In 2018, 33 percent of Americans now own wearable health devices, and 46 percent are using apps for healthcare.
As a society, we constantly hear about the ways in which we should reduce our screen time or technology use.
Kids these days are really tied to their tech—Pew Research Center data indicates that around 45% of teens say they’re “almost constantly” online, and even young kids are spending more time in front of screens. That continuous connection to tech and the internet can make it tough to get kids outside and engaged with the real world.Luckily, though, it doesn’t have to be one or the other, —you can actually work with your kids’ tech devices instead of against them. Certain apps encourage kids to interact with the world around them, getting them up off the couch and into the outdoors.
Just when you thought all social media sites were created and no one could possibly have a unique idea for another site, a company called Musical.ly Inc. has created an app aimed towards teens.
You’ve heard of the basic social media platforms that teens are using: Snapchat, Instagram, and maybe Twitter. You may even use a few of these platforms yourself. One you may not have heard about? VSCO.
You don’t have to be a parenting expert to realize: Keeping kids safe on social media services like Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram has become a top priority for today’s family.
Messaging apps have become hugely popular. In fact, the total active users each month on messaging platforms now exceeds the number of active users on social media. The shift of online time towards messaging apps together with increased saturation of mobile app stores has helped to drive the rise of a new technology - ChatBots.
Today, we confront a myriad of new safety issues, concerns, risks and harms, while also benefiting from the wonders that technology can and does bring into our and our children’s lives. Our original worries focused on content, but now the online safety community, as well as parents, teachers and caregivers, are just as concerned about behavioral, emotional and developmental side effects of our hearty embrace of all things digital.
You can feel more confident in your child's use of technology in the classroom and at home by taking the time to understand the services they are using and how their personal data is being handled. We have three steps that can help you think about what is happening to your child's information.