Filed in : Android, Apple, Filtering, OpenDNS, Parental Controls

OpenDNS should be the first-line of defense for a protected home network. There are many posts already on the SCP website about the benefits and use of OpenDNS.  I generally recommend using OpenDNS Home, which gives parents the ability to customize the levels or categories of filtering controls. There are times when that kind of customization is not necessary and […] Read More

Filed in : Parenting in the Digital World

In episode 245 of The Ben Shapiro show podcast, Ben makes the following statement about our culture: “One of the great misnomers in American culture is that pornography is adult entertainment. Really, pornography is adolescent entertainment  Once you are an adult you realize there is responsibility that comes along with sex, that there’s responsibility that comes along with relationships. But Hollywood […] Read More

Filed in : Apps, Parenting in the Digital World, Social Media

The other evening as I scrolled through my personal Facebook feed, I noticed that several of my Facebook friends had attended a wedding that evening. As is often the case with Facebook, it occurred to me that I wasn’t even aware that some of these friends knew each other. “Funny, small world,” I thought. Then I saw another post about […] Read More

Filed in : Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World, Pornography Concerns, Uncategorized

In a recent article at Amplify, Alon Schwartz (CEO and co-founder of UnGlue) claims that the concept of parental controls is “the biggest parenting mistake in modern history”. As a big proponent of parental control products, I have to take serious issue with his claim. The point he is trying to make is that parental controls do not allow the […] Read More

Filed in : Device Monitoring, Parental Controls, Products

If you are looking for a product to easily manage your kids access to apps and screen-time, then OurPact might be a good option for your family. While it does allow parents to control access to the internet, parents need to know that it does NOT do any internet content filtering. Parents can completely disable access to the internet and […] Read More

Filed in : Fun, Parenting in the Digital World

I love technology and gadgets and using them for fun and productivity. Sensible Cyber Parenting is not about ridding children’s lives of technology, but rather instilling the responsible and balanced use of it in all of our lives. When I was a kid and we did scavenger hunts, we could only mark the items off of our list. Now, with […] Read More

Filed in : Filtering, Parental Controls, Uncategorized

The amount of products that connect families to the internet continues to increase. Luckily for families, the parental control options that come with those products are increasing and improving. Demand drives the manufacturers and developers to add these features so that means that parents are making their preferences known and that is good thing. Parents shouldn’t hesitate to contact companies […] Read More

Filed in : Parenting in the Digital World

The other morning as I was praying, the children in today’s world and their fears, came to mind. There must be so many who are needlessly fearful about the condition of our climate. What are the emotional results of this fear? I’m concerned that we have a generation of kids who are fearful of things that they need not be afraid […] Read More

Filed in : Apple, Parental Controls, Parenting in the Digital World

I had not yet included a post about Guided Access, but the great people at Protect Young Minds did today, so I want to feature it. Apple has continued to make progress with providing parents and schools with tools to make iPhone and iPad use safer for kids, and Guided Access is an example of one of those features. The […] Read More

Filed in : Apps, Media, Parenting in the Digital World

It has always been important for kids to know that their self-worth has nothing to do with the approval of others. However, the Youtube and social media culture today make it even more critical to healthy adolescent development. The approval of others is often what we focus on when using social media. “Look how many likes I got for that […] Read More