Is YouTube (Finally) Protecting Children?

We love sharing good news! Here’s some good news about the new YouTube changes! After a $170 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), YouTube is finally making some changes in an effort to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). What’s new: YouTube content creators will now have to categorize whether or not their content is made for kids. They can choose the category for their entire channel or for individual videos.… Read More Read more

“Can I Play This?” Video Game Decisions Made Easy in 4 Quick Steps

Chances are that the kid in your life asks about a new video game on a regular basis. Kids hear about games and apps from their friends or advertisements and come home begging for them. There are plenty of clever, high-quality video games out there, but there are also a lot that are a waste of money, inappropriate, dangerous, or addictive. Even as a video gamer myself, I have a hard time keeping up with the games that my kids want.… Read More Read more

Schools Turn Cell Phones Off to Turn Learning On

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

Growing Up With Smartphones: Millennials Warn Parents

Young adults today straddle the line between Millennials and the upcoming Gen Z, myself included. We dimly remember the screech of dial-up, and spent adolescence transitioning from chunky flip phones to sleek smartphones. As the first generation to grow up with cell phones, we have a unique perspective on the technology boom and pornography exposure.  I chatted with five college students at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.… Read More Read more

Parent Alert! A Timely Tech-Check for Your Kid’s Back-to-School Safety

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

5 Easy Tricks to Manage Screen Time and Get a Happier Family, Too

A lot of parents worry about the amount of time their child spends using screens. In fact, a recent survey of 3,000 Americans reported that the number one concern of parents of teens is overuse of technology. Wendy Christensen, a mom of six kids, told the Deseret News: “You hear all the time … limit the screen time, limit the screen time … I always smile and nod, and we try, but now that they’re older, I so wish I had been a lot stricter with it when they were little because the older they get the more they want it.”… Read More Read more

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