For Kids, Summertime Doesn’t Have to Mean More Screentime

Summertime is almost here, which means that kids will soon be out of school, perhaps with plenty of time on their hands. That’s great, but it also means that they’ll have more time to interact with their devices. For some kids, this can be problematic.

Ask Trish: Mental Health Awareness Month

With May comes sunshine, flowers, and…Mental Health Awareness Month! That’s right, it’s one of my favorite months of the year! Mental Health Awareness Month (celebrated in the US, but also globally) is an incredible opportunity to raise awareness about improving our mental health.

Ask Trish: Neurotechnology

“i’ve been reading about brain chips that they can implant in your head and they can achieve super cool things. can u explain?”

Catfishing and Sextortion

A recent article from CNN provides some helpful explanations and tips we should remind ourselves and our teens about catfishing.

Online Safety Tips for School Breaks

Time away from school, whether for a staycation or for some planned travel, is a great time to remind ourselves about steps we should always take to keep ourselves safer when using our devices. Here are some helpful tips.

Parent Guides

Parent and Guardian Guide to Meta Horizon Worlds

Parent and Guardian Guide to Meta Horizon Worlds

Download Full Guide (PDF) Download Quick Guide (PDF) Watch Larry's Interview (Video) Meta Horizon Worlds is now available for teens ages 13 to 17. The app, created by Meta (formerly Facebook) for their virtual reality headsets, enables people to explore and socialize...

Family Guide to Messenger by Facebook

Download Free Guide (PDF) Messenger, which is both a mobile and desktop messaging app from Facebook and a feature built-into Facebook’s desktop (web) platform, allows you to exchange messages, watch videos with friends, and engage in group video or text chats complete...

Parent’s Guide to Tech for Tots

By Kerry Gallagher, JD and Larry Magid Ed.D Download Free Guide (PDF) Sixty-one percent of parents say that parenting is more difficult than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technology as the reason why, according to a 2020 Pew Research Center survey. Teaching...

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Alexa

Download Free Guide (PDF) Amazon’s Alexa is the cloud service behind voice-enabled devices from Amazon and other companies. Some, like the Amazon Echo smart speakers, are voice only. You talk to them and they respond in-kind. Others, like the Amazon Echo Show and Fire...

Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying

By Warren J. Blumenfeld, Ed.D. Download Free Guide (PDF) All young people deserve to grow up in a world where they are accepted, loved and treated with compassion, but sadly, that’s not the case for everyone. Some young people are vulnerable to bullying,...

Wellness and Safety

Ask Trish: Mental Health Awareness Month

Ask Trish: Mental Health Awareness Month

By Trisha PrabhuMe, thinking to myself late last week, “It’s May…which means it’s Mental Health Awareness Month!” This is definitely something I have to cover on Ask Trish. Hi there, and welcome back to another week of Ask Trish! I hope you’re all well and having a...

How to Protect Your Online Security

by Larry Magid When it comes to online security, you don’t have to be paranoid to worry about people who want to harm you.  Sadly, there are such people, and although they have nothing against you personally, they do want your money, and because the internet is...

Resolutions for a Safe and Secure 2024

by Larry Magid  This post is adapted from one that first appeared in the Mercury News I’m well aware that New Year's resolutions are often abandoned by the end of January, but that’s no reason to avoid thinking about how we can improve our lives in the year to come. ...

Podcasts

Podcast: Detecting Disinformation and Spin

Podcast: Detecting Disinformation and Spin

Today Larry talks to Peter Adams, Senior Vice President of Research and Design for the News Literacy Project. They discuss the upcoming election, mis- and disinformation, as well as some surprising information on how media literacy is taught in classrooms. You can...

Podcast: Living in a Post-Print World with Jeff Jarvis

Larry speaks with Jeff Jarvis, author of The Gutenberg Parenthesis, about how the age of print was an exception in history. And while it lasted half a millennium, we are now coming to the other end of it. What that means, and where do we go from here? Listen wherever...

Parenting for a Digital Future

When it comes to understanding how young people and their families are coping with today's technology, there are no better experts than Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross. Both have been researching this subject for years and they have recently...

Videos

1. Generative AI for Families

2. Smart Digital Parenting: Navigating Screens with Children & Teens

3. New Gaming Research

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