Monthly Archives: March 2013

by on 03-27-2013

qustodio for macIn case you haven’t heard the big news, Qustodio for Mac and Android is now available! That means whether your child uses Mac, an Android mobile phone or a Windows PC you can protect them with Internet's best parental control software. Our latest version also has a few other cool… Read more

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by on 03-27-2013

The man known as the world’s greatest conman is now warning others about the risks of identity theft in a technologically advanced society. According to The Guardian, Frank Abagnale, famously portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film Catch Me if You Can, says that young Facebook users in particular are susceptible to having their identities stolen,… Read more

by on 03-26-2013

The Steubenville sexual assault victim whose case has shaken the nation has been further victimized, but her assailants aren’t going unpunished. After the sentencing of two high school football players who tossed her around like a toy while she was intoxicated at a party, the 16-year old victim began receiving threats on the social media site, Twitter. The two teen… Read more

by on 03-25-2013

COPPA (aka The Children’s Online Privacy Act) originated in 1998, but with advancements in social media networking, the laws have had to get tighter over the years. The most recent changes to the Act, approved by the FTC last December, will be implemented this July. These new regulations will require sites like Facebook and Tumblr to actively remove pictures, videos,… Read more

by on 03-19-2013

Iowa State University professor Douglas Gentile says it’s clear that violent video games make kids more aggressive but stops short of claiming that they create homicidal tendencies. In a talk with NPR, Gentile said that that video games featuring violent content “tap into a primal instinct” and release stress hormones in the body such as cortisol and testosterone, the same… Read more

by on 03-18-2013

Has your little one ever unlocked a new level or bought more accessories for her virtual pet with real money while playing a game on your iPhone? If so, you may be able eligible for compensation. In response to a lawsuit filed in 2011, Apple has decided to settle with parents who claimed that in-app purchases were too easy for… Read more

by on 03-14-2013

While half of parents report joining Facebook in part to check up on their kids' online activities, one mom in New York has been banned from posting on any of her three children's pages. An appeals court issued the order in 2011, and just a few weeks ago, the New York Supreme court upheld the decision, according to Huffington Post.… Read more

by on 03-13-2013

family at dinner table using mobile devicesModern day parenting is hard. As if it weren't enough having to worry over keeping our kids safe in the real world, making sure they eat their vegetables and do their homework, we now have to keep a close eye on the… Read more

by on 03-12-2013

Half of Parents Join Facebook to Friend Their KidsDid you sign up for Facebook to keep tabs on your child's social media activity? If so, you're not alone. In a study conducted by Education Database and reported by Mashable, one out of two parents surveyed said… Read more

by on 03-08-2013

Facebook graph search can be used by online predatorsAlthough it's yet to be fully implemented by the social media giant, Facebook's new Graph search is already raising some eyebrows from parents and child safety advocates. The major concern? Graph makes it super easy to detect other… Read more

by on 03-07-2013

little boy playing with tabletExperts have long warned that TV is bad for kids under the age of 2, but what about apps? Are there different rules for tablets and Smartphones? With the proliferation of gadgets designed to turn a stroller or even a potty into an interactive play place… Read more

by on 03-06-2013

girls texting on smartphonesA study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University and published in the International Criminal Justice review revealed that online bullying has even more harmful effects than the low-tech, schoolyard variety. The study, reported by The Globe and Mail, reported that 28% of students who had been cyberbullied… Read more

by on 03-05-2013

ESRB mature ratingAs is stands, ESRB video game labels like “E for Everyone” or “A for Adults Only” are merely suggestions. Retailers are within their legal rights to sell even the most violent video games to children. That may soon change, though, thanks to a bill proposing that a fine of up… Read more

by on 03-04-2013

teen boy playing video gamesPresident Obama has called for the CDC to research the possible link between violence and video games at the cost of $10 million to tax payers. While some argue that this is a small price to pay to get to the root of the thousands of… Read more

by on 03-01-2013

girl texting on smartphoneSome have called it the new “birds and bees” chat. Whatever you call it though, the mere idea of talking to your teen about sexting is likely enough to get your stomach turning. Like the real sex talk, however, it's a necessary, if uncomfortable, discussion to have. The… Read more