Archive for December 2012

FTC: Kids' apps collect, share data without parental consent, knowledge

Do you know what your child is sharing on the apps that they use? The Federal Trade Commission’s “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade” reviewed apps available in the Apple App Store and on Google, and found that many parents do not know what information the kids’ apps are collecting, and... Read more »

More cheap holiday gift ideas for kids and tweens

Putting this together is half the fun. Once assembled, it uses three infrared emitting diodes as its "eye" to escape any maze. One heads up, though, is that soldering is required.  There are similar robots that do not require soldering if you'd rather avoid that, like the cheaper Elenco Wake Me Robot. The Elenco escape robot kit can be yours for $33.99.
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, time to get your tween a gift besides a hat. If you have gotten any, you’ve got work to do, the idea in here are many, so please scroll through! Forgive the rewritten lyrics, but requests keep coming in for tween gift ideas. These suggested presents all... Read more »

Parents object to junior high tracking students' weight

Parents object to junior high tracking students' weight
Junior high is often a difficult time as students navigate social mine fields full of drama and adjust to rapidly changing bodies. Those two challenges come together when weighing in as a part of gym class. That is one of the reasons parents in Naperville Dist. 203 are objecting to a physical education class that... Read more »
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How I watched Rudolph, Charlie Brown and Frosty shocked my kid

How I watched Rudolph, Charlie Brown and Frosty shocked my kid
This morning my tween and I talked about favorite Christmas shows. We agreed that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is the best, closely followed by Frosty the Snowman for her and Charlie Brown for me. Not shocking, but what did completely surprise my tween was hearing how we used to watch such shows in the... Read more »

Holiday Mail for Heroes is easy way to give back this season

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The holiday season is supposed to be about giving, but when kids start filling out their wish lists or writing letter to Santa, the gimmes can easily run rampant this time of year. Here’s a simple way to remind your child(ren) that there are others who have more to worry about than whether Santa will... Read more »

Cheap and fun tween gift ideas for under $15

Overlook the spelling of the game, because tweens love it.  Suggested by a Tween Us reader, it is a big hit with all genders and a pretty wide age span. Find it on at Target for $14.09 (Amazon has it for $18.)
Tweens are notoriously hard to buy gifts for, and the items on their wish lists can be pricey.  Gone are the days of the cheap Candy Land game and playing with the cardboard box.  Sniff, sniff. But that doesn’t mean it is time to turn into Scrooge. You can still bring smiles and laughter by... Read more »
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Palace confirms Kate Middleton is pregnant and baby name guessing game begins

Palace confirms Kate Middleton is pregnant and baby name guessing game begins
A new little prince or princess is on the way! Buckingham Palace confirmed that Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting. “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby,” the office said in a statement. Unfortunately, Kate has been... Read more »

What parents must do to protect children from cyberbullying

Today I am very happy to welcome guest poster Kortney Peagram.  She owns a small company, Bulldog Solution, that runs anti-bullying, diversity, and leadership programs across Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. She has over 8 years of facilitation and training experience, and is sharing her advice on how parents can protect kids and tweens who... Read more »