotional energy invested in it. In fact, it can do more harm than you realize. Learn why and what you should do instead by reading our latest Wait Until 8th Blog.



Monitoring Your Child’s Device is a Good Thing. Here’s Why.

Once kids receive their first phones, it’s common for parents to be anxious and concerned for the things their children may get into online. From cyberbullying to online predators, countless ways exist for children to run into potentially dangerous situations. But how do you monitor what kids are actually saying online and expressing to their friends? And what’s more — how do you do it in a way that helps build trust with your child and encourage open, honest communication?

"I didn't mean it that way" IS NOT A LEGAL DEFENSE. How good kids get into big trouble with smartphones in their pockets.

The types of mistakes kids are making on their smartphones have become increasingly criminalized, and the consequences at school and under the law can be very serious. As our communities continue to be rocked by story after story of mass school shootings and kids committing suicide after being ruthlessly cyberbullied, the stakes are extremely high.  Those in authority simply can’t afford to take any chances.  Everything must be treated seriously, just in case.  Learn what you can do as a parent to protect your child from legal trouble and teach them how to use smartphones responsibly.

Porn is Not the Worst Thing on Musical.ly

My daughter is ten. She wants me to download the Musical.ly app on my phone so she can make funny lip-sync videos. Everyone has it, she whines, even the kid whose mom is an FBI agent/social worker/pediatrician/nun.

Wow. Well. In that case…

I download the app while she’s at school but it won’t let me explore without an account. I create a profile under Chardonaynay47, only to delete that and opt for something less momish — gummibear9.

One word sums up my experience: Nowayismykidgettingthisapp.