Tech Trends:

Screen Time, Digital Citizenship, Social Media

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Tik Tok:  Guide for parents

Want to learn more about this app that is taking the world by storm?  TikTok is especially popular with youth.  ConnectSafely has assembled this guide to help parents/teens understand the ins and outs of being a TikTok user.

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Screenagers

To be effective in influencing your children on this issue, begin by committing to have many short, calm and caring conversations.

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Sexting 101

The Centers for Disease Control reports that sexual activity among high school students has decreased in the last 10 years but digital sexual activity is becoming more common. 

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Bullying and Cyber Bullying

This is a no-nonsense video for parents of children from 5th grade through early high school. The topic is bullying - why, who is most likely, social media, smart phones, and techniques the average parent can use to detect and correct.

 

Meghan McCoy of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center does a fabulous job with this complex topic.

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The Drug-Like Effect of Screen Time on the Teenage Brain

Teenagers today have never known a world without the internet, which may be why half of all adolescents say they’re addicted to their digital devices.

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Teen Cell Phone Contract

Set healthy boundaries for teen cell phone use.

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How to Cut Children’s Screen Time? Say No to Yourself First.

Parents are often at fault, directly or indirectly, when children and teenagers become hooked on electronic media, playing video games or sending texts many hours a day instead of interacting with the real world and the people in it.

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Real Parents, Real Talk About Kids And Screens

We live in a world of screens. And in this digital age — with so many devices and distraction — it's one of the things parents worry about most: How much time should their kids spend staring at their phones and computers? What's the right balance between privacy and self-discovery?

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Are You a Distracted Parent?

In Highlights Magazine’s annual State of the Kid Survey, a nationally representative sample of 6- to 12- year olds were asked, “Are your parents ever distracted when you are trying to talk to them?” 62 percent of children said yes, and, when asked, “What distracts them?” - the most frequently mentioned distractor was cell phones (28%) followed by siblings (25%) and work (16%).

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Apps to Help Keep Track of What Your Kids Are Doing Online

As kids become more independent, we want to foster their sense of responsibility and give them room to prove themselves. But it can be difficult to navigate this natural separation, especially when kids are doing who-knows-what on their devices.