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The Secret Ways To Avoid Risks When Kids Face Digital Strangers Online Now

 

One of the biggest questions parents ask in my field of work is "How do I know if my child is talking to a predator? How can I know if they're talking to someone dangerous online?" Law enforcement agencies and experienced parents will teach you that monitoring their tech devices is the only way to know. However, I'm of the approach that a good offense is useless without a good defense. Monitoring your child's devices only goes so far. These are the essential skills parents and children both need to protect themselves from digital online strangers right now.

1. Clearly Define Digital Strangers

Do you even know what an online stranger looks like? How do they act? Where do they hang out? The honest truth is you CAN'T know someone isn't who they say they are just by looking at their profile. It's why law enforcement agencies host sting, spy and covert operations to catch the bad guys.

We must define a digital stranger in black and white for our kids like this:

Digital Stranger...

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The Real Methods Kids Explore When Looking For Porn That Their Parents Can't Risk Missing

Uncategorized Mar 22, 2019

Have you ever stopped to wonder and ask yourself why it is that kids can always seem to find porn when they're browsing the internet? Do you know how they actually find porn on even the tightest of security systems? I know that it's not something parents or school districts want to think about. However, this is something parent's need to know about. If we want to know the best way to protect our children from the dangers of targeted pornography campaigns, we need to first know how they are finding it in the first place. Then we can block these methods and further extend our parenting powers to influence and protect our children.

It's Not As Clear As You Would Believe

I want to make it clear that pornography findings I come across are never where you think they will be. I have seen pornography hidden inside of pictures, videos, viruses and video games. We refer to these findings as Easter Eggs since it's a "prize" for whoever can find the hidden "reward". Now, I don't want you to...

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The 6 Reasons Why All Parental Controls Will Fail And How You Can Stop It From Happening

Uncategorized Mar 19, 2019

We all want to believe that no matter what once we put on parental controls our kids will be safe. We believe that these apps and settings will protect our kids from what we can’t see. Yet, I’ve had hundreds of clients run into the same issue: the controls stop working after a short period of time. Sometimes it’s a few days, weeks or months, but they always seem to stop working. Why do these parental controls fail our kids after only a short period of time? And how are we to keep up with them as parents?

     1. Use The Same Password/PIN For Everything

If you’re like most people, when you first create the account to manage your parental controls you use a PIN or Password that isn’t exactly unique. It may be the same one you use for your credit card, phone or even your computer. All our kids have to do to hack our PINs is plug their devices in, look at the files, and search for the PIN. If that’s too much work,...

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Not Every Tech Safety Expert Has The Experience Real Parents Need

Uncategorized Mar 07, 2019

There are so many tech experts out there. Literally numerous types of courses and people speaking out about different ways to use technology with your kids. We've even got super famous Social Media titians hosting events to share their limited knowledge with other parents. But who are these people? Do they really know what they're talking about? Or are they just selling something to make you feel good and make money off of you? I know it can be difficult choosing which of these people to listen to, so I want to put the argument to rest. I'll show you what to look for to know if the person you're really following is actually a certified Tech Safety Expert.

The Truth About "Tech Safety Experts"

Did you know that once upon a time anyone could be a medicinal healer? Yep. Not too long ago, anyone who had experience with herbs--or just watched their mothers use them--could perform medicine to help others heal from their ailments. With individuals making people sick and the development of...

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Tips For Blocking Video Game Purchases

Uncategorized Feb 21, 2019

I recently had a conversation with a mother about my daughter purchasing school lunch when I had told her not to. She laughed and said, "If you think that's bad, just wait until she buys video game supplies without you knowing. Seriously, my boys just did that and it cost me over $200." I wanted to know how she handled it to get some ideas on how to help my daughter. "Oh, I just paid it since the credit card company wouldn't reverse the charge and then I took away their video games. They're never going to play them again." I know I'm not the only one dealing with this problem so I want to share with you my tips for blocking video game purchases on any console.

Use The Account Parental Controls

How do we do this? Locking up the game console is a good start. You may not know it, but your game console has parental controls that prevent purchases and kids from buying game add-ons. We can access this function on the console itself and with the online video game profiles. Each game system...

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Parental Monitoring Apps

Uncategorized Feb 19, 2019

I know that sometimes we want something extra with our parental controls. Maybe we want to have some added ScreenTime monitoring or website filtering or app warnings. We know that everything we put on our kids phones they can bypass. We also know that they can have a hard time doing this if they have to jump through multiple hoops. There are hundreds of apps out there that claim to help parents, but how do you know which ones will do the job? How do you know which ones won’t compromise your system or slow it down? Here’s a list of Parental Control Apps that I recommend and have tested to make sure they do the job. Each of these will work on both Android & Apple platforms.

OurPact

This one works well for individual app monitoring of ScreenTime. You can install it on multiple accounts and manage it all from your phone. This is good for teens when you want to grant or block access to certain apps ad various times. It works very well on Android. When I was installing it...

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What Every Kid And Parent Needs To Know About Mobile Apps Before They Download And Install Them

Uncategorized Feb 04, 2019

Many parents and news organizations are shocked with what Facebook's paid research was able to do and harvest. However, many of them aren't talking about how this kind of thing is actually very normal. It's not even abnormal that it's targeting teens. Most apps, especially if they're free like Facebook's Research App, collect data usage to sell for profit to keep the app going. So what can parents do about it? How can we protect our children's privacy online? How do we identify these types of apps that are risky for our kids? Let me share some expert tips with you.

Look At The Fine Print

Did you know that all apps have to disclose what they will be gaining access to when you download them? Before I was a security nut, I didn't either. We should be looking into the fine print a little bit more and having our kids do the same. I know that looking at the fine print gets confusing and oftentimes can leave us confused. Not to mention that it can be time consuming. It helps, in these...

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Parents Using These Simple Expert Ways Can Stop Your Teens From Sneaking Their Phones Before & After They've Started

Uncategorized Jan 23, 2019

Here is what a mom asked a good friend of mine: "What should I do? My son is always sneaking his electronics when we take them away. I have tried everything with his video games to keep him from doing it again and it doesn't work. If I hide the remote I feel like I'm not giving him the power to choose. If I take it away from him he resorts to worse things like stealing my phone, sneaking over to friend's houses, etc. I'm at a total loss of what to do. How do I keep my kid from sneaking technology?!" This is an all-to-familiar scenario I get from parents all the time. Especially mothers because we're the ones who are tired of fighting the fight that it seems we're never going to win, right? So how should you handle this situation? How can you take away the screen time fight that makes your home a risky place?

Find The Reason Why

You may have experienced something similar in your home with other devices like phones and tablets. Or maybe you're totally in the same boat as this mom. My...

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Your Expert Tips To Picking The Right Router For The Best Home WiFi And Parental Controls

Uncategorized Jan 21, 2019

I know before I became a tech safety nut, I thought all routers were created equal. Something like the Disney Circle & Disney Go would've been so appealing to me. After learning lots of things, I learned that they were not all created equal. You can ban certain things on one router that you can't do on another. Lots of routers say they're "user friendly" but for my clients they definitely were not. Many routers didn't even require the hard-coding techniques I learned in school to be successful and made them way easier for the average person to use. So how do you pick the right router for your home? What makes a router good or bad? How do you use your router to block out questionable and dangerous content? I'll share with you my 6 tricks for picking out the right router for you home.

What Is A Router?

The router is the KING device that controls the internet access in your home and makes it easy to find information. Some routers come with devices called modems attached to them. ...

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Try These 9 Tech Tricks You Can Do To Decrease The Amount of Time You Spend on Your Devices

Uncategorized Jan 15, 2019

I know that we all feel like we get easily distracted with our screens and phone use. But what can you do to actually help you want to put your phone down? I loved the ideas Dr. Katie Penry gives in her free #lookup challenge, but I wanted more tech-based ideas. So I looked on the internet and came up with a list of things that can help you want to put your phone down in addition to her suggestions.

Getting a Watch & Clocks

What is one of the main things you look at on your phone? If you’re like most people, it’s actually the clock. This starts your spiral into other areas like notifications, reminders, etc. One of the first things you can do to start decreasing the amount of time you spend on your devices is to purchase a clock and a watch for yourself. It sounds simple and foolish, but it’s so practical.

Limiting Notifications & Reminders

The next thing I suggest doing is turning off all non-essential reminders and notifications. I’ve found that I...

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