We recently listened to a podcast where a seasoned elementary school principal, with 20 years of experience in public education, talked about the greatest challenges facing our kids. His answer: “Social media, smart phones, and video games.” Let that sink in. There are many challenges educators face, from funding to classroom size, literacy, family conflicts and more. But trumping the net effect on those massive issues is the impact of our kids’ access to certain sectors of t
Does Facebook own photos of your kids? Do your FB profile details show up in Google? What’s the difference between private and public posts? The more connected our world gets, the more important it is for us to think about who we let into our digital lives, and how much information the world can see about is. Sure, we need to talk to our kids about the difference between public and private information online, but WE ALSO need to model a good understanding of privacy as well.
Let’s Help Those Teachers Too! One recent connection we’ve made is with Safe Smart Social, an organization we’ve followed for quite some time, gleaning great app safety tips from them. In fact, Safe Smart Social published this blog from our co-founder, Sarah on their site: 5 Tips To Become a Cyber Savvy Parent or Educator. Here’s an excerpt: In April, Sarah will be a panelist at Safe Smart Social’s Digital Citizenship Conference in Los Angeles, California. We have no doubt it
***UPDATE (OCT. 5, 2017): YouTube’s new “updated” look also takes away a very crucial parental safety setting on their platform… the Restricted Mode LOCK. Make sure you read this blog to discover the workaround, or your kids may not be protected on YouTube!*** Do you know how to limit your kids’ exposure to explicit videos or mature content on YouTube? Restricted Mode is a simple feature that makes a big difference, but it’s certainly not foolproof. We want to help you unders