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4 Ways to Be Socially Smart in 2018

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018! Is it just me or did last year fly by really fast? If it is just me, then I blame my kids…they sort of steal every waking moment. But I digress. It’s a new year, and you know what that means? That’s right, setting unrealistic goals that result in forming even…

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I got my kid WHAT for Christmas?!

The holiday season has come and gone and when it comes to the gifts your kids have received, you can be sure of this: times have changed. The gifts that kids and teens are asking for these days are drastically different than what we asked for “back in the day.” With smartphones, tablets and gaming…

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I’m giving my kid WHAT for Christmas?

With Black Friday in the rearview mirror and Christmas right around the corner, many parents and grandparents are rushing to get the final gifts on their kid’s list. Whether your shopping is happening online or in-store, you can be sure of this: times have changed. The gifts that kids and teens are asking for these…

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Holiday Challenge: How Serious Are You About Curbing Your Screentime?

This post was originally published on McAfee’s Family Safety Blog by author Toni Birdsong. Used with permission. I tinkered with the idea of signing off Facebook for the holidays. I even wrote the popular “I’m unplugging for the holidays” post, looked at it for a moment, and then deleted it. What about the holiday photos I…

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7 Tips for Intentional Parenting in a Digital Age

When it comes to keeping your kids smart on social media, let’s be honest…it can be a little overwhelming. With new apps constantly popping up and rules always changing in the social media world, it can be a bit stressful with knowing best practices. So what do you do? First off, that’s why Be Socially…

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Cyberbullying: Stats and Solutions

Cyberbullying: the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. Isn’t it wild to think that not too long ago, the word “Cyberbullying” didn’t even exist? If any bullying were to happen, it would typically happen face-to-face…or on a landline phone.  Kids and teens always had the safety net of being able…

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My Kid Messed Up On Social Media…Now What?

“One of the best things we can do in the meantime is build bridges-rather than walls-between ourselves and our kids when they fail in these areas.” (Right Click) “So my kid has messed up on social media, now what?” This reality might be the greatest fear parents have in allowing their kid to have social…

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New App Alert

TBH is a new social media app that is becoming very popular. It stands for “To Be Honest”  and with over 5 million downloads and 2.5 million active users, it has gained quick popularity with tweens and tweens. How it works: To log in, your kid has to share their location and contacts. This is…

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Social media agreement contract

Set Agreements, Not Rules

  When it comes to social media expectations and boundaries for your kid, try setting agreements, not rules: both parties will win! Agreements empower you and your kid to set appropriate expectations for their social media usage together. Rules are dictated by parents and your child must abide by your standards. And with social media,…

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Important Instagram Update to Combat Cyberbullying

We are thankful that Instagram is taking steps to combat cyberbullying.  We encourage you to take these steps to protect your kids. Step one: Make sure you have updated Instagram to the latest version. Step two: Go to Settings and scroll down to comments: Step Three: Click Enable Keyword Filters Step Four: Click on both…

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