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The Secret Ways To Manage Screen Time With Kids of Different Ages Now

"I love your screen time methods, but what about for families with kids in different age groups? I've got teenagers in High School and Kids in elementary school. How can I make it easier to manage screen time for all of us?"

Not every situation or piece of advice around screen time is great for families in the "in between stage". I'm talking about those families that have kids of different ages like 16 and 14 followed by an 8 and 5 year old. Is it really ideal to expect that our teenagers are going to willingly follow the rules we set for our younger children? Of course not. However, I do have some great secret tips for you on how to make screen time with kids of different ages work in your home.

Same Rules For Everyone

The best way to start is to make the screen time rules the same for everyone. It is unrealistic to expect that our teenagers will be on their tech devices for only an hour like our elementary age kids. However, we can set boundaries that say "We only use...

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The Secret Digital Risks Our Kids Face When Asking Questions Online

 

"Hey Alexa, Where do babies come from?" That was the question that stopped me in my tracks. As the milliseconds ticked by, the mama bear in me overtook and slightly overreacted. I began screaming, yelling, making as much noise as I possibly could to make sure my children did not here the response. Alexa replied, "Babies come from the human repro-". I unplugged her before she got further, but that was only the beginning.

The Truth About SMART Devices (aka IoT Devices)

Immediately my child started crying, thinking they were in trouble. On the contrary, I took them in my arms, held them tightly, and explained my crazy reaction. I want every parent to know this about so-called SMART devices. They're anything but smart. They're still primitive in their development, use and we won't touch their main security flaws. We are well on our way to the Star Trek gadgets and tech advancements shown in the saga. Yet, we are still lightyears away from our SMART devices being as capable as those...

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The Secret Ways Our Kids Can Rebuild From An Incident Social Media Post Now

Uncategorized Jun 18, 2019

Everyone in their lifetime has experienced the affects that can happen from a bad online status. Whether we decide to share our unpopular opinions on a bad review, degrade someone in public or publish a controversial video, it can be life altering. These negative effects of social media can be detrimental to our child's digital reputation. The argument that individuals have is how to go about it for kids under 18. Official laws, colleges, and even career paths do not support or distinguish between underage mistakes. There are a few things we can do to protect our Digital Reputations.

The Secret Way Kids Can Rebuild From A Digital Reputation Incident Now

1. Boosting Positive Content

When our world places more emphasis on our digital content, the best thing our kids can do is boost their positive content. What does that mean? For our kids, we need to make sure that when we search their online profiles, the top results are ones that reflect positively on them. Think of it like...

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The Best Secrets To Guilt-Free Screen Time When Touring With Your Kids This Summer

It's Summer Time!! For many of us that means traveling with kids and taking amazing family vacations. Even if those family vacations happen to be in the backyard. One of the things I do know that happens when we travel is our screen time routines go out the window and managing screen time can be hard. These are a few of the things we do when we take our 10 hour road trips and flights to manage screen time with our family.

Travel Parenting

Ok so I want to bust a myth right now. When we're traveling with kids, we're not in normal circumstances. Most of us travel in "survival mode". We do anything and everything we can to keep our kids respectable and avoid comments from haters, bystanders, and the peanut gallery. Do not beat yourself up if your kids watch more TV or play more video games than they should because you are traveling!!! That being said, I do know some really good tricks for traveling with technology and kids that will be super helpful to you.

Set The...

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The Best Way To Arm Our Kids To Face Today's Digital Challenges Now

Uncategorized Jun 04, 2019

Many parents are asking themselves "How am I to prepare my kids to face sexting, pornography, hacking, identity theft, and other challenges in Today's Digital World? I don't even know how to respond to these instances myself! What I am to do?" Since I have been specially trained and prepared with tools, ideas and methods to do this in my own home, my desire is to share them with parents like you. These are the simple practices we can do to prepare our kids to be prepared to face the digital challenges of their day confident and strong.

1. Know What The Risks Are

"You can't fight what you can't see. You can't prepare for what you don't see coming." Chelsea Brown

Someone who becomes hearing or vision impaired after living for years with these abilities, cannot navigate in their new world without help. They need someone teaching them how to recognize the changes going on in their new world. They have guides, interpreters and dedicated groups of...

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The Secret Tricks That Get Your Teens On Board With Screen Time Right Now

Uncategorized Jun 04, 2019
 

The #1 question parents have this summer is "How do I get my teen on board with screen time? Why is it so hard?" I have been answering and solving this question for parents for almost the past decade. While most of the things I do are trade secrets, I'm going to share 3 of them with you today. Doing these 3 things will literally make your teens tolerable if not excited about screen time.

1. Walk The Walk, Don't Talk The Walk

The #1 complaint I get from teenagers about screen time is that their parents have unrealistic expectations. Most parents laugh, but these teens aren't wrong-most of the time. Think about it. Can you survive on your phone for only 2 hours a day? Or only check your social media feeds, email, messages, etc. in 30 minutes? Most adults I know can't do it. I don't even think I could do it on a slow day.

So how do we get our teens to accept the rules? Being realistic is the idea, but that's hard to do unless you're living the rules too. Yep. That's my #1...

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The Secrets To Run Screen Time Guilt-Free With our Kids This Summer

I live in Las Vegas, NV where during the summer it's too hot to play outside without getting "fried to a crisp" as we say here. At 6-7 am it's as hot as 85 to 90 degrees and by 4 pm in the afternoon it can be around 115 degrees F. So while most other people say "Screen Free Summer!!" for their kids, at my house that's unrealistic sometimes. So how do we manage screen time for our kids during the summer months when sometimes all we want to do is hide inside by the A/C unit and eat popsicles? 

1. Determine Acceptable Screen Activities

In our home, we have our Family Tech Plan that lists what devices my kids can use, where they can use them and who they can use them with. As part of our plan, I have also written down a list with each of my kids of acceptable Screen Time Activities. For this summer that consists of 1 family movie per day or a maximum of 3 TV show episodes. I always have a list of shows and movies my kids can choose from to avoid the fight...

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The Ways We Can Stop A Young Child’s Eyes From A Cyber Flash Today

Are you familiar with the term cyber flash? It’s mooning someone in a digital space. Parents are seeing this as something new that kids are doing, but as a security expert I can tell you it’s been around for a long time. Pretty much since sending images became a thing. So what can you do to stop your kids from seeing it? And how does it even happen?

What is Cyber flashing?

Most parents and experts say that cyber flashing happens through Bluetooth, Airdrop or something similar. They’re not wrong, but that’s not the only ways it happens. Ask anyone in online direct sales, multi-level marketing or who runs any social media platform and they’ll tell you it can happen in video messages, messaging, comments, etc. Pretty much anywhere you can send a video or image, you can flash someone.

Why are kids doing this?

One idea I can come up with is that it's fun to see people's reactions. Remember our kids don’t have fully developed brains until long...

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The Secrets Why Our Kids Learning To Code In School Is A Very Bad Idea

Uncategorized Apr 26, 2019

School districts throughout the nation are looking for ways to provide their students with an edge in succeeding in the world. A recent development has lead school districts to believe that teaching students to code will provide them with greater job opportunities in the future. Many parents today are asking tech experts what the best ways for their kids to learn coding are. But myself and other tech experts are aware that parents and educators alike aren't truly prepared for what's coming next.

User-Lead Development

With the development of AIs, UX/UI, it's all about user friendly devices. Most devices today are being set up to work without complex coding needed. We are put out anytime we have to code something that should be simple. Most consumers won't buy items that are complex or too hard to figure out. Even websites today are all being automated. This leaves little room for coding jobs in the future. Once we have a template that we can use, 90% of the coding is done....

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How We Got Our Finances Fit

Uncategorized Apr 04, 2019

Finances are one of the #1 causes of stress, divorce and life problems in our world. I thought we were doing pretty good with our finances, but we felt like we could do better. With my husband being a huge finance guy, I asked him if there was something more we could do. Something we could use to get our money to work for us, instead of working for more money. My friend introduced us to a Financial Fitness course that has done wonders for us. We want to share with you how this class helped us get our finances fit.

Other Courses

I want you to know that this wasn't the first time we had tried a finance course. We started our marriage with the Davey Ramsey Total Money Makeover, looked into Jordan Paige's Budget Boot Camp and others. The thing with these courses is they didn't work for both of us. My husband is a finance guy so he's a hard one to convince. After going to school for all things finance, he really wanted something more aggressive on both fronts: paying down debt...

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