Tips for issuing your child their first smartphone

Tips for issuing your child their first smartphone

The most important decision a parent will make is how and when to grant their child access to their own smartphone. It is a common question, which is often answered in an ad hoc way, by what is happening in other families. Usually there is extreme pressure because...
Three painless tips to limit parent screen time: Parents busted in recent study

Three painless tips to limit parent screen time: Parents busted in recent study

The big headline in cyber safety and family news this week is parent screen time. In a recent study released by Common Sense Media, the typical teenager spends nine hours a day on screen media (devices, apps, internet activities) excluding homework and school work...
Dealing with back-to-school cyberbully madness: Three tips for parents

Dealing with back-to-school cyberbully madness: Three tips for parents

Back-to-school can be a stressful and emotional time for students and parents – especially as texting and social media tools can easily escalate normal insecurities into full blown attacks that at the very least disturb the peace, and at the worst can feel...

Tech-savvy youth crave parent trust: Tips to communicate house rules as love language

In a feature last week, we addressed the power and control issues emerging in large part as a response to the power crisis mobile connectivity introduces into the family, (see “Spare the rod and spoil the tech-savvy child”). This week, we examine how discipline, the...
Parents, is your smartphone robbing your child of attention critical to cyber safety?

Parents, is your smartphone robbing your child of attention critical to cyber safety?

(This is a reprint with some edits from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com) A recent article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to put down their smart phones and pay undivided attention to their young children...

A simple truth that empowers youth to be cyber-safe

(This is a reprint from my Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner article in Examiner.com). A recent article by journalist Samantha Tehran in the Parent Herald features the need for parents to let go of control of their children in their teen years. Referencing news reports...