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Having Family Meetings Each Week Is A Key In Winning The Screen Time Battle

The Magical Ingredient To Managing Screen Time

Do you want to know one of the biggest keys to success my clients use to manage Screen Time and Technology? I bet you’re thinking it’s an app, or program or router you can purchase, right? While those things do play a huge role in what we do, that’s not the magical ingredient. Would you be totally shocked if I told you it was something FREE that you could do yourself today?! When I asked my successful clients what has made the biggest impact in how they manage Screen Time and Technology their response was continuing the weekly family meeting I helped them start.

What’s A Family Meeting?

You’re probably thinking a Family Meeting is a place where you lay out the rules, right? Yes and no. It’s so much more than that. It’s a council, where each person gives his or her opinion, insight and input. We come up with rules, consequences AND solutions TOGETHER—the parents, the kids, and myself....

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How To Teach Your Kids The Do's and Don't of Creating Secure Passwords Online

One of the things I hate the most is being required to set up a new password. Nothing bothers me more that forgetting, misplacing or losing my password!! Passwords are a thing that is a necessary evil for protecting our accounts and in turn our identities from being stolen. So what do you need to teach them as parents?

What Schools Teach

If you’re like me and your kids are in school, they are learning the basics of creating a password and how to keep it safe. The things they learn are simple like how to:

  • Create a strong, secure password (You can read more about creating a strong password and checking a password's strength on this post.)
  • Store It (Paper is best because it’s not easily hacked, just make sure it’s NOT easily accessible or in view. If you’re like my clients and more tech savvy, a password manager app will work as well. The ones I like are )
  • Create Unique Passwords For EVERY ACCOUNT (I’ve seen and had people use the same password for...
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What I Learned From A Social Media Fast

If you’ve been following me over on Instagram and Facebook you know I recently participated in a Social Media fast. I know a lot of people think that I’m crazy for doing this-especially when I use it for “business”. However, I want to share with you some interesting insights I gained from taking this fast for the third time this year. I feel that everyone should read this and decide for themselves if they truly need a #breakfromfake. I highly recommend it.

Withdrawals

Yes, I went through withdrawals that one could compare to a “drug cleanse”. I got shaky, irritated, and there were a couple of days that I wasn’t good. My anxiety was through the roof and it triggered immediate depression for a good 4 days. It happens every time I take a fast. I’m always surprised by how immediate the affects of it are on myself. After the first two days, I’m ok; but those withdrawals scare me. I have ways of tempering the withdrawals so...

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How To Tell If You Have A Secure Password

Let me tell you one of my favorite cliché jokes: A blonde is has to make her password for her Instagram account. It has to be 8 characters, have one capitol letter, one lowercase letter and a number. What’s the blonde’s password? MickeyDonaldGoofyMinnieDaisyChipPluto1. I know you’ll laugh at the blonde, but her password is probably more secure than 99% of us. So how do I know if I have a secure password? How do I know if it’s strong enough not to get hacked? Here’s some of my security tricks & tips I use to keep my passwords secure.

The More Characters, The Better

With secure passwords the more characters (spaces) it occupies longer it takes to crack. Why? Think of the 26 letters plus the 10 numbers and the infinite number of symbols I can use on one English Keyboard. When I want to run a simple algorithm to break a password, it can take hours to crack; if I must go through 46+ characters for each space in the password. While it isn’t...

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Use These 7 Professional Tips To Hire The Perfect IT Guy

In today’s world of information technology, we have so many tech gadgets we depend on for managing our everyday lives. Most of the time our tech runs without any problems, but sometimes it doesn’t. While we can fix most of our problems (thanks to the vast information and resources on the internet) sometimes we need the help of an IT professional to get it fixed right. So how do you know that you’re hiring the right IT professionals? How can you verify that your problem is actually getting fixed? How do you know the IT professional's not going to “fix it” and then never speak to you again? Here are some tips for hiring any IT professionals to fix your stuff that can help you pick the right guy.

Legitimate IT Businesses

There are lots of companies out there that you can hire to fix and maintain your computers. There are also lots of companies that don’t necessarily hire IT professionals or train them in fixing your devices. How do you verify...

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4 Ways To Use iOS 12 Screen Time Features As Parental Controls

Parents are always looking for a simple way to monitor their kids. In the past it's been done through apps and physical means but now it can be done right from the phone itself. Apple recently released iOS 12 which has Screen Time features that work almost as good as other methods available for Apple Products today. Every parent wants to know the ins and outs of Apple Screen Time functions. We want to know what they do, what they don't do and the hacks for kids to work around them. Well, I put it to the test just for you!! Here's what I found:

How Does It Work?

Screen Time features work by tracking a few different things:

  1. When App Is Running
  2. When Screen Lights Up (device pickups)
  3. Time of Day

Combining all of these data point together, the device can tell you how long you were on the device, what you were doing on it, and how many times you picked the device up. It’s nifty, and helpful for people, like myself, which want to keep our downtime on screens limited.

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Flaws of Apple iOS 12 Screen Time Parents Need To Know

With the release of Apple iOS 12 Screen Time features, parents rejoiced!! Now there was a built-in way for them to monitor, track and restrict their children’s screen time on their devices. Despite the entire rave and praise, it is still Apple’s first live launch, which means bugs exist. I put it to the test in the beta version and found a few flaws that still exist that I want every parent to be aware of.

How Time Is Measured

Apple iOS 12 Screen Time is tracked for the amount of time. It doesn’t matter if the app or device is in use or not. It will turn off after the set minutes expire. Even if the app is still “running” in the background (you don’t swipe up and turn it off) it’s still tracking your time.

Restricting App Access

Apple iOS 12 Screen Time features restricting app use to speicifc predetermined App Groupings. App Groupings are great for those who have multiple apps that fit in one sphere they want to limit. However, for limiting...

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Why Doesn’t My Parental Control App Work On Apple Devices Anymore?

Over the past year I have had lots of clients and parents asking the same question: Why isn’t __________ working on Apple anymore? Why can’t I see _______? It’s a question that is vexing parents and leaving them feeling defenseless against being able to monitor their children the way THEY want to. It’s even more frustrating for parents when they’ve paid a subscription and cannot get the support or refund they so desperately want. Why isn't your Parental Control App working anymore?

Apple Security

The main reason these apps like OurPact, ScreenTime, Spyzie, mSpy, and others are experiencing issues is because of Apple’s Privacy and Security Settings. Apple is one of the few developers that want to keep their software development under wraps. They don’t want the security and legal risks associated with some of these apps continuing. So they’re limiting it, creating red tape, and protecting their company from the dangers you and...

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#Savethekids Why Every Parent Needs To Go

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2018

I recently participated in an event #savethekids in Boise, Idaho with Social Media Crusader Collin Kartchner and Educational Technology Advocate and Coach Katey McPherson. The event was put on by several moms from Boise Idaho, and organized by Monica Tanner of On The Brighter Side of Things. I want to share what I took away from this unique opportunity.

What is #savethekids?

#savethekids was not at all what I expected. I'm a natural critic by nature and honestly I wasn't sure what all the hype was about behind Collin. It was far better than I could have anticipated. Collin focused on showing parents what their kids are missing and what the stats say that parents are overlooking. Katey focused on showing parents what they can do to get started in protecting their children in school and being good villagers to each other and our community. I loved how #savethekids focuses on helping parents, educators and leaders be informed on what our kids with smart phones  are...

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How To Talk Tech For Play Dates

Uncategorized Sep 17, 2018

I know that it can be very scary to let your kids play at another parent’s home—especially with technology. Play dates with technology don’t have to be that scary though!! They’re not only amazing for child development, they can also give you a much needed break. Still, you want to be prepared for what your child will be allowed to do at someone else's house. These are a few tech questions I ask parents before I let my kids go over for a play date:

Technology is so amazing isn’t it? What devices do you have in your home?

This is a perfect opening question because it is inquisitive concerning your child. It let’s you know all the tech devices your child may have access to in their home. It also shows you what they use most. It is usually the first few devices they list.

Do your kids have their own devices?

This is a follow up question to the previous one. As a parent, it’s important for you to know if your child will have access to any device...

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