4 Ways Parental Control Software Can Help Parents and Kids with Back to School

By Melissa Maypole on 2014-08-28

It’s that time of year again. Back to school has always meant shopping for new school supplies and getting kids ready to start another year of their academic career. With most kids returning to school with a cell phone in hand, parents have a host of new concerns to address before that first bell rings…. Read more

The Online Sextortion Epidemic: What You and Your Teen Need to Know

By Melissa Maypole on 2014-08-06

Two major online publications posted articles recently about teens and sexting. One warned that the actual percentage of teens who are sexting is likely much higher than we previously thought. The other shed light on the epidemic of sextortion, the act of using sexually explicit texts and images as blackmail to manipulate teens into sending… Read more

The Dangerous Link between Likes, Followers, and Your Child’s Self-Esteem

By Melissa Maypole on 2014-06-10

Kids have always looked to their peers for validation and self-worth, especially teens and tweens. That’s nothing new. But in today’s social media-obsessed culture, it’s easy for young people to become overly fixated on their online popularity. Instead of gauging their popularity by the number of friends they have in real life, adolescents are increasingly… Read more

Cyber Self-Harm: The Most Dangerous Trend among Today’s Digital Teenagers?

By Melissa Maypole on 2014-06-06

Is it possible for a child to cyberbully himself? The notion sounds absurd, but apparently, cyber self-harm (also known as digital self-harm or self-trolling) has become an unfortunate phenomenon among today’s youth. What Is Cyber Self-Harm? We’ve all heard the tragic stories of kids being relentessly cyber-bullied by their peers and sometimes by anonymous strangers. Although they’re… Read more

Omegle App Encourages Chats with Strangers

By Melissa Maypole on 2014-05-15

According to a recent study, teens are moving away from traditional social networks toward more anonymous messaging apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp, and yes—Omegle, and while some speculate that this trend is a reflection of adolescents’ legitimate privacy concerns, others wonder just what kids are up to that they feel the need to keep so secret…. Read more

Study: Kids Don’t “Bounce Back” from Cyberbullying

By Melissa Maypole on 2014-04-25

As parents, we like to tell ourselves that kids are resilient—that they’ll bounce back quickly when things go wrong. It’s our way of reassuring ourselves that though we can’t protect our kids from every threat to their emotional and psychological health, that at least the damage won’t be permanent when these threats prevail. While it… Read more

Guest Post on ModernMama.com: Dear (Distracted) Mom, Put Down the Phone!

By Melissa Maypole on 2014-04-15

Since our mission is to help parents provide safe, enriching experiences for theirchildren online, we often focus on how technology affects kids of all ages. Rarely, however, do we stop to examine how digital diversions are affecting our own lives. It’s important to reflect, though, since our behavior affects our kids directly! Take a minute… Read more

Qustodio Offers Sponsorship/Prizes to Raise Awareness of Child Online Safety

By Melissa Maypole on 2014-04-03

At Qustodio, we’re always looking for ways to spread the message about online safety, so we were thrilled when the folks at 5MinutesforMom.com asked us to sponsor their UBP14 Twitter Party. We were so excited, in fact, that we decided to sweeten the pot by offering up our biggest prize package yet– a year’s subscription… Read more