Smartphone Gift Guide: Which are Safest for Teens? Compare Android, iPhone, Gabb, ClearPhone & Pinwheel

Thinking about being a holiday hero by getting your teen or tween a smartphone? Most teens want one, but a smartphone can be a big risk–opening them up to pornography, sexting, cyberbullying, and online predators.  Before buying that Black Friday deal, consider if your child is ready and how the main competitors stack up on safety. 

Reality Check: Does Your Child Need a Phone?

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Parent Alert! Schools Offer Erotic Lit to 5 Year Olds through Library Apps! 5 Ways to Protect Your Kids

Nearly every school-issued device comes with a library app, which seems like a safe and reasonable choice for educational devices. But one parent alerted us that her kids had EASY access to erotic lit on iPads and Chromebooks issued to kids ages 5-11! We checked it out ourselves and found it on every device we checked.

Erotic lit on school-issued devices

One of our parent readers made this discovery and tipped us off to the problem.… Read More Read more

Instagram Safety Upgrade! Discover New Tool to Protect Youth

Instagram is making an effort to create a safer space for its users–especially for youth! Earlier this summer we warned you about how Instagram is a popular tool for child predators and sex traffickers. We’ve also shared with you the dark side of Instagram–Instaporn. Our friends at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation have been working hard on these issues through their #wakeupinstagram campaign. … Read More Read more

Popular MMO Games: Should You Let Your Kids Play? 4 Guidelines to Increase Their Safety

Massively Multiplayer Online games (or MMOs) are video games that get their excitement from online interaction between players (like Fortnite and World of Warcraft). If your teen wants to play an MMO, you might worry that they’ll become a video game zombie. Or worse, be exposed to pornography and predators in the free-for-all of online interaction. Is there a way for you to protect your child while still allowing them to play the way many teens play today?… Read More Read more

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