This Is The Surprising Problem With Bad Apps For Kids

This Is The Surprising Problem With Bad Apps For Kids

Do you ever wonder if it'll end?

The nonstop hamster wheel style chase you've been on trying to keep up with good apps for your child versus the big, bad ones?

The chase. The worry. The relief in finding an app okay enough to say "yes" to that you haven't seen even a trace of it mentioned by your friends on Facebook.

And then, one day, while you're innocently sipping your latte in your LuLaRoe's, scrolling through Facebook, you see it — again.

The warnings.

The indignant cries of, "that's why my child isn't online yet." #TskTsk

The heartbreaking story of another child making another mistake on another app.

Only this time?

It's the app you said, "yes" to. 

Your tummy is absolutely sinking and your heart is definitely pounding louder than before. Not even a unicorn LuLaRoe could make this one better. 

I have news for you: 

It'll happen again.

And again.

Snapchat has been in the hotseat for forever.

Instagram is being blamed for a whole lot of heartache.

Even Roblox has been in the (bad) news.

Which is why you can't afford to keep making this mistake:

Focusing on bad apps instead of good skills.

Wait, what?

This is exactly what we're going to cover today.

11 Bizarre Rules That Will Help You Be Kind And Lead People

11 Bizarre Rules That Will Help You Be Kind And Lead People

If you are new here, then welcome. I'm so glad you're here and I'm so happy to tell you that reading this list will let you know without a shadow of a doubt whether or not this is the space for you. 

I teach parents and educators how to keep up with their kids' online use.

And at first blush you might be thinking, "I'm in!"

But wait.

I need you to know two things first.

First, what I teach here is different than anything else you're going to find out there.

It is all based on my personal, unique position of having a masters degree in conversations that teach + a decade of classroom teaching experience and working online and in social media for 8+ years and having been shamed online and seeing firsthand what it takes to come out on the other side.

And second, everything that I teach comes back to this center:

We have to move from taking care of ourselves and our own children to taking care of each other and each other's children.

This topic is too important.

This topic is too important to me to let you start digging in here, and further down the line realize that we're mismatched, and have you dismiss the need to teach your kids about the online world because of that.

So I'm laying it all out here.

So I'm laying it all out here so that you can decide if you want to learn about this topic from me.

I am a good fit for those of you who:

  • Want to keep up with your kids' online use (even as they start to know more about the online world than you do)
  • And for those of you who know in your heart-of-hearts that you can, should, and WANT to raise a leader, a change-maker, a kindness warrior
  • *At the same time

Is that you?

If so, then keep reading.

URGENT: Not Teaching Your Kids These 4 Things Is Harmful

URGENT: Not Teaching Your Kids These 4 Things Is Harmful

Keeping up with our kids' online use can feel daunting.

There are so many things on our parenting to do lists

And every time we sit down to try and make a decision about what to do about this specific topic, thoughts like these start competing for our attention:

How do you monitor?
Should you monitor?
Are our kids playing outside enough?
Will they know how to assess the credibility of sites?
Are they transparent about their online activities?

And so much more.

Sometimes this leaves us stunned into inaction

We keep circling around these same questions without really digging into any one of them. And, more importantly, without teaching our kids about any one of these things!

And the reality is that this is harmful to our kids because they need our help and our guidance.

And there's a chance that we are over-complicating things.

What we need to teach our kids about the online world all comes down to four prongs

While this topic is absolutely layered and nuanced, my research has shown that what we need to teach our kids about the online world all comes down to four prongs. This is exactly what we're going to dig into in this article