In PART I and PART II of this series we already tackled some of the big questions today’s parents are asking…
How do I regulate screen time with a high functioning autistic kid?
When your kids push you away and go silent, how do you reconnect?
Is there a way to receive your kids’ texts directly on your device?
These are just a few of the countless questions I just received from parents… and for three days I’ve been answering them in this blog. Each day I’m narrowing it down to the top 10.
Here are the final 10 answers to the last 10 questions… Continue reading “Answering top questions from today’s parents PART III” »
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Yesterday we already tackled some of the big ones…
What age do you recommend allowing children on social media?
Is there a way to filter the stories on SnapChat?
How do you prevent sexting?
These are just a few of the countless questions I just received from parents… and for three days I’m going to answer all of them in this blog. Each day I’m going to narrow it down to the top 10. (See yesterday’s 10 answers HERE.)
Here are today’s 10 answers to 10 questions… Continue reading “Answering top questions from today’s parents PART II” »
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The questions began rolling in…
What age do you recommend giving our kids phones?
What is the easiest way to monitor a child’s online safety?
What are the dangers of the app Musical.ly?
These are just a few of the countless questions I just received from parents… and in the next three days I’m going to answer all of them in this blog. Each day I’m going to narrow it down to the top 10 Continue reading “Answering top questions from today’s parents PART I” »
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If you’ve picked up a newspaper in the last few months, you’ve probably noticed article upon article about the rise of teen anxiety, depression and suicide. It was just last year that suicide moved up to the second-leading cause of death among US teens.
The question everyone is wondering is why?
Experts are speculating, and most of their theories have one “device” in common: the smartphone.
I can’t say I disagree. In fact, I see 3 ingredients catalyzing this unprecedented increase in teen anxiety and depression Continue reading “3 Reasons Why Today’s Teens are Depressed More Than Ever Before” »
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Common Sense Media just released a brand new report about the evolution of media use by kids age eight and under.
Yes… eight and under!
If you found it difficult to believe that the average age today’s kids receive their first smartphone is 10 (yes… that’s just the average), then you’ll find it even more intriguing how much and what kinds of technology kids are using in the years prior.
I think parents are slowly realizing that kids are being inundated with entertainment media and technology at younger ages. In my parent workshops, churches no longer just market to Continue reading “Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight” »
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It’s the number one app kids use, and it’s the number one app parents ask me about at my parent workshops. I hear it all the time:
Is Snapchat bad?
Should I let my daughter use Snapchat?
Or more recently…
Is SnapMaps dangerous? Should I advise my daughter to go “Ghostmode”?
It’s something I’ve written articles about in detail, and something I always devote time to when I’m addressing students directly about wise posting in an insecure world. So what do Mom and Dad need to know about this app, especially with its fun new feature called “SnapMaps” where your Snap friends can see your exact locations on a map at all times? Continue reading “Is Snapchat and Snapmaps safe?” »
Yesterday I told my friend Brian, “I hope you don’t mind, I stalked your daughter last week on her Instagram account to see if she was posting anything dangerous.”
Sound creepy? I guess it is. Good thing it was just me.
Brian knows I research this stuff all the time, and my new book helping teenagers “think before you post” is coming out next week (kinda cool, the publisher just told me the books are in and have already shipped to my website and Amazon). So last week his daughter was my guinea pig.
The good news: so far she was being really wise with her Continue reading “Stalking Your Daughter” »
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I guess it’s a good time to ask this question when the No. 1 song on the charts articulates, “I want to show my mouth your favorite places, let me trespass your danger zones until I make you scream.”
Whenever I speak to parents I tend to provide them with a glimpse into the world of youth culture: the apps young people frequent (on their smartphones at an average of 2 hours and 38 minutes a day), the games they’re playing (teen boys play an average of 56 minutes per day), and the music they’re soaking in (at an average of 1 hour and 54 minutes per day) (Media Use by Tweens and Teens, page 19 and 31). Sometime I even play YouTube videos or paste lyrics of the top dozen songs right on the screen for parents to see firsthand. The reaction is always the same:
“I didn’t know it was this bad!”
Well, I’ve been doing this two decades now… and I’ve never seen the top 12 songs this bad Continue reading “Does Sexy Music Really Affect Me?” »
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If your kids aren’t already back to school, they’re headed there. Sure that means new classes, homework, and all that goes along with the academic aspects of school… but that also means navigating new and old friendships, trying to fit in, and wondering if everyone likes you, not just at school, but also on every app with a like button.
This is where you come in. The typical response from caring adults like parents, grandparents, coaches and youth pastors is to ask about school Continue reading “Back to School Conversations” »
How can we get teens AND parents to engage in conversation about the devices that are dominating most of their waking hours? (yeah… even parents)
I’ve been teaching parent workshops for about 15 years now, and speaking to teens about 20. But I’ve never done a workshop with them in the same room… until now! This is a subject that needs to be addressed to families, together… in the same room.
This fall when my new book (The Teens Guide to Social Media and Mobile Devices) hits the shelves I’ll be launching my “WISE POSTING IN AN INSECURE WORLD” family workshop. In this two hour workshop I’ll address Mom’s, Dads and kids about something we all struggle with– wisely navigating the digital world. Much like the book, I’ll be asking Continue reading “Talking with teens AND parents about social media” »