CENTER FOR PARENT / YOUTH UNDERSTANDING
CPYU was developed in 1990 by Walt Mueller. They have the tagline “understanding culture to impact culture” and offer several resources to that end, including the Youth Culture e-Update, 3(D) Reviews of popular media, and pages of articles and pop culture commentary. Lots of help for the parent that wants to stay in the know and better understand their teen, and where their coming from.
THE SOURCE FOR PARENTS
This is a relatively new site from Jonathan McKee. Jonathan’s Source site has always done a good job of keeping youth workers informed about trends in student culture and now this site aims to do the same for parents. Subscribe to weekly parent helps, Jonathon’s blog, and a youth culture blog, plus check out THIS LINK to hot topic articles concerning teens today.
Jim Burns founded Homeword in 1985. He is known as the guy who was Doug Field’s youth pastor and is passionate about equipping families for success. Homeword does this through daily radio programs, an extensive web site – with one of the best monthly parent newsletters you can find anywhere, lots of quality print material, and a specific “advice” section where parents can get specific help and guidance on biblical ways to parent their students
REAL WORLD PARENTS
Founded by Youth Specialties’ own Mark Matlock, this site offers conversation starters, family activities, and daily Scripture prayers that are emailed to parents to remind them to pray for their kids. Another great resource for parents!
FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
Focus on the Family has been a leading resource for years in providing parents and families the biblical resources they need to lead, parent and minister to their families. When it comes to parenting teens it is no surprise that Focus on the Family is another valued resource. On their site Focus on the Family has a large database of recorded daily radio programs, as well as archived written articles discussing different challenges and approaches to biblical parenting of teens today.
Located in Owosso, Michigan, Covenant Eyes is the pioneer of Internet Accountability software, empowering members to maintain their online integrity. Aware of an ever-growing need to better equip parents, Covenant Eyes has developed a family Internet filter that restricts usage based on parental controls. This filter is used by many parents all over the world, plus there is an app available for mobile devices!
As a busy parent, reading every text message, post, and email just isn’t realistic. Instead, Bark was created by parents, for parents to offer a better, easier, and more effective way to keep children safe online. Created in collaboration with child psychologists, youth advisors, digital media experts, and law enforcement professionals, Bark delivers a research-backed, kid-friendly solution for safeguarding families as technology changes how and where we communicate. Bark has won awards from The National Parenting Center, Mom’s Choice Awards, and National Parenting Product Awards.
SECURE TEEN (ANDROID & iPHONE)
Is your child’s iPhone or Android giving you an uneasy feeling? Are you worried they might be exposed to the wrong kind of stuff through their phone? You’re not wrong to be concerned. SecureTeen’s app for iPhone & Android was built to help parents like you. Have a look at some of the SecureTeen’s features to get a better idea of how the app can help you: Our easy to use categories and safe search feature will help you keep harmful and adult content at bay. You can filter out all the trash and ensure that your child is not exposed to the wrong kind of content. SecureTeen gives you the ability to monitor more than one child simultaneously. What this means is that you won’t miss out on one child’s problems while dealing with another. You can provide proper focus and attention to all your kids with SecureTeen’s help. Every single webpage that your child clicks on and every single site that they visit will be available for you to check. The web history logging conducted by SecureTeen gives you a better idea of what your child is exposed to online.
TeenSafe is a subscription service for parents of children between the ages of 7-17 that provides smartphone monitoring and control capabilities. A single login provides you with access to:
www.TeenSafe.com – Login and monitor your teen’s smartphone data and interactions securely on our Dashboard. Only you can access your child’s data with your TeenSafe login.
TeenSafe Control – an iOS smartphone app that enables parents to control their teen’s smartphone remotely.
TeenSafe Monitor – an iOS smartphone app that enables parents to monitor their teen’s text / SMS messages, iMessages, and deleted texts / SMS and iMessages.
Managing your family’s connected devices is pretty much impossible, but not any more with Circle. A cinch to set up, Circle pairs with your home Wi-Fi and lets you manage every connected device on your network, both wireless and wired, without ever needing to put software on them.
The KidGuard Phone Monitoring service is a cell phone tracking software provided to parents to “spy” on their kids text messages, monitor gps location, track phone logs, chats, allowing the parent to stay on top of issues such as cyberbullying, online predators, teen depression, and other risks to their children arising from the internet.
Plugged In is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live. Through our reviews, articles and discussions, we hope to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
iparent.tv is an online resource that features hundreds of videos and posts to keep parents in the loop on all the latest tech fads that your kids might or might not be into. Want to know how to set the privacy settings on the Xbox One? We show you how. Want to decide whether SnapChat is right for your teenager? We give you the info. Want to find out what Reddit is all about? We have the answers.
COMMON SENSE MEDIA
We think the media and technology industries should put kids’ needs first when they create and market their products and services. Since that is all too often not the case, we believe there should be clear policies and regulations to hold these industries accountable. We advocate on behalf of kids on a wide range of issues, including the educational impact of technology, protecting kids’ privacy online, and improving the impact of media on child health and development.
RIGHT NOW MEDIA – PARENTS
Our ultimate goal at RightNow Media is to encourage millions of Christians to be on mission wherever God has them. Strategically, the best way for RightNow Media to unleash millions of Christians is to serve churches who can disciple and mobilize “the people of the church” to live like Jesus in their homes, neighborhoods, at work and around the world. At RightNow Media, we firmly believe The Mission of the Church Matters. Everything we do is rooted in the belief that the church (people not buildings) can have a powerful impact on this world. Our team loves the church.
RIGHT NOW MEDIA – DISCUSSING SEX WITH YOUR TEEN
“Simple Truths with Mary Flo Ridley“ was developed to help parents make the most of their opportunities to shape the sexual character of their children. Planning conversations with your kids about sex might seem stressful, but it’s easier than trying to answer their questions when you’re not prepared. Take in and personalize this information for your family and you will find that these conversations serve as tremendous opportunities for strengthening your relationship with your children.
PARENTING TEENS MAGAZINE
This monthly magazine offers timely information, encouragement, and advice to families facing the unique challenges and blessings of parenting teens. Parents will find expert insight and practical advice for day-to-day and crisis situations. Parenting Teenagers gives parents encouragement and challenges them in their relationship with Christ so that they, in turn, can guide their teen. This popular parenting magazine provides meaningful, yet realistic approaches to engage teens in spiritual conversations.