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Being The Cool Parent; Cool or Uncool?

Being the cool parent is not cool at all. Parents who allow their teenage children to drink in their own home, blow my mind. I’ve heard all of the reasons, and the most common one is that “they are going to do it anyway. While I understand where they are coming from, it is never a good idea to provide a place for underage drinking, or the means to use drugs and alcohol. And yes, it might be true that your child will do it anyway, but adolescent experimentation with drugs and alcohol should not be condoned by parents. Allowing […]

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Your Child Refuses To Give You Their Smartphone Passwords, Now What?

Your tween or teen refuses to give up their smartphone passwords, now what? So, parents, there is no one size fits all solution to this problem, but here are 7 things you need to keep in mind if your child refuses to give you their passwords on their smartphones or other internet devices. 1. It is important for you to know that not only do you pay for the phone, but you are responsible for the phone and whatever information it accesses, or stores online. Parents have every right and the responsibility to ensure safe and legal use of a […]

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Suspended From School For Smartphone Use? What Parents Need To Know

Many parents are unaware of their child’s school policies when it comes to suspensions. Every school has the basic offenses which can result in suspension in their handbook, but there are some things your child could be suspended for that may not be clearly written in the student handbook. Smartphones and social media have complicated this once, pretty black and white issue and parents, you need to be in the know. Did you know, for example, that if your child “likes” a certain social media post they could get a suspension? Last month, seventh grader Zachary Bowlin received a 10-day […]

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This is a Parents Alert! Danger Ahead!

Social Judo now checking for this app on any child users phone.  What is it?  and what do I need to know? The app that has got parents worried is Siniy Kit, or Blue Whale. The name apparently comes from a song by a Russian rock band, popular with western teens called Lumen. Its opening lines are, “Why scream when no one hears what we’re talking about?” Believed to have started in Russia, and now migrating to other regions of the world, Blue Whale is a social media challenge that encourages teens and tweens to perform specific tasks over the course of 50 […]

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