Technology Tuesday: JellyTelly

It seems like weekly I talk to parents of young children who are worried about the attitude they’re seeing in their kids…and it often seems correlated to the amount of time they spend in front of certain TV shows.  If you’re in their boat, we’ve just discovered something for you!  A friend of ours recently introduced us to JellyTelly, which was originally created by Phil Vischer, who you may know as the creator of Veggie Tales (and also the infamous voice of Bob the Tomato.)

JellyTelly is a streaming video app offering movies, videos and devotionals that are not only attitude-free, but character-building for kids.  Their blog provides...

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Technology Tuesday: 5 iPad Apps for Social & Emotional Learning

We are always looking for creative ways to support kids developing emotionally and socially.  That’s the heart of our new book, Are My Kids on Track?.  Anytime we can use technology to our advantage, it’s a win win.  Check out these five iPad Apps designed for supporting social and emotional learning in children.

 

 

Technology Tuesday: An Open Letter (Challenge) To Teenagers with Cell Phones

I was recently meeting with a young woman in high school I respect very much.  I already did respect her when she told me the following story.  Now, I respect her even more.  She’s swimming upstream in this age of technology.  And I wanted her to write a Technology Tuesday because I believe her thoughts…her passion and her commitment can help the teenagers you love.  Actually, they might can help us all learn to be better stewards not only of technology, but relationships.

In our daily lives, we are constantly surrounded by technology. Everywhere we go phones, laptops, and other devices are always in use. Not long ago, phones were used for a means of communication, and that was it. Now phones are more commonly used for social media purposes. Weather it be snapchat, twitter, or Instagram, people close themselves off from the world and instead engage in what’s on their screens...

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Technology Tuesday: Snapchat Streaks

 “I only have like 10 streaks going, but a lot of my friends have 30.”

A middle school girl went on to describe a Snapchat “streak” to me in my office this week.  By her definition, a streak is when you snapchat each other every day for a given number of days.

“Some people have streaks with 100 days.  I know a girl who has a streak for 600 days with someone.  Basically, if you don’t have a streak going with someone, it means you don’t like them...”

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A Counselor's Response to 13 Reasons Why

Raising Awareness is a double-edged sword.  In other words, it cuts both ways…which feels particularly poignant in the awareness the new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has raised since its release in March.  

You’ve probably heard of it recently.  Schools are sending out emails about it.  Churches are talking about it.  And teenagers are DEFINITELY talking about it.  In fact, every teenager I’ve asked about it in the last week has used the same words, “Its’ the show everyone is talking about all of the time.”  And I honestly don’t believe that’s teenage hyperbole...

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There are More Than 13 Reasons Why Your Life Matters...and What You Can Do About It

So, here’s the thing.  I know everybody is talking about 13 Reasons Why.  I get it.  It’s compelling.  It feels a lot like your life these days.  You’re glad somebody’s talking about what’s going on at school.  You want the adults in your life to understand how hard it is to be a teenager today.  I really do get it.  It’s so much harder than when we were growing up.  I sit with teenagers every day and hear what’s going on in their lives:  the real-life bullying, depression, self-harm…all of the things this show is trying to bring to light.  I’m a counselor, and have been for 24 years.

Here’s the other thing that I’ll tell you, from a counseling perspective.  It’s not just bringing things to light...

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Technology Tuesday: Going Live!

“I walked out of my bathroom yesterday, wrapped in a towel, only to hear my ten year-old yell, ‘I’m going live!’”.

“Going live” is now evidently the thing.  This ten year-old was “going live” on Musical.ly, only to show her latest “slime” to her five followers, including grandparents and an aunt.  “Going live” basically means live-streaming a video of you—doing whatever you want to do.  People who follow you can click to watch and comment, unless you turn off the commenting feature.  (And slime, by the way, is exactly what it sounds like).  Facebook has a live component, as well as Instagram.  In fact, TeenVogue recently did an article called “6 Tips for Instagram Live.”  The article went on to say...

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Technology Tuesday: The Story on Finstas

Have you heard your child use the word “Finsta?” (I think regularly, if our grandparents were to sit in on a conversation with teenagers, they would be as confused as if someone were speaking a foreign language.  Finsta…tweets…snaps…what are we talking about, anyway?).

So, here’s the story on finstas.  A finsta is what it sounds like—or what it sounds like if you’re 15 and thinking this way—a fake Instagram account.  (Get it…fake Insta?)  I hear about them weekly now in my counseling office.  Middle school girls tell me they have finstas with their very closest friends.  “You know, there are pictures you only want your best friends to see—like things you think are funny...

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Technology Tuesday: App Alert - Monogram Lite

It’s amazing how easily our kids can find their way to content we don’t want them to see.  We can’t say enough how important it is that we check out what they’re wanting to install on their phones and gadgets…and not just glance at, but really explore.

A mom came up to me at a recent conference warning me about an app called Monogram Lite.  She said her daughter downloaded it and it appeared harmless.  Basically, it’s an app that lets you put your monogram on different designs and images…

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Technology Tuesday: Asterisks and Affection

“I wasn’t sure how I could help, but what I really wanted to do was hug him.”

But not just hug—it was more like *hug*.  

“What does the asterisk mean?”

“It’s when the role play starts.  I wanted to hug him, so when I typed asterisks, it was like I virtually hugged him.  And then things took a bad turn from there..."

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Technology Tuesday: Disney Circle

When we’re teaching on Taming the Technology Monster, one of the most common questions is…so what do we do? Thankfully, there are many great programs out now to help safeguard our kids’ hearts and minds when it comes to Technology.  We try to write about them regularly on Technology Tuesday’s!  

The issue with filters and monitoring services is wanting something that can take the hassle out of it for you.  It’s just hard to find time to be on top of technology, while the kids around us seem to find all of the time in the world.  So, we do our best to take the guesswork out of it at raisingboysandgirls.com and help you find your way to helpful, safe, user-friendly platforms to protect your home and family...

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Technology Tuesday: Musical.ly App Update

I was teaching a class on Taming the Technology Monster last month, when the subject of Musical.ly came up.  If you haven’t come across it before, see our recent blog about the app that has taken the elementary and middle schools by storm!  

We do have an update that a kind woman at my seminar told me about that she referred to as “quite dangerous.”  The app that enables you to create your own music video and share it now has a streaming component...

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Technology Tuesday: Pornography & Masturbation

Take a look at these resources, and how we can make technology work for the adolescents and young adults we care about.

1.  Brain Buddy App   www.brainbuddyapp.com

    Enough silent suffering.

    It's time to get back to rebuild your life.

    The result of over 3000 hours of patient study, Brain Buddy rewires your brain to how it was before you got hooked on porn...

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    Technology Tuesday: Raising a Balanced Child in a Tech-Savvy World

    We live in an era where technology is literally everywhere, and while we all have to use screens in some capacity, it seems that some kids are strongly pulled to them more than others. In spite of us having firm rules on screen usage... (30 minutes of earned time a day, based upon completion of household chores prior to being able to play), our 6-year old talks about video games non stop. He’s involved in soccer and plays outside every day after school - and he’s doing just fine developmentally / academically, but he is totally fixated on the plots and characters of Mario Bros., etc. He asks multiple times a day if he can play...

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    Technology Tuesday: 5 Tips to Make Your Family Internet Safety Plan a Continued Success

    By Sean Wright, Founder & President of Affinity Technology Partners

    This post wraps up a four-part series aimed at giving parents the knowledge they need to protect children from dangerous content and interactions online. The first post discussed the dangers, such as pornography, cyberbullying, and sexting, and introduced the comprehensive internet safety plan. The second post walked you through taking a device inventory and defining your goals for internet safety. And our third post gave you a guide to five kinds of technical safeguards that can help you achieve your internet safety goals.

    In our final post, we want to leave you with five tips that, in our experience, help make internet safety plans a lasting success for families...

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    Technology Tuesday: Protect Your Family with the Right Technical Safeguards

    By Sean Wright, Founder & President of Affinity Technology Partners

    Our last post detailed five steps to take toward creating a comprehensive internet safety plan for your family. Now, it’s time to discuss how technical safeguards fit into that plan.

    Before we do, though, it’s important to reiterate that technical safeguards are only part of an internet safety plan. They put guardrails around kids and teens’ online activities, and they help parents maintain awareness of those activities. In other words, they facilitate, but don’t replace, good parenting...

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    Technology Tuesday: Mapping the Territory: 5 Steps Toward Developing an Internet Safety Plan

    This week we welcome back, Sean Wright, with Affinity, as part of our four-part technology series created by them.

    By Sean Wright, Founder & President of Affinity Technology Partners

    In our last post, we outlined the dangers kids and teens face online as well as why the task of protecting them is challenging... We also promised to walk you through steps you can take to develop a holistic internet safety plan for your family.

    Below are the first five steps in that process. As you’ll see, they involve important information gathering that will help you make good decisions regarding which safeguards will best help you accomplish your goals as a parent...

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