Parenting with Technology

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

Kids and Tech

Using the Tools We Have, Part 5: Routers, Hacks, and Third Party Apps

From the modem and router to handy hacks. From coffee timers to third-party software, there are many creative ways to help protect your kids online. Here are a few of my most successful and a couple that weren’t. Hopefully this final chapter in “Using The Tools We Have” helps a parent navigate some of the more easily avoidable pitfalls of parenting, with technology.

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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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