Parenting Tips

18 Jun

Messenger Kids. Is My Kid Ready For Facebook Messenger?

Late last year, Facebook, Inc. rolled out a new messaging platform aimed at children ages 4-13. Messenger Kids is available for iOS and Android and promises safer video calls and texting for kids. Facebook describes the app as such: “Messenger Kids is a free video calling and messaging app designed for kids to connect with close friends and family from their tablet or smartphone. Kids can only connect with parent-approved contacts, which creates a more controlled environment. Group or one-on-one...

11 Jun

My Kid May Be A Cyberbully! What Should I Do?

You recently discovered some inappropriate, mean, or hurtful comments directed at other children on your child’s phone. What will you say? Cyberbullying, a form of bullying or harassment using digital contacts such as texts, email, or social media, is a growing concern for parents. The influence of technology on our culture has never been greater. Kids are using digital devices at an earlier age and are spending much more time in front of them. The ubiquitous use of digital technologies has made...

06 Jun

Six Tips For Online Bliss

Here are six quick tips to help you and your children get on the same page about screen time. Establish Some Simple Ground Rules Start by setting up some simple rules for everyone to follow. These can include no phones during meal time, no screens a half hour before bedtime, or no computer time until after homework is complete. These basic rules should reflect your family’s values and correspond with any established routines. Utilize your family’s strength of teamwork by working together...

05 Dec

Messenger Kids: Facebook Releases New iPhone App Aimed at Kids

This week Facebook, Inc. rolled out a new messaging platform aimed at children ages 4-13. Messenger Kids is available now for iOS and promises safer video calls and texting for kids. Facebook describes the app as such: “Messenger Kids is a free video calling and messaging app designed for kids to connect with close friends and family from their tablet or smartphone. Kids can only connect with parent-approved contacts, which creates a more controlled environment. Group or one-on-one video calls with...

25 Oct

Help! My Kid is a Cyberbully!

You’ve recently discovered inappropriate treatment directed at other children on your child’s phone. What will you say? Cyberbullying, a form of bullying or harassment using digital contacts such as texts, email, or social media, is a growing concern for parents. The influence of technology on our culture has never been greater. Kids are using digital devices at an earlier age and are spending much more time in front of them. The ubiquitous use of digital technologies has made them an easy platform for...

23 Oct

Listening To Your Child Is An Important Step In Addressing and Preventing Bullying

Listen. 28% of U.S. students in grades 6-12 experience bullying. Listening to your child is an important step in addressing and preventing bullying. Listen with empathy and give your child your undivided attention. Offer reassurance, acknowledge the situation and assure them you are taking them seriously. Ask your child how they see you helping the situation. This gives them some control over something they feel they have no control over. Try saying something like this: “I cannot imagine how difficult it is to worry about...

05 Oct

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

This month we will be recognizing National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Bullying is a growing concern for children and parents everywhere. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 4 students say they have been bullied in school. What will you say if your child tells you they are being bullied? All month long we will share tips from our experts on addressing bullying here on the blog and on Facebook and Twitter. ...