As the founder of a company focused on parenting, I am intimately aware of the risks that children face on the internet. It’s why I make sure to speak to my 3 children about their online lives every single day. To me, it’s no different than asking them about their day in school.
While there are various ways to bring up kids, most techniques or styles are learned from one’s own parents. Learning how to raise children is a never-ending process, but it’s important to disentangle yourself from your own desires to make sure your children are brought up in a positive environment.
I once heard a lecturer say “technology never just gives, it always takes something back as well.” That phrase has always stuck with me, especially now that my entire day is focused on developing tools for parents to help prevent cyberbullying.
The modern, technologically driven world often leads to people feeling distracted and stressed out. In response, mindfulness has gained traction as a way to improve our wellbeing and to focus on being fully present with our experiences instead of being distracted by the all the extraneous stimuli begging for our attention.
Facebook and Google have both taken steps to identify and help people who may have suicidal tendencies. But a group of students in Hong Kong is in talks with both companies to develop even more advanced ways to help people, particularly children that are in need.
It's nearly impossible to keep track of all the apps that kids are using. Every single time that parents think that they’ve finally gotten the hang of the latest app, something new captures their kids’ attention.
Social networking is hugely popular. Many young people are sophisticated in the way they use social media apps and websites, tailoring their communication for different audiences, and accessing them from a range of devices including smartphones, tablets, and games consoles.
But social media, like all forms of public communic...