Note: This article was originally published 2/20/2020 and updated on 6/11/2020.
Last fall Gabb Wireless launched a new phone designed especially for preteens. It generated a lot of attention from parents seeking the best phones for their kids. Tech sites called it the “world’s dumbest smartphone.” It was designed to help families communicate with kids while keeping them safe from all the dangers that a full smartphone makes available (like pornography, sexting, cyberbullying, gaming and social media addictions, etc.)… Read More Read more
The Christmas Tech Safety Countdown is On! In just a few weeks, the kids are going to toss their backpacks and school books aside for a well-earned break. This also means that they will be looking for things to do! Some of those things will inevitably involve tech. Before your kids get settled in for the holidays, take a few minutes to go over these twelve tech tips for parents to plan and enjoy a memorable time with your family.… Read More Read more Every couple of months, I see a new article being shared around my social networks about the possible dangers of voice assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa. But many of these articles contain a lot of speculation without a lot of experience, especially in the area of kids using voice assistants. Additionally, these devices are designed with a single adult user in mind and don’t often take into account the family dynamic.… Read More Read more We agonize over when to give our kids their first phone, but what kind of cell phone to give them is becoming just as big of a question. Retailers are swooping in with phones directed at this new “first phone” market, like Relay, Gabb Wireless, and ClearPhone. But will these phones really keep kids safe from the dangers of smartphones? Most of us recognize the danger (and expense) in handing a teen an iPhone with unfiltered access to social media and the internet. … Read More Read more
Great News! Schools are helping kids get off their phones! There’s a growing trend that’s making waves this year in classrooms around Canada and the United States: mobile phone bans in classrooms! San Mateo High School in California is using a novel approach to limit cellphones in their schools. To enforce their ban, students place their cellphone in a fabric pouch from Yondr that locks up the phone.… Read More Read more
A Tech-Check is Essential for Back-to-School Safety Have you finished your back-to-school preparations yet? While you are taking care of new backpacks, clothes, and haircuts, consider doing this: a tech-check to help your family start off the year with good digital habits and boundaries in place. Some tips for parents: Check out these online resources to help your children develop digital street smarts.… Read More Read more