Tag Archives: mobile phones

Monitor and Control you Child’s Phone. Good on ya Mum!!

Are you tired of calling or texting your child and not getting a response? For some reason they seem to go into some sort of paralysis when Mum or Dad calls.  You get the following excuses: my battery went flat, I left it in my car/bag/friend’s … Continue reading

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Monitor your Child’s Kik Messages

Many parents ask me how they can monitor their child’s text messaging.   In the early days, in particular, when your child has their first phone or ipod this can be a useful way to have the conversations needed to ensure … Continue reading

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14 year old NSW girl lured to Victoria by 17 year old boy via Kik

What is Kik Messenger??  Is it safe? Do you know if you child is using it? Most parents don’t!  Last week, a 14 year old, Year 8 girl, went missing from her home with a 17 year old boy she met through Kik Messenger. Yesterday she was found.  … Continue reading

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Pardon me, that’s it! Grown Ups put down your Phones!

It was watching a Dad, with two under 7s and dog, cross a road glued to his phone that did it for me, but it could have been any number of other instances.  I have been simmering ready to boil … Continue reading

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Tween Parent’s Kik Revelation!

I don’t know about you, but I always find it helpful to hear real life accounts from real life parents about their experiences keeping their children cybersafe.  Below is the parent of a 12 year old, in response to the dangers of Kik Messenger. At … Continue reading

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Texting and Driving now the No 1 Killer of Teens

Do your teens text and drive? A new study shows that texting and driving is now the number one killer of teens, surpassing drinking and driving.  In a story  reported by CBS, more than 3,000 teens die in the United States annually from … Continue reading

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Four Teens Arrested over Sexting at a Melbourne School

This is a true but sadly recurrent story among teens today despite the headlines and the warnings of teachers and parents. Nonetheless it is a teachable moment that you must use to discuss the consequences of sexting with your teen both as the possible transmitter or receiver.  … Continue reading

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Video Proof your Teen Must See!

Hot on the trail of my last post one of our Dad’s  (bless him) has just let me know that a self named ‘geek’ in the US has posted  video proof on Youtube that shows that Snapchats are even less destructible. digitaltrends reports that … Continue reading

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Sexting v Child Pornography

When three US high school students from Virginia made mobile phone videos of drunken sex acts with fellow teens and shared them among themselves, they ended up in court last week facing charges usually reserved for adult predators: child pornography, … Continue reading

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Grrr….Now Facebook has Invaded the Dinner Table!

And you, like I, thought the family dinner table was sacrosanct!  Surely the dinner table is the last bastion of family togetherness and now Facebook is challenging even that! While the family sit around at dinner table chatting about their day, a teen obsessively checks her … Continue reading

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Mum, Dad – Do you know if your child is on Kik Messenger?

What is Kik?  Is your child on it?  Do you know who your child can contact and who can contact your child?  You need to! Most parents think that their child needs a mobile to text, send and receive pictures. They feel safe in … Continue reading

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:) Like what you Hate! :( What is Hater?

Yet another new App was launched last week.  It looks a lot like Instagram. You can take a picture or upload a photo from your phone, share it with a caption, and view and respond to other posts from the Hater community. … Continue reading

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To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract Love Mum :) xo

Dear Gregory Merry Christmas/Happy Birthday! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good and responsible 13-year-old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. … Continue reading

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What is Wickr? A Disappearing Text Version of SnapChat? Mmmmm…how might Teens use this Magic?

Wickr is a relatively new app currently available for the iPhone but soon to be released for Android use. The makers of this app argue that our electronic communications should not be catalogued and stored forever on some distant, untraceable server. The Wickr App is free … Continue reading

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The Project – Get the message on sexting

Last night Channel 10’s The Project ran a story about a young Victorian man and the difficult situation that he now finds himself in since a friend sent him a sext. Corey Clement is now on the Sex Offenders Register for 8 … Continue reading

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