Category Archives: Smartphones/Cell Phones

Answering top questions from today’s parents PART III

How do you engage with your child when their favorite apps or games bore you? (example: Minecraft) Suck it up. When you’re kids are gone out of the house you’ll wish you would have played some of those boring games with them. Love is full of sacrifices… Continue Reading

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Answering top questions from today’s parents PART II

Is there a way to receive your child’s text directly to your phone or laptop? Can kid’s screens/apps activity be displayed on a parent’s screen? There are apps that can do this, but personally I don’t recommend them. I recommend just… Continue Reading

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Answering top questions from today’s parents PART I

What age do you recommend allowing children on social media? You’d think this answer would be easy, because even the Federal Trade Commission has declared that kids have to be 13-years-old to be on SnapChat, Instagram and Facebook… Continue Reading

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Media Use by Kids Age Zero to Eight

42% of 0-8-year-olds have their own tablet (compared to 7% in 2013)… and 42% of parents admit that the TV is on “always” or “most of the time” in their home, whether anyone is watching or not. Continue Reading

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Police Detective Interviews Me About Teen’s Most Pressing Risks

It happens all the time. Boy asks girl to send a sexy pic. Girl sends pic. Girl and boy break up. Next thing you know, boy sends pic to the whole school with the caption, “What a whore!” Girl is devastated. Every high school has at least one story like this. Continue Reading

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New sexually explicit cartoon on Netflix

This YouTube trailer is very sexually explicit and contains foul language… and yeah… it’s available on your kid’s phone. Continue Reading

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Is Snapchat and Snapmaps safe?

Thousands upon thousands of kids have snapped something irresponsibly only to discover later that someone screenshotted it or that some tech nerd actually tapped into the device’s cache to access the pics. That’s probably why the FTC actually charged Snapchat for deceiving its users. Bottom line: the pics you Snap aren’t quite as temporary as kids presume. Continue Reading

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The words I’ve been waiting for…

“McKee’s best yet. This book will most definitely be the new ‘phone contract’ today’s parents use to engage their kids in meaningful conversation about their use of technology. Required reading for any teenager.” Continue Reading

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Stalking Your Daughter

I was able to pinpoint this spot on a map—a place she returned to multiple times. That’s why I urge teenagers to think twice before posting artsy pics of their favorite mug at the Starbucks near their house before walking to their car alone at night. Continue Reading

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Does Sexy Music Really Affect Me?

In 2015 researchers from the University of Central Florida tackled a project examining the relationship between sexual content in music lyrics and music videos, and the sexual behaviors of young people. They discovered: “Exposure to music containing sexual content is associated with engagement in risky sexual behaviors.” Continue Reading

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