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Parents are asking …

How can I protect my child from online threats like pornography and cyberstrangers?

How do I talk about sex with my tween?
I’m not sure how to discuss issues like homosexuality and transgender with my child. Do you have any suggestions?
How do I approach the topics of suicide and self-harm?
What guidelines and limits should I establish for phones and social media?
I think my child may have a screen addiction. How can I be certain, and where can I turn for help?
I feel so alone. Are other moms facing similar parenting challenges?   

In TALK, Mandy Majors shares the ups and downs of her cyberparenting journey and the game-changing discovery that transformed her approach to parenting. If you’ve picked up this book because your child found pornography online or is asking tough questions about complex issues, you’re not alone. We’re all struggling in this rapidly changing digital era. Parenting has undergone a seismic shift in the twenty-first century, forcing us to address issues that previous generations of parents never encountered. But amazing things happen when parents and kids begin to talk. From social media to cyberstrangers, cyberbullying to suicide, pornography to transgender, no topic is off limits. Open, on-the-go communication is a cyberparent’s secret weapon in a screen-crazed world.

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A Threesome in an App Rated 9+. What?

Last month, my then 9yo son was playing a 9+ app — a cool little bunny app called “Bunny Evolution.” I can find nothing inappropriate with the game, and there is no connectivity to other players which makes it an ideal app for younger kids.

However, as my little boy was playing the harmless bunny app, these ads popped up for another app called, “Choices.”

As you can see from the top picture, a girl’s boyfriend is cheating on her with another man. One of the options is to join them for a threesome. Join them?!?!

Parent alert: Ads can pop-up in games and are not restricted to the same age category as the app your child is playing.

Here is a description of the “Choices” app:

Parent alert: Age ratings are sometimes incorrect. The Choices app (which have these scenarios) are rated 12+. I’m sorry, no. In my opinion, that’s not appropriate for a 6th or 7th grader. Not even close

I know a post like this can raise a lot of fear in parents. Trust me, I’ve tried to bubble-wrap my kids. I’ve tried to say “no” to all technology. It didn’t work. My kids were still exposed to things from other kids. But, please don’t panic. I’ve found the solution is to create a culture of open communication in our homes. It sounds so simple, but the process of getting our kids to tell us what they’re really seeing and hearing online is a complicated process. I wrote a whole book about it. You can read the intro for free by clicking here.

By the way, my son reported all of this to me immediately. I told him, “I’m so proud of you for telling me and protecting your own heart and mind.” I’m not going to punish him and take away technology when he did everything right.

Do you have a similar story about ads in apps? If you do, please leave a comment and screenshots, if you have them.

Cyberparenting has blindsided all of us. We need to work together. Connect with us at nextTalk, a nonprofit organization providing practical solutions on how to keep our kids safe online.

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