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Monitoring your kids’ online activity used to be relatively easy. You simply limited their web access to a family computer that was kept in an open and highly trafficked area of the home. Now, though, most teens are using their smartphones to access the web, which makes it much harder for parents to see and […]

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Our kids are growing up in an age when sharing is ubiquitous and encouraged. But kids aren’t born understanding how to manage social media privacy settings or why it’s important to do so. It’s up to us as parents to guide them, just the same as teaching them how to cross the street or to […]

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A recent study in the journal Pediatrics revealed that a third of teenage girls have met in person with someone they originally met online. Thanks to video apps like Vine and video-chatting software like Skype, verifying a person’s identity online is much easier than it was in the past. But teenagers are still at risk […]

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What are your children watching on television and online? Mindful parents know children cannot easily escape advertisements for pills, tablets, potions, creams, and lotions. The once safe zone of the evening news is punctuated with blurbs about four-hour erections, effects of low testosterone and incontinence products. Even worse, an unsupervised child can access a plethora […]

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Catfish, once a term used to describe a certain aquatic creature, is now the source of plenty of frustration and worry among parents of teens. As the Huffington Post explains, the modern definition of catfish involves the creation of a fake profile on Facebook, Twitter or other social networks. The intentions of users creating such […]

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MamaBear notifications to parents monitoring their child’s (teen’s) Instagram account seem to spike during the summer. Instagram has been popular with smartphone wielding teens since the initial launch of the photo sharing app and the app now has over 80 million users. Its popularity with teens makes it an important target for MamaBear monitoring. With the […]

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Facebook is designed to be used by people who are at least 13 years old. However, millions of pre-teens use the social networking site. And that’s really not so surprising; after all, Facebook seems to be the place to connect. But it’s also not surprising that many parents are not happy to find out their […]

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The Internet is a very interesting place. But the reality is, time spent online can become addictive. It can be easy to get caught up in exploring sites or playing online games – so much so that this online time interferes with real life. This seems to be a particular problem with teens. Let’s explore […]

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What can parents do to keep their teens safe online? Parenting has been a frightening proposition since the beginning of time, but parents today are faced with challenges no generation has ever faced: raising children who have spent their entire lives immersed in the Internet and social media. Here we take a look at the […]

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It used to be the case that parents just puzzled over their teens’ calculus homework; now parents have the added challenge of hashtags and embed codes. That’s because parents must become role models online as well as offline, since the separation between those worlds is becoming less distinctive. Since online behavior has real world effects, […]