Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter . . . the list of social media platforms goes on and on, but all of these platforms have one thing in common: they are not reality. Images can be doctored, news stories can be twisted, and fake profiles can reinvent a person’s identity in seconds.
You’ve decided to give your child a phone, but have you thought about how you’re going to keep that smartphone secure?
Today, the average American child gets their first smart phone around age 10 and 39% open a social media account about a year after that. Research shows that around half of all 12-year-olds use one or more social media platform. The surprising part of those statistics isn’t just that such young kids are using social media apps like Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. It’s the fact that the minimum age requirement for nearly every social media platform is 13 or older.
If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. When it comes to the internet, this old adage rings especially true. Scammers are everywhere you look. The Better Business Bureau reports that online scams have skyrocketed during the pandemic, with fraudsters achieving greater success than ever before as consumers spend an unprecedented amount of time online. Continue reading “3 Online Scams Aimed at Children”
“Please, please, pleeeeeease! Can I get a phone?”
Sound familiar? Nearly every parent with a child older than 8 has heard this kind of begging. But how do you respond? Should you actually get your child a smartphone? The answer: it depends. Every kid is different. It might make sense to get some children cell phones at eight years old, while others may not be ready until they are in high school. In fact, the average age when children get their first cell phone is around 10 years old. By the time kids are teenagers, 84% of them have their own smartphone.
Teens today are using more technology than any generation before them. They have 24/7 access to their friends, their favorite games, and countless social media sites. Do you know what your teens are doing with all of this access? Are they being safe online?
Bullying has always existed, but cyberbullying is a relatively new issue. Now that nearly every teen has 24/7 access to a smartphone, bullying can happen at any time and in any place. It can happen on social media, on websites, on gaming platforms, and through texting. Because it happens on the internet, cyberbullying can be even more intense than face-to-face bullying. The bully’s actions can be seen by hundreds of peers within seconds, and the victim may feel like there’s no way to escape.
How many people in your home are addicted to their phones?
According to recent statistics, more than 75% of people consider themselves addicted to their smartphones. When it comes to teens, 45% say they are on the internet “almost constantly.”
Being a working parent is difficult. Balancing child care, work responsibilities, and household duties can be exhausting. But working and trying to manage your children’s e-learning at the same time can seem nearly impossible! In an August 2020 Washington Post survey, half of working parents said that having their children e-learn at home full time would make it difficult or impossible for them to work.
It’s a question parents get asked a lot: how much time do your children spend on screens each day?