Teaching Kids to Be Digitally Literate

Teaching Kids to Be Digitally Literate

“If your idea of teaching kids to be digitally savvy means showing them how to avoid phishing scams, create unbreakable passwords and stay off pornographic websites — then experts say you’ve got a lot to learn.” That’s the lead paragraph in the...
National Delete Snapchat Day, June 1

National Delete Snapchat Day, June 1

Today is National Delete Snapchat Day, a grassroots effort to #SaveTheKids from the destructive side of modern technology. Youth advocate Collin Kartchner posted the following on Instagram: Enough is enough. This app is a disaster. Time to say goodbye, Snapchat. You...
Helping Kids Use Social Sites Safely

Helping Kids Use Social Sites Safely

These days, many kids draw little distinction between real life and online life. They may use social sites designed for children such as Webkinz or Club Penguin, or social sites designed for adults such as Facebook or Instagram. Whatever they’re doing, they...
5 Ways to Make Your Facebook Account Safer (Without Deleting It)

5 Ways to Make Your Facebook Account Safer (Without Deleting It)

Some people are scared by the recent news about some Facebook data that was used by a political consulting firm inappropriately. A few celebrities even started a #DeleteFacebook hashtag. But short of deleting your Facebook account, there are things you can do to...
Safeguards for Using Technology

Safeguards for Using Technology

The Church booklet Safeguards for Using Technology is used to train missionaries on the appropriate use of technology. This booklet is now available for parents to use in teaching their children how to be safe with technology. You can order a printed copy or find it...
New Covenant Eyes App for iPhone & iPad

New Covenant Eyes App for iPhone & iPad

Did your child get a new phone or tablet this Christmas? Do you know what is accessible on that device? Accountability is the key to avoiding pornography and teaching our children how to thrive in the digital age. I have written before about Covenant Eyes, a...
Social Media Discussed at LDS General Conference

Social Media Discussed at LDS General Conference

Several speakers at the October 2017 LDS general conference mentioned the use of social media. They spoke about the incomparable potential for both good and bad. Used effectively, social media can be a great way to communicate and share goodness. But overused or used...
“Digital Mists of Darkness” Helps Parents with Internet Safety

“Digital Mists of Darkness” Helps Parents with Internet Safety

Digital Mists of Darkness by Dr. Charles D. Knutson is a book for LDS parents and leaders, written to help you navigate the intersection of technology and moral life. The full text of this book is available online at no charge at DigitalMists.com. Charles Knutson is a...
New LDS Church Videos Promote Safe Driving

New LDS Church Videos Promote Safe Driving

The Church’s Safety and Health page has published resources to promote safe driving: Several humorous videos about eating, dancing, applying make-up, and talking on the phone Numbers about distracted driving Myths and Truths about distracted driving When You’re...
Families Should Discuss How to Use Social Media in Righteous Ways

Families Should Discuss How to Use Social Media in Righteous Ways

The Church uses new technologies and social media to bring about the work of salvation. For example, the Church extensively uses websites, mobile apps, and social media. (See a list of these Church accounts at the end of this article.) Just as the Church uses these...
Guarding Your Personal Information Online

Guarding Your Personal Information Online

I recently wrote about FamilyTreeNow, an online people search site that bills itself as a family history site. In that article, I explained how easy it is for people to find detailed, personal information about you and your family members, such as ages, birth dates,...
Parental Settings for Online and Social Accounts

Parental Settings for Online and Social Accounts

Did you know that about 90% of children by age 16 have seen pornography online—and most while doing their homework? Many parents aren’t aware how easy it is for their children to accidentally see inappropriate things online. This article includes videos to show...
How to Opt Out of FamilyTreeNow

How to Opt Out of FamilyTreeNow

FamilyTreeNow.com bills itself as a free family tree and genealogy research site, but beware. Although you can create and save family tree charts, there are no biographies or family history stories. The site really is not much more than a people finder. It searches...
Parenting the Internet Generation

Parenting the Internet Generation

Did your son or daughter get a new mobile device for Christmas? If so, have you talked with them about using it appropriately and avoiding inappropriate things? Here are a few tips that may help: Family Safeguards Has your family discussed together the benefits and...
Safeguards for Using Technology

Family Safeguards for Using Technology

The Church booklet Safeguards for Using Technology is used to train missionaries on the appropriate use of technology. This booklet is now available for parents to use in teaching their children how to be safe with technology. You can get a printed copy or find it in...

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