cyberparenting

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When is your child ready for a smart phone?

Apr 13, 2015
When is your child ready for a smart phone?

...To navigate around the power and control issues, develop a paradigm of being in charge of your own world (heart and mind) through learning how to use the smart phone as a communication tool that must be used purposefully, or you become the “tool” who is easily duped. Creating a sense of purpose around...

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Why banning books and people from your teen’s life does not make them more secure

Apr 10, 2015
Why banning books and people from your teen’s life does not make them more secure

Banning books is an irrational act based off of fear. Likewise, “banning” certain kids from your child’s life is fear-based restriction. The other day I learned that several of one of my favorite author’s novels was on the “banned list” for quite a few years. Now, Hemingway is a well known author who is...

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Do cyber parents have too much information about their child? How to monitor and respect privacy

Apr 6, 2015
Do cyber parents have too much information about their child? How to monitor and respect privacy

...Because teens do most of their conversations on-line, parents can have more access to their personal stuff than ever before. It can be too much information and there is a risk of knowing too much, getting too involved and/or micromanaging which can lead to high anxiety all around weakening the parent-child bond with broken...

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Parenting the power and control issues in the social network

Mar 30, 2015
Parenting the power and control issues in the social network

Parents are the primary teachers for life, and internet connectivity introduces an enhanced power crisis for parents and children. In a tap and click world, the devices inspire an intoxication feeling, which makes it difficult to put down the device, and kids can easily perceive that parents are irrelevant because everything they think they...

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Tips to train your teen to put aside the device and drive

Mar 23, 2015
Tips to train your teen to put aside the device and drive

Texting and mobile connectivity is incredibly seductive. Brain science tells us that the brain can become addicted to the stimulation of the tap and click connectivity of social media and other apps, such as gaming. So it takes a disciplined mind to not allow the smart devices to be the thing that governs our...

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How texting cripples the parent-child trust bond & what to do about it

Mar 16, 2015
How texting cripples the parent-child trust bond & what to do about it

Instinctively we know that growing up in a digital world, interacting with devices and apps can interfere with bonding and socialization. And yet the temptation is great to rely upon the device to sooth and occupy fussy children, or avoid discomfort of dealing with boredom, conflict or disagreement. The reality is devices do not...

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Parents confusing love and praise in the social network

Mar 15, 2015
Parents confusing love and praise in the social network

Source: www.atomicdc.com

Source: www.atomicdc.com

2015 February monthly Round Up

A recent MSN report featured a newly released study about how parents who tell their children that they are more special than other children demonstrate narcissistic tendencies, whereas children whose parents expressed how much they are loved by the parent developed high...

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What is free wifi really costing you?

Mar 10, 2015
What is free wifi really costing you?

I recently went to Disneyland with friends and you would not believe the amount of people, parents on their phones. Here’s the thing, take your pictures, but posting them on Facebook and/or Instagram can wait. It sets a bad example for children. Teach them to stay in the moment. I think children are sometimes...

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Using your mobile phone as a ‘shut up’ toy? Try this instead

Mar 9, 2015
Using your mobile phone as a ‘shut up’ toy? Try this instead

We know that during early childhood years the brain is developing capacity to bond as a human in social relationships, starting with family and care givers. The bonding that happens at a neurological level through the production of oxytocin, a bonding hormone which fosters a sense of connectedness to another caring human being, requires...

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Tips for understanding the texting lingo of your teen

Mar 2, 2015
Tips for understanding the texting lingo of your teen

So in order to provide protective cover for the teen who may be confused between trust (which is always verifiable among people) and privacy (which is private stuff you keep from the world not from your parents), parents need to position themselves as trusted resource to help teens learn how to be in control...

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