Snappening: What Snapchat’s Third Party Hack Means for Our Kids

In the wake of celebrity iCloud security breaches came another digital information privacy hack. Only this time it’s not celebrity information that was shared with strangers online; it was our children’s. In mid-October, The Pirate Bay posted almost 98,000 files that included 13GB of photos and videos originally sent through the social media app Snapchat,  Continue Reading »

Dangers of Talking to Strangers Online

When you see your child texting or chatting online, you may assume they are communicating with friends and family. But that may not always be the case. A study from Cox Communications found that 69% of teens regularly receive personal messages online from strangers. Many parents may be unaware of this because only 21% of  Continue Reading »

Cyberbullying Awareness Week in St. Pete

The dangers of cyberbullying will be front and center in St. Petersburg this week as the Florida city hosts Cyberbullying Awareness Week. The five-day event is taking place in Pinellas County just over the bridge from the MamaBear’s Tampa headquarters. Set to inspire prevention and intervention efforts across schools and homes in Pinellas County, Cyberbullying  Continue Reading »

Parents Are Most Distracting to Teen Drivers

A whopping 86% of high school juniors and seniors admit to using their cell phones while driving, according to a statistic presented by American Psychological Association. That is dangerous data when paired with another statistic. Twenty-six percent of the nation’s car accidents were caused by the use of cell phones, per the National Safety Council’s  Continue Reading »

MamaBear’s List of Apps Parents Should Ban

Social media apps that offer anonymous profiles are becoming popular with preteens and teens. It may seem like online anonymity would offer protection and increased safety for users, but it does quite the opposite. Apps that allow users to interact anonymously create a dangerous online arena where aggressive users can bully and harass without repercussion  Continue Reading »

How to Receive Automatic Alerts with MamaBear When Kids Arrive/Leave School

When you give your kids the freedom to take the bus, walk, or ride with friends to school, it can be a little unnerving. You send them to school for the day, but you don’t actually see them walk through the doors. Did they make it on time? Did they . . . detour? Are  Continue Reading »

8 Back to School Internet Safety Tips for Kids

As students head back to school, many will take their own smartphones for the first time. Others will enter classrooms where they will start regularly using the internet for school projects. So this year, it’s time to add one more item to your back to school checklist — discussing internet safety tips for kids. Here  Continue Reading »

Social Media, Bullying and What You Can Do to Help

Statistics from show that nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online and another 70% have seen bullying online. But with only one out of ten victims reporting this type of abuse to an adult, cyberbullying isn’t always an easy problem for parents to identify. Parents must be proactive and prepared to protect their  Continue Reading »

7 Smart Things You Must Know About Online Safety For Kids

The number of teens on Facebook has fallen by about 3 million in the last two years.  Which social media sites are now trendy among our youth that you should know about?  Here are seven smart things for parents to know about teen behavior on social media and online safety for kids. 1. The Risks  Continue Reading »

YouTube Parental Controls and What Every Parent Needs to Know

The following post is a guest blog from Sandra Mills, a freelance tech, online security, and online safety writer. She is passionate about keeping kids safe when they are online. What Every Parent Needs to Know About YouTube Not only is YouTube the number one online video website, it’s the second most popular U.S. search engine,  Continue Reading »

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