How to Safeguard Your Children’s Technology Use

Shaka Armstrong
Armstrong is a guest on Episode 16 of Parents in the Mix.


On latest episode of our podcast Parents in the Mix, Shaka Armstrong, who teaches digital literacy to parents via his non-profit organization Digital Shepherds, imparts valuable knowledge about safeguarding children’s online activities.

In the second segment of the podcast that reviews music from a parents’ perspective, Armstrong explains how apps Net Nanny, Mobile Watch Dog, Teen Safe, and MobiSip help keep track of kids’ web usage. Armstrong even breaks down whether music apps Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Radio, Pandora and Google Play allow parents to customize their children’s playlist.

“Pandora and Google Play Music, iHeart Radio and Rhapsody do have forms of parental control,” Armstrong explains. “On Pandora you can restrict Pandora from playing songs or displaying adds with explicit language. You go into Pandora and turn on a filter that does that.”

Johnson said they are grateful that Armstrong appeared on the podcast. “Ebony heard Shaka speak to a children’s group and thought he would be great for Parents in the Mix,” he said. “He’s so knowledge. I’d recommend any parent of children who use the internet to listen to his interview. I found the importation he shared to be so helpful myself.”

In the first segment of the podcast, the hosts review 21 Pilots’ “Stressed Out,” Troye Sivan’s “Talk Me Down,” and Bring Me the Horizon’s “True Friends.” “Stressed Out” is a coming of age story about missing childhood. “Talk Me Down” deals with two teen gay boys emotionally distraught about not being accepted by a parent. The music video for “True Friends” is a sinister, murder mystery.

“Parents in the Mix,” which is available for download on the KHTS AM 1220 website, gives parents valuable insight necessary to keep their children’s playlists kid friendly and age appropriate. Johnson, who has been a music journalist for more than 20 years, launched the podcast with his wife, Ebony Macon Johnson, in 2015.

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Billy Johnson, Jr., a former senior editor for Yahoo Music for 17 years, has been covering hip-hop, R&B and pop music since 1991 and has interviewed the likes of Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Eminem and Mary J. Blige. His work has additionally been featured in Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, The Source, Upscale and more. Billy has appeared as a music expert on, Tavis Smiley, E!, The Insider, BET, VH-1, ABC, FOX, AXS-TV, TV Guide, NPR, KNX, KFI, WCAP, WBZ, among others.

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