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Great Ways to Prevent Phone Addiction in children

Phone addictions go beyond your child’s preoccupation with virtual reality. Scientists are still exploring the many effects of this type of addiction. According to recent research, over half of all parents are concerned that their teen’s excessive phone use is affecting their mental health.   If you do not want your child to get addicted, here are some things you can do: 1. Monitor your child’s phone screen time The new apple update (IOS 12) comes with an automatic screen time monitor which allows you to get real-time reports on how much time you or your kids spend on your devices surfing the web, on social media sites or playing games.   This screen time monitor is a great way […]

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Problems social media causes adolescents

From kittens whimsically playing musical instruments to dazzling models falling down the runway, the internet, specifically social media, has provided us with enough entertainment to last us a lifetime. What a time to be alive! But as much as we would love them to be all rainbows and sunshine, to every advantage, there is a disadvantage.   Here are 7 unexpected problems that weren’t a problem until the smartphone era.  1. Videos of Horrifically graphic violence and deaths We’ve all received that broadcast video. The one whose contents you’re unaware of until you open it. You just sit there, frozen staring at the thick burgundy of deoxygenated blood splattered on hot earth. You can’t stop hearing the piercing, loud screams […]

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Surprisingly easy ways to keep your kids safe on social media

You’re a well-informed parent. You take your time to educate yourself on the current issues. As I’m sure you’re aware, the internet, though useful, may not necessarily be the safest place.   You have even heard that 1 out of 3 internet related sexual crimes occur on social media. Great. Now it’s time to take action. How exactly can we protect our children from the numerous dangers we’ve heard and have been warned about? Before getting them a device Research into the device capabilities Before you get them a smartphone or device, it is important to know the specifications, its capabilities. Such as does it support parental controls? Can my child make unrestricted purchases? Would it allow strangers to contact […]

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How to manage your child’s social media privacy – Snapchat

Social media is like a salad. There are as many people as there are ingredients. Vibrant and colourful and with many different individuals combined in no particular order on the same platform.   Just as any ingredient can be a part of a salad, anyone can be a part of social media, even under false pretenses. Thus every parent’s most significant concern is born. “How do I keep my child’s account safe from predators and strangers?”   Start with your privacy settings.   Snapchat  Snapchat is a photo and video messaging app with timed content that ‘disappears’ after 24 hours. It is popular with kids for its filters, geographic location sharing, photo editing, and expiring content. 69% of teens frequently […]

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Dangers of the new Facebook Messenger Kids

I remember a time not too long ago when people had to be at least 13 to join Facebook. That had enough problems of its own, most of which were unaddressed by Facebook. Online grooming was on the large.   Now,  the same Facebook has dedicated a whole app to children between the ages of 6 and 13 who aren’t eligible to join the real app!   What drove the decision to create the app is the number of children under 13 that are active online. The number of under-13-year-olds that join the app by lying about their ages.   Statistics show that 93% of 6 to 12-year-olds in the US have access to tablets or smartphones, and 66% have […]

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Creative tips to get your kids off their phones

It’s a quiet Sunday night. You can hear the fuzzy mumble of the neighbour’s t.v. over the thick silent air of a ‘non-versation’ in your dining room. Like many others, you just had dinner with your family. Or should I say a thousand of your closest friends present on your mobile device?   There are no lively conversations. No laughter, not even the beloved snort that comes with it. Just intense quiet and the muffled audio spewing from your child’s headphones.   Are you worried that social media is taking over the art of conversations, the joy of family time and the insight into each other’s lives this brings? Here are some fun ways to help you put down your […]

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Is there porn on social media?

The internet is amazing. You can search one thing and get thousands if not millions of results related to it. Social media has made using the web even better. So much so that 71% of 9 -17-year-olds visit these sites regularly and 26% (that’s 1 out of 4 ) of 6-year-olds are on social media.   Imagine this, you’re on Twitter, chatting with friends when suddenly you feel the need to watch videos of kittens. You don’t even have to leave the app, just search, and thousands of kitten videos, memes, gifs and pictures come up.   Okay, why don’t you try searching ‘singing’? More results, right? So imagine your child searching for porn.   Yes, there is porn on […]

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6 helpful tips to curb your child’s cellphone addiction

Kids today have it harder than we did. Electronic screens are so alluring that it’s difficult for the child to focus on other parts of their lives. The convenience of having everything at their literal fingertips makes it easy to get addicted. It’s becoming strange to think there was a time when the most addictive things to us were going to the mall and hanging out with friends. In a  2018 survey of parents with children younger than 18, 47% of parents feel that their child is ‘addicted’ to their mobile device.   So you’ve noticed your teen exhibits the signs of a cell phone addiction you are concerned but you don’t know how to help. Here’s what you can […]

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Great Ways to Prevent Phone Addiction in children

Phone addictions go beyond your child’s preoccupation with virtual reality. Scientists are still exploring the many effects of this type […]

Problems social media causes adolescents

From kittens whimsically playing musical instruments to dazzling models falling down the runway, the internet, specifically social media, has provided […]

Surprisingly easy ways to keep your kids safe on social media

You’re a well-informed parent. You take your time to educate yourself on the current issues. As I’m sure you’re aware, […]

How to manage your child’s social media privacy – Snapchat

Social media is like a salad. There are as many people as there are ingredients. Vibrant and colourful and with […]

Dangers of the new Facebook Messenger Kids

I remember a time not too long ago when people had to be at least 13 to join Facebook. That […]

Creative tips to get your kids off their phones

It’s a quiet Sunday night. You can hear the fuzzy mumble of the neighbour’s t.v. over the thick silent air […]

Is there porn on social media?

The internet is amazing. You can search one thing and get thousands if not millions of results related to it. […]

6 helpful tips to curb your child’s cellphone addiction

Kids today have it harder than we did. Electronic screens are so alluring that it’s difficult for the child to […]