Technology: A Parents Guide Share +

Most people agree that technology comes with amazing benefits, but also some serious downfalls. Learning how to weigh the pros and cons of technology while finding balance for your family can be difficult. Below are some good places to start. 

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Check out the new resources featured from our LIKE Movie and Panel Discussion Event from February 3, 2020:

Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Today by Dr. Jaron Lanier. The auther is one of the founders of Virtual Reality

 

iGen by Dr. Jean Twenge. Relates to both social media and Post Millennials

The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathon Haidt. For parents of teenagers and soon to be college-bound

Generation Z Unfiltered by Dr. Tim Elmore. Social Media Consequences (and smartphones): “The last couple years I have always mentioned that my advice to new college of business students is to deleted you social media accounts (you can always start them up again with a more defined, business/career  purpose)  The look I get is like I asked them "To kick their dog."   That in itself should be a warning sign, as I can find no anecdotal evidence that social media actually improves your performance, happiness or pro-longs your life. The "Like" movie alluded to this phenomenon” (Keszi, D).   

The author is a Silicon Valley legend and developed amazing technology

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Cell Phone and Device Contracts

Does your family have a cell phone and device contract for daily use? Cell phone and device contracts are a great way to keep open lines of communication surrounding cell phone/device use and family values. The goal of a device contract is not to take control of your child's everyday use, but to establish clear guidelines and boundaries that will help your child maintain control over his or her device rather than the device controlling your child. Below are a few examples of device contracts, please take a look, download, and make edits as fit for your family. It is NEVER too late to start setting boundaries on your childs cell phone use, no matter how old! 

Click HERE to Link to Teen Cell Phone Agreement 

Click HERE to Link to iMom Cell Phone Contract

Downloadable Cell Phone Contract Sample click here

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Apps

Technology is here to stay, the question is, how well does your family manage their screentime? We have created a list of the most up-to-date applications created specifically to help families manage device use while driving, at the dinner table, while studying, at bedtime, and apps that monitors daily use down to the number of times you pick up your phone.

Cell Control

This app is vehicle motion activated and prevents cell phone use while driving. Cell Control disables the use of texting, tweeting, facebook, snapchat, playing games, surfing the web, and taking selfies all while keepping 911 available for emergencies. Learn More HERE

Auto Forward Spy

Auto forward Spy is cell phone parental control software that helps you keep an eye on your children's smartphone or tablet activity, it can monitor the majority of your child's phone and internet activities, and the reports are thorough and intuitive.

Net Nanny

Net Nanny is cell phone parental control software that lets you track your kids' internet activity as they browse on their smartphones. With the software, you can also set restrictions and create usage alerts. Its reporting functions are excellent, but its focus is on internet usage only. 

Mobile Spy

Mobile Spy is the most powerful cell phone parental control software available. It offers the most thorough tracking and reporting, even revealing deleted content and keystrokes. You can set custom alerts and restrictions with it, helping you not just monitor your kids, but ensure they don't access dangerous or inappropriate content.

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Other Great Resources:


Click HERE to watch an intriguing Ted Talk!

The Center for Humane Technology (CHT) is an independent nonprofit organization whose aim is to drive a comprehensive shift toward humane technology by changing the way technologists think about their work and how they build products. We’re creating the conditions for a new race to the top to realign technology with humanity.

BARK – Monitoring system for smartphones

Bark is an app that monitors your child's texts, chats, emails, and 24+ social media platforms for serious issues like cyberbullying, adult content, sexual predators, profanity, suicidal ideation, and more.

Your Undivided Attention Podcast

Technology companies are locked in an arms race to seize your attention, and that race is tearing apart our shared social fabric. In this inaugural podcast from the Center for Humane Technology, hosts Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin will expose the hidden designs that have the power to hijack our attention, manipulate our choices and destabilize our real world communities.

www.ThatsNotCool.com (For Kids)

That's Not Cool is an award-winning national public education initiative that partners with young people to help raise awareness and bring educational and organizing tools to communities to address dating violence, unhealthy relationships, and digital abuse.

How to Really Love Your Teen by Dr. Ross Campbell. In this best-selling book, Dr. Campbell helps parents understand the delicate dance between parents and their emerging teenagers. Learn how to create a solid, balanced approach for relating to your teen, how to communicate unconditional love, how to handle teenage anger, as well as your own, and how to help your teenager grow spiritually and intellectually.