Snapchat – a parent’s guide

Snapchat is a picture sharing app that is hugely popular with young people. As of May 2017, the app was attracting 166m users a day. It is often referred to as ‘the sexting app’ – even though there’s no research showing that to be true, and plenty of anecdotal evidence suggesting that isn’t the reason most […]

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July 11th, 2017

Pokemon Go – Gaming gone mobile.

What is Pokemon Go? Pokemon Go is an app enabling users to create a character (any name) and partake in a mobile version of the Pokemon game made popular through Nintendo. Once created the app uses Geo Location enabled through the phone to identify the users location. A map is then provided which shows nearby […]

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July 29th, 2016

When should parents intervene in a cyberbullying situation?

Many kids don’t tell their parents that they’re being cyberbullied. Kids might feel embarrassed or ashamed to let you know they’ve been targeted. They also might be afraid your involvement will make things worse. But, if you find out your kid has been cyberbullied, it probably means the issue is major enough for you to get […]

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February 6th, 2016

What should I teach my kid about safe online behavior?

As soon as your kids begin to go online, it’s important to explain your expectations of their behavior. By acting responsibly and respectfully, they will enjoy their time online and get the best of the Internet while mostly avoiding things such as cyberbullying and inappropriate content. Here are some basics to share with your child: Communicate appropriately. Use the […]

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February 6th, 2016

How do I report cyberbullying?

Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have gotten serious about helping users who have been targeted by bullies. If your kid is bullied on a website or in an app, go to the company’s site and look for a section offering support, such as “Community Guidelines,” “Safety Center,” “Parent Info,” “Safety Tips,” or something similar. It may […]

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February 6th, 2016

What can I tell my kid to do if he or she is being cyberbullied?

Kids may not always recognize teasing as bullying. Some kids also may be too embarrassed or ashamed to talk to their parents about it. That’s why it’s important to talk about online and digital behavior before your child starts interacting with others online and with devices. To prepare your kid for going online or getting a cell […]

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February 6th, 2016

What should I do if my kid is bullied online?

Finding out that your kid has been cyberbullied is emotional for parents. You or your kid might want to retaliate, but it’s best to help your kid defuse the situation, protect himself, and make rational efforts to put a stop to the bullying. Here are the immediate steps we recommend for parents: Reassure your child that […]

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February 6th, 2016

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is the use of digital-communication tools (such as the Internet and cell phones) to make another person feel angry, sad, or scared, usually again and again. (Learn about the different roles kids play in a cyberbullying situation.) Examples of cyberbullying include sending hurtful texts or instant messages, posting embarrassing photos or video on social […]

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February 6th, 2016

How do I set parental controls on the iPhone?

You have several options for setting up parental controls for your iPhone. You can use Restrictions on the phone to turn on and off certain features. You can use Guided Access to lock the phone on one app. You can download parental-control browsers from the iTunes store. And,at the iTunes store, you can log into your account to restrict the types of […]

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February 6th, 2016

What are the best privacy settings for my computer and smartphone?

The place to go to protect your computer against privacy invasion is your web browser. When you go online, websites install cookies on your computer that track your movements. Some cookies can be beneficial, such as those that remember your login names or items in your online shopping cart. But some cookies are designed to […]

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February 6th, 2016