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Video games, loot boxes, and your money

Amy Hebert
Play video games, or have kids who do? For most of us, that’s a yes, according to a recent industry survey. It also means you might have heard of loot boxes. Loot boxes are the containers you come
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Parental Advisory: Dating Apps

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Parents be warned: some dating apps – like FastMeet, Meet24 and Meet4U – allow adults to find and communicate with children. Concerned parents should remove these apps if they’re on children’s devices
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COPPA: A few tips to keep your child safe online

Lisa Lake
Online games and websites for kids are everywhere these days – to the point where it’s commonplace to see toddlers playing with them, too. And while the internet often offers a positive way for
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Musical.ly took kids’ info without parents’ ok

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Do you know a child who dreams of being the next big star? Who spends time at home, recording song and dance routines (maybe over, and over, and over again)? That child may have used a free app called
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Back to school: Protect your child’s information

Colleen Tressler
Many school forms require personal and sensitive information. Here are some tips for keeping your child’s personal information safe — from pre-school through college. Safeguard your child’s Social
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School shopping can be a teachable moment

Colleen Tressler
As summer winds down, it’s time for back-to-school shopping. Here are some tips to help you save time and money.Get the teacher-approved list. Many teachers have lists of items they want their
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Nicotine is not a child’s food

Colleen Tressler
Over the past several years, sales of electronic cigarettes have grown rapidly, especially among youth. They currently are the fastest growing part of the tobacco market.Unlike traditional cigarettes
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Company collected kids’ info without permission

Colleen Tressler
No doubt, there are a lot of talented kids out there. Aspiring young actors, singers, dancers, models and other artists often network to find auditions, casting calls and other professional
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Protecting Your Child’s Privacy Online

As a parent, you have control over the personal information companies collect online from your kids under 13. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act gives you tools to do that. The Federal Trade