parents and technology

Surge Protectors — Do You Need to Learn More About Them? – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

If your home is anything like mine, you have surge protectors all over the place, providing power and protection to appliances and 21st Century digital devices. Even my refrigerator is plugged into one after a power surge took out a number of refrigerators in the neighborhood. Some surge protectors are powerful devices that promise, not only to protect appliances and devices but to pay for replacement devices if it does protect during a surge. Other devices, power strips that look like…

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No Surprise that Kids Figure Out Parental Controls – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

Happy Halloween 2019!No, I was not surprised to read that kids figure out how to how to get around the Apple iPhone parental controls. The Washington Post published an October 15, 2019 article that tells all about it, and in my experience, the kids’ actions are not limited to Apple parental controls. When I served as an educational technology faculty member, I often heard from parents who asked about locking down computers, networks, cable access, and the Internet. While I…

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Can You Have an Online Presence & Still Have Some Online Privacy? – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

How do you develop a solid online presence while simultaneously having the ability to enjoy a social media account with friends and maybe even be a little goofy? It is possible, but organizing one’s digital footprints takes organization and attention. This issue is of paramount importance for people who will be applying for school or jobs in today’s digital world. To learn more about managing life in the social media world check out an informative New York Times article that…

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Yes, White Supremacists Do Attempt to Recruit Kids Online – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

Hate groups and their members have been around for a long time, but the connected world has amplified their insidious messages for people of all ages. A sizeable percentage of the online messages from these groups are aimed at middle and high school children. Recently an article, ‘Listen up.’ How White Supremacists are Recruiting Boys Online, appeared in the September 17, 2019 Washington Post and described in some detail how extremist groups are attempting to recruit adolescents. Over the years, I’ve…

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Misleading Medical Info — Be Aware – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

Click to visit the Health Feedback site and view this graph.You’ve just visited your physician or your child’s pediatrician and still have questions, so you decide to look up some health information online. Be careful and be aware that what you see on Facebook and on many websites, even some well known and respected media sites, may be misleading.   When you need to seek medical or health material on the internet, be sure to use curated sources — websites that…

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Maybe Technology Is Not the Primary Cause of Adolescent Digital Problems? – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

I’ve just finished reading a June 3, 2019 New York Times article, When Social Media is Really Problematic for Adolescents, by pediatrician Perri Klass and published for her New York Times Check-up column. It’s an engaging read for parents of digital kids and for educators. (Check out other New York Times articles by Perri Klass.) Dr. Klass makes a strong case for using a new paradigm when we consider the 21st Century digital world challenges of preteens and adolescents. She writes that…

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Panic & Fear About Technology — Especially Social Media – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

Do you find yourself nervous and at wits end about all the problems with social media and kids? Do you dread hearing the next news report about kids, screens, and digital addiction because it feels too close to home? Are you regularly worried about the intensity of your own digital activities? Few people will argue with the notion that our digital world needs tweaking. With data collecting running amock, hackers breaking into corporations around the world, bad actors using social…

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Check Out this Security Quiz From Kim Komando – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

  Click to take Kim Komando’s quiz. Do you know how to check out a suspicious link? What does HTTPS mean? How can you distinguish a message with real information from one that is fake or, worse, a phishing scam that can cause real damage to your digital life?   Amazingly, most people think they are going about their 21st Century digital lives in a secure way, however, there are plenty of security loopholes and many ways that people unintentionally…

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Video from The Atlantic Addresses Sharenting Issues – Parents Article

Video from The Atlantic. Questions to Consider How do you feel about sharing photos of children before they have a say about what is shared? How might an extensive digital dossier of photos affect a child when he or she reaches elementary or middle school? Should we pay more attention early-on to a child’s privacy […] This is only a snippet of a Parents Article written by Marti Weston Read Full Parenting Article

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5 Digital Life Topics for 21st Century Family Dinner Conversations – Media! Tech! Parenting! – Parents Article

Parents often ask for suggestions about the steps they can take to help their children develop stronger and more robust digital world skills. I often suggest that families use the time spent eating together at the dinner table to bring up and consider connected world topics. Most adults will recall that, as they grew up, dinner table conversations were a time when family members learned together, chatting about critical issues and challenges in the world, Today’s family mealtimes are just…

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