Sunday March 9, 2014
Being a parent in a world filled with social media is not easy. What makes it even more difficult is that parents of today's teens are pioneers and the social media landscape is changing so rapidly. However, there is something that you can do to keep your teens safe. Learn social media privacy settings to protect your teens.
Once your kids are 13 or older, they are legally allowed on all social networks. If you ban your teens from using social media they will probably use it behind your back and then you can't help them. The best thing for you to do is know what social networks they are on, learn all about them, use them yourself, and most important, learn everything you can about their privacy settings and security. In How To Keep Your Teens Safe On Social Media, I have already summarized or linked to the privacy policies of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat. Show your teens these privacy settings and implore them to use them for their safety. Good luck and please feel free to ask any questions in the comments.
Thursday March 6, 2014
I obviously don't mean all children need cellphones. I am talking about the children who leave the home on a regular basis without their parents to go to school or something similar. Children ages 5 or 6 through 11 or 12, should have a simple cellphone that allows them to contact their parents. By age 13 they are ready for a smartphone.
There are three reasons that adults often use to argue children shouldn't have cellphones at this age:
- We all grew up without cellphones and we didn't have a problem. - Yes, but you had access to payphones when you were children. Payphones are now virtually extinct. And many children are reluctant or too shy to ask to go to the school office or to use a friend's phone if something is wrong.
- Cellphones are dangerous for children - The phones I am talking about simple phones without Internet. They are making your child safer because they can contact you if they get into a dangerous situation. And if you are worried about radiation, because there is very little to do on these phones, your kids won't be using them when them very much.
- Cellphones are expensive - Actually Smartphones are expensive, many of these simple cellphones are relatively inexpensive and don't require contracts. You can often pay as you go.
If you are considering getting your child a cellphone, take a look at these 4 Simple Cellphones for Children. These are some of the most popular cellphones for children on the market right now and they all have different features so you are sure to find something just right for your family.
Monday March 3, 2014
Kids love using mobile devices. While many parents worry about the time their kids spend texting, smartphones and tablets can also be used for fun, creative and educational activities. The best learning apps are those which your kids don't even think of as educational.
During a search for apps that kids, parents and teachers love and that kids learn from, whether academically or creatively, I put together a list of 10 Best Kids Apps for Learning. The age range for these apps starts at two-years-old and goes up through teenagers. And these are all apps that your kids will love to play with and will learn with at the same time. Smartphones and tablets can be put to very good use with quality learning apps for kids.
Friday August 31, 2012
Lots of media attention has been given to the idea of Facebook opening their systems to kids under 13, even though we all know that many kids lie about their age to go ahead and participate anyway. Three moms got together, and decided they did not want their kids to have to lie about their age to have a fun, interactive, online social experience with their friends.
Hilary DeCesare and her team created Everloop, the social media site for kids under 13. It has seen explosive growth recently, and gives kids the chance to engage with other kids that share their interests. While it does have many similar features compared to other social networks, there are some unique things as well. Namely, the focus on safety, parent involvement, and the age-specific design for kids under 13. The folks at Everloop are gaining international attention, and they deserve it, they've got a cool online experience going here that kids will love.