March 18th, 2019

Lexie Kite, PhD, explains in detail the pitfalls of letting girls on Instagram. While this article on BeautyRedefined.org focuses on middle school and high school aged girls, it also demonstrates how it can be bad for boys as well. The inherent message in Instagram is that your value resides in your appearance. For developing brains who are creating their identities, this… Continue reading >

March 20th, 2019

This One Zero article on Medium explores a new math game, Prodigy, that bills itself as both an education and fun. The creators see themselves as competing with Fortnite, and teachers and parents like that it teaches the children math. Gamifying education isn’t a new idea, think Oregon Trail or Carmen Sandiego, but having hidden purchases available is. Jeff Wise explores this idea in his article, “ 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 >

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 >
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