Smartphones Are the New Security Blanket for Kids

This is a very interesting essay on how to view your kids relationship with their smartphone or other electronic devices. Adolescence makes many kids feel adrift. Their phones can help them feel connected to their friends and more importantly, to their stable identity. Let’s not shame them for these transitional objects. Link: Smartphones Are the…

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How (and why) to freeze your kid’s credit

Every year millions of children have their credit stolen before they are even old enough to experience the joy of worrying about it. Freezing your child’s credit is easy and protects them from the worst effects of identity theft.

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Protecting your home network

October, as I’m sure most of you know, is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Unquestionably the most important month of the year…. Wait, you didn’t know it was Cybersecurity Awareness Month? You didn’t even know there was a such a thing as Cybersecurity Awareness Month? You are wondering why we don’t have a clever acronym for Cybersecurity…

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Let’s talk about cyberbullying | Consumer Information

Last week, the FTC joined several other agencies and the First Lady for an important conversation about cyberbullying. Link: Let’s talk about cyberbullying | Consumer Information

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The Talk

Not THAT talk. That’s beyond my expertise and if anyone has good advice on THAT talk please let me know. This talk is the talk with your kids about online safety. As parents, we want to arm our kids with the knowledge and an appropriate caution to avoid the truly dangerous hazards of the internet, but we don’t want to scare them so much they have nightmares or never want to engage online at all.

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Screen time is also quality time

There are a lot of ways you can make screen time more productive. From encouraging educational games to turning screen time into family bonding time.

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Tinitell Is A Mobile Phone For Kids That They Wear On Their Wrists

Tinitell is a colorful, easy to use, Dick Tracy-styled 2G wristwatch phone with a micro SIM card aimed at kids 4 years and older. Link: Tinitell Is A Mobile Phone For Kids That They Wear On Their Wrists

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unGlue: End screen time battles. Start better habits.

Too much screen time. It’s a problem all parents face. Now there’s a solution that gives kids the power to learn healthier habits — within your boundaries. It’s not about parental control. It’s about teaching them to manage their own time. Link: unGlue: End screen time battles. Start better habits.

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Meet Circle: Parental Controls & Internet Filtering

Circle is the smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any device. Link: Meet Circle: Parental Controls & Internet Filtering

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Back to School

The start of a new school year. A time of promise and excitement and shock at the cost of new shoes. Going back to school or going to school for the first time can be exciting and sometimes a little scary for kids and parents. In addition to the joys of peer pressure and unreasonable…

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