Wrapping up

This whole business of trying to parent your way through this technology and social media stuff is hard and stressful. I hope this has been helpful.

Let me recommend some additional resources.


Josh Ochs has a website, smartsocial.com, with some useful FREE material for parents on social media. I should say that Josh does have some things to sell--his speaking engagements and a couple of newsletters. I don't gain anything by recommending his website to you. But the website includes a lot of free material that I have found extremely handy. Check out his instructional videos about various apps and his Parent App Guide.


is a parenting website sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Here's their really good page technology & parenting tips. And they have other great stuff, including this for parents of YOUNG kids.

Monitoring Services

I hesitate to recommend paid services and won't do it for any kind of compensation. I often get asked, though. Here are a few to look at.


Bark is a monitoring tool that uses advanced algorithms to alert parents to issues like cyberbullying, sexting, drug-related content, and signs of depression. They sponsor a good Facebook community for parents here.

Covenant Eyes

Popular service: https://www.covenanteyes.com/

Okay, there are 2 others I can't think of right now but I'll put them up soon.


Dr. Dale Wisely