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Author: Victoria Kempf

Victoria Kempf, RN is a passionate internet safety expert, co-founder and COO of ScreenRetriever, a children’s internet safety monitoring product that gives parents complete visibility of all of their children’s computer activity with their children's knowledge so that parents can teach safe, appropriate online behavior.

Posted April 13, 2014, 11 a.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
Sexting: “Selfies” Run-Amok!

Teens and cellphones are inseparable. Texting is what this generation of teens does to communicate with their friends. “Selfies” is a new word in the dictionary because of today’s teens. Unfortunately, many kids are not sending cute, innocent pics of themselves. They are using their smartphones and photo sharing apps like Instagram, Snapchat, Cyberdust and others to send pornographic sexual images, known as sexting. Many parents think, “My teen would never do that!” But according to the American Journal of Pediatrics, one in five teens sext. Some studies say it’s actually higher at 30% and that kid’s as young as ...

Posted April 1, 2014, 11:13 a.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
Teaching Your ADHD Teen Appropriate Computer Behavior

Is your child one of the 10.4 Million children in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD? According to a recent study, the number of kids diagnosed with ADHD has risen dramatically by 66% since 2000. What is ADHD? ADHD is one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders today. Usually, it is first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may exhibit problems paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors by acting without thinking about what the consequence will be, or be overly active. These kids may also have a trouble regulating attention by over focusing. They may have a ...

Posted March 31, 2014, 1:39 p.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
Don’t Let Your Teen Be Catfished or Duped by an Online Imposter

Today’s generation of teens socialize with their peers by using social networking sites. Most tweens and teens are living out a portion of their lives online and many relationships take place at least partly online. There are many positives about social networking and using the Internet, but security risks and online safety concerns also come with this new way of socializing. Many teens seem to be connected to their peers almost 24/7. As a result of their constant online presence and interactions, they are at risk for being preyed upon by online predators, identity theft, scams, online fraud, phishing and ...

Posted March 20, 2014, 3:55 p.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
3 Online Risks for Teens

When parents think about online risks for their teens, many only think about inappropriate websites, online bullying, and social media, to name a few. But what if the effects of being online 24/7 stay with your teen even when they aren't sitting at the computer? Teens being online can cause deeper, more prominent issues that all parents should be aware of. 3 Teen Online Risks Parents Don’t Think About, But Should! 1. The Issue: Sleep Deprivation The Common Cause: Teens Are Online When They Should Be Sleeping The Reason: In this digital age of online risks, kids want to be ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 11:47 a.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
7 Facebook Risks You Should Discuss With Your Teen

Do you worry when your teen goes on Facebook? Many parents do. There can be wonderful benefits when kids use social media to connect with friends and family or even get homework assignments. Social networking, like it or not, is this generation’s way of socializing. It’s a way to stay in touch with people that otherwise they might never stay in touch with. One mom I spoke with said engaging on Facebook with friends really helped her shy son come out of his shell. But there are also risks that parents need to be aware of so that they can ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 10:30 a.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
3 Reasons Why Teens Should Think Twice About Sexting

When we were growing up and starting to become interested in the opposite sex, we passed notes to each other in class or spent time on the wired phone which was often within earshot of Mom. Enter the internet age for the current generation of tweens and teens and now we have sexting! Today, thirty percent of kids are sending explicit sexual messages or nude or semi-nude pictures via mobile device or computer and many think it’s a normal part of teen life. Some believe that it’s “indicative of a higher social status,” according to an LG Mobile Phone survey. ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 3:13 p.m. by Victoria Kempf | View Comments
The 10 Most Horrific Types of Websites to Block from your Teens

Kids are navigating a minefield when they browse the internet these days. Negligible regulation, few enforced rules, nonexistent boundaries, just an open web where kids can engage with any topic, or person, good or bad across the globe. There are 644 Million active websites which means there are many opportunities for your children to be exposed to anything and everything online. Amazingly, yet not so surprisingly, a whopping 70% of kids hide what they do online from their parents. Download Here are 10 websites you should look out for: 1. Porn Previous generations might hide a Playboy under their bed. ...