Internet Parenting, Parental Controls, & Online Safety Blog - WebCurfew Digital Loitering Understanding How to Keep Your Children Safe from Online Predators By Hilary Smith - Were Smartphones and digital devices at the top of your kids’ wish list this past Christmas? With one in every five mothers of children between 4-7 intending to buy digital devices for their children during the holiday season, it is likely you bought one for your child too. Their small eyes no doubt glowed with excitement as they opened the neatly wrapped present under the tree, while you also glowed, happy in knowing you were able to provide them that special present they had been longing for. Fri, 8 Jan 2016 20:50 +0000 7 Ways to Become a More Responsible Millennial Parent It’s a truism. Every millennial parent is uneasy about the amount of time there children are spending connected to the internet. Collectively we all feel our internet-age children are spending too much time online, but most of us – for a variety of reasons – aren’t doing much about it. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 15:17 +0000 Privacy vs. Safety, Which Prevails When it Comes to Teens Online? By Amy Kristine Williams -- I love privacy. It’s one of the foundations of our society - and when our lives are kept private, it’s so much easier to be who we want to be, without worrying so much about what others think. Maybe that’s why teens are so enamored with the internet - many of them still haven’t discovered who they are, and the chance to cut loose and feel like they belong must be amazing. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 01:04 +0000 How much screen time is healthy for your children? A recent study by Dr. Aric Sigman, a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Medicine found that by the age of seven the average child will have spent a full year of 24-hour days watching recreational screen media. And over the course of their childhood, children spend more time watching TV than they spend in school. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:57 +0000 Parents Out of Control: Don't Know How to Limit Their Kids' Screen Time A recent study by Iowa State University (ISU) , and published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that children behave better, do better in school, get more sleep, and see other health benefits when parents limit content and the amount of time they spend on the computer, in front of the TV, or other connected devices. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:45 +0000 Encourage Your Kids To Go Outside The school year is almost over… and summer is just around the corner. I can sense it. This has been a brutal winter almost everywhere around the country, but especially here in Chicago where I live. Now that the weather is getting warmer, the first thing that comes to my mind is, “how can I spend more time outside?” Tue, 6 May 2014 20:34 +0000 WebCurfew Featured in Chicago Tribune Hello everyone, I am Alberto Moriondo, and I will start contributing to the Digital Loitering Blog. I thought I would share with you an interview that I just did for BlueSky Innovation, a Chicago-Tribune website focusing on news, analysis and events related to innovation and entrepreneurship Sun, 27 Apr 2014 02:22 +0000 Digital Whiplash The holiday season is by now a distant memory for most people (except perhaps for the credit card bills) but many parents are suffering from digital whiplash as they try and figure out how their child became so addicted to the internet-enabled consumer electronics device they bought them for Christmas! Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:04 +0000 Cyberbully....Not Your Father's Playground Thug Cyberbullying….would you know if your child has been a victim of it, a witness to it, or perhaps even a perpetrator of it? Most parents think they know what cyberbullying is. However, you may be surprised to learn it’s a lot more expansive than you think. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:18 +0000