You think you’ve got it covered. You check your kid’s phone occasionally. You’ve had the “talk” about using technology. You even look at their text messages once in a while. You are good, right? Wrong. Kids are flooding into my office with secrets. Secrets that you don’t know about. Secrets that would give you a mini-heart attack. Secrets you need to know.
Ask most kids nowadays what their favorite TV show is and most will tell you their favorite YouTube channel. Kids aren’t watching TV like we did growing up, they are watching YouTube. Now I am not going to be an old fuddy-duddy and tell you how back in my day we swung from trees and didn’t have our head down staring at a screen. But what I am going to tell you is why I am talking about YouTube in my therapy practice way more often than I would like and why it is a conversation I need to have with all of you. I am also going to tell you why you need to discover Kid YouTube and you need to discover it fast!
We all want to keep out kids safe, but how do you do that effectively. Here are the best tips to follow.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wearsafe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I often like to cover child safety topics on Anxious Toddlers. We recently talked about teaching our kids safety tips beyond stranger danger. This was a hugely popular article because as parents, we all strive to keep our kids safe. I am often approached to do […]
Sexual Abuse You have concerns. You have suspicions. But, how can you be sure? You want that definitive list. Those definitive signs and behaviors to confirm or disconfirm your worst beliefs about sexual abuse. Unfortunately, no one can do that for you – not even this article. Sexual abuse isn’t like a disease, with its obvious checklist of symptoms. Kids respond and react differently to […]
Recently I wrote an article on teaching kids concepts beyond stranger danger. Several people left comments about this great book called The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker which talks about gut instinct. I remember vaguely seeing the author on Oprah Winfrey a long time ago. I love absorbing new information, so I quickly got the audio version and listened to it on […]
Should Parents Be Worried About Burn Note? Today’s teens are becoming more and more tech-savvy, which means that they’re finding new ways to hide their digital footprints from their parents. In fact, over 70% of teens make an effort to conceal their online behavior. How do they pull it off? One way is by using disappearing messaging apps such as Burn Note. What is […]
I had a major personality flaw. I was way too considerate. I cared way too much about what other people thought. These seemingly pleasant personality traits put my kids at risk. When interviewing for a babysitter, they caused me to not ask the right questions. I didn’t want to be rude. I didn’t want to be presumptuous. I will never make that mistake again. […]
When you found out you were pregnant you probably did what most of us do. You covered all electrical outlets, you put baby locks on cabinets. You moved all your cleaners out of reach. You probably thought you had it covered. And for the most part – you probably did. But, there are some hidden household dangers that lurk in all our homes. […]
You think online predators can’t find your kid. Think again. Would you let your child walk alone at night? Would you invite strangers into your home and let them play with your child alone? If your child has access to a smart phone, tablet or computer – that is precisely what is happening. Geez what an alarmist you might think. But do you […]
Stranger danger doesn’t cut it. Sometimes it’s not strangers – and kids don’t always know they are in danger. The likelihood of this happening to a child is thankfully rare. But, I am not into gambling – especially when it comes to my children. In less than 30 minutes – you can give your children enough information to save their life. [to listen […]
It has happened again. Another mass shooting. It seems like this is becoming a regular occurrence. I scan the headline for location and start breathing again. It didn’t happen here. Not today anyway. My gut instinct to get into the car and grab all my children slowly starts to subside. Days like these make me want to live far out in the wilderness away from […]
Many parents aren’t aware of the tactics child predators use. Take this quick 8 minute video lesson and learn what signs to look for when your child is being groomed for abuse. Click here to start your lesson. For other articles on body safety follow Anxious Toddlers Pinterest board: Follow Anxious Toddlers’s board TODDLER Body Safety on Pinterest.
Nobody ever thinks it can happen to them. Nobody thinks they know a child predator. Until it is too late. Child predators are not some strangers in a dark alley. They are people we all know. They are our friends, our relatives, our kid’s coaches. The best way to keep your kids safe is to learn their tactics. Ignorance and naiveté is dangerous […]