October 30th, 2019

There’s almost always a semi-secret way to sneak into a website’s off-limits areas, and very often, your kids know about it before you do. This goes for age-restricted content on YouTube, too. Elsewhere on this site, we’ve covered the use of VPNs to breach firewalls and masking apps that disguise the programs a smartphone is running. Here’s another deceptive—and surprisingly simple—trick parents ought to know about: adding the letters NSFW to…... Continue reading >

September 25th, 2019

YouTube doesn’t have a popularity problem—just about everyone everywhere uses it. But it has had problems controlling what videos find their way to the site and who sees them. Your kids have the same access to the videos on YouTube you have. Whether those videos are appropriate for children is immaterial, and that is a problem. YouTube Kids is the company’s solution. Elsagate YouTube has literally millions of videos coming…... Continue reading >

July 27th, 2019

Your kids know what TikTok is, and so do roughly 500 million monthly users. You should, too. TikTok is a social media app used to make and easily share short videos. It’s like Vine, if you recall that early-days video app, but much more popular. It’s fun, engaging, and easy to use, and therein lies the problem: millions of quick, zany videos at your fingertips, waiting to eat up hours of your day and…... 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 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 online 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 >

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 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 >

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 >