1. 5 Ways to Keep in Touch in the New Year

    Mother and daughter using video chatFor many people, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, one project that too easily can get pushed to the side is keeping in touch with loved ones, especially if they live far away. Unless they’re directly involved in your daily activities, it sometimes may seem next to impossible to find the time to catch up.

    For one’s own wellbeing and that of your relationships, it’s good to carve out time in your schedule to keep in touch. With the help of today’s technology and the many options available, keeping up-to-date with the lives of loved ones near and far has never been easier.

    Here are five ways to keep in touch in 2016 with people who matter most to you:

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  2. Stranger Danger in the Digital Age: Nine Internet Safety Tips for Teens

    Teen at school computerThere’s no doubt that the Internet, when in the wrong hands, can become a scary place where not everyone has the best of intentions. Today more than ever, teens and younger children need to learn not only how to handle strangers face-to-face, but also how to protect themselves from strangers on the Internet.

    According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of teens report going online daily. Yet, a child sometimes doesn’t even have to communicate with a stranger directly in order to give information that could be harmful.

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  3. Should you limit how much time your child spends in front of a screen?

    Girls looking at cell phoneUp until recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) took a very hard stance on managing children’s technology use. In the academy’s research-based AAP guidelines, they advised that “screen time” (or the amount of time a child spent using a device with a screen, such as a cell phone or tablet) should be prohibited for children under age 2 and limited to two hours a day for children over 2 years old.

    The guidelines, initially published in 2011, were recently revised, however, to reflect the explosion of technology and apps aimed at young children. According to the non-profit Common Sense Media, more than 30 percent of children in the U.S. first play with a mobile device while they are still in diapers. Nearly 75 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds have smartphones, of which 24 percent admit to using their phones almost constantly, reports the Pew Research Center.

    According to the AAP, “screen time” is becoming simply “time,” and so they set out to review and update their guidelines, including through a two-day “Growing Up Digital: Media Research Symposium” in May. The goal of the symposium, notes the AAP website, was to evaluate available data, identify gaps in research, and consider how to provide thoughtful, practical advice to parents based on the evidence.

    Here’s a recap of the AAP’s key messages and updated guidelines for managing media usage and screen time for kids:

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  4. Teenagers & Internet Usage

    how teens use the internet statistics on how teens use the InternetTeenagers tend to use the Internet frequently, but what might not be as well-known is exactly how they access and use it. Do they spend all of their Internet time on social media? Do they use it to make all their purchases?

    New research by the Pew Research Center has found answers to such questions as the accompanying infographic shows. Some statistics may be surprising.

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  5. Help Safeguard Your Children’s Privacy Online

    child-online-privacy-previewIt’s hard to keep information about ourselves off of the Internet. Social media and other factors have increased the likelihood that personal photos and information will appear online, even if we don’t want them to. Parents face the double challenge of managing both their own and their children’s online privacy.

    The task starts before the children can even log onto a computer. Although they may be too young to share their information and photos on social media, their parents may want to share photos with family and friends. Therefore, it’s important for parents to take precautionary measures concerning their children’s online privacy.

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