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We scour the Internet and post the latest articles and thought pieces relating to digital parenting.

Foreign laws decriminalize teen sexting

New laws in Australia will allow teens to take, keep, and share nude photos of themselves and others. It's a fine line between decriminalizing and encouraging, isn't it parentsIt's a fine line between decriminalizing and encouraging, isn't it parents Full Story:...

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Microsoft Bing not only shows child pornography, it suggests it

Illegal child exploitation imagery is easy to find on Microsoft’s Bing search engine. But even more alarming is that Bing will suggest related keywords and images that provide pedophiles with more child pornography. Following an anonymous tip, TechCrunch commissioned...

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Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. Full Story:...

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Screen time not intrinsically bad for children, say doctors

“It is important that we recognise that screens are a modern way of being,” he said. “Reading we see as a hugely positive thing, but it is largely a sedentary thing. We have never done studies to look at the link between reading and adiposity [being overweight] but it...

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Fortnite isn’t a game, it’s a place

Lots of ink has been spilled about whether or not Fortnite is addictive, bad for kids or whatever else, but few are telling the stories of how much better it feels to participate in a connected experience that isn't just arguing with internet trolls all day. Full...

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The Tech Generation Desperately Needs Wilderness Therapy

Summit Achievement has been operating as a therapeutic wilderness school for teens ages 13 through 20 since the 1990s, but it’s only recently that we’ve seen such an influx of clients suffering from tech addiction. Parents are handing iPhones to their kids at a...

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On Cultural and Technological Parenting

What are the lessons we can learn from the uses of media and public debate that the Ohio father, Matt Cox, who made his daughter walk to school five miles after she was kicked off the bus for bullying another student brought to the fore? Full Story:...

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Opinion | Rediscovering My Daughter Through Instagram

Few things are more painful than loving a 15-year-old girl, particularly when she is your child. Ask any mother who has been through a daughter’s adolescence and she will nod in sympathy, maybe even give you the hug you have been missing. Full Story:...

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Groundbreaking study examines effects of screen time on kids

If you have kids and wonder if all that time they spend on their smartphones endlessly scrolling, snapping and texting is affecting their brains, you might want to put down your own phone and pay attention. The federal government, through the National Institutes of...

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Fortnite’s Minecraft-like creative mode launches tomorrow

Fortnite’s next major mode is coming very soon. Today, developer Epic unveiled “FortniteCreative,” a new mode that is coming as part of the game’s seventh season. From the sounds of it, creative is an expansion of the previous playground mode, putting an emphasis on...

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How tech companies are addressing screen addiction

From app developers to tech behemoths such as Google and Facebook, companies have spent years working to make consumer technology as addictive as possible. However, that's starting to change, and we could be at the precipice of a shift in how software is designed....

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Use Instagram to Communicate With Your Teen

When my son approached his teenage years, I braced myself for the inevitable behaviors teens often display. I waited for the eye rolling and the mouthing off. I prepared for door slamming and grunting. I steeled myself for years of silence with a moody teen. I’d often...

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Middle School Misfortunes Then and Now, One Teacher’s Take

Let’s imagine a seventh grader. He’s a quiet kid, polite, with a few friends. Just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill twelve-year-old. We’ll call him Brian. Brian’s halfway through seventh grade and for the first time, he’s starting to wonder where he falls in the social...

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You found your kid’s ‘finsta’, now what?

This is where the digital world can become overwhelming for parents, when you realize that your teen may have a digital alter-ego. Experts say technology creates wonderful opportunities for kids to grow and succeed, but ample opportunities for them to change who they...

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Screen Time flaw lets kids use Safari without limitations

iOS 12’s Screen Time feature is a great way of making sure that people, particularly children, don’t spend too long using their iOS devices. That’s an important goal, whether you’re worried about the potential mental health impact of overusing technology or just want...

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Kids turn to screens to cope with a chaotic world

Kids may use media devices to create comfortable spaces in a chaotic world they’re not yet ready to manage, according to new research. A new survey suggests that the more often kids use media devices to modulate their environments, the more likely their parents view...

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One form of “screen-time” to encourage

At the same time as our society works to address concerns about addiction to technology, it is important to recognize that not all screen time is harmful. San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge writes “There’s not a single exception. All screen activities...

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Saving ‘The Suicide Belt’

Suicide wasn’t the first thing on Collin Kartchner’s radar when he began his passionate play against social media, but it quickly jumped to focus when he started hearing from people who were close to teens with mental illnesses. “One of the very first messages I got...

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Parents, Be Involved – Just Not Too Much

Kids have the impressive ability to find hidden devices and remote controls, hack passwords and sneak screen time, so parents become worn down trying to stay ahead of the tricks, nagging and begging, giving in to hours of time spent on TV, Fortnite, Instagram or...

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TikTok Is Cringey and That’s Fine

Over the past several months, TikTok videos have begun to go viral beyond the platform, racking up millions of views on Twitter and Instagram. They’re easy to identify once you’ve seen a couple: 15-to-60-second-long clips set to music; often featuring someone...

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Fortnite Scams Are Even Worse Than You Thought

THE MOST POPULAR videogame in the world is Fortnite—which makes Fortnite scams potentially a very profitable endeavor. And while that point may seem obvious, the extent of Fortnite fakes on the web, along with how convincingly they mimic their inspirations, may still...

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Is ‘Fortnite’ Sending Kids to Therapy?

Being a child psychologist and a father, Randy Kulman is no stranger to video games popular among kids. But a few months ago in his office, after four teenagers in a row mentioned "Fortnite," he started wondering if he was dealing with something new this time. In the...

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Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem

When Brandon Farbstein first joined Instagram in 2014, he was 14 and optimistic. Farbstein was born with a rare form of dwarfism, and he wanted to use the photo-sharing site to educate people about his condition—to, as he told me, “show people a glimpse into my life...

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Consent is part of the curriculum at Greenwich schools

The national discussion on consent and sexual assault is reaching Greenwich, where conversations open up and the town pours more money into sexual education. "It's around us, 24/7," said Meredith Gold, director of domestic abuse services at the Greenwich YWCA. The...

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Students warned of ‘digital tattoos’ that can ruin futures

Abusive or careless social media postings by teens can turn into harmful “digital tattoos,” warn local school officials. An inappropriate online posting — especially an abusive one — can be a self-mutilation of an otherwise pristine digital bio that could haunt...

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Save Your Girls From Instagram – Beauty Redefined

I know a 12-year-old girl who is the embodiment of our famous Beauty Redefined mantra: My body is an instrument, not an ornament. She is kind, innocent, active, and largely free from the burden of living to be looked at that is placed upon women’s shoulders around the...

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7 parenting tech tips from a professional hacker

Kids can get around just about anything. Let’s face it, technology comes naturally to the younger generation, they’re quicker, smarter and more creative than their parents. That’s why WebSafety talked to professional hacker Chelsea Brown (Information Security...

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Social Media, Selfies, and Addiction

Can taking selfies become an addiction? In March 2014, the UK's Daily Mirror published the story of Danny Bowman, a teenage "selfie addict" who allegedly spent up to 10 hours a day taking 200 selfies, dropped out of school, and tried to kill himself when he was unable...

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How long should kids spend on social media?

Medical professionals have been ordered to draw up recommended guidelines for how long children and young people should spend on social media, in a bid to counter growing concerns about the impact of using such services on mental health. Full Story:...

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Young people are sexting more than ever according to new study

A new study found one in four young adults have been engaging in sexting. Sexting does not only lead to mental distress and cyber bullying for your child, but can be charged as a criminal act. Sexting is defined as the sending of sexually explicit messages or images...

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Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids

Tweens' brains are simply too immature to use social media appropriately. I really love middle school kids. I have two of them! If you have been through middle-school parenting, you may have noticed what I see: Strange things seem to happen to a tween’s brain the...

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