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To tech-positive parenting

Tech Positive Parenting

Parents of digital natives are in unfamiliar territory, because we didn't grow up with the technology that kids have today. Just because it's
unfamiliar territory for you doesn't mean it's uncharted. The iPhone was released in 2007 and most popular social media apps have been around for a decade. We'll bring you the resources and best practices to help you and your family survive and thrive in the digital world.

Teaching your digital native to be a digital citizen

Virtually all kids today are born digital natives, meaning they have regular access to technology and it becomes second nature at an early age. Think of how many kids can operate an smartphone or tablet before they are riding a bike without training wheels. We'd venture to guess that's true for most kids.

Just because they are born digital natives, every kid still needs focused development to learn digital responsibility in order to become a productive digital citizen. It's your responsibility as a parent to guide them on that journey.

Being a tech-positive parent

Let's be clear, tech-positive doesn't mean being permissive and letting technology cause harm. Quite the opposite. Tech-positive parents understand the value in using technology with intention and purpose. TPP don't want to shelter their kids from the benefits just because there are dangers, but rather be upfront in teaching their kids about the risks while being tech savvy to protect kids from themselves when needed.


Use the tools available to you

Smartphones have evolved over the last 1-2 years to now include free tools for parents to keep kids safe. It is crucial that you understand these tools and use them to protect kids as they grow.

Village Social is the social tool we all need. It's a like digital training wheels and drivers ed that grows with your kid. It can be used as young as age 7 and is fun for all ages, including adults. Because it's a private social network, your kid is protected from the worst risks of social media, including the predator danger and mature content such as porn on Instagram (see our warning video). Plus, we built Village with humane design principles including no vanity metrics and subtle notifications.


Your digital playbook

Technology Journey for guidance on giving incremental access to smartphones and social media
Resources for tools and advice on digital parenting
Tech Help for Q&A on smartphones and social media

Newsletter for the latest advice and tech news

Technology Journey

4 phases to gradually introduce smartphones & apps

Parents of digital natives are in unfamiliar territory, because we didn't grow up with the technology that kids have today. Just because it's unfamiliar doesn't mean it's uncharted. The articles below provide guidance on how to set parental controls for each phase and other suggestions for teaching intentional smartphone usage.

Protect your kids with the parental controls, and empower your kids by saying 'yes' to Village Social, a kid-friendly and private network.

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Phase 1. Family device

Use a shared device to start teaching important skills. Establish your family's technology culture to set the foundation for your kid to use his or her own smartphone safely and with intention when the time is right.

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Phase 2. (un)Smartphone

Transform an iPhone into a basic phone with no internet or app store. It only takes a couple of minutes and is 100% kid safe. Now you can have peace of mind and a solution that grows with your son or daughter.

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Phase 3a. Limited entertainment apps

Your son or daughter has shown responsibility with their device and is ready for more. Allow limited entertainment apps including video and games. In this phase he or she should learn healthy habits for intentional use while being protected from the dark side of social media.

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Phase 3b. Introducing social media

Just like the smartphone, your son or daughter can go through gradual steps to learn about social media. In this phase, you provide limited access to Instagram, Amino, or Tik Tok in a controlled environment. You may let them use your phone or a shared family device (computer, tablet or phone). Or you can use parental controls to ensure they only use the risky apps when an adult is present.

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Phase 4. Gaining independence

Now your son or daughter has demonstrated good choices in real life and digital life. As he or she gets closer to digital independence, help build a positive online image to achieve his or her goals. This includes creating social media profiles to create an online brand to help with college admissions or finding employment.

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Resources

iOS Settings

Use our simple guide to implement recommended iOS screen time settings.

Read the Guide

Android Settings

Use our simple guide to implement recommended Android Family Link settings.

Read the Guide

Smartphone Agreement

Use our online wizard to create a custom agreement and receive a PDF copy by email. There's a simple and detailed version for your kid plus a parent version for you.

Tech Help

Send us your questions on iOS or Android devices or social media apps. We'll typically respond within 24-48 hours.

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Private. Safe. Healthy.

Village Social is an essential tool for your family's technology journey. It empowers your kids to connect and have fun with friends in a protected environment. With safety features such as explicit image blocking and built-in parental controls, you can feel good that your kid is learning in a healthy environment.

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Messaging & Social

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Features for Parents

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General Questions

General questions about the Village Social app

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Using the app

Tips for connecting with people, managing your family and using the app.

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Kid's Questions

FAQs we hear from teen users

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