Parent’s Guide to Google Search

Parent’s Guide to Google Search

For families, the most important Google feature is “SafeSearch,” which limits the type of content your children can find using Google.

Generative AI for Families (Video)

Curious about generative AI’s role in our future? Our latest video provides a balanced view, helping you understand the potential risks & benefits of this rapidly evolving technology.

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.

Generative AI for Families (Video)

Curious about generative AI’s role in our future? Our latest video provides a balanced view, helping you understand the potential risks & benefits of this rapidly evolving technology.

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.

Featured Guides

Parent Guides

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Fire TV

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Fire TV

Download Free Guide (PDF) What is Fire TV, and how much does it cost? Amazon Fire TV is a media player that streams video, music, and games to your TV. It plugs into the HDMI port of your television and turns any modern TV into a smart TV. There are several models,...

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,...

Parent’s Guide to Roblox

By Maureen Kochan and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Download Quick Guide (PDF) If your kids love to play online games, one of the names you may be hearing about a lot lately is Roblox. Launched in 2006, Roblox’s popularity among gamers 8-years-old and up has exploded, and it is...

Parent’s and Educator’s Guide to Combatting Hate Speech

By Brittan Heller, JD and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Download Free Guide (PDF) Download Free Quick Guide (PDF) The internet is making it possible for people around the world to communicate with lightning speed and, for the most part, it’s a good thing. Whether it’s keeping up...

Parent’s Guide to Education Technology

  By Kerry Gallagher, J.D., and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Download Guide (PDF)   We all know children use devices like smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops at school and they also often use a vocabulary full of technology jargon that may seem completely foreign....

Wellness and Safety

Configuring your Phone to Enhance Well-Being

Configuring your Phone to Enhance Well-Being

by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News We live in stressful times, and unfortunately, that phone in your pocket or hand can make things worse. But if you're willing to use them, both iPhone and Android phones have tools to help manage your or your...

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. ...

Quick Guide to Online Safety for Seniors

Download the guide (PDF) The number of online seniors is growing. A 2018 Pew Research Center survey found that 66% of Americans over 65 were internet users. That number is getting bigger all the time, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the...

Podcasts

Podcast: How to Dodge Techno and Moral Panics

Podcast: How to Dodge Techno and Moral Panics

In this second episode with Jeff Jarvis, Larry and Jeff discuss regulation, encryption, the dangers of techno-moral panics, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has been quite controversial in the United States. Find out more in this follow-up with...

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. Parent’s Guide to ZEPETO World

4. Safer Internet Day & Smart Digital Parenting

5. 4 Minutes with Snapchat: Understanding the New Family Center

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