What parents need to know about musical.ly

Last week, I updated my parenting guides and invited readers to contact me with questions about apps. The next day, I received an email from a parent about musical.ly. I immediately downloaded and played around with it. After cruising around musicaly.ly, I am not surprised parents have questions. Musical.ly profiles are public and full of young faces. If…

Are you sharing too much in your Baby Registry?

One of the first internet safety lesson kids learn is never post personal information online; this includes full name, location and birth date. This rule is to keep them safe from identity thieves as well as snooping strangers. But before their first birthday, a child’s personal information may already exist online. When parents register for baby gifts, they are…

Ash and Ollie help parents talk with kids about screen time

Tablets and other devices, with simple to use touch screens, make it easy for younger kids to surf and play games online. Not surprising, for kids under 8, their time with screens have tripled. It is challenging to establish boundaries for using these devices. These devices are not only at home but can travel with us throughout our day. Unlike…

Totlol – a kids safe video site created by parents

Totlol is a safe video site for kids built by parents for parents. The idea for Totlol came about after Michael Avni, one of the founders and father of 3, discovered that even after setting parental controls on all of his computers and mobile devices, his little girl still stumbled upon an inappropriate video.  Unfortunately, this is not…

Pediatricians Urge Parents to Limit Screen Time

“How much recreational screen time does your child or teenager consume daily?” “Is there a television set or Internet-connected device in the child’s bedroom?” The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is encouraging all pediatricians to ask these two questions at every well-child visit. These questions are one of many suggestions in the updated AAP policy on Children,…

Ask Before You Post Or Tag

Do you ask your kids before posting or tagging their photos? Do your kids ask their friends? Some people may ask before tagging but most do not if just posting a photo. Tagging a person in a photo assigns their name to their image. So people believe if you do not tag, the photo is…

It’s Super Facebook Log off!

This week, I tried the super Facebook log off. I first read about the super log off on danah boyd’s (she doesn’t capitalize her name) blog. She is a researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center who studies kids and their interaction with social media. She  brings a unique perspective and has…