Category: Technology

Interview with online safety expert Denise Lisi DeRosa

Interview with online safety expert Denise Lisi DeRosa
I loved getting to chat recently with Denise Lisi DeRosa because not only is she an expert in children’s online safety and digital citizenship, she’s a mom. As a parent of a tween and teen, she gets it. DeRosa has spent years helping parents, and I wanted to pass along the great advice she shared... Read more »

New study highlights important talks about tech you should have with your kids

New study highlights important talks about tech you should have with your kids
Parenting teens and tweens in the digital age is something that we are all figuring out together, and most parents are very well aware that there are many important talks about tech you should have with your kids. Keeping Up with Generation App: NCSA Parent/Teen Online Safety Survey, a new study co-sponsored by Microsoft and... Read more »

What parents need to know about Musical.ly, the popular app

Here's how Musical.ly describes itself.
Musical.ly is a hugely popular app among tweens and teens. It can be a lot of fun and a chance to be creative and have fun, which is great, but as with all apps, there are some things to be aware of prior to using it. Here’s what parents need to know about Musical.ly. Like... Read more »
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What parents need to know about Pokémon Go

What parents need to know about Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go is an app and game from Nintendo and The Pokémon Company that seems to have taken over the U.S. in record time. Pokémon Go is everywhere, and here’s what parents need to know about Pokémon Go. First, it is hugely popular. It was released last week, on July 6th, and caught on like wildfire. It’s poised... Read more »

Tips for teaching kids about managing passwords to all their accounts

Tips for teaching kids about managing passwords to all their accounts
The first Thursday in May is National Password Day. I admit, this event is not marked on my calendar, but I think it’s a good idea in several respects, especially as a parent. National Password Day exists primarily to remind people to create strong passwords that actually protect their info and to change passwords regularly... Read more »

Interview with Delaney Ruston, director of the documentary Screenagers

Interview with Delaney Ruston, director of the documentary Screenagers
When her 12-year-old daughter asked for a smart phone, physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston realized that she was face to face with one of the biggest issues facing parents today: how to help our kids find a healthy balance with technology as they navigate the online world, particularly in light of what research tells us... Read more »
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More alarming information about Kik that parents need to know

More alarming information about Kik that parents need to know
More than two years ago, I wrote a post imploring parents to be aware of the app Kik, which is very popular with teens and tweens, and the potential problems associated with it. Kik is an anonymous app, so it hides not only your child’s identity but also the identity of the people with whom... Read more »

A letter to my 13-year-old daughter about being safe and kind online

A letter to my 13-year-old daughter about being safe and kind online
Dear Daughter, Today is Safer Internet Day, which is intended “to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world,” according to saferinternetday.org. It feels like a good occasion to revisit some of my thoughts about the Internet in general and expectations of... Read more »

After School App: What parents need to know

After School App: What parents need to know
After School App is a popular free app, with 75% of high schools having pages and millions of teens using it, all anonymously. And there are some issues with it. How it works: High schools have message boards and posts can be made only by students at that school. The app verifies that the user... Read more »
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3 good TEDx talks about kids and technology

There is so very much to think about when it comes to our kids and technology, and three people who have made the topic the subject of their career have tackled different aspects of that conversation in their TEDx talks. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a... Read more »