Helping Your Child Find the Tech Balance on Summer Vacation

by Anna Hughes on May 18, 2017

With summer on the way, your child will soon have a lot more time on their hands. It’s easy to imagine that they might default to filling that time with computer games and social media. That’s not a bad way to spend some time this summer – digital devices can help your kids keep in touch with their friends, and educational games and apps can help prevent summer brain drain. However, it’s also important for kids to spend some of their new free time taking advantage of the warm weather and the opportunity for summer activities. Here are some tips that will help you help your child find a balance between technology and outdoor activities this summer. 

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Can Spending Time Outside Improve Your Health?

by Anna Hughes on May 11, 2017

In the digital age, there’s less need than ever to venture outside for entertainment. Kids don’t need to venture out of the house to find their friends; they only need to hop onto an app or social media network. But does that mean that outdoor play is passé? It shouldn’t be. Outdoor activities are more than just entertainment – getting out into nature is good for the health of everyone in the family. Take a look at some of the health benefits of outdoor play and find out how you can encourage your kids to take advantage of the great outdoors.

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3 Key Features to Look for in a Parental Control App

by Anna Hughes on April 27, 2017

There’s no question that raising children in the internet age presents many challenges. However, while helping your children navigate the web safely and use the internet responsibly may seem like a struggle at times, there are also web-based tools that can help. For example, a parental control app can help you set limits and boundaries on your child’s internet use. This allows your children time to learn to use their internet-based devices responsibly but helps prevent the device from taking over their lives. With the right features, a parental control app can be a huge help to a parent. Here are some of the features that you should be looking for: 

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2 Tips for Encouraging Your Kids to Play Outside

by Anna Hughes on April 20, 2017

Do your children spend as much time outside as you did when you were their age? Probably not. The culture has changed, so it’s understandable. Not only are there more screens than just the television to keep your kids busy indoors, there are also more safety concerns and more of an emphasis on planned, structured activities than there used to be. However, if you’re like many parents, you may be starting to worry that your children are missing out on something by spending so much time inside. The following are some tips for encouraging your children to get out into the fresh air.

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How Much Screen Time is Too Much for Kids?

by John Hargrave on April 13, 2017

The subject of how much screen time is good for kids has been around in some form or another for years, ever since televisions became common household items. Now, the subject is more hotly debated than ever, with not just televisions but computers, tablets, and smartphones screens monopolizing more and more of everybody’s time. You want your child to be familiar with the current technology – after all, it will probably play a significant role in their adult life – but on the other hand, you know your child also needs time for unstructured play and face-to-face communications. Here are some things you should know about screen time and your children.

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The Top Benefits of Unstructured Play for Children

by John Hargrave on March 31, 2017

Children’s toys and games have evolved dramatically in recent years. Many have come to resemble adult tools and forms of entertainment – there are computers, mobile devices, and robotics aimed for and marketed to children, as well as complex gaming systems and web sites full of activities and interactive features. There are obvious advantages to these forms of entertainment – kids today have access to all kinds of information and educational content. However, unstructured play away from screens and electronics is still critical to a child’s development. Here are some of the top reasons it’s important for kids to enjoy unstructured play.

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