Monthly Archives: December 2015

How to avoid excessive costs of in-app purchases

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In the not so distant past, there were regular press stories about kids that had run up huge bills on in-app purchases. Thankfully, Apple and Google have been improving things over the years, and now the default settings are usually sensible. You may however want to double-check things, to be sure. So, here are some […]


Educating parents to be vigilant in monitoring children’s electronic devices

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We’re hugely grateful to Amanda, an MMGuardian using parent, for sharing this news story with us. Amanda is a vocal proponent of both using technology such as MMGuardian, as well as good parenting, to address the risks posed by a child’s use of smartphones. She has created, and is talking at (hence truly vocal!), a […]


Is easy access to internet via smartphones making children ill?

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Earlier this year, we came across the following news report which presents the findings of child psychotherapist Julie Lynn Evans: Are smartphones making our children mentally ill? The story describes her concern that unfetter access to websites, especially due to the use of smartphones, may be behind a significant growth in mental health issues that […]


Why parents should know what apps their kids are using

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A rather scary reminder of the importance of parent’s knowing about the apps that their children are using on their smartphones. The app in question was actually an app that disguised itself as appearing to be perfectly innocent, but actually was an app to hide sensitive photos stored on the phone. http://wqad.com/2015/11/09/students-sexting-puts-colorado-high-school-at-center-of-felony-investigation/


The most popular Social Media is Texting!

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It seems that teens prefer to send a text message. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/06/facebook-texting-teens-instagram-snapchat-most-popular-social-network/373043/ That’s right, not Facebook messenger and not Snapchat! More high schoolers use texting more often than other forms of messaging, according to analysis performed by The Atlantic of research performed by Niche.  Of the 7,000 teens who were polled,  87%  use text messaging (SMS) at […]