April 18th, 2019

Children are spending a lot of time in front of a digital screen these days. On average: seven hours a day among kids age 8 to 18. Screen time recommendations vary among health advocates, but no one suggests staring at a screen for nearly a full workday is good for anyone, let alone nine-year-olds. What do we know about the effects of gazing at the glow? How can we mitigate the risks? ... Continue reading >

April 9th, 2019

And that’s not a good thing. If your children own or are allowed to use a smartphone, chances are good that they have installed the Snapchat app to communicate with their friends. Indeed, Snapchat is among the top five social media apps used by children, according to a report from ABC. Often, it’s merely a fun diversion. But sometimes, there are risks. ... Continue reading >

March 26th, 2019

When the Internet was newer, people used to joke about the most serious users being able to browse so long that some day they would actually reach the end. It wasn’t actually possible then, and it’s way less possible now. There are more pages, and the scrolling is endless. By design. The term is Infinite Scroll, which describes a page-design technique and a Javascript tool that allows a site to keep feeding and…... Continue reading >

March 24th, 2019

Modern gaming revolves around online connectivity. Without it, playing games like Animal Jam and Fortnite is impossible. Although these games claim to be “free” to play online, there’s always a price to pay for this level of access. And in the case of onilne gaming, that price is a wealth of personal information that’s made available to gaming companies. Downloading a mobile game typically prompts a series of requests for “permissions.” These have become…... Continue reading >

March 26th, 2019

Bullying is no longer a face-to-face occurrence. In 2017, more than 14.9 percent of high school students experienced some form of cyberbullying. And that number will only increase. With smartphones and computers accessible at all times, it’s easy for children to fall victim to bullying both at school and at home. And what’s worse is parents and teachers often don’t know it’s happening. Protecting your children is always a top…... Continue reading >

March 25th, 2019

More than 60% of people are susceptible to believing fake research or news that’s based on opinions and fabrication. The internet is full of that kind of “information.” We all need to be careful. If your kids are doing research online, they’ve got at their fingertips a powerful tool that gives them access to valuable information and resources that were once hard to find or out of reach entirely. But with the good…... Continue reading >

March 22nd, 2019

The Internet is a miraculous. Without it, the world would be exceedingly bleak. But as with any tool, it can be abused by those looking to harm others. This is particularly important when considering children who have access to the Internet. Online predators are a very real danger in 2019, and you need to know how to protect your kids from them. Following are steps you can take to do…... Continue reading >

February 16th, 2019

In the past decade children have been given access to the Internet at increasingly early ages. Whether it is on a tablet device in school or a home computer, the digital age has helped to open the doors to new learning opportunities. However, just as previous generations learned how to use the Dewey Decimal System, so too will today’s youth need to learn proper research methods online. Mounting homework assignments and never…... Continue reading >

January 22nd, 2019

Fortnite is barely a year old, but it’s already an institution among gamers. In fact, people who don’t even play the game still find themselves doing Fortnite dances with their friends or watching YouTube videos of people playing Fortnite. But there’s more to Fortnite than meets the eye, and it’s something parents need to be concerned about. Fortnite is free to download. It is wildly popular game and it has a huge presence on…... Continue reading >

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 >