cyberparenting

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The family-friendly pros and cons of iPhone 6 and iOS8 functionality

Sep 15, 2014
The family-friendly pros and cons of iPhone 6 and iOS8 functionality

The new iPhone 6 and iOS8 was released last week, and as is always the case, new releases of technology bring changes that can be good and potentially problematic. So parents need to be aware of what is involved and have a plan to handle it.

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Making a peaceful society 101: Ferguson revisited

Sep 9, 2014
Making a peaceful society 101: Ferguson revisited

The pursuit of truth is difficult when emotions are high and this is especially true in the social network. Cyber-powered connectivity can intensify the temptation to rush to judgment without all the facts and it is difficult to maintain a perspective informed by the aim to pursue justice before the pursuit of truth has...

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Simple tips to stay informed about your child’s social media experiences

Sep 8, 2014
Simple tips to stay informed about your child’s social media experiences

There is a tendency to want to lecture and tell kids what to do, or say nothing for fear that you don’t know what to tell them because you don’t know what is happening. The most important thing a parent can do is get interested in what your child thinks, and get them talking...

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Talking with confidence about internet porn and sexting

Aug 26, 2014
Talking with confidence about internet porn and sexting

This talk explores ways to have a meaningful conversation with your child about sexual exploitation, and in particular as it relates to internet porn and sexting.

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Will parental control apps help or hinder communication with your teen?

Aug 25, 2014
Will parental control apps help or hinder communication with your teen?

Parental control apps have limited value, and must always be used in context of the bigger lesson about making good decisions and establishing good habits. If your child is using her device and ignoring you, and you choose to use Ignore Me No More, create a more robust context about making good choices.

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Explaining the value of patience in a tap and click world

Aug 18, 2014
Explaining the value of patience in a tap and click world

The tap and click tablet, internet-enabled world conditions us for instant gratification. How many of us become impatient when an application takes too long to process a command? Yep. Thirty seconds can feel like an eternity. In the cyber social realm impulsivity, a lack of patience, can lead to aggressiveness and a bully climate...

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Overcoming cyber-powered gossip and bullying with humility

Aug 11, 2014
Overcoming cyber-powered gossip and bullying with humility

...humility is choosing to assert control over the “smarty pants” self, and stand your ground about where you believe your power comes from in the first place. It is the “What Would Jesus Do” model. When you are feeling uneasy or threatened, it is better to pray about it and trust God with the...

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Why discerning what it means to forgive and excuse matters for cyber safety

Aug 4, 2014
Why discerning what it means to forgive and excuse matters for cyber safety

Over the past few weeks Jodie and I have talked about bringing clarity to key concepts that help us and our children maintain open communication rooted in truth: private and secret, brave and risky, and trust and faith. Today we are talking about clarifying what it means to forgive and excuse so as to...

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Teaching children to be content with the consequences of their own choices

Jul 31, 2014
Teaching children to be content with the consequences of their own choices

Living with the consequences of our choices can be a challenge in the modern world especially for our children whose cyber-powered experiences can convince them they have no real choices.

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How to explain monitoring your child’s texting and social media as love language

Jul 28, 2014
How to explain monitoring your child’s texting and social media as love language

When parents accept that they have legitimate authority for providing protective cover for their children, which is not the same thing as controlling them, then it is possible to express your passion for the child’s God-given liberty to think for himself. And because we are not in control of our child, rather the child...

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