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Protecting Our Loved Ones: A Guide to Safe Internet Use

8 min read

The Internet is a double-edged sword—offering boundless knowledge and connectivity on one hand while leaving young users vulnerable to online threats on the other. Parents, in particular, find themselves in a continuous battle to safeguard their children’s online experience. Here's you'll learn about the best solutions to challenges faced by many parents in the digital…

Mangesh Bhamre

A Guide To Buying Your Child’s First Phone 

6 min read

As your kiddo grows up before your eyes, their wants and needs when it comes to technology will also evolve. A smartphone can be essential for communication, learning, safety, and socializing. But navigating the world of kid-friendly devices can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. This guide will walk you through everything you…

Dan Quick

child

7 helpful tips to Manage Screen Use

5 min read

Parents need to take an active role when it comes to helping their child manage his/her online life. Here are 7 practical tips to help your child on their screen journey:

Carlie Parkinson

boys on screens

‘Disconnect to Reconnect’ at Dinnertime with These 6 fun Ideas!

5 min read

Embracing togetherness with family at dinnertime is a worldwide tradition spanning generations and a multitude of cultures. Sharing a meal with good conversation is a valued part of our social wellbeing, yet a recent survey1 by Maple Leaf Foods shows that this coveted time of togetherness is another aspect of our lives negatively impacted by…

Joe McMahan

Disconnect

Introducing Vancouver’s First & Only Dedicated STEM High School

5 min read

In order to tackle the large issues we are facing in today's (and tomorrow's) world, STEM skills are needed more than ever, and benefit everyone. Thriving in work and in life requires computer and data literacy skills. It's a given that future researchers and scientists will rely on these skills. Imagine a world though where…

Lorrie Holmes

visst

The Evolution of Present Parenting: Building Stronger Bonds in the

4 min read

Present parenting can be defined as actively engaging with and being emotionally available to one's children in the present moment. It involves creating a nurturing and responsive environment that fosters trust, communication, and connection.

Angela Wanja

Parenting

Don’t let your cyber guard down

6 min read

It was reported in 2019, that one in four youth (25%) aged 12 to 17 years experienced cyberbullying in the previous year (Statistics Canada).

Tony Anscombe

Cyber

Pink Shirt Day: Important Legal Rights When It Comes to

5 min read

Bullying used to be upsetting but contained.  A victim would most often be verbally or physically bullied but once away  from the “bully”, the victim would have a reprieve until perhaps the next interaction.  Technology has resulted in a far worse form of bullying, known as “cyberbullying” which results in the victim never being able…

Jasmine Daya

Anxiousness and depression, bullying

Is it safe to post pictures of your child on

3 min read

The recent Wren Eleanor discourse is centered on the ethics of posting children on social media. This discourse is primarily fueled by other TikTok content creators who posted stitches (videos directly commenting on the original Wren videos) and commentaries offering their views: predominately, that Wren’s videos were saved by people who were sexualizing children.

Carlie Parkinson

social media

5 Tips to Ensure Your Kids Stay Cybersecure

6 min read

The pandemic has many children spending more time online than they may have ever before.Of course, that also brings it with a series of safety concerns and challenges. Many young children are not fully aware of the cybercriminals that lurk around the World Wide Web. Although you may think you recognize these bad actors and…

Danielle Wood

Learning

How To Keep Your Children Safe Online

5 min read

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.

Geni D'arcy

online safety

The Pheonix rises out of adversity

6 min read

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.

Sharon Selby

adversity

Reassessing Your Kids’ Screen Time Limits in the New Remote

7 min read

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…

Hinda Leah Sharfstein

screen time

Incredible program for high school students in Vancouver – Deadline:

3 min read

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…

Carlie Parkinson

tks

Avoid Villainizing Screen Time in Your Household

4 min read

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…

Theresa Lukjaniec

screen time

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

8 min read

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.

Denise Roland

smartphones

The Tech Solution – how to manage screen-time

5 min read

Technology use carries with it myriad potential consequences—among them cyberbullying, sleep deprivation, poor posture, back and neck pain, sedentary behaviours, obesity, loneliness, diminished eyesight, anxiety, depression, body image disturbance, and addiction. All of these are changing children in elemental ways, interrupting rudimental biological drives to connect, to become independent, even to procreate. Tech executives were…

Shimi Kang

screen time

Screen time during isolation – Quality over quantity 

4 min read

At PK Beans we spend most of our days focused on bringing play into children’s lives, as we believe play is the backbone to a healthy start in life. So, it isn’t surprising, especially during this time of social isolation, to be asked how parents can balance screen time and encourage active play. The mother…

Jenn Wint

screen time

Access to Technology

5 min read

One of the biggest challenges for parents is deciding when (not if just when) a child or teenager will have access to technology such as a laptop, tablet, or mobile phone. And there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Famously, industry leaders from the computer and technology industry are reported to prevent their kids from…

Angela Crocker

girls looking at a digital screen

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

4 min read

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.”

Ram Kezel

Kids with phone

3 Ways to Ease the Pain of High-Tech Parenting

6 min read

Last week, my teenager spilled a milkshake on his MacBook Air and I’m convinced it was on purpose. You see, he’s been lobbying for a PC because my current ability to satellite parent requires the household to be on Apple, lest I will have to come up with different parental controls. Parenting has always been…

Guest Author

girls looking at a digital screen

How to balance electronics and nature?

6 min read

So many parents today complain that their kids are always inside and plugged into their electronics, and never play outside with their friends like we used to when we were growing up. They are worried their young children are addicted to their Ipad and cell phone and wonder what to do. They have every right…

Brenda Fisher-Barber

restrictions

Unplugged and Unbothered

4 min read

Organize your electronics for a happier and healthier home If you spent 2016 lost in your electronics you’re not alone. It’s said that two thirds of Canadians own a smartphone and children average more than seven hours a day looking at screens. As 2017 starts, Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) say it is time to…

Guest Author

Family looking at devices not unplugged

Teach Children to Stay Safe on the Internet

6 min read

Back to School Means Back Online: How to Teach Children to Stay Safe on the Internet NordVPN gives advice on keeping children safe online Going back to school is an exciting time of the year, but it also means children will be using Internet on a regular basis in school and at home to do…

Guest Author

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