July 24th, 2019

It may seem ridiculous to you, but Instagram Influencer is a real job. And it can be wildly lucrative: a million bucks per post. Influencers play an increasingly important role in the business and commercial worlds, which means it’s increasingly important for parents to understand what they are. These are the people who will be in front of your kids on social media in the future, selling…... 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 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 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 >

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 >

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

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 >

June 11th, 2018

Baratunde Thurston guides you through the maze of data which Facebook and Google collect about you. He shows you what he did to protect himself and his family. Following his steps, you can improve your privacy and limit who takes your data. While this article is… ... Continue reading >