Parenting with Technology

Successfully navigating parenting paradoxes in the technological landscape that is modern life.

Using The Tools We Have. Part 4: Android Restricted Accounts and Google FamilyLink

Android has several ways to secure a childs device, the newest recently released from Google in the GooglePlay store is called ‘Family Link.’ It lets me do two things that are critical to my large, multi-device family. It provides global parental controls based on the family and child’s google account, and allows applies those restrictions to each device the child uses and to online content and store access.

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The Tools We Have Part 2: iOS Restrictions

The second part of the iOS tools we have is their version of parental controls, which they refer to as “restrictions.”  I fully planned on doing a deep dive into how to set restrictions.  However, the amazing journalists at iMore.com did this for us less than a year ago.  I will hit the high spots and things that were issues for my use, and for the rest, I will simply defer to them

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Using the tools we have. Part One, Introduction to Parental Controls and Apple Family Share

As parents, we are tasked with doing everything we can to protect and prepare our kids. The same is true of their online digital life, and while education is paramount to helping them become responsible digital citizens, there are a few other steps we can take along the way to help them get there. I first want to talk about Apples ‘family share’ settings and why those may be valuable to you.

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Fair and Equal are not required for proper parenting

We have come to a conclusion in our household: Fair does not mean Equal and equal is not always fair, and that’s OK.  Our children, and even society to an extent is all hung up on being fair and equal, however.  Sometimes however we have the do what is best or most just, not fair or equal.  To properly parent, we are required to do what is right for our children as we see it at that time.  Proper Parenting is often full of hard choices.

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Put your relationship first.

We often talk about and are encouraged to put our children first. While I agree with the idea of not being selfish in our lives and interactions with our children, I don’t agree with this as a blanket statement.  For you and your spouse to function as the best, most cohesive parenting unit possible, you have to stick together.  You have to dedicate some time to being together, in the same room, focused on each other, doing things together for your relationship.

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