How Sweet It Is

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Yesterday my daughter turned 16; something that she and I have been looking forward to since she was 5.   Several weeks before her birthday we starting planning for this momentous occasion.  This was going to be the greatest, most memorable party ever.  We found a DJ, one that all the kids at school wereContinue Reading …

A Little Checking Can Save A Lot Of Worry

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It’s probably safe to say that if  your child is using a computer, has his/her own phone or tablet, that you have had “The Talk” about being safe online.  I sometimes wonder how kids can tell the difference between safe and unsafe when tempted  the promise of winning a great computer or mobile device orContinue Reading …

A Parent’s Reminder

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By now most everyone knows about the tragic airline accident in San Francisco that claimed the lives of 2 young girls and injured many more.  As a parent, just thinking about the possibility of something like this happening is chilling; and being from the area made it especially difficult to digest. My friend Tina andContinue Reading …

Take A Break From Technology On July 4th

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My family loves the 4th of July.  It’s a day for barbequing hot dogs and hamburgers; to take a swim in the pool or a dip in the ocean.  We watch the parade downtown and sit on the lawn watching fireworks waiting for the finale; it’s always the best part!  It’s a day to spendContinue Reading …

COPPA 2.0 — THIS ONE’S IMPORTANT!

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It’s confusing.  What the heck is COPPA in the first place and why do we need a 2.0? My first reaction to the news of COPPA 2.0 was that it was going to be more work for me. With my kids baseball, dance class, dinner and homework, I was afraid that there weren’t enough hoursContinue Reading …

June Is Internet Safety Month for a Good Reason

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The end of the school year is already here and for those of us with grammar or middle school students, it means filling their time with healthy, fun and safe activities. One of the activities we are certain that kids will spend more time involved in is “online time”. So June is a great timeContinue Reading …

3 Reasons Kids and Parents Use Everloop — and Why You Should, Too!

Thinking about joining Everloop? We thought we’d share the top reasons why kids and parents have already joined Everloop — and why you should too! Kids: Connect with other kids! — Share ideas, talk about things they like, discuss things in the news or recent events and giving each other advice on things like bullying Create andContinue Reading …

Kids’ Favorite Hobbies

Not so long ago, the word “hobbies” brought memory of colleting stamps, rare coins, and memorabilia. Today, however, it seems kids have ditched the passive collecting route and are exploring hobbies that develop self-expression, with a healthy dose of technological (online) inspiration. According to Everloop, where our kid users are posting information about their favoriteContinue Reading …

The Acronym Every Parent Should Know: COPPA

By: CEO Hilary DeCesare Parents of children under 13 committed to keeping their kids safe online need to know this one acronym – COPPA. COPPA is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, and you may be relieved to know that the Federal Trade Commission recently amended it to keep up with evolving technology and changesContinue Reading …

Everloop’s Holiday Treats Poll

As the holidays approach, we thought it would be fun to figure out what kids are really craving this holiday season — Is it a warm baked apple pie? Delicious peppermint candy canes? Grandma’s fruit cake? A steaming cup of hot chocolate? Delicious gingerbread cookies fresh out of the oven? All of that sounds deliciousContinue Reading …

Thanksgiving is Here!

Tomorrow is the day! Thanksgiving is here and we decided to ask our Everloop kids what they were most thankful for. Family? Friends? Pets? Teachers? An overwhelming 59% stated they were thankful for their family and that got us thinking. Kids love spending time at the table with cousins on Thanksgiving, so why not keepContinue Reading …

Everloop Users Vote for Obama

Election season is over! And it turns out our Everloop users agree with the nation in re-electing President Obama to the White House. Earlier this week, we gave our users the opportunity to vote for the President and the response was overwhelming! Kids were not only voting, but they were watching videos of the debateContinue Reading …

What does it mean to stand up to bullying?

Have you wondered what it means to “stand up to bullying?” We have all experienced the hurt of a nasty rumor or the insults from our peers, and though we have tried to stop it, bullying is at its peak. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ASPCC), an estimatedContinue Reading …

Everloop Partners with McAfee

Everloop is no stranger to the fact that children have fears about being online. A recent Everloop poll showed kids top online fears include stranger danger (22%), privacy protection (20%), andcyber bullying (13%). We are constantly working to educate kids on how to protect themselves from those fears and are excited about a new partnershipContinue Reading …

Everloop Honored at Golden Bridge Awards

We’ve done it again! Fall is here and we are happy to announce that Everloop is the recipient of not one, but three, of the coveted Golden Bridge Awards! The Golden Bridge Awards recognize organizations and individuals from around the world in various areas including organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams,Continue Reading …

Online Safety Tips for Your Kids!

Have you ever wondered what is and isn’t appropriate for your child to share online? We know it’s a daunting topic, so we thought we would help. It’s important to share this list with your kids so they know what should be kept private online. Let’s think of your brain as a “safe” for yourContinue Reading …

CEO Hilary DeCesare Responds to ABC’s Secret Millionaire Experience

Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint those moments when your life fundamentally changes. I know the exact moment mine did last fall. It happened when I opened my door in northern California, and cameras from the ABC reality television series, Secret Millionaire, began to follow my every move. Next to having my three children, what happenedContinue Reading …

Everloop Teaches Kids What’s Appropriate to Share Online

Every good kid makes mistakes, even the best kids! But at Everloop these kids learn from their digital mistakes and are given an opportunity to understand the consequences of their actions in a safe and controlled environment. We have seen this work time and time again, and the transformation is clear. For example, we hadContinue Reading …

Educating This Generation: From no tech to high tech to… virtual?

(This is part three of a three-part series of blog posts discussing technology and social media trends relating to education. See parts one and two here.) Recently, we covered how teachers are beginning to integrate social media in their curriculum.  The trend of social media and technology use in classrooms continues to grow, and we believe that you,Continue Reading …

Is Facebook Coming for Your Kids?

(The following blog was written by Everloop Co-Founder and CEO Hilary DeCesare and was first published in the Danville Patch.) My inbox has filled quickly, and my cell phone’s been ringing since morning Australia time (late last night), over the story in the Wall Street Journal today  that Facebook is planning a version of theirContinue Reading …

With Privacy And Protection For All

This week’s news about Facebook’s intent to create a site for children did not come without controversy. Questions surrounding privacy issues were immediately raised and Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) were quick to send off a letter to Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In the two page-letter, the congressmen, co-ChairmenContinue Reading …

Everloop Goes Mobile

The world is becoming increasingly mobile…and here at Everloop, we are too!  We’re excited to announce the first mobile social network app for kids and tweens on the iPhone.  The iOS app will give your kids access to their favorite social networking site anytime and anywhere. Features of the new app include: -Moderated communication on the goContinue Reading …

Educating This Generation: Mobile Technology in the Classroom

(This is part two of a three-part series of blog posts discussing technology and social media trends relating to education. See part one here.) Recently, we covered how teachers are beginning to integrate social media in their curriculum.  The trend of social media and technology use in classrooms continues to grow, and we believe that you, asContinue Reading …

Educating this Generation: Tech & Social Media Trends in and out of the Classroom

Recently, we covered how teachers are beginning to integrate social media in their curriculum.  The trend of social media and technology use in classrooms continues to grow, and we believe that you, as a parent, should be aware of possible issues. This is part 1 of a three part series of blog posts discussing technologyContinue Reading …

The Benefits of Kids in the Workplace

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day was recently recognized around the United States. Some 37 million kids took the day off from school and visited 3.5 million workplaces to see firsthand what their parents do on a daily basis. While it could appear that the day is little more than a chance forContinue Reading …

Growing Up In The Digital Age

Parenting in the digital age is new territory for all of us (even for teachers!)  But first and foremost, this new era of technology affects our kids. A study from AVG, called the Digital Playground, yielded some interesting statistics: 41 percent of six- to nine-year-olds are talking to their friends online via social networks, email, etc.  TheContinue Reading …

Everloop Observes Child Abuse Prevention Month

April has been observed as Child Abuse Prevention Month around the U.S. for the past 29 years, and here at Everloop, we fully support the cause.  Though child abuse prevention might traditionally be thought of as physical or verbal, the rise of technology has positioned online child abuse as a major issue as well. Cyber bullying is a growingContinue Reading …

Education in the 21st Century: Social Media 101

We parents aren’t the only ones affected by the trends in social media, our kids’ teachers are, too.  According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, teachers of even very young students are starting to use social media to enhance their curriculum. Studies have shown that there is a case for social media in the classroom. InContinue Reading …

Texting is THE Way Kids Communicate

If you let your kids use cell phones (which according to a new survey, somewhere between 60 to 90 percent of you do, depending on your child’s age), you’ve definitely noticed how communication has moved from talking on the phone to texting. According to new research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 63 percent ofContinue Reading …

Time For Some Social Media Spring Cleaning!

Spring is in the air! With spring inevitably comes the ritual of spring cleaning.  While going through your home and figuring out what things you do or don’t need, spring cleaning is also a great time to do that with your social media! Privacy terms and conditions for different social networks (and even Gmail) changeContinue Reading …

SXSWi “Highlights” the Need for Safe Social Media

Between LOL, g2g, and OMG, there are just too many acronyms and abbreviations to keep track of these days. One that’s a little less common but you might’ve read about all in the news is SXSW: South by Southwest, one of the largest music/film/technology conferences of the year. Held in Austin, SXSW has three different components:Continue Reading …

YouTube Star Greyson Chance Partners with Everloop

Here at Everloop, we’re very happy to announce our new partnership with YouTube sensation, Greyson Chance.  Known for his “Paparazzi” video on Youtube (which has racked up a whopping 46 million views!) and featured on Ellen, Greysonuses technology and social media to express his creativity and talents–a perfect fit with what we’re all about here at Everloop! “I’m excited to beContinue Reading …

Everloop’s Changing!

In our previous blog, we talked about how parents need to adapt to the evolving technologies of today.  Everloop, as a social networking site that prides itself on innovation and staying ahead of the curve, is no exception…which is why we’re happy to announce that Everloop’s got a whole new look and some great new features! Although the socialContinue Reading …

“Parents Adapting to Evolving Technologies & Its Hidden Concerns”

Laptops, smartphones…and tablets? Right now, take a quick inventory of the technological gadgets that you have in your home.  Telephone. Television. Computer. Laptop. Smartphone. And most likely, the popular “it” gadget of right now: the tablet.  Remember when all you had to worry about was how much TV your kids were watching?  Unfortunately, those days areContinue Reading …

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