Category: Internet Safety

Facebook Safety Center: Resources to help make Facebook a safer place

As much as I love social media, I’m also aware of how scary of a place it can be, whether it’s dealing with annoying comment trolls or full-blown cyberbullying. That’s why I’m really pleased that Facebook has listened to the concerns we’ve all had and responded with their new Facebook Safety Center, an online hub to help keep Facebook users a whole lot safer. Related: How to find your hidden Facebook messages. Because you’ve got some. Once you head over to the Facebook Safety Center web page, you can learn more about all the privacy and security settings on Facebook and...

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Apps parents should know about: Whisper

A few years ago, we warned parents about Whisper, a free app that allows users to post about anything and everything anonymously, then connect in groups based on interests and location. But recently, a Denver teen was lured by a sex offender through the app, which is why we’re reminding parents to check the apps their tweens and teens are using. Related: 4 apps parents should know about When I downloaded Whisper, I had to allow it to find my location in order for me to even use it. Keep in mind, you can then immediately click “don’t allow” when your iPhone then asks if you...

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Everything you need to know about Pokemon Go: The good, the funny, and the very scary

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard something about Pokemon Go, the new, free app that’s blowing up the Internet. In fact, it’s about to take over Twitter in user activity. Seriously. We’ve been getting lots of questions about Pokemon Go here at Cool Mom Tech, from what it’s all about to whether it’s safe for kids. And with a bunch of Pokemon lovers in our homes, you can bet we were very curious to get more information. So to help you (and us) decide whether you want to download the app and try it out...

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Easy Internet safety tips for parents from an expert that you can start using right now

Parents are always asking us how to monitor the safety of their kids online. Combine that with social media, and it can be really overwhelming for parents to know how to educate their kids while still keeping track of their activity. And as someone with a tween in the house, I can tell you I’m much more vigilant about privacy and safety that I ever was before, but it can still be a challenge managing their Internet usage. So, here’s a quick and easy cheat sheet for parents, with expert tips and guidelines that answer a lot of the Internet safety questions...

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Must-read info: How your Instagram photos could be used by brands. And what to do about it.

Just a few days ago while perusing new Cool Mom Picks Instagram followers (hey, thanks new followers!), I clicked over to the Sesame Place Instagram feed and noticed something pretty surprising in their bio: Photos using #sesameplace become property of Sesame Place In other words, use a hashtag to identify the location of your photo, which is common practice, and you’ve inadvertently given a brand ownership of your photo. Maybe. Now that’s something I’ve never seen before, and as a parent, this troubles me. (Update: The Sesame Place team has responded and removed their statement from their Instagram page. Keep reading for more...

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Circle with Disney screen time management system: Is it worth it for parents?

A lot of our readers have been asking us about Circle with Disney, a new device on that market designed to connect to your WiFi specifically to help parents monitor their kids’ internet usage and manage screen time. We were really curious about how it works and effectiveness, and so far, I’ve been very impressed by some of its functionality and how easy it is to use. So after trying a unit sent for review consideration, here’s my honest breakdown of Circle with Disney, for you  fellow digital parents who could use the help.  Related: 8 really smart tips for managing kids’ screen time that you can put into action...

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First cell phones for kids: 12 features and considerations to help you find the perfect one.

We’re continuing our series about kids and cell phones on behalf of our sponsor, the premium authorized Verizon retailer, Cellular Sales, because wow, do parents need help with this! And by parents, we mean, ourselves too! Because we know first-hand that once you say okay, I’m going to take the plunge (eep!) and get my kid a cell phone, there are so many questions to ask yourself to help you find the right one. (Psst…one of the cool things about Cellular Sales is that you can call to set up a no-wait appointment so that once you arrive at your...

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How to know if your child is ready for a cell phone: 5 questions to ask yourself. Then answer, honestly.

One of the most frequent questions we’re asked at Cool Mom Tech is at what age we think kids are ready to get their first cell phones. And, well, the short answer is… it depends. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy fill in a number here answer. Because it’s not an easy question. So to help you make this big decision, we’ve put together a list of considerations to ask yourself before taking the plunge. If you can answer them honestly, we think you’ll make a good choice. And we’re happy that we get to offer you our tips on behalf of our sponsor, authorized Verizon premium retailer Cellular Sales, because they know...

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Luma WiFi: An amazingly smart router system that keeps homes connected and kids safe.

These days, connectivity in the home is essential. (Unless of course you are a tech-hating neophyte, think Facebook is “The Internet” and still rely on a landline and listen to a plug-in radio for entertaining; but then, you’re probably not reading this.) And increasingly, it means more than making sure your network doesn’t go down, but also making sure we’re all connected to one another in smart ways. So I’m excited about a new crop of modern routers on the market I’m seeing, like Luma, a companion router and app system which I think parents will love. Related: Torch: A...

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Piquing our geek: Can SmartFeed make our kids’ media more mindful, not mindless?

Trying to manage my three kids’ time spent and content viewed on all of the various devices we have in this house is one of the most thankless, naggy job out there. They don’t fully understand why I say “no” to the newest app, or why YouTube is blocked, or why I start yelling for them to put down the iPad and get outside already. So I’m intrigued by a new online subscription service called SmartFeed which promises that it will make managing our kids’ digital media diet much easier. And, presumably, less naggy on my part. Related: 8 really smart tips for managing...

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