Parenting with Technology

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

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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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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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