ZEN & TECH is our mobile lifestyle podcast, focusing not just on our phones, tablets, and gadgets, but how we can use technology to help us live better, richer, happier lives. It's how we center our inner geeks! On today's show, Georgia and Rene tie into Talk Mobile 2013 and, as part of our ongoing parenting series, look at how we can handle kids going online and onto social networks, from when they're very young, to when they're legally adults.



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ZEN & TECH 55: Parenting; Keeping kids safe on social


Common sense ideas that I've already been thinking about as I have a 5 year old and a newborn on the way. Basically it boils down to being aware of what your child is doing online and getting them to realize they don't have a "right to privacy" when it comes to the Internet/cell phones.

I want my children to be tech savvy but I also want them to think about how to use technology and not being like so many dumb ass teenagers I see more and more of.

"Safe on Social" is an oxymoron. Not possible so quit trying. Kids don't need that crap anyway. It's virtual relationships. How about go out and build REAL communication skills. I will not allow my kids to have FB or Twitter accts or whatever. First of all any device they use will have it blocked on my router. Second I don't use it in front of them allowing them to think it's important...

People need to lift their heads up and start living life. IMHO. Also people who stick their faces in their devices all day will probably have a harder time competing with people who have good/real social skills for the good jobs out in the market. Good luck on that interview with your "social networking skills".