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How To Keep Your Children Safe Online

Reading Time: 5 minutes Children live within a world predominantly defined by their ability to access the digital community within seconds. Thanks to the rise of portable devices such as smartphones and virtually ubiquitous Internet connectivity, this generation of children can enjoy freedoms which would have been impossible to imagine 20 years ago.

The Pheonix rises out of adversity

Reading Time: 6 minutes A story from Sharon Selby about how smartphones/social media contribute to so much teenage angst – toxic competing and comparing which then increases anxiety and depression. I believe we need to take a stronger stance on smartphones.

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Reassessing Your Kids' Screen Time Limits in the New Remote World

Reading Time: 7 minutes For many parents, concern over kids being glued to screens is not a new phenomenon. However, with the pandemic causing a 500% spike of digital media usage amongst younger generations, the issue has become a new kind of monster. Our current reality is forcing families to rethink screen time limits and come up with solutions that take into account both the harmful effects of excessive digital media use and the need for kids to engage in online school and socialization. The pandemic has had a detrimental impact on many kids, and an unhealthy dependence on technology could be a long-lasting side effect of a full year away from school and friends.

Incredible program for high school students in Vancouver - Deadline: April 5

Reading Time: 3 minutes We just learned about an incredible extracurricular program for high school students and wanted to share it with parents in Vancouver. The Knowledge Society (TKS) is a 10-month innovation program for students ages 13-17 who want to solve the world’s biggest problems. The program is modeled after curriculums from Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, and designed to replicate the learning environments of Google and Facebook. They’ve also been recognized by organizations like the World Economic Forum.

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Avoid Villainizing Screen Time in Your Household

Reading Time: 4 minutes Technology is here to stay and will prove to be one of the most important tools in your child’s life. Parents must be careful not to villainize technology. By painting excessive screen time in a negative light or punishing your child for spending too much time on their device, this does not deter them away from using technology. Instead, this villainization eventually transfers to them in the form of guilt and shame.

Crazy talk. Or, is it? SmartPhones, Cigarettes, and Our Children

Reading Time: 8 minutes Smartphones are causing negative health effects. We even have a medical diagnosis for smartphone addiction (it’s Nomophobia, by the way). Look for yourself-you don’t have to dig very deep to find it. We have developed difficulties with sleeping, anxiety, compulsive web surfing, loneliness, depression, even vision and balance disturbances.

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The Tech Solution - how to manage screen-time

Reading Time: 5 minutes Technology use carries with it myriad potential consequences—among them cyberbullying, sleep deprivation, poor posture, back...

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Screen time during isolation – Quality over quantity 

Reading Time: 4 minutes At PK Beans we spend most of our days focused on bringing play into children’s...

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Access to Technology

Reading Time: 5 minutes One of the biggest challenges for parents is deciding when (not if just when) a...

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Mom, When I Grow Up, I Want To Be An Influencer

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you ask your children what they want to be when they grow up, there is a good chance that the answer will be “an influencer.”

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3 Ways to Ease the Pain of High-Tech Parenting

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last week, my teenager spilled a milkshake on his MacBook Air and I’m convinced it...

How to balance electronics and nature?

Reading Time: 6 minutes So many parents today complain that their kids are always inside and plugged into their...

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Unplugged and Unbothered

Reading Time: 4 minutes Organize your electronics for a happier and healthier home If you spent 2016 lost in...

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Teach Children to Stay Safe on the Internet

Reading Time: 6 minutes Back to School Means Back Online: How to Teach Children to Stay Safe on the...

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Keep Children Safe While Playing Pokémon Go

Reading Time: 4 minutes “Pokémon Go” is Dangerous for Children, Says Children’s Safety Group Tech safety expert weighs in...

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