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How would you like your kids to use their phones to exchange texts, photos and videos anonymously with random strangers within your community?

Unfortunately, there’s an app for that… in fact, quite a few.

One of our Frontline Moms sent me Kira Lewis’ very helpful post The Worst Apps for Kids

Keeping up with teenagers and their apps can be a daunting task! I loved getting this simple-to-use list.

After all, most parents do not have time to keep up on all the new apps....that are springing up constantly. But rest assured, our kids learn about them very easily.

There are even apps that hide apps, so that parents cannot see what apps their kids have!

Here’s an important key: Get into your kids’ phones’ settings and assign a password so that they will not be able to download any apps without your permission. Kira tells us how to do this in her post.

Image Credit: Caroline “Maddie” via Flickr Creative Commons
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Christmas presents under the tree

By Lisa Cherry

Perhaps you're like me and several of your kids are asking for electronics for Christmas.

But perhaps you're also like me and you’re dreading the fallout from them acquiring more.

Safely managing and supervising children and teens in this crazy era of technology is surely a parental nightmare for most of us.

And even as the gifts are already under the tree, I figured it might be good to review five quick tips to avoid pain in 2014:

1. Maintain ultimate ownership: All electronics that live within my house are subject to the rules of anything else that live within my house. They are under the stewardship and leadership of the parents in charge. Let your kids know this upfront!

2. Pray: No one can tell you exactly how to manage your home. But the Lord knows exactly how to keep your kids safe and maintained in proper balance. Pray and ask Him for advice. And then listen for His instructions and obey what He says with courage!

3.  Set rules: It's best to give a gift with limited access and then be able to expand, access rather than to have to take the access away

4. Keep active: Getting  a new electronic piece is much like getting a pet. You can't stick it in a corner and forget about it.

5. Get Covenant Eyes.... They are the experts in internet accountability!

Merry Christmas!

Image:  Alan Cleaver,  Christmas presents under the tree via Flickr Creative Commons
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Here are a couple of posts on this issue for your further consideration:
“You Don’t Trust Me”…Responding to Teens on Internet Use
A Double Life: 13 Ways to Detect if your Child is Hiding Something
Do I Need to Have the Porn Talk?

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Modest Mondays
Mama Moments Mondays

By Lisa Cherry

Josiah had his fifth birthday in December. It delights all his siblings and fans when he shows off any of his new skills. Last week big sis Hannah heard him correctly reciting nursery rhymes to himself. When she asked him how he had learned them, he threw his hands on his hips and looked at her with a mixture of surprise and disgust, and said very matter-of-factly, “Mothergoose.com.” Well, duh, Hannah! You should have known.

After a good laugh, I was sobered to reassess my internet safety precautions. Thank God for Covenant Eyes.  You can get 30 days of this excellent accountability and filtering service free through the affiliate link on the Frontline Moms homepage.   Is it time to check on your family’s filter too?