How Internet Security Savvy Are You?

In Application, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

If you have read any of my articles in the past, I find it extremely important to use technology as a tool to better your life. Some of those “tools” are for entertainment, and others are for security and safety of yourself and your family. Entertainment is obviously fun, as it should be, but security and safety is not as much so. It can be daunting and scary, and frequently, people don’t have a clue as to how to even begin to approach combating it. Luckily there are tools out there to, yes, help you better your life. I was …

Ice for Xmas, Kid Failure, Modern Holiday Songs, Santa Believer, Holiday Spam List, 12 Gifts Not to Give & More from Babble.com

In Family, General, Humor, Opinion by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

As I mentioned earlier, I’m now doing a daily article on Babble.com’s new “Dadding” site. Since I feel that there is actually some of my better humorous content over there, I thought it would make sense to share the content with my HighTechDad readers. I’m going to start these regular weekly recaps with a full monthly summary of all of my posts. From here forward, it will most likely just be a weekly recap. Below is a list from newest to oldest. If there are any that you particularly like, let me know and be sure to share them on …

10 Ideas for Facebook Parental Controls and What You Can Do Until They Are There

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan17 Comments

Facebook needs parental controls – although I will bet that if you ask kids between the ages of 13 and 16, they would say that it definitely does NOT need ANY type of parental control whatsoever. But, being a parent and a bit of a social media junkie, I know that something is definitely needed. Children are simply too young to understand the dangers of having a social presence. It is fun when things are going great, but as soon as social bullying rears its ugly head, it can be devastating to your kids. Not only that, but, like video …

Cell Phones, Tweens, Texting & Conversations – Child & Family Cellular Safety Thoughts

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Parenting, Review, Safety, Social Networking, Video by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

If you are a parent of a tween (a pre-teenager), you have probably hit the stage of your child wanting a cell phone. My wife and I broke down (or were gradually worn down) about a year ago with our oldest and she got hers when she was about 10. She wasn’t (and still isn’t) allowed to take it to school and only carries it with her when she goes to her after school activities (although she looks for any excuse possible to carry it!). It’s one of those “coming of age” things. My view of cell phones and children …

Review: Safe Internet for your Kids with Intego Content Barrier x4

In Apple, Family, General, Review, Security, Software by Michael Sheehan11 Comments

Being a good dad means protecting your kids. That can be by physically keeping them from danger, or, by preventing their young innocent eyes and minds from being corrupted by seeing content that they are too young for. With technology, connectivity and communications pervading all aspects of our lives, it has become increasingly difficult to control what our children see, when they see it and how long they see it. What can you do to protect your kids? I can offer a few possible solutions. Remember, I’m a tech-oriented dad and offer hardware and software solutions. However, I also try …