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 Human Connections / Relationships vs. Tech Connections

 Human Connections / Relationships vs. Tech Connections

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The human body is remarkable in how all of its systems are intertwined into the composition of each individual. Some people are more outgoing and bubbly while others are content with being more solitary. Despite these differences in character, all humans need some interaction with others. This became very clear with Covid. The main theme during Covid  was to isolate yourselves to prevent the spread. A side effect of that was an increase in depression, suicide, alcoholism etc. This was largely due to the feeling of being isolated. We all need someone to connect with to fulfill our lives. Today, human connection is being lost due to the invention of technology, which more and more isolates us from actually talking face to face with another person. Technology is always changing…
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ChatGPT

ChatGPT

Chatbot News, Guidelines, Resources, Reviews
I Didn’t Write This Article; ChatGPT Did Title: The Pros and Cons of Artificial General Intelligence: A Parent's Perspective on ChatGPT Introduction Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) has long been a topic of fascination and concern. AGI, unlike narrow or specialized AI, possesses the ability to understand, learn, and apply knowledge across a wide range of tasks, much like the human brain. ChatGPT, a prominent example of AGI, has garnered significant attention, sparking both excitement and apprehension among parents. In this article, we will delve into the pros and cons of AGI with a specific focus on ChatGPT from a parent's viewpoint. Pros of Artificial General Intelligence: 1. Education and Learning Enhancement: AGI systems like ChatGPT have the potential to revolutionize education. Parents can use such tools to supplement their children's…
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The Great Smartphone Debate

The Great Smartphone Debate

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When is it a good time to let your child have a smartphone? When do you know if your child is ready? What are good rules to enforce? Is it a want or a need? https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/the-great-smartphone-debate/ Please note, that although we have found valuable information from an external web page for our blog post, we do not endorse all information, religious views and opinions posted on these third-party websites.
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Locket & LiveIn Apps

Locket & LiveIn Apps

Apps, Editorials, Reviews
Back in the day, a locket was a necklace given as a sentimental or romantic gift that one would cherish for years. It held a photo of a loved one that could be opened and remembered as often as desired.  Today, there is a new “locket”– an app downloaded to your device.  This Locket app is also a way to express sentiment. The Locket app is a photo sharing app, in which one can send photos somewhat similar to sharing a photo on Snapchat or WhatsApp. However the differences are as follows:  - The photos automatically appear on the other person’s home phone screen as a widget–you do not open an app to see the picture. It’s a bit like a private social media platform right there on your home…
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The Appetite for Man’s Heart

The Appetite for Man’s Heart

Devices, Guidelines, Hazards, Privacy
On Feb 10, 2023, Elder Klein presented a topic in Rock Valley at the NRC School, called The Appetite for Man's Heart.  Watch Elder Klein's presentation here. https://www.loom.com/share/7e1ac2383dcb4a15978b485d6429e2ba How to guide our children with the dangers of social media                         What is the aim of modern media?                                            -Missing                                 -Evolving                                              -Deceiving                                 -Individualizing                                    -Addicting                 We are empty/naked without our phones                 We can be blackmailed if we have ever shared something vulnerable online                 Exposed us to dangerous content                 Loss of Privacy. *Please note, that although we have found valuable information from an external web page for our blog post, we do not endorse all information, religious views and opinions posted on these third-party websites.
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Workshop: Apps That Parents Should Know

Workshop: Apps That Parents Should Know

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Looking to Learn More About Apps Children Use?  This video covers YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat, and Instagram! We explain how the apps function and give direction on how parents can be aware of their children's activites.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF5TVi0hvQs
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NetSmartz

NetSmartz

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NetSmartz is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) online safety education program. Their goal is to help children become more aware of the potential dangers that surround them when they are online. NetSmartz provides numerous resources that parents and educators may use to help educate their children/students. Topics for elementary aged children include telling parents/guardians if something makes them feel uncomfortable online, saying “no” if somebody asks them to do something inappropriate, following rules set by parents and teachers, and many other things as well. Topics for high school students include stories from victims of sexting/sextortion, distinguishing real vs. fake profiles and messages, avoiding posting inappropriate things online or via texting, not saying something online that you would not say in person, and other things of that…
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Best Phones for Kids:  The Ultimate Guide

Best Phones for Kids:  The Ultimate Guide

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Click Here: https://protectyoungeyes.com/best-phones-for-kids-ultimate-guide/ As we struggle to manage modern media in our homes, a common question is “when should my children first get a smartphone?” Our Synodical Modern Media Guidelines suggest that children shouldn’t receive a smartphone before age 16.  But are there options to provide a phone to kids before this age? Thankfully, just in the last few years, several companies have developed devices that look like smartphones and in some ways perform like smartphones, all while keeping the more serious dangers of smartphones out of our children’s hands. Protect Young Eyes has put together an excellent guide to the options.  We highly recommend you consider these alternatives rather than smartphones for your pre-teen and teenage children. *Please note, that although we have found valuable information from an external…
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Time to BeReal

Time to BeReal

Apps, Guidelines, Reviews
“Strip[ping] away all of the unrealistic expectations social media has put on us all” says one reviewer of the popular new app ‘BeReal’ (source: BeReal App Review). Solely looking at that fact, one may think the new social media app is a breath of fresh air compared to the other ‘big 4’. It requests filterless, unedited photos from users at varying times of the day - with only 2 minutes to get it submitted. A few caveats to the positives: If the two minute time frame is not achieved, the app notes it; and users can’t see others’ content unless they post their own for the day. Also, users are encouraged to report immoral content to the company, but the company itself is not required to monitor the content. The…
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