If you have been in the civilized world (and connected to the Internet) in the past week you have probably heard about all of the ruckus that Nintendo’s new game, POKÉMON GO!, is creating! In just the first few days, POKÉMON GO! has thrown CANDY CRUSH off the top of the app pile, and (as of July 13, 2016) had over 21-MILLION peak users in the United States, alone! The frenzy also hit Wall Street and, in the first week of release, Nintendo’s stock price jumped, adding $7.5-BILLION to the firm’s market value.
POKÉMON GO! has produced millions of happy Pokémon fans who have long awaited the fun it brings, but there are also a number of unintended consequences, risks, and outright dangers that parents need to know about.
Kids and iPhones! Those little handheld computers are both convenient and a problem, and problems are what parents worry about the most: Sexting, social media, shooting inappropriate photos/videos, downloading undesired media, bullying. And they should.
In the past year (2015-2016) courts have ruled that parents may be held legally responsible and considered legally negligent due to children’s activities online when the parents are aware that a child’s online activities may be injurious or are in need of correction (BOSTON et al. v. ATHEARN et al., Georgia Court of Appeals). In addition, purchases made online, especially in-app purchases, can blow the family budget. So, if parents are on the hook, what do they do?
Lots of young females like Tumblr, the “superblog” platform. In fact, recent Pew Research indicates that 23% of teen girls use Tumblr compared to only 5% of boys. It’s popular because very easy to set up your own blog and add content. Plus, it is easy to find other people’s content on their blogs and add their content to your blog. It has social features such as “liking” and “following”. Tumblr is a well-designed platform for expressing yourself.
Well, Mother Nature may not know that yet, in some parts of the country, but Spring is definitely here, and many of us have lots of Spring projects to get our homes and lawns ready for the rest of the year.
This is also a good time to do some digital Spring cleaning, too. Let’s see what a TECH-SAFE HOME™ needs!
“Pornography? I don’t worry about that. I only have girls!”
That’s what a mom told me a 3-4 years ago when I mentioned what I do to educate and equip parents to keep kids safe online. She was assuming things were like they were in her day, when almost all the consumers of porn were male.
So, why should we be surprised when our kids try to hide stuff from us, especially inappropriate material from the Internet, like pornography? The problem is, they have ‘way more tools for hiding than we did. In my day a teen might hide a Playboy underneath his mattress or in his closet. Today, kids can hide files on hard drives, USB drives, camera/tablet memory cards, and on phones and tablets, themselves.
When hiding files on phones and tablets they are using apps that are called “vaults”, “photo vaults”, or “file vaults”. These are apps that parents need to know about, so let’s take a look.
I get regular inquiries from pastors, counselors, spouses, and parents about pornography use and addiction. Often I am asked: “What are the signs of pornography addiction?”
Though hotly debated, the scientific evidence is increasing that shows pornography addiction is a real addiction…and problem. The physiological changes in the brains of those who consume large amounts of pornography are being found to mirror those founds in drug addicts and alcoholics, especially in the part of the brain called The Reward Center.
Knights’ Quest is thrilled to announce that our new KNIGHTS’ QUEST TV Channel on YouTube is now LIVE! We created this channel so we can provide our “how to” information in a format that will be available worldwide, 24/7/365, when parents need it and not just when we are in town giving seminars!!!
Our first three episodes are designed to help parents discover the passwords to accounts that children might have created without Mom and/or Dad’s knowledge or permission:
Discovering Your Kid’s Online Passwords Using Firefox
Discovering Your Kid’s Online Passwords Using Safari
Discovering Your Kid’s Online Passwords Using Google Chrome
And this is just the start! In the coming weeks we’ll be publishing more, including:
iTunes: What Parents Need To Know (A 2-Parter)
Locking Down An iPhone in iOS 8.x (Another 2-Parter)
NetFlix: What Parents Need To Know
Setting Up Parental Controls in Windows 8.1
Setting Up Parental Controls in Windows 10
Setting Up Parental Controls in Mac OS X Yosemite
Why Pornography Is A Problem
Help! My Child Is Viewing Porn!!!
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Many of us know couples that ran into serious problems, went to counseling, and still got divorced. It can make you doubt the wisdom of taking the time (AND money, often lots of it) to go to a marriage counselor.
Success is up to both of you!
I can tell you, in 34 years of marriage (to a fellow TYPE A, military type, and with 4 kids) my wife & I have experienced a lot of good and bad times. My wife, Jane, and I availed ourselves of the services of a number of counselors over the years. For us, it worked, because of one, key factor: Divorce has never, EVER been an option in our relationship!
This key factor can determine the success or failure of going to a counselor. And one of the best discussions of this factor is in this article by fellow bloggers Justin & Trish Davis, of Nashville, TN: