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How To Talk To Your Kids About Online Monitoring

November 15, 2021

Guest Post by Scott Reddler. When you consider that 73% of teenagers have access to a smartphone, you can begin to appreciate the importance of parental supervision to steer kids away from dangers that lurk on the world wide web. Your children likely don’t appreciate all of the potential dangers online with cyberbullying, sexting, and…

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How Safe is That School Laptop *Really*?

November 15, 2021

The title to the email was “Parenting help desperately needed!” It came in first thing in the morning before I had even started my workday, and as I opened it with interest, the description that followed surprised even me. This parents’ 4th grader had accessed pornography. Not only had she accessed it, but she had…

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Dear Carolyn, You Got It Wrong

November 15, 2021

I don’t know that I’ve ever sent a letter to a columnist before, but today’s “Dear Carolyn” advice column really got under my skin and I couldn’t stay silent. Here’s my response: Dear Carolyn, I enjoy reading your column every day—it’s usually a breath of fresh air in a newspaper filled with terrible news. That…

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Why Your Kid Can Easily be Sucked Into an Online Predators Web

November 15, 2021

Article written by Jill Goetz, Preschool and Early Educator Child Safety Specialist. The story has played out in the nightly news, in Glamour magazine, and through online articles; Lucas Michael Chansler was sentenced to 105 years in prison after pleading guilty to nine counts of producing child pornography. The FBI is currently searching for HUNDREDS…

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Nanny Arrested for Child Porn: Tips and Take-Aways

November 15, 2021

An 18-year old woman who was offering babysitting and nanny services via Care.com in Pierce County, Washington was arrested on child pornography charges. The investigation revealed that the woman was in possession of child pornography and may have also shared the via a website for individuals sexually interested in those images. Investigators are concerned about…

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“Don’t Hug Doug” and Other Books on Consent for Kids

November 15, 2021

Last week we talked about consent, and I shared with you the OMEGAS of consent—a useful tool for talking to your tween or teen and helping them understand exactly what consent means. But what if you have younger kiddos? There are some fantastic new(er) resources out there you might find useful! Below are three books…

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When a child is involved, it’s not porn – it’s a crime

November 2, 2021

At Savvy Parents Safe Kids and The Heartful Parent Collective, we believe that language matters—and that language can be a powerful force for shaping how we view something. The way we talk about and address the sexual abuse of children is one such place where the words we use impact our perspective. You have likely…

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Trick or Treat! 5 Savvy Safety Tips for Halloween

October 25, 2021

Happy Halloween! The holiday, for those who celebrate, is almost here, and it’s looking like it will be a more “normal” year than last. My kids are gearing up, ready to don their costumes, and are excited for some good old regular fun. And I’m excited to see all the littles come to our door…

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3 Reasons to Rethink the First Day of School Photos

September 1, 2021

Dear Savvy, I recently posted photos of my kiddos on their first day of school on Facebook—I enjoy sharing their big days with friends and family! I have my privacy settings pretty locked down, so was alarmed when a family member reached out and suggested that I edit the photos so as not to include…

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5 Reasons Rewards Don’t Work

March 22, 2021

Dear Heartful, What are your thoughts about using rewards to motivate kids? I would love your wisdom on trying to get kids to stay at the table, brush their teeth, or do other simple tasks. Thanks, N.K. Rewards don’t work. Great question, N.K. Here are five reasons why rewarding your child doesn’t work, and what…

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Christy Keating is a certified parent coach,  positive discipline educator, and motivational speaker. She is the founder and CEO of The Heartful Parent Collective, which includes Heartful Parent Coaching, Savvy Parents Safe Kids, and Heartful Parent Academy.

The mother of two amazing daughters, Christy strives to build a happier, healthier world - one child, one parent, and one family at a time.