January 5th, 2019

Picture this: your darling child is spending hours staring at their phone day after day, snapping pictures with their tongue out, or their friends. Sure, this is fascinating videography, but why on earth are your children spending their allotted screen time in this crazy way? If you ask them, you may receive a quickly growled “I’m keeping up my Snapchat streaks, geesh” — usually accompanied by an eye roll. What is this social media phenomenon that’s…... Continue reading >

January 4th, 2019

Kids today love their electronics, but how can you tell when a fun toy becomes a problem for your child? Video game addiction is real, and it is causing serious mental and physical health hazards for today’s children. Compulsively playing video games requires a detox regimen similar to that of other addicts, starting with admitting that there is a problem. Here are the signs to look for if you’re concerned that your… ... Continue reading >

October 6th, 2018

As parents, we take the time to teach our children the lifetime skill of brushing their teeth. Often there are tears, even tantrums, but we persevere because we know that good dental hygiene is really important. Excellent dental habits lead to healthy teeth, can help you save money, and will even allow you to smile more. Believe it or not, teaching your child about the importance of diligent online privacy habits is equally important, because being careless… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

They say that a vampire can’t come into your home until you let him in. It is the same with the vampires behind the free WiFi who you allow into your devices. To many people those two words are music to their ears, but they often aren’t aware of what is really at stake. What does “free” mean exactly, especially in this context? What are the privacy implications that come with it? The truth is, the… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

Is there a vulnerability hidden in your smartphone or laptop mics and cameras? Is someone truly listening through your active listening devices such as your Alexa or Google Home? Are you being watched? Parents, are your kids being watched? The reality is that nothing—including hardware—is truly safe from hackers. There are ways to protect your smartphones, computer webcams and even your baby… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

We “search” to learn. But what are “searches” learning about us? Most of us generally understand the search process: We type something, and the search engine tries to match it to an advertiser with a related product or service. The more they advertise and the more people search, the more frequently we’ll run across their ads or listings. But the act of searching raises questions: Who gets to see what we’re searching for? What… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

You’re waiting on an oil change at the car dealer, and it’s easy and “free” to connect your tablet to the public WiFi so your child can play an online game. Once you click “Accept & Agree,” you’ve gained access to the free WiFi and digitally told the business that you agree to their terms for using this service. Unfortunately, there are hidden costs of using that free public WiFi. The term “free” is something… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

Whether you call it information harvesting or data mining, the outcome is the same. Companies and big corporations gather data you provide and use it to identify trends, to improve targeted marketing methods, and to discover relationships between people and the products and services they use. Maybe you don’t mind giving out this information knowingly, but when it’s being amassed without your knowledge, and your children are contributing, the stakes go up. There’s a lot… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

The Cloud is everywhere. Unless you’re in a technology field, you may not have a strong understanding of what this means in real terms, or how it can negatively impact your family’s right to privacy. Europe added a new layer of protection for citizens in May 2018 with their new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requirements, but lawmakers in the U.S. have yet to adopt similar requirements. For parents, this means that your family’s personal information may not… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

It is difficult to turn on the television or browse news online today without being assaulted by another privacy breach by a major company. In coverage of the latest hack or security lapse, you may have heard the term “third-party hosting” and wondered exactly what it means and how it relates to your online privacy. This is an important concept for families to understand, as third-party hosting is considered the weakest link… ... Continue reading >