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?
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?
It’s nearly Christmas—the time of year when parents will be wrapping up presents and placing them neatly under the tree. If you plan on giving your children electronic devices for Christmas this year, your job doesn’t end when you put a bow on top.
It’s that time of year again and we have put together a list of the 10 best kids podcasts for this seasonal tradition – the road trip.
You’re going to need some serious in-car entertainment if your family is planning to drive to a destination over an hour away from your home. A lot of parents don’t exactly think of podcasts as kid-friendly entertainment however there there are a surprising amount of amazing family-friendly podcasts just waiting for the eager ears of your travelling clan.
Check out these kid-friendly podcasts as you explore the world with your gang this summer.
The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd
A Classic. Painting with words, The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd does an awesome job of animating Dr. Floyd’s wacky adventures. With over 300 episodes the show provides countless hours of entertainment. If your kid loves exploring mysterious world, travelling in spaceships, exploring and solving mysteries this podcast will keep them quiet, at least for the 6 minute episode.
Life of Dad
This one is for all the dads out there, especially the ones with sons. Two dads chronicle their life of video games, diapers, comic books and trying to one up their kid’s moms. Life of Dad is a great show that gives a male perspective on parenting that is often left out.
StoryCub allows kids to watch video versions of the latest children’s books with or without their parent’s attention. With StoryCub, kids can hear stories read by real adults with, or without, pictures to boot. It’s great for long road trips when your toddler doesn’t understand that your hands cannot physically open their favorite book.
This well-informed podcast answers questions to get your kid’s mind moving, like: What happens to your brain when you’re reading a book? Why is the ocean salty? How does a piano work? Question-based topics by kids is the name of the game here and its great fun. The host interviews kids as they explain the answers to all life’s mysteries in a youthful way. Brains On! is available on just about every podcasting platform you can think of.
The Moth Podcast
The Moth Podcast brings stories from the world’s greatest storytellers into one common space. This podcast celebrates the diversity of the human experience. Podcast stories range from one man’s heartfelt experience on the traffic-hectic streets of LA to a KGB interrogation and one woman’s journey through extreme weather. If your older kids are up for hearing some otherworldly, life-transforming stories, this podcast is for you.
Stuff Schools Don’t Teach
this podcast is a hidden gem. Teens, young adults, and mom and dad will be excited to listen to this podcast. Stuff Schools Don’t Teach gives teens and young adults a chance to catch up on life skills they weren’t taught during their school years or miss out on. From how to save and budget to how to get a mentor, and history’s unsung heroes.
When all else fails, everyone loves Cookie Monster, Maria, and even the Grouch. Sesame Street brings it’s historically dynamic programming to podcast and video via their website and iTunes. You can listen and watch the Count count to 100 or have story time with Elmo right in your car.
One Bad Mother
Get some laughs with the web’s resident bad moms with the One Bad Mother podcast. Laugh at the hilarious antics of these moms as they chuckle their way through the various stages, experiences, and emotions of motherhood.
The Moth Podcast
The Moth Podcast is dedicated to bringing stories from the world’s greatest storytellers into one common space. This podcast celebrates the diversity of the human experience. Podcast stories range from one man’s heartfelt experience on the traffic-hectic streets of LA to a KGB interrogation and one woman’s journey through extreme weather. If your older kids are up for hearing some otherworldly, life-transforming stories, this podcast is for you.
Wow in the World
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself getting schooled by NPR’s first podcast for kids. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz take listeners through a weekly conversation around the most incredible kid-friendly stories of the last 7 days. Each Wow in the World Podcast episode kicks off with a series of questions about a new amazing scientific discovery or finding, which are answered through comedy and debate. For example, “How long would it take to get to the closest star outside of our solar system?” Congrats dads! You no longer need to know everything.
With all of these podcasts at your fingertips (ear tips?) and ready to be listened to, your next road trip should fly by and you have the kids asking you to circle the block once you have arrived so they can hear the end of the latest episode.