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.

The Crisis in Your Home: How Smartphones are Harming Children

If you’re worried about getting your child a phone or if you are regretting the fact that you have already have—you are not alone.  In fact, I’m worried about it too.  And the more I read about smartphones and kids, the more concerned I get.  This is an important topic that I wanted to address before my 10-year-old daughter’s peers got phones.  It turns out I may have waited too long.  The average age for a first smart phone is now 10 years old.  My daughter has affirmed this finding telling me point blank, “Mom, most of the kids in my class already have phones.” 

Can You Raise A Teen Without A Smartphone?

Learn how one family recently raised a teen without a smartphone. You will learn why they chose to delay this technology for their daughter and the many benefits to waiting.  The Mom answers some tough questions too including:

  • Did I worry that she wouldn’t understand our decision or be mad at us?  
  • Does she feel that she has been left out?
  • Was I concerned she was not going to be prepared for the digital world?
  • Does she regret not having a smartphone or social media?
  • Did she “binge” and “go crazy” when she finally got her smartphone?
  • Will she be behind when it comes to technology use for a future job?
  • Do we regret our decision to delay my daughter’s smartphone?