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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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