Technology Proof Parenting

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Posted October 4, 2013 by Astrid in Mama
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Technology continues to advance while the parents are challenged with multiple questions.
In the popular press, much is made about how new digital technologies such as iPads and smartphones (iPhones, Blackberries etc) are revolutionizing family life. Tweens, Teens now have a growing stream of new technological resources at their fingertips.
A National Survey released by the Center on Media and Human Development School of Communication Northwestern University found that the majority of parents do not think technology have made parenting any easier.
Seven in ten (71%) parents say they have a smartphone in the home, and 42% say they have a tablet device. Among all parents, the vast majority (70%) do not think the devices make parenting easier, compared to 29% who say they do. Among parents who own both devices (35%), 38% say that these devices have made parenting easier.
Parents often worry about:
  • Tweens and teens racking up hundreds of dollars in charges
  • 1 am text messages
  • Being slammed with advertisements and inappropriate images or online messages
  • Bullying & gossiping
  • Being stalked
  • Using a cell phone as a portal to social media
However many of the fears face by parents can be managed and removed.
  • Finding a cell phone carrier that makes sense for you

                     Ex. The new Aio Wireless provides new choices, seamless customer experience, and simplified service and offerings to value-conscious customers interested in an unlimited talk/text/data plan with no annual contract. Aio makes wireless without an annual contract easy for customers. 

  • Creating a ‘testing phase” whereby you assess your child’s readiness for responsible cell phone usage
  • This includes WHO they share their number with and when to talk
  • Setting guidelines and following through on them

                   Ex. Using safety apps that Aio Wireless and Los Tweens Digital Platform recommend: 

                  MamaBear (iOS 4 & Android) – This FREE app is great for keeping your child safe on all mediums. While it too has location services, MamaBear also has a feature that watches over your child’s Facebook feed and alerts you of any signs of bullying or harsh language.

Sygic Family (Android) – Similar to the others, Sygic Family is a FREE app that keeps your family safe by allowing you to check where they are, however you can even check the battery levels of their smart phones. So when one of your kids is at a concert and not texting you back, you can see their phone died and text their friend instead of alerting the state police and U.S. SWAT teams.

BullyBlock – (Apple iOS, Android – $0.99) – This app captures and block bullies that are causing you and your family harm. The Bully Block app allows users to covertly record verbal threats and harassment, block inappropriate texts and pictures (e.g. sexting), and utilize auto respond features. Bully Block blocks bullies that utilize private or unknown numbers to engage in cyberbullying. Bully Block also has instant reporting features that allow the user to email or text abusive behavior to parents, teachers, HR departments, and law enforcement. All audio, messages, and calls are stored on the phone SD card.

  • Creating a daily time to talk about technology and its implications- positive & negative
  • Having an open-door communication policy – Firmly establish yourself as the central hub of information

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If you want to know:  Which Cell Phone Carrier is Right for Your Tween? visit www.lostweens.com

 


About the Author

Astrid

Periodista con más de 7 años de experiencia en el mundo de las comunicaciones donde ha tenido la oportunidad de entrevistar a grandes celebridades, politicos y personalidades influyentes. Ella posee un bachillerato en Periodismo y una Maestría en Periodismo Multimedios de Florida International University. En el 2012 fundó LatinBlah.com una plataforma digital dirigida al mercado hispano. Rivera también es la anfitriona del programa radial Miami Despierta.

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