Safety


Trick or Track Your Teen on Halloween

What is your family’s solution for keeping track of your children during this fun Halloween holiday? Fall is in the air. Everything from lattes and candles to church yards has turned into a pumpkin. It’s time to plan for your Halloween parties, costumes, and trick-or-treat routes. Activities will vary based upon the age of your  Continue Reading »

Hidden Apps and How to Find Them On Your Child’s Phone

You’re doing your job as a parent. You’re regularly checking your child’s phone to make sure they are using it appropriately, and you’re reviewing their app list to ensure they are only using apps you have approved. But this may not be enough. Kids have found a way around their parent’s smartphone checks and are now storing  Continue Reading »

Parental Text Message Monitoring Isn’t Snooping, It’s About Safety

For many parents, the idea of  looking through their teen’s phone and text messages feels a little icky. Browsing through their personal messages may feel like reading their diary or invading their privacy. But, keeping an eye on your child’s text messages isn’t about snooping; it’s about safety. The Importance of Safety Over Privacy As  Continue Reading »

“Teen Dating” Facebook Group May Be Linked to a 13-Year-Old Girl’s Death

As you scroll through the page of the Facebook group “Teens Dating 17+100” [Note: Link may include explicit content.], it’s difficult to tell what type of online community it is. As the name suggests, there are photos of smiling teens and silly selfies. But for every innocent teen image, there are four or five explicit  Continue Reading »

MamaBear’s Most Popular Posts in 2015

As digital and social media use continued to rise in 2015, MamaBear was there to explain new trends and problems to parents throughout the year. As we enter another year and look forward to even more changes to come, take a minute to recap the most important issues and posts from the MamaBear blog in  Continue Reading »

How to Have a Safe and Fun Halloween With Kids of All Ages

From costume advice to trick-and-treating rules, use these tips to make sure you have a fun and safe Halloween with your kids of all ages. Tips for Kids Ages 0-5 Even small children and toddlers can be a part of Halloween festivities with the right planning. Costumes Make sure store-bought costumes have no choking hazards  Continue Reading »

Table Talk: Viral Video Shows The Reality of Online Stranger Danger

Coby Persin, a YouTube star with over 1.3 million subscribers, recently used his platform to remind both parents and children just how dangerous social media can be. In the video, “The Dangers of Social Media (Child Predator Social Experiment),” Coby made a fake Facebook profile of a 15-year-old boy and friend requested three girls (12, 13,  Continue Reading »

How to Have a Back to School Safety Review with Your Kids

The beginning of the school year is a time to start new and refresh the old. As you prepare by buying school supplies and looking over new class schedules, use this time to refresh another important element of your child’s life — safety rules. Review these important back to school safety rules to help set  Continue Reading »

Is Instagram Safe for Kids: A Guide for Concerned Parents

On average, 70 million photos are shared on Instagram per day. With that level of sharing power and an active user base of more than 300 million, parents shouldn’t be surprised that their children and teens want in on the action. Parents should expect that sooner or later their child will want to create a  Continue Reading »

Table Talk: A Conversation About the Dangers of Tracking a Lost Phone

Parents are becoming more aware of the dangers of technology, especially as it affects their children and family. They’re beginning to understand the risks of online bullying, inappropriate social media sharing, and digital strangers. But most parents are probably much less aware of another lurking danger that, while usually frustrating to all involved, can seem  Continue Reading »


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