September 6th, 2018

By 2019, the global ad spend on children is projected to top $4 billion. That’s a lot of money, and it can come with consequences for your children. Advertising may be everywhere, but is it really so bad for our children? The short answer is: yes. Marketers know that, by reaching children early, they can create lifelong customers. Children are naturally open-minded and primed to form a positive opinion about things that entertain them. As they… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

We tell our kids to look both ways before crossing the street and to never take candy from strangers, but then we put a device in their hand and allow them to roam virtually unfettered all over the internet — for hours on end. For exhausted, stressed out parents digital devices can be an effective way to distract children, giving mom and dad a much-needed break. But how healthy is this? Recent studies emerging from… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

As a parent, you try to keep your home as childproof and safe as possible. It starts with baby-proofing the electrical outlets, installing nightlights in the hallway, and learning the hard way that apps need two-step authentication unless you want to be the proud owner of $500 worth of bonus tokens for your child’s favorite iPad game. But what happens when your Internet-connected devices are suddenly bringing dangers right into your living room? As you… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

When you go online through your home computer or mobile device, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) creates a 10-digit unique “name” for your computer. This “name” is based on info like what country you’re in, whether your ISP is private or belongs to a government organization, your type of network and other technical details. If you use a different computer or device at work, or utilize…... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

Parents’ No. 1 goal is to keep their kids safe. Relatively simple to do when it comes to sharp objects and matches; trickier when we’re talking about digital dangers and risks. As your kids rely on smartphones and PCs for more and more of their education and entertainment, they make themselves vulnerable to countless online threats. A VPN can help you keep them safe while they browse. First, what is it? A virtual private network, or… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

We’re generally familiar with HTTP, an abbreviation for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, which is the typical way data is transferred over the Internet between site owners and site visitors. It describes the (hopefully) quick process of how visitors will see a whole bunch of specific images, text, links and other formatting as one, organized page. If someone were to figure out a way to intercept this flow of data, they’d get everything, which is… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

Kids love YouTube. So do parents. It’s a parenting Swiss army knife; an endless, commercial-free way to occupy the kids so that Mom and Dad can get things done. But it’s only a matter of time before your little one wants a YouTube account of their own. And as much fun as it is to make videos, YouTube is also a harsh introduction to the less benign side of the Internet: mean commenters;  the compromising quest for… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

Parents have always modeled behavior for their children, passing on values and responsible behaviors. Today’s parents, however, also have to teach their children how to behave online — in a technological world that’s rapidly changing. At Privacy Parent, we’ve rounded up the basics on how to teach your child to be a responsible digital citizen — whether through email, messaging, social media, or other technology.  Call out bad behavior online and demonstrate… ... Continue reading >

September 6th, 2018

Have you ever checked the cookies on your computer or looked at the history on your web browser? This information is part of your “digital footprint,” and it is a data-fueled overview of how your family interacts across various digital platforms. This includes web-browsing, online-purchasing, details of how long your teen spends on gaming, chats or instant messages from work. Do you truly understand how this digital footprint is gathered — and how you can limit it?  ... Continue reading >