How to Tell if Your Child is Addicted to Their iPhone

14 signs your teen's addicted to their iphone

Is your teen or tween addicted to their iPhone? Here are 14 ways to tell. First, the addiction isn’t necessarily with the phone, it is with the incoming/outgoing, constant communications and engagement in a cyber world that the phone creates. Because the phone is mobile, they always have it with them. I call it “phone addiction” because I have seen what happens when the … [Read more...]

Is It Love Or Just A Crush – Social Media and Your Teen

Is it love or just a crush - Social media and your teen

Does Your Teen Love Social Media? With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is in the air. You can feel it, see it and even taste it! How do you celebrate? Are you swayed by commercialism, Hallmark and peer pressure and go all-out on February 14? Or, do you celebrate just the way you want, all year long? (This is how my husband and I do it, by the way. I can't remember the … [Read more...]

It’s High Time We Teach Social Media in Schools!

It's High Time We Teach Social Media in Schools!

TEACHING SOCIAL MEDIA IN SCHOOLS – A NECESSITY? I just read this article and then watched a three minute video by Jay Baer where he poses the question “Should Social Media Be Taught in High School?” Jay makes excellent points and, like him, I trust his mom’s opinion: if a former high school teacher (30 years of experience with teenagers!) answers this question with a … [Read more...]

From the Mouth of Babes “Look in the Social Media Mirror”!

Look in the social media mirror!

Kids Say The Darndest Things! I am not only a social media consultant and business owner, I am also a mom to four kids, three of them teens. Having three sons, the conversations with them are often limited to sports talk, school work, friends and the standard ‘what’s for dinner’. With my daughter the conversations go deeper and lately, are often related to social media. In … [Read more...]

How To Get Your Teenager To Engage With You, Not Just Their SmartPhone

How To Get Your Teenager To Engage With You, Not Just Their SmartPhone

You Are The Engagement Specialist! Picture this. You are having dinner and you think your (pre)teen is very interested in what is on their plate; s/he is bend over and intend on looking down, occasionally taking a bite. Only to find out half-way through dinner that their head is bend down because they are secretly texting their friend with their Smartphone in their … [Read more...]

Tweens and Kik – It’s Far From Kicks

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 You Tween and Kik As a mom, and a communications professional in the technology space, I've heard some pretty scary stories about kids' use of social media. Predators lurking on Facebook, bullying happening via Twitter and even suspicious activity occurring on Minecraft. Add in all the news about SnapChat and Ask.FM and it’s easy to get jaded with how bad the next new app can … [Read more...]

Five “Back to School” Rules for Technology

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Technology Needs Back to School Rules, Too As kids get older, more and more of their school work is completed online. Homework assignments, research, and collaborating with their classmates on projects are now all completed through the Web instead of at the library — like we used to do it in the olden days. Although laptops, iPads and mobile phones seem to be necessary for … [Read more...]

Lessons Taught From Celebrity Photo Leak

Using the celebrity photo leak to teach our kids A few days ago nude pictures of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kate Upton, Lea Michele, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and others showed up online.  I happened to see them on a friends' Twitter account.  When I saw them, I was like, "no way those are … [Read more...]

Teens and Social Media – What Parents Need to Know

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Parents receive daily warnings on how their teens’ social media activities will hurt their chances of getting into college or finding a job. Rather than dwelling on the well publicized negatives of teen social media use, parents should be working with their teens to unleash the positive storytelling powers of social media. Parents can help their teens tell their story by … [Read more...]

When It’s the Parents Who Act Bad

It's not just the kids who are naughty on social media... The parents can make your skin crawl. We have had our fair share of bad weather this winter here in NC.. Mother Nature has been nothing short of bipolar.. 70 degrees one day, an inch of ice the next.  The kids have had delays, early dismissals and have missed more days this school year than they have in almost 30 … [Read more...]

Teens Building Their Digital Trail During the Summer: Summertime Blogs

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Digital citizenship is a phrase we have heard a lot recently. Teaching our kids and especially teens to be upstanding citizens online as they are offline is a priority. Creating a positive digital image will affect their future. It is a fact, there will come a time when your child's name will be put through the Internet wash-cycle and how it spins out will depend on how they … [Read more...]

Four Reasons My Kids Don’t Use Electronics in Public

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Do Your Kid Use Electronics in Public? My beautiful daughter had attached a pink silk flower to the top of her head so she would be visible amongst the other penguin-attired, middle school orchestra members. Standard issue white shirt with black bottoms clogged the stage. When I saw the flower appear, I knew where to keep my focus. Lights dimmed and a hush fell. The silent … [Read more...]

Winter Break, Spring Break: No Break for Online Reputation

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It is that time of the year again, when teens are planning their trips or what they will be doing with their time off during school break. One thing we know about teenagers: their social media won't be taking any vacations, quite the contrary, keystrokes and uploads usually work overtime. Parents continue to have the discussions about underage drinking, distracted … [Read more...]

Zact Mobile – The Smart Smartphone for Your Tween #Sponsored

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Should You Get Your Tween a Smartphone for Christmas? Disclosure: We participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Zact. We received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. #MC One of the questions we hear from a lot of parents of teens and tweens is that they're not ready to give their kids a smartphone. If your tweens are begging you for … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Teens and Tweens Safe Online Plus a Giveaway

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This is a sponsored post. Gecko Parents has kindly given us TEN licenses to giveaway to our readers. Read how Gecko Parents can help you keep your tweens and teens safe online and enter for a chance to win a license below! As our children grow into teenagers we all know the growing amount of problems we are going to have on our minds as parents. These are some of the … [Read more...]

Four Apps to Lessen the Gap Between Parents & Teens

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Sometimes the only way to get through to your teenage child is to send a text. There are an ever-growing list of smartphone applications that can help make parenting and communicating with your teen easier. Here are some apps that any teenager may not only find useful and entertaining, but they can benefit you, too, knowing he or she is learning things that are helpful to their … [Read more...]

5 Things to Consider Before Buying Your Child a Cell Phone

when is it time to get your kid a phone

Like it or not, at some point in the future, your child is going to come to you with puppy dog eyes, asking if they can have a cell phone pretty please? They'll give you lots of reasons why they need one, everything from "Suzie's mom let her have one!" to "You'll be able to call me anytime you like." Time to strap on your parenting helmet and consider carefully if Hunter is … [Read more...]

SNAPCHAT: Understanding The Controversial New App

Dangers of snapchat

Parents, there is a new app we would like to warn you about. Snapchat. “Snapchat” has been making waves among smart phones users and parents, and not for entirely good reasons. The app allows a user to take a picture, add a caption or a drawing, and send to a friend. Users can control how long the picture can be seen, ranging from 1-10 seconds. Once the time has expired, the … [Read more...]

Double Take: Should Parents Tell About Sexting?

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Dear Dr. Wes & Miranda: My 14-year-old son texted some pictures to his girlfriend of him not wearing a shirt. She sent some back in just a camisole. Neither one was completely nude, so we know this isn't as bad as what some kids are doing now days. We've talked to him about this being inappropriate, but now we are wondering whether we should alert the girl's parents. … [Read more...]

A Note to My Kids on Social Media

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This post was brought to my attention earlier today and I loved it! Go ahead and read it... I'll wait here for you... A Note to Parents: How to be a “cool” parent on Facebook (as written by a kid on Facebook!) Oh good! You're back. I loved this article because she hits the nail on the head. There are SO many parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles on Facebook today that … [Read more...]