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To help parents manage their kids and technology.

5 Tech Security Practices Kids Should Learn In School

The tech they’re teaching kids, the skills like blogging and coding, and of course the real life skills they will need to land future jobs is pretty incredible. These skills are so important, but I want to make sure schools and parents aren't forgetting one crucial item. Schools need to consider the tech security kids should be learning to apply. It's not enough to know how to use school technology appropriately, but also what school technology security practices kids should know to keep themselves and the network safe.

Troubleshooting

Kids should be learning in school not only how to recognize when there’s a problem on a device, but also how to inform the IT Maintenance person what the exact problem is. It’s a difference of “My computer won’t connect to the WiFi” vs. “The Wireless Networking card in the computer seems to be malfunctioning because I can connect to the WiFi via Ethernet but not wirelessly.” It also helps...

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7 Tech Skills Kids Should Develop

It’s an amazing thing in schools today to see kids actually using technology to make simple tasks like writing a research paper so much faster!! It also creates a problem for parents wanting to know what skills their kids actually need for school. By the time your kids are in 10th Grade, they should be developing all of these tech skills. Keep in mind, your kids should be learning the majority of these things in school programs, and parents can learn them at home to help their kids out.

Typing & Using The Desktop

Yes, kids need to be learning how to type. It’s an essential skill that will put them ahead of the rest of the world—especially if they can type 60 wpm (words per minute) or more. It makes them a more valuable asset to companies looking to hire and can help put them above the rest of their co-workers.

It’s also a big practice if kids can use the desktop platforms today. Most kids don’t begin to use computers outside of school until about 3...

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The Effective Way Parents Can Teach Kids To Recognize Risky Content

One of the main things I am concerned individuals are overlooking when exploring technology is knowing what to do when you find questionable content or worse. Since I don’t feel like anything else out there is teaching individuals–as well as children–all the steps I feel they should take, I came up with my own acronym to help individuals remember what to do in such situations.

It’s a simple phrase that I believe accurately describes what we want the questionable things in our lives to do: DEPART.

D-Discern what is happening 

D is for the phrase “Discern what is happening”. It is important for individuals to recognize what is happening so they can take the proper course of action.

E-Escape It

E is for the phrase “Escape it”. Once we understand what is happening it’s important to know whether we should fight back, like when we find a virus that’s deleting our information, or run away from it, like when we come across...

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The New Talks We Must Have With Our Kids Before The School Year Starts

In today’s Digital Age, kids are exposed to an enormous amount of things before they reach the age of 12. In fact, many of the average ages of exposure to inappropriate materials have become younger in the past 10 years. This is why parents should begin talking to their kids 5 years before they suspect their kids will be exposed things of a questionable nature. I know these 3 topics to discuss with our kids before starting elementary school will help us both feel better prepared to handle the depths of technology together.

  1. Pornography

The first conversation we should have with our kids before school starts is identifying pornography.The average age a child is exposed to pornography is between 8-12 (varies depending on the credible source), however I have seen children as young as 3 and 4 years old be exposed to hard-core pornography.

So how do you approach your 5 year old about pornography? Start small. Talk about how our body is sacred and special and no...

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Parents Don't See The Risks Your Kid's Flip Phones Have Expert Says

I’ve seen a huge movement and change in the scene of cellphones and kids coming about. I am super supportive of the No Smart Phone Movement. I’m also concerned that parents, educators, and Tech Safety Advocates may be overlooking some of the dangers that come with owning a flip phone.

Social Hacks

The most common hack that parents with flip-phones may not be fully aware of is how easy and readily accessible it is for children to gain access to another method of what they want. Individuals have easy access to the content you’re seeking to block through social engineering hacks. Examples of these are:

  1. Another person’s phone
  2. A publicly accessible device
  3. Obtaining a “Free Phone” of their own (yes your kids can get free smart phones without your knowledge or consent & you legally have no rights to access anything on it)
  4. Having you grant permission to add on things that are not appropriate

Phone Banging/Batphone

Parents should be aware of is phone...

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The Common Things Parents Don't Discuss Before Handing Kids Phones

One of the most impactful questions I help answer for parents is: When should I get my child a smart phone? I always follow this with my own question: Why do you need them to have a smart phone?

Then they start listing off their reasons; which sound very similar to a child’s requests:

  1. I need to know where they’re at in case something bad happens. You know the world we live in today has some scary things going on.
  2. If they learn how to use this technology now, they’ll get a fabulous career in computers later on.
  3. I want to be able to talk/track to my kid whenever I want to.
  4. All their friends have one and I don’t want them to get bullied.
  5. I’m afraid they’ll get left out if they don’t have one.
  6. I want them to be smart and know this tech stuff better than I do.
  7. They need to learn how to use this tech stuff now because it’s only going to be more integrated in their lives.
  8. I want to keep better tabs on my kid because I don’t trust them....
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How To Define Hacking For Your Kids

As a parent, there is nothing worse as a parent than finding out your child has deleted or bypassed your Parental Controls. It's an unfortunate problem many parents have. Most of the parents I talk do not know that deleting Parental Controls is a form of hacking. Even worse they have never explained hacking to their children or defined what hacking is. This is why I'm helping parents learn what hacking is so they can define hacking for their kids—in perfect, understandable detail.

What is hacking?

In order to teach, we must first define what hacking is. Hacking is the act of using sophisticated computer skills to attack computer(s) and/or system(s) usually with the end goal of modifying the program’s design to do what the individual hacker wishes. It’s not illegal to perform hacking when you have the explicit written permission of the owner of the system or computer to obtain such information. However, this line is very easily blurred in relation to software...

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The Secret Ways We Can Stop Kids From Seeing Risky YouTube Videos Ever

 

This article has been updated to include additional methods to filter YouTube on Feb 27, 2019. The hacks and tricks can also be used for any other video streaming platform.

Do you have any tips on how to filter YouTube for my kids? Holy Cow!! You would not believe how much I get asked this question!! It’s a topic that so many parents have lots of questions, concerns about and really don’t have any good answers for. So let me give you the DL(down low) on all things YouTube.

Watch It With Them

YouTube is a free platform that is run on the honor system. No matter what you do, you will not be able to filter the adult content out. Why? Remember Dial UP from the 80s and 90s? That’s how slow YouTube would be if they ran filtering software on every video. No one wants that. This is why I tell parents to watch YouTube WITH their kids. Put it on the TV and watch the videos with them. Best filtering feature and bonding experience ever!!

Enable Restricted Mode

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The Reason Our Kids Face Risks When We Believe These Secret Internet Filter Myths

Internet filters are great for blocking things like pornography, violence, and mature content. But is that really all you need to protect your kids? No. As much as I love Internet filters, I am always surprised at these 3 things parents don’t know about them. So I want to debunk the myths that parents—and educators—believe about Internet filters.

My Internet Filter Will Block All The Content

The first myth parents believe is that installing a filter—any filter—will automatically block all inappropriate content. I wish with all my heart that I could say this was true. The sad truth is this: humans invented the equations that filters online content, and we’re not perfect. We also have bad people out there who work to bypass our Internet filters.

Parents usually ask me a form of this question next: Why can’t we just disable the pictures and videos? Back before about 2005 you could 100% do this. Today, however, pictures are used for everything...

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The Simple Acts Parents Do To Stop Screen Time Fights Before It Starts

I know that a lot of parents are seeking for a great and applicable way to control the amount of screen exposure their kids get from today’s everyday devices. Many parent's today are facing a screen time battle that I feel is harder and more complicated than it truly needs to be. So I've put together mine and my clients’ 4 Tried and True ways you can easily implement to control screen time in your home effectively with minimal meltdowns today.

  1. Physical Boundaries

The first step we do is create A Charging Home that’s “out of sight, out of mind” for your kids. Why? It really is as simple as making it not easily accessible for them. Our kids overuse screen time primarily because they can access it whenever they want. If you limit the access first, you are better able to control the environment. This will limit the battles and fights you have to have. Hiding the devices doesn’t have to be hard either. It can be as simple as a wood box in...

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