Posts Tagged ‘internet’

Parental Controls Retrofit: A Battle Best Pre-Empted

By Daddy Clay Friday, February 24th, 2012

A recent consult with eProofing clients reminded me just how important it is to deploy parental controls early. As we reviewed the household tech, it became clear that the biggest challenge this thoughtful couple faced was placing new restrictions on their teenager’s smartphone. They were worried the device had become a distraction during study hours, and that the web capability offered too much temptation.

You might think that this looks like a simple situation to remedy — grab the phone and slap some restrictions on there. Read the rest of this entry »

Pinterest and Instagram, Okay for Kids?

By Daddy Clay Monday, February 20th, 2012

Recently, moms of my daughter’s friends have come to me to ask about some social sites and apps that their girls are asking permission to use. Ten year old girls are social creatures — and love snapshots and and cool scraps and pinboards, so it should be no surprise that they are asking about Pinterest and Instagram.

But are Pinterest and Instagram appropriate for kids — especially girls?

The terms of service for both sites state clearly that users must be 13 years or older.  So for parents disinclined to allow kids to participate in social media, or for parents that think that rules are rules, that may be enough to end the conversation with your tween. You are excused. Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting News: Energy Drinks, Breastfeeding and Maternity Leave, Sleep and Obesity, Internet, Education

By Dad News Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Pediatricians: No Energy Drinks For Kids; Greatly Limit Use of Sports Drinks: Most children and adolescents do not need sports drinks according to a clinical report published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The report also finds that energy drinks are never appropriate for children or teenagers– water should be the primary beverage choice. (

Want to Boost Breast-Feeding Rates? More Maternity Leave is Key: If the United States wants to significantly increase its breast-feeding rates, extending women’s maternity leave would be a good place to start, according to new research published today in the journal Pediatrics. (

More Sleep May Cut Kids’ Risk of Obesity: Youngsters who do not get enough sleep on a regular basis are more likely to be overweight, a new study has found. Conversely, when children got more shut-eye, they had a reduction in body mass index (BMI) and a significant drop in their risk of being overweight, the researchers found. (HealthDay)

Parents Should Screen Kids’ Summer Web Surfing: Expert: As the school year wraps up, many kids will replace class time with cyber time — a trend leading one researcher to caution parents to watch out for online hazards such as “sexting” and cyberbullying. (HealthDay)

Do Schools Share Too Much With Parents?: Student management systems, as they are known in the educational world, began trickling into U.S. schools about 10 years ago. They are now so popular Ann Flynn, director of Education Technology at the National School Boards Association, considers their use “commonplace.”(

Parenting News: Sharing Photos of Kids, Family Meals, Osama Bin Laden, Television, Daycare

By Dad News Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Posting Images of Our Kids Online: What Are the Rules?: Much has been publicized about how important it is for parents to monitor their kids’ use of technology, but what are the guidelines for parents of small children? (

Family Meals Benefit Health of Children: A study in the journal Pediatrics finds that children and adolescents who share meals with their families at least three times per week are less likely to be overweight, eat unhealthy foods or be at risk for eating disorders. (

Talking to Kids About Osama Bin Laden’s Death: Since last night’s unexpected announcement that terrorist Osama bin Laden had been killed, many parents are grappling with how to talk to their kids about this huge news story. (

The Sad State of American Kids’ Food Environments: Nearly half of all American children and teens are overweight or obese, according to government statistics, and a large part of the problem may be lack of access to healthy foods in kids’ environments. (

TV’s Common in Daycare Centers, Flouting Guidelines: More than two-thirds of daycare centers included in a new U.S. study have TVs available for children to watch, and nearly 60 percent of the centers ignored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for television exposure in young kids. (HealthDay)