Hi I’m Chelsea!! Welcome to Tech Thursday, where I teach practical tech hacks to help you find balance and keep you and your family safe on the Virtual Playground.
Today, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, I'm showing you some tips to stoping cyberbullying on Instagram. If you want to know what cyberbullying, mom shamming or being mean online is, watch this video.
In Instagram, Click on your profile,
Go to your settings and
click on privacy.
Click on Account Privacy.
Make sure private account is turned on.
Go back to settings.
Click on account.
Then click on linked accounts. Unlink all accounts. This prevents people from finding you on other apps.
Go back to Settings
Click on Notifications.
Click on Direct Messages. Turn message requests off. Change video chats to be only from people I follow. Now anyone who you are not friends with cannot message you. This will not work in group chats you join. Only in ones you create.
To learn more of what you can do to...
I can't count how many times I've been asked by parents, "Do you have a course for kids? Do you have something that I can use to help my child learn?" Until now, we haven't. I'm happy to Introduce you to Family Tech University an online workshop designed to help you and your kids turn on their internal filters to use technology appropriately. I'll break down the course for you and the things I love here. Use Code CHELSEA15 for a discount on the course for a limited time!!
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Family Tech University is designed like a "Smart Phone Driver's Ed" addition. While kids take the course on their own, there are lots of teaching and talking moments parents can have with their kids. I appreciate this approach because it helps parents establish the trust that I believe they need to be able to hand over a phone tied to the world without damaging their relationships with them.
The course also covers a wide...
How do teachers help our kids fall in love with learning? They create an environment that helps inspire our kids to want to learn and do it on their own. Encouraging our kids to choose Healthy Tech Habits can work the same way if we create an environment that encourages it. It also helps stop screen time battles.
Today I’m sharing my easy tips to make creating a healthy tech environment in your home easy!!
Hi I’m Chelsea!! Welcome to Family Friday, where I teach practical tricks to help you find balance and keep you and your family safe on the Virtual Playground.
TIP #1 Hide The Technology. If you look around any classroom, everything is placed with Intention to create the ideal learning space. Teachers don't have things out that distract from learning like snack bars,
or movie posters
displayed. Many Schools even lock away cell phones to create a better learning environment for our kids.
The same is true in our homes. If our kids see tech devices...
"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.
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...
"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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
"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...
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.
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...
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?
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...
Raising kids in a digital world doesn't have to be difficult. Learn the tools you need to enhance your power over technology so you can do what you do best: Be There For Them.