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Is it ok to let my kids play with the iPad when I need a break?

Is it ok to let my kids play with the iPad when I need a break? | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
I have two kids, ages 7 and 2. My eldest is given access to the iPad on car trips and once in a while at home. My younger son likes to sit by his brother while he plays and of late, has been pointing to it and asking for it.

 

 The content each child is using should be developmentally optimal for each child—and that means having different content for each. Here are some tips to manage time and content:

 

Choose content with each child in mind. You can use parent reviews fromCommon Sense Media to decide which apps, books, and games to try out, choosing a variety of activities such as finger painting, making music, and, for your 7-year-old, activities and games with reading, math, and science.

 

Use it with them sometimes. The way that kids best use technology to learn and grow is with adult interaction and guidance, bonding with them and “scaffolding” their explorations.

 

Use the tablet as part of their rich experience, rather than a babysitter.Continue to foster the same expectations for tablet time with your 2-year-old as you have done with your 7-year-old. While it is okay employ the tablet to smooth car rides or even to grab a few moments to work, I would recommend against using it at mealtimes for a host of physical and mental health reasons. It is important that the iPad doesn’t become an expected (or demanded) part of the daily routine and remains a special, once-in-a-while activity.


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And while Common Sense Media is an awesome tool to help parents, nothing beats good ol' 'staying in the room' surveillance.  Keeping your ears open for inappropriate content is the best way to keep the ipad safe.  And do use kid appropriate browsers for youtube, because even a two year old can swipe himself into some inappropriate viewing material.

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Parents may be held liable for children’s Facebook posts – court

Parents may be held liable for children’s Facebook posts – court | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
The parents of two children who posted defamatory comments about a fellow student in a fake Facebook account are heading to court, which will determine whether parents should be liable for their children’s internet activity.
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Do you think parents should be held liable for children's social media posts?  Is it possible that more parental accountability might lead to more parental responsibility and awareness?

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Social Media Profiles: Why Parents Having One Can Help Stop Cyberbullying

Social Media Profiles: Why Parents Having One Can Help Stop Cyberbullying | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
Cyberbullying is a major problem affecting millions of children and teenagers through their social media profiles. Here is how parents can help to stop it.
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Prevention tip for parents: get on social media and you just may detect signs of cyberbullying in its early stages.

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Study: Bullied Kids at Risk for Mental Health Problems 40 Years Later

Study: Bullied Kids at Risk for Mental Health Problems 40 Years Later | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
Frequent and occasional bullying were both associated with a higher risk for depression, psychological distress, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety disorders in middle age.
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A reminder on the importance of bullying prevention.

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One in three UK kids has own tablet | Advanced Television

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Do YOUR kids have their own tablet?

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Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?

Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time? | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
As children’s books, just like all the other ones, migrate to digital media, parents, pediatricians and researchers are struggling to find out if reading an e-book should be considered story time.
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Question for parents: is reading an e-book real story time?

 

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How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

How to Keep Your Kids Safe Online | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
We live in an age of instant information. With a "click" here and a "swipe" there, we can pretty much find out anything about everything (and then some!). October is Cyber Security Awareness Month so it's a good time to take a pau...
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Great reminders on keeping our children safe in the digital world.

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Ignore No More : Yoursphere for Parents – Helping Families Live Healthy Digital Lives

Ignore No More : Yoursphere for Parents – Helping Families Live Healthy Digital Lives | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
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I don't have a teenager, so I wonder what other parents think of this app?

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Germany: No more work emails after 6pm

Germany: No more work emails after 6pm | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
Checking emails after work hours is so bad for your psychological state that Germany is considering banning it altogether.

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Is this the way to approach this complex issue? What about common sense prevailing?

 

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No, digital natives are not clueless about protecting their privacy online

No, digital natives are not clueless about protecting their privacy online | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
Standing on a stage in San Francisco in early 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that as internet users had become more comfortable sharing their lives online, privacy was no longer a “social…
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Excellent news that kids and young adults ARE indeed concerned about privacy online.

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Internet Matters | Apps Guide for Parents

Internet Matters | Apps Guide for Parents | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
'An Apps Guide for Parents' - internetmatters.org's guide to apps children are using
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A fantastic guide for parents on apps.  Easy to read and very informative.

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Do you Know What Schools are Doing with Your Kids’ Private Data?: Two Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Child’s Data Is Protected : Yoursphere for Parents – Helping Families Live Healthy Digital ...

Do you Know What Schools are Doing with Your Kids’ Private Data?: Two Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Child’s Data Is Protected : Yoursphere for Parents – Helping Families Live Healthy Digital ... | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
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Is your school protecting your child's private data?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 12, 11:43 AM

I am not sure the Schools know what they are doing with the private data. Certainly, something is done with it, but the people running IT in most Schools are not capable enough to be doing much more than using a computer. That begs many questions.

 

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Setting Safe Search On The Google Search App

Setting Safe Search On The Google Search App | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
Children are being exposed to adult content, including violent pornography younger and younger. This most commonly happens when they stumble across it when
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How to set Safe Search on the Google Search app.  Good to know!

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UNICEF and the ITU release Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection

UNICEF and the ITU release Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
In order to protect children’s rights online, businesses must collaborate with governments, parents and policy makers to ensure necessary measures are taken
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Why I shield my kids from social media - IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za

Why I shield my kids from social media - IOL Lifestyle | IOL.co.za | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
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One parent's viewpoint on children and social media.

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Nude photo leak: Now the hackers are going after children on Snapchat - Telegraph

Nude photo leak: Now the hackers are going after children on Snapchat  - Telegraph | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
After weeks of releasing nude images of celebrities online, hackers are now targeting ordinary people - including teenagers and children. Radhika Sanghani reports
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Be careful with those Snapshot photos.  We know that they aren't really deleted in 10 seconds and now we know that hackers can access them.

 

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3 Reasons Why Social Media Age Restrictions Matter

3 Reasons Why Social Media Age Restrictions Matter | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
In short, as a society we have largely given up, giving age restrictions a collective shrug and "so what?" But, guess what? Age does matter, and here's why:...
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Age restrictions on social media website do matter.

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70% parents fear social media distracts children | The Upcoming

70% parents fear social media distracts children | The Upcoming | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
A survey commissioned by Webtrate, an internet blocking service, has found that 70% of parents fear social media is distracting their children from their studies. Of the 2,000 parents polled, 63% think it is futile to confiscate smartphones and tablets and many feel unable to make their children do their homework by blocking internet access […]
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Google Reveals Information About 'Right to Be Forgotten' Requests

Google Reveals Information About 'Right to Be Forgotten' Requests | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
Google has released the first official stats on requests based on the controversial "right to be forgotten."
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Check out these Google statistics on the right to be forgotten?

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When and how to stage a digital intervention with your child : Parenting

When and how to stage a digital intervention with your child : Parenting | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
When a child’s online behavior raises red flags, how should you intervene?
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When your teen or tween has gone to far,  you may need to stage a digital intervention.

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Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say? | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it

Kids read emotions better after spending several days without electronic media, according to new research.

 

The UCLA researchers studied two groups of sixth-graders from a Southern California public school. One group was sent to the Pali Institute, an outdoor education camp in Running Springs, Calif., where the kids had no access to electronic devices. For the other group, it was life as usual.

 

At the beginning and end of the five-day study period, both groups of kids were shown images of nearly 50 faces and asked to identify the feelings being modeled. Researchers found that the students who went to camp scored significantly higher when it came to reading facial emotions or other nonverbal cues than the students who continued to have access to their media devices.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 2, 2:15 PM

A worthwhile read. What are the challenges parents and teachers face as a result? Digital technology is here, but what can we do to help work with it mindfully?

 

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 7, 12:39 AM

As the comments say, there were too many variables so this study is not very reliable.  However, it does seem enough to warrant more and better studies.  -Lon

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Bullying Prevention.

Bullying Prevention. | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Explore how parents, educators, students, and communities can work together to address the causes and effects of bullying and cyberbullying.

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This is an important subject. I found some of the most problematic bullying was amongst the adults in School. What message do we want to send children?

 

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Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPhones Or iPads: Here’s Why

Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPhones Or iPads: Here’s Why | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
Steve Jobs is a name which is synonymous with cutting edge, innovative and groundbreaking technology. So it may come as something as a surprise to learn
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Imitate Steve Jobs and limit your kids use of technology.

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How dangerous is your child's internet and smart phone addiction?

How dangerous is your child's internet and smart phone addiction? | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
The launch of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus saw a huge furore about what the new phone would provide to its users, its functionalities and all the other things that come with it. While comments about the phone have flooded social media, there is a small space that questions the hype. Are we tha
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Good medical statistics on children and internet addiction.

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What in the World is This Cloud Everyone is Talking About?

What in the World is This Cloud Everyone is Talking About? | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
I know you have all heard of the "Cloud". Your kids might have said things like "Oh, it's up on the cloud" or "I'll pull it off the cloud." They might even turn in homework through the cloud. Let's be honest....how many of us really know what in the world they are talking about? How [...]
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A clear explanation about the iCloud.

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The One Rule You Really Should Enforce This School Year

The One Rule You Really Should Enforce This School Year | Internet, Social Media and Online Safety | Scoop.it
While parents grapple with how much screen time is too much for children, new research now supports their suspicions: An excess amount of time in front of screens is bad for kids.

The Learning Habit study, published this month in the American Jour...
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Screen time limits during school year: provocative!

 

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