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Setting Boundaries for Tech Addicted Kids (and Parents)

Like most parents, I struggle with setting boundaries with technology that my family will respect. Before setting boundaries, though, it’s important to understand why our kids are on their devices so much. Unfortunately, the truth is that we, as parents, are partly responsible

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When I was a kid, I loved the back to school season.  I would scour the Sunday newspaper ads for cool new clothes, schools supplies, and maybe a new bike.  I liked packing my backpack full of new gear, especially a wonderful new pencil box - it just had that "new" year smell.  Do they make those anymore?  Back to school shopping has definitely changed.  These days it's about computers and Smartphones.  If your kids have already started their campaign for a new phone, leaving ads on your pillow at night, or on the breakfast table, you're not alone.   Here are a few tips for parents struggling with the idea of what to do when their sweet little angel wants to spend more time texting than riding a bike.

Safe Cell Phone Tips for Kids

When I was a kid, I loved the back to school season. I would scour the Sunday newspaper ads for cool new clothes, schools supplies, and maybe a new bike.

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Great news was announced today for California residents and Facebook users concerned about cyberbullying. California passed Assembly Bill 746 (http://bit.ly/pY0oCi) which makes cyberbullying a offense worthy of school suspension.

The battle against Cyberbullying takes a step forward

Great news was announced today for California residents and Facebook users concerned about cyberbullying. California passed Assembly Bill 746 (http://bit.ly/pY0oCi) which makes cyberbullying a offense worthy of school suspension.

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At ContentWatch we realize that Internet safety is not just one person's commitment or one company's solution. A variety of resources and efforts are needed to keep the internet safe and to break addictions. That is why we are so excited to join the Be Aware: Porn Harms campaign by Morality in Media.

It Takes A Village

At ContentWatch we realize that Internet safety is not just one person's commitment or one company's solution.

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When you heard the word "Predator" do you think of the creature from the movies? I know I tend to do so. Of course with this type of image in one's head it is easy to be scared or want to turn and run the other way. But what if the Predator we are talking about looked like the neighbor? Would you know how to tell who is a Predator in your neighborhood? What about online?

The Predator Next Door

When you heard the word "Predator" do you think of the creature from the movies? I know I tend to do so.

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Microsoft has made it very easy to setup multiple user accounts so that each family member can have their own login yet many shared computers remain configured with a single account. In my house we have about ten different users who routinely use our home computer.  There's my wife, our four kids, me, and about 4 of my kids' friends. In addition there's the occasional houseguest who wants to use the computer to check their email or do some online shopping or book a flight back home.  So, do we create a separate Windows account for each person? Would it be better to have fewer accounts (maybe something like “Parents, “Kids, “Guests)? Or does it make sense to just have a single Windows account that everybody shares?

How do you use your home computer when there are multiple different family members who all share a single computer?

Microsoft has made it very easy to setup multiple user accounts so that each family member can have their own login yet many shared computers remain configured with a single account.

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Any college basketball aficionado is sure to know the name of Jimmer Fredette, who played as a Senior guard for BYU last year. He won numerous national player of the year awards and was recently picked by the Sacramento Kings in the first round (#10 pick) of the draft. Partway through the 2010-11 season, Jimmer's popularity as an explosive player that could score from anywhere south of the middle court line earned him verb status. The rather raucous crowds of over twenty two thousand fans that would flock to see Jimmer play live chanted “You Got Jimmered as a taunt toward opposing teams as Jimmer dropped baskets.

Likewise, Net Nanny has been explodingly successful as an Internet filter, earning best Internet filter awards from PC Magazine, Top Ten Reviews, and numerous other media outlets. As the industry leader in Internet filtering, Net Nanny was first to introduce proxy filtering, social network monitoring, and profanity masking. Just like Jimmer, Net Nanny has been recognized in the software hall of fame with it's very own verb status. A Google search of “net nannied returns over 300,000 results. Here's just a few of the best Net-Nanny-as-a-verb examples we could find:

You Got Net Nannied!

Any college basketball aficionado is sure to know the name of Jimmer Fredette, who played as a Senior guard for BYU last year.

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Over the last 12 years of my career I have worked in the Content Filtering, Internet Security and parental control segments of the technology market. I have seen many "free" solutions announced, then launched, then sputter, and finally die or become irrelevant. Although I am not a marketing expert, I do have an informed opinion about the reasons for the majority of these Epic Failures.

Good vs Free

Over the last 12 years of my career I have worked in the Content Filtering, Internet Security and parental control segments of the technology market.

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Today I would like to talk about an underappreciated feature: the white and black URL list. Here is a brief description of what it is and ideas on how to use it.

White/Black Lists: A Parenting Friend

Today I would like to talk about an underappreciated feature: the white and black URL list.

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As a teenager I read a science fiction book about a digital encyclopedia created in the future. It contained every scrap of information humanity had come up with. It made learning sound amazing since with a press of a button one would have everything ever written on a given subject. I was in love with the idea.

The Faster Future of Learning

As a teenager I read a science fiction book about a digital encyclopedia created in the future. It contained every scrap of information humanity had come up with.

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Finding out your child has accessed porn or an adult site can be quite the moment. There are so many feelings that come out of it. What did I do wrong? Where did I go wrong? Where did he go wrong? There is no good answer on this one. What we do next when this happens is the hardest part. 

Reasons why parents don't take action

Finding out your child has accessed porn or an adult site can be quite the moment. There are so many feelings that come out of it.

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