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Protect your Child’s Identity during the Holiday Season

As adults, there are a variety of ways that we might find out our identities have been stolen. Maybe it’s a phone call from our credit card companies, inquiring about suspicious charges. It could be bills or cards that arrive in the mail without warning. In serious cases, it might even be discovered if you’re turned…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting, Privacy

The New Topic for Your Back to School Safety Talk

Back to school is a time for new beginnings, re-establishing routines, and gearing up to start a busy new academic year. As parents talk with their children about returning to the classroom, they have the perfect opportunity to discuss internet use and safety. For example, when you talk with them about looking both ways before…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

All I Really Need to Know About the Internet, I Learned in Kindergarten

As parents, teachers, and guardians, we are always faced with challenges of protecting our youth. Look both ways before crossing the street; always be aware of your surroundings; stay together; and the forever famous, call me when you get there. The internet is yet another challenge with the primary differences being the fast pace at…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

App Appropriateness

One of the biggest challenges for parents (and me) is to keep up with the hundreds of new apps that seem to pop up every day. In traveling the country every day talking to students about their technology use, I have the advantage of hearing about these new apps first-hand; everywhere in the country there…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Parenting

Be the Example

I’ve spent the past several years traveling the country meeting thousands of parents who are interested in learning how to help their kids have a safe and positive experience when it comes to utilizing technology and social media. For me, the most interesting thing continues to be learning new things daily about kids’ habits, interests,…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Watch Movie Online A Haunted House (2013)

A Haunted House (2013) HD Director : Michael Tiddes. Writer : Rick Alvarez, Marlon Wayans. Producer : Rick Alvarez, Marlon Wayans. Release : January 11, 2013 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Endgame Entertainment, Wayans Bros. Entertainment, IM Global, Open Road Films. Language : English. Runtime : 86 Genre : Comedy, Horror.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Online Security, Parenting

Watch Full Movie A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) HD Director : John Moore. Writer : Roderick Thorp. Producer : Wyck Godfrey, Alex Young. Release : February 6, 2013 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Ingenious Media, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Dune Entertainment, Mid Atlantic Films, Big Screen Productions, Temple Hill Entertainment, TSG…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy

Watch Full Movie Online The Midwife (2017)

The Midwife (2017) HD Director : Martin Provost. Writer : Martin Provost. Release : March 22, 2017 Country : Belgium, France. Production Company : France 3 Cinéma, Curiosa Films. Language : Français. Runtime : 117 Genre : Comedy, Drama. Movie ‘The Midwife’ was released in March 22, 2017 in genre Comedy. Martin Provost was directed…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Parenting

Watch Full Movie War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) HD Director : Matt Reeves. Release : July 13, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Chernin Entertainment. Language : English. Runtime : 142 Genre : Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction. ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ is a movie genre Action, was…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Parenting

Watch Full Movie Online War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) HD Director : Matt Reeves. Release : July 13, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Chernin Entertainment. Language : English. Runtime : 142 Genre : Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction. Movie ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ was released in July 13,…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Educational Issues, Parenting

The Emotional Consequences of Parent Identity Theft

Having your identity stolen is an upsetting, even exhausting situation. Many victims have suffered sleepless nights from worrying about who had their information, how they had gotten it, and what else they were possibly doing with it. The recovery process, while time consuming, can offer them some measure of closure, though. But what do you…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

The Wizard of Oz & Digital Parenting

One of my favorite parts of my work is talking with parents about the digital environment. When I walk into a room to give a presentation to parents, the anxiety is palpable. Usually, there is an exchange of worrisome stories about things they’ve heard about the online world and a general sense of being overwhelmed…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Scholarship Scams: Don’t Be a Financial Aid Victim

Parents and students alike spend many a sleepless night worrying about how they’re going to pay for college. And with the widely spread rumor that millions of dollars each year in legitimate financial aid go unclaimed, it does seem possible that scholarship offers might come pouring in. Sadly, this causes an estimated $100 million each…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Online Security, Parenting

The Tricky Thing About Anonymity & Technology

My job traveling the country speaking with kids, parents and school staff about internet and digital safety is pretty awesome. One of the greatest things about what I do is that TRULY no two days are the same. While the ever-changing world of technology is extremely daunting at times (especially for parents), I find it…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting


Recently, I taught one of my favorite Common Sense Media lessons during a 6th grade Cyber Civics class at Journey School in Aliso Viejo, CA. Called “Chart It,” this lesson challenges students to think through online ethical dilemmas — like a friend posting an unflattering photo on Facebook, a classmate cutting and pasting freely from…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Watch Movie Online War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) HD Director : Matt Reeves. Release : July 13, 2017 Country : United States of America. Production Company : Chernin Entertainment. Language : English. Runtime : 142 Genre : Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction. Movie ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ was released in July 13,…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

BEaPRO™: Choose smart phone apps to balance digital use

The first concept in iKeepSafe’s BEaPRO™ acronym is balance of digital usage. At AppCertain, we help parents manage their family’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and one of the biggest requests we’ve received is a way to help manage screen time of iDevices. Apps currently available in Apple’s App Store are easily bypassed, which means…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Parenting and Ask Again

By: Piper Graber, age 14 Last month my mom wrote on this blog about an incident that happened in my 8th grade class: A student in our class was the recipient of a cruel post on In this case, the victim was smart, and shared this information with a trusted adult. Their teacher turned…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

The Tech Talk: It’s Never Too Early

Since I first started talking to students while working for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in 2006, technology has changed drastically, and so have my audiences. I primarily started talking to middle school and high school students and their parents about internet safety, and have since expanded to elementary school audiences – as young as…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

How to Set Digital Media Rules with Your Kids

Setting and enforcing rules with kids can be tough online just like it is offline. To simplify matters, try drafting a “digital media” contract using the following tips: 1. Directly involve your kids: Let’s be honest–everyone wants to be heard. Give your kids a chance to suggest rules and consequences that they think are acceptable.…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Staying Safe Online All Year Round

As National Internet Safety Month comes to a close, it is important to remember that keeping your children safe online is not just a once a year deal.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015) iKeepSafe’s acronym BEaPRO™, (Balance, Ethics, Privacy, Reputation, Relationships and Online Security) helps parents teach their children to become responsible, ethical digital citizens…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

Younger Kids are Embracing Technology

Although there is an app for just about everything, that isn’t what is fascinating parents nowadays. Parents cannot believe it when their young, one-year-old child touches an iPad screen and navigates it with ease. According to an infographic created by MDG Advertising, nearly half of first-time mobile tech users are not even in kindergarten yet.…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Parenting

Protect or Prepare? A Question about

What is it with parents and the knee jerk reaction to technology? Here’s an example… someone is mean to our child on _______________ (fill in the blank with today’s most popular app/social networking site). We response by either, a) taking the device away, or b) demanding they delete the offending app and/or social networking site…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting, Social Networking

What Does Your Teen “Like” On Facebook? It Matters.

A Facebook “like” shows interest in a topic. Interests are key indicators of personality. Outside the world of the internet, interests help people find common ground and interact. On Facebook, many of us choose to “like” something to show our interest. Some never ‘like’ anything and there are others who seem to ‘like’ everything. Does…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

A parent’s guide to app ratings

For  media like movies, video games, and TV shows, parents have ratings to help them understand if the content is appropriate for their kids.   As an avid reader of iKeepSafe’s blog, you already know that apps in Apple’s App Store also have age rankings. Apps can be rated 4+, 9+, 12+, and 17+  (apps that…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

The Take 25 Campaign Helps Teach Children About Safety

Over at the Identity Theft Resource Center, we are constantly working to stay on the pulse of all things relating to online safety.  So while going through the deluge of emails we monitor daily, we were very excited to see an event relating to not only online safety, but child safety as well. The National…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

A Parent’s Guide to the Responsible Use of Mobile Apps for Children

In today’s society, we have an app for our emails, an app for cooking recipes, an app to find restaurants, an app to take pictures, and much more. Children, and even young children, are increasingly using apps on their tablets, smartphones, and other digital devices. So what does this mean for you as a parent?…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Parenting

What Kids are (Really) Doing Online

Maybe you’ve already heard? It appears that Facebook is losing its groove. A recent survey of 5,200 teenagers found that while 33% called Facebook their “most important” social network in Spring ‘12, by Spring of this year that number had fallen to just 25%. An unofficial survey of the eighth graders in my Cyber Civics…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Educational Issues, Parenting, Videos

Kid’s Mobile Apps & What Parents Need to Know

In today’s society, we have an app for our emails, an app for cooking recipes, an app to find restaurants, an app to take pictures, and much more. I guess the better question is, what don’t we have an app for? Mobile apps can either be great productivity tools, or simple time distractors.  The “newest”…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

It Takes a Village to Understand an App Called Vine

Last week I was the recipient of a group email from a fellow mom warning about the new Twitter app, called Vine, that lets users share six-second looped videos with one another.  The sender had just watched some “not so flattering” videos of her daughter on this new social network and wanted to warn the…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Social Networking

Virtual Goods Meet the Real World

Children today are growing up on tablets and other portable devices, and the mobile industry is growing up right alongside them, providing tremendous benefits in the realms of education, play and development.   Unfortunately, there are also growing pains to push through.  We’re starting to see that become more apparent, particularly in the business models…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Parenting

Too Much Screen Time

One of the most talked about new gadgets to emerge from the Consumer Electronic Show this year is the iPotty, a child potty training toilet with a mounting for an iPad. When I saw this new take on toilet training, my immediate reaction was, “Not with my iPad you don’t!” Let’s look at this issue…Continue Reading

Categories: Balance, Parenting

Online Privacy: What Are You Doing About It?

There is a lot of talk about online privacy and identify theft, but who is doing something about it? Most adults are aware they need to protect personal information online, but unfortunately, that’s as far as it goes.  Only 38% of adults said they were “aware of ways to limit how much information websites can collect about them” in…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Privacy

Why Should You Protect Your Child From Identity Theft?

It is natural for parents to want to protect their children as much as possible.  However, parents cannot protect their child from dangers they don’t know exist.  One of these unforeseen dangers is identity theft. Many parents are not aware that their child can become a victim of this awful crime. However, children can and…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting


In the last week of 2012, approximately 1.2 billion apps were downloaded, to the delight of children young and old.  Puzzles, games, stories and more were made available to entertain, engage and keep minds and hands occupied. But, as the Federal Trade Commission has noted, there’s more to apps than meets the eye. This is…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

What Can You Do To Protect Children?

One of the highlights of last year was the privilege of serving with the 2012 Missouri Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.  On January 3, 2013 our report was sent to Governor Nixon, the General Assembly and State Board of Education, and released for all citizens.  The report is about protecting…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

Time For Your Kids

During every holiday season we seem to hug our kids and tell them how much we love them just a bit more often. And with the tragic events in Newtown, that bit more has increased to a lot more.  Connecting with our kids is the most powerful thing a parent can do. Kids and teens…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

Things I Wish My Parents Had Told Me (About Internet Safety)

Although ongoing and regular discussions about internet safety should be part of every youth-serving organization’s culture, many organizations only conduct formal internet safety training programs once each year. To help this important discussion continue long after a formal presentation has been made, we have created collateral materials entitled “Things I Wish My Parents Had Told…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

Risk-Taking Teens and Apps: A Bad Combination?

Do you remember as a teenager how you tested limits? Maybe it was driving too fast, skipping school, or…. now I’m showing my age… streaking? I remember when the whole school lined up to watch a couple of classmates run from one end of the campus to the other.  Everyone knew it was going to…Continue Reading

Categories: Legal Issues, Parenting

Teen Online Behavior is Getting Past Parents

McAfee released findings from a 2012 Teen Internet Behavior Study that revealed how teens are behaving (or not behaving) online. The results are sobering. In short, teens are doing all sorts of inappropriate and illegal things on the internet and parents are clueless. Kids are better at using technology than their parents and parents are…Continue Reading

Categories: Digital Citizenship, Parenting

The Christmas List

Was that you braving the shopping crowds Thanksgiving night or early black Friday morning?  Did you find all the gadgets on your list?  If you’re like most of us, you still have some shopping to do. I’m sure your kids are giving you all sorts of suggestions for Santa.  As you compile that list of…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

What Would You Do?

I have a question for parents: What would you do if someone asked you to send him or her a sexually explicit image? I’m assuming your response would be, “I’d never do that.” Let me also ask, how do you know that would be your answer? My guess is that you’d respond, “I just know…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Parenting

Getting Kids Hooked on Unhealthy Snacks: There’s an app for that

Candy, soft drink, and other snack companies always look for new ways to sell products to kids. Saturday morning ads are unsavory due to high cost. Now some food companies are using a more subtle tactic: kid-friendly game apps for smartphones and tablets that involve food products. This new tool in the marketing arsenal is…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting, Physical Health

When All Else Fails

If you’ve read any of my blogs, you know I’m an advocate of parental involvement and discourage efforts toward being a spy parent.  I’ve often written about kids needing our help and guidance, and that the majority of kids really want to do the right thing.   The truth is, however, some teens are risk…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

The Fourth Screen Becomes Mainstream

Tablets have become the 4th most important screen in people’s digital lives. The other three important screens include TV, computer, and smartphone. My family got a big color TV in the 70s, I bought my first computer in the mid-80s, and my first smartphone in the mid-2000’s.  And the time arrived much faster than all…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

FREE Webinar from Net Nanny®: 5 Proven Steps for Emotion Coaching your Angry Teenagers

It doesn’t matter what triggers it, but don’t you want to know what to say and do when your children are mad at you? They may be mad at the food, your rules or even the internet filter you’ve put on the home computers.  How do you successfully address your children when they are not…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

2nd Edition of Vodafone’s Digital Parenting Magazine

Today, in honor of the launch of the 2nd edition of Vodafone’s Digital Parenting magazine’s, Vodafone will be distributing the free magazine to hundreds of thousands of parents across the UK. The aim of Digital Parenting is to help parents feel more confident about getting involved and setting boundaries in their child’s digital world. “Vodafone…Continue Reading

Categories: Parenting

Parents, Do Your Homework too

Have you ever noticed that when the school year begins, you end up with more homework than your kid? You’ve been given a stack of forms to review and sign: forms for the nurse, contact info for the office, school directory and of course, lots of policy stuff. With all those forms to fill out,…Continue Reading

Categories: Educational Issues, Parenting

A Download on Apps: What All Parents Should Know

From Apple to Android, smart phones, tablets and other WiFi devices, millions of apps are available (free and paid-for) and are starting to take over websites on the internet. They’re easy, quick to download, portable, and kids are taking major advantage of the variety of apps available. However, parents are now swarming me with questions…Continue Reading

Categories: Cell Phone, Digital Citizenship, Parenting

On Alert

One summer afternoon, a well dressed man sat in the shade of an old tree watching the children play in the sun soaked field of a local public park.  He appeared to be waiting for someone, as he frequently glanced toward the parking area from behind his newspaper. After a while, he stood and circled…Continue Reading

Categories: Online Security, Parenting

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