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Below are links to various resources to help parents further their education and also set age-appropriate boundaries and family rules for their children's use of technology.  About half-way down this page you'll also find recommended software to help parents monitor devices.  If you learn of any worthwhile resources that you don't see below, please send an email to Doug Fodeman, Director of Technology at Brookwood School.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for recommendations on parental monitoring software. 
To better find what you are looking for amongst these resources, use the "Find" command in your browser and search for a subject, topic or word.

Apple Computer's website to help parents understand how they can use Apple features to monitor and restrict their children's use of Apple devices including iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc.

A Parent’s Guide to Online Safety by Doug Fodeman and Marje Monroe (2013) (NOTE: Some of this content is already dated!)

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus by Katrina Schwartz

Are Kik, Keek, Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine Safe For Kids? By Leonie Smith

Are You in the Dark on Instagram?

Best Phones for Kids from 
(Then click the link under the first video that says “View as List”)

Can Teens Do It All? Techno-multitasking, Learning and Performance

CNN’s Being Thirteen: Based on a study of 200 young teens across 8 schools in 2015  (video)

"Finstagram": Parents, You've Been Warned.

For the Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking Our Kids – and How to Break the Trance by Dr.  Nicholas Kardaras

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - Professor Jean Twenge, The Atlantic

How do Smartphones Affect Childhood Psychology?

Instagram and Kids: A Parents Guide to Privacy and Safety

Just How Bad Is Kids' Smartphone Addiction?

Keeping Kids Safe on Instagram: What Parents Need to Know by Shannon Younger

Kids Who Spend More Time On Screens Are Less Likely to Take Initiative

Kids Who Use Devices At Bedtime Are Twice As Likely to Experience Sleep Distuptions

Kids Using Smartphones - Perks and Perils

Law Enforcement Warns About the Dangers of StreetChat by Mike Lamia, WNCN News

Common Sense Media:  Excellent resource for parents:

Messaging App Yik Yak Causing Bullying Concerns at Some Schools by Joshua Rhett Miller

My Advice to Teens About Instagram from Sameer Hinduja of Cyberbullying.US
[Please note that Sameer’s points are about teens, not pre-teens.]

New Report Finds Teens Feeling Addicted to Their Phones, Causing Tension at Home

One in Five Teens Still Lose Sleep Because of Social Media (From, based on a study done in 2016 by King's College)

Smartphone Detox: How to Power Down in a Wired World (; February 12, 2018)
Pays particular attention to the latest research and concerns about teen's use of smartphones. for Teens

The Big Disconnect by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair (2013)

The Parent's Guide to Texting, Facebook, and Social Media: Understanding the Benefits and Dangers of Parenting in a Digital World by Shawn Marie Edgington (2011)

Teens: This is How Socia Media Affects Your Brain

The Secret Language of Girls on Instagram by Rachel Simmons, Time Magazine online

Parents, Beware of Bullying On Sites You’ve Never Seen –

Parent’s Guides from
These guides include Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, and cyberbullying

PEW Internet Study:

Prevent your child from downloading Kik, Instagram, Keek, Hatr, Snapchat, Tumblr by Renata Rowe

Screenagers:  (Hosted documentary; $) --check website for showing in your area
--Showing on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Cohen Hillel Academy, Marblehead. Call for time.

Snapchat and 7 More Iffy Messaging Apps Teens Love

The Scientists Who Make Apps Addictive

To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love by Janell Burley Hofmann

Technology Addition Resources from

Top 5 Mobile Apps to Keep Your Kids Safe – - Resources for dealing with smartphone addiction

When is a Child Instgram-Ready? - New York Times article 2/2018

Why the teen brain is drawn to risk by Mala Szalavitz


In February, 2018 a Brookwood Parent made this recommendation...

"[We] about various software solutions that can help us track our kids’ computer usage.  We tried so many of them, but they either failed or were just too cumbersome to use.  I wanted to let you know that I found a product that really does work: Circle by Disney (and it’s built into some Netgear Routers).  It allows parents to manage each device’s internet usage from the Router, not from software on each device.  Certainly it’s not a replacement for good rules and policies regarding computer usage, but it’s a great enforcement and accountability tool.

OurPact: Parental Control for iOS Apple devices such as iPads and iPhones from ParentsWare, Inc (Innovation for Modern Families)

How to Monitor Your Child's Text Messages

Set Internet Curfews and Web Timers

Parental Controls for Apple Computers

Parental Controls for Smartphones

10 Best Parental Control Apps for Smartphones

PC Magazine's Recommendation for Best Parental Control Software in 2015,2817,2473800,00.asp
Qustodio is the Editor's Choice:

Best Free Parental Control Software
NOTE: Free software often does not usually include the best options for monitoring or filtering.  Even the free built-in Apple and Windows operating system tools for filtering web content are limited and not recommended if a commercial product can be purchased.

Regarding YouTube for Kids
YouTube hosts a great deal of content that is not appropriate for children, especially children under the age of 12.  In early March, 2015 YouTube announced new apps for iOS and Android that enables younger children to ONLY access child-appropriate content.  The content is most appropriate for children up to ten years old.  To learn more, visit:
Also, visit Balefire Labs review of YouTube for Kids:

Additional Pages:
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Lastest Research:
Technology Contracts for Kids:

Specific Issues and Concerns About:

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What You Might Say To Your Child: