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Utah Netsmartz in the News

Recently Utah Netsmartz has been in the news sharing information about how to stay safe online. Check out the stories here

  1. Immediate steps you can take to predator proof your child’s smartphone
  2. How to protect your kids who play online games
  3. The internet language kids use to hide their online activities from parents
  4. Altamont assembly focuses on sexting, cyberbullying, and online predators

If you’re looking for more information on how to keep you child safe online, check out our parent section. We have lots of resources to help you protect your kids online.

Device Distraction

Device distraction is not just a problem when we we are driving. People are so afraid of missing out that even when they are out to dinner, or at a movie, they have to respond to that text or post. The best way to teach our kids how to avoid the distraction is to model that behavior. We have the same problems as the teens, just one more email, or one more text for work. If we work on limiting the distractions, we will be able to help our kids learn to change their behavior. Dr. Devorah Heitner gives some great advice on how to help your kids avoid the tech distraction. Check out her website here.  As we learn to avoid the distraction, we will be able to help our kids learn proper tech behavior.


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Texting and Gardening??

So many of us think that we can multitask. We think texting and driving, no problem, but it is a problem. We are not as skilled at multitasking as we think. In reality our brain can only do one thing at a time. When we think we are multitasking we are actually switching rapidly between tasks. We lose our ability to respond quickly to what is happening around us on the road. Honda created a new PSA reminding us that we really can’t text and multitask. Check out this funny video of someone trying to text and garden here.

Let’s put down our phones and pay attention to the road!

Wait! You said you were doing homework?!

So you get online and you see that your friend, who said she was doing homework, is posting all about the awesome time she had hanging out with friends. You start feeling sad, then angry. Why didn’t she just say that she had plans? Why did she lie to you? Did she not want to hang out with you?  This can be a difficult situation to deal with. Dr. Devorah Heitner spoke with several teens, who came up with some great ideas to help deal with the emotions that come when you feel left out.

  1. “Watch some Netflix
  2. Eat some ice cream
  3. Call some other friends to invite them over
  4. Don’t watch—put away your phone!
  5. Exercise
  6. Hang out with your family”

Everyone will experience this in some form or another throughout life. It is good to have strategies to cope when you feel left out. Check out the rest of Dr. Devorah Heitner’s Article for some more great information.

Exclusion in the Instagram Age: How Can They be Having Such a Great Time Without Me?

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