Tag: child safety

How tech can help keep kids safer with crowds and separation

When we saw the reports coming out of Manchester last night, we were completely devastated. And, we found ourselves thinking about what we would have done if our children (some of whom are tweens, and Ariana Grandé fans, by the way) had been separated from us like so many were. So with that in mind, we’re sharing tips for parents on how to talk with your kids about crowds and separation over on Cool Mom Picks today. From teaching kids what to say if they’re dialing 911 from a cell phone, to how they can use social media (even...

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New research: snooping on teens doesn’t work. Oops.

If you think spying and snooping on your kids’ social media behavior will help keep them safer, a new study in the Journal of Adolescence actually suggests otherwise, this recent post on Well Family discusses. In a survey of 455 adolescents, researchers found that teens who believed their parents were snooping on them shared less information that teens who felt their parents were respecting their space and boundaries. Related: Internet safety tips for families you can start using right now And this supports previous research that suggests snooping behavior from parents can negatively affect the home environment for families with teens. So...

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An 8-year old boy learned how to drive on YouTube, then drove his sister to McDonald’s. Um.

Just when we parents were worried about all those scary parody videos on YouTube, an eight-year-old boy watched a regular old driving how-to video and decided to hit the road with his sister for a McDonald’s stop. Nope, we’re not kidding. Can you imagine getting the call from police to come pick up your kids at a local McDonald’s because your elementary-aged kid had driven there? And with his sister in the backseat, no less. Related: 12 of the funniest YouTube videos for kids The police officers had actually gotten several calls reporting a child behind the wheel, who was actually...

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Parents beware: These YouTube video parodies are not safe for kids!

Just recently, mom and journalist Laura June discovered her 3-year old daughter had stumbled upon some pretty scary Peppa Pig YouTube videos. As it turns out, there are tons and tons of kid video parodies, most of which are aimed at adults, but all still pretty easy to find for kids, especially for young ones who can’t read and are just clicking based on the main image. Related: A safer video streaming app for kids And it’s not just Peppa Pig videos either. June discovered lots more after doing an extensive search, including everything from Frozen to Doc McStuffins. And we won’t even...

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The first thing your kids should say when they call 911 from a cell phone

With so many families ditching land lines and moving strictly to mobile phones, the biggest issue has been what to do when you need to call 911. In fact, it’s such a big deal that I know lots of parents who have decided to keep their land line just for that reason. But, there are safety precautions you can take if you’ve decided to go land line free in your home. Related: How to set up Medical ID on your iPhone Along with keeping your phone charged at all times (maybe we suggest a portable battery charger?), it’s important that your...

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3 simple questions to ask before you purchase a WIFI-connected smart toy for your kids

With the recent CloudPets hack, and others like it (remember Hello Barbie?), it’s becoming clearer that smart toys, particularly the stuffed animal kind, could pose a privacy risk that parents should know about. Don’t get us wrong, we love smart toys and have featured many here on Cool Mom Tech, like the new Toymail Talkies for example, and we think that they can be a cool addition to your kid’s toy box. And given their popularity, we’re pretty sure you’ll be seeing more and more of them hit the shelves in the coming months. But, before you fork over the...

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Web Coolness: The new NASA travel poster, a hot Instagram feature, and why people are leaving Snapchat

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   We’re loving this gorgeous new, free NASA travel poster. (via Laughing Squid) This device lets dads feel the fetus kicking in utero! Whoa. Ooh, wearable tech that’s actually chic and not gimmicky. Here’s how social media might be creating unrealistic parenting standards. Coming soon? Charging devices might be as simple as connecting to WIFI. Here’s everything you need to know about the hot new Instagram feature. 13 email etiquette rules from around the world. Randi Zuckerberg...

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What parents need to know about the Roblox app, a Minecraft alternative that makes it easy for kids to chat with strangers. Eep.

You might have heard about the app Roblox, a multi-player Minecraft alternative that’s making the news because kids are unknowingly chatting with adult strangers. And getting propositioned. Just read what sort of chats this dad discovered his son was getting. Gross. Related: What parents need to know about Whisper app What’s the deal with the Roblox app? Turns out, it’s a pretty widely-known app that’s popular with Minecraft-loving kids because it’s so similar to the original game, allowing kids to create worlds and interact with other kids (or so they think). But, when I asked my 12-year old daughter about it,...

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4 tips for creating a social media policy for your babysitter, nanny, or childcare provider

Whether your kids are with a full-time nanny or you just use a babysitter (or grandparent) for an occasional date night, creating a social media policy is an important consideration. It could be a formal written contract, or just a short discussion, but either way, it’s definitely something to decide on before you leave your child in the care of someone else these days. Are you okay with them taking photos and videos of your kids and sharing them on Instagram? What about checking in at a certain location while they’re with your children? Should you friend your nanny on...

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Web Coolness: Geeky Valentine’s Day gifts and cards, VIZIO privacy breach, and the end of Facebook?

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Our favorite Emily McDowell card. Get it for Valentine’s Day! Use the KonMari method with your tech gadgets and digital life. Smart! If you have a VIZIO smart television, you need to read this. Hilarious shirt for the teachers in your life who love Netflix. Is this the end of Facebook? This new Pinterest feature is like Shazam for stuff. Why you want to keep your eye out for the Backpack Challenge, parents. Yikes. This inspiring 22-year...

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