Setting online limitations and boundaries

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Setting online limitations and boundaries

A parent's job, first and foremost, is to recognize that the times have changed with kids and their technology. It is the fabric of who they are. They don't watch TV. They are online. It is how they socialize. It is how they organize. It's how they do different things. As a parent, the first thing you can do is accept the fact that this is part of their culture. The second thing is that you need to dive in and participate. You need to go on the social network sites that the kids are on. You don't have to be an expert, but you have to understand it. At least you know that when you say, "Hey, what's happening here?" You have the language and you understand what that site is about. Engaging is a really critical component. The last piece is, create a community. Check in with your kid's friend's parents. See what's happening there. Go and find out what's happening in the schools. Create community around technology management.

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Jonathon Fishman

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Jonathon Fishman is passionate about technology.  Not for what it does, but for where it can lead you. The idea for his company, Ben’s Ranch, struck Jonathon when his stepmother asked his advice in buying a computer for her grandson. She didn't care about the brand or specs, she simply wanted to know how it would help her Grandson.  Jonathon realized that technical support was centered around rescue, repair and complicated conversations. He believed that the conversation should start with how does technology empower the use. Ben's Ranch became the industry standard for personal and small business IT by shifting the conversation repair to usability. Jonathon is happily married and the father of a seven-year old and a nine-year old.

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