Posts in category "Technology"

Info for parents about the TBH app, the latest viral sensation among teens

Info for parents about the TBH app, the latest viral sensation among teens
The TBH app is currently the No. 1 free download on iTunes and it’s hugely popular with teenagers. To be doing that well on the iTunes charts means a lot of teens are downloading this app. TBH just launched in August, so it’s safe to say it’s spreading like wildfire. “TBH” stands for “To be honest.” Here’s what... Read more »

What I'm reading: Recent posts on kids and tech that I've found helpful

What I'm reading: Recent posts on kids and tech that I've found helpful
The topic of how to help our kids use technology in a beneficial and balanced way is huge for parents, and there’s no one easy answer. There are lots of people discussing it, however, which is positive. That ongoing conversation has included some recent online posts that I’ve found helpful and I wanted to share them... Read more »

What parents need to know about Sarahah, the popular anonymous messaging app

What parents need to know about Sarahah, the popular anonymous messaging app
There’s always a song of the summer, and it should be no surprise that there are apps of the summer –  one that becomes hugely popular as soon as the temperatures warm up and kids are out of school.  This year, the front runner for app of the summer is Sarahah, an anonymous messaging app... Read more »
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What your teen needs to understand to be a smart social media user & consumer

What your teen needs to understand to be a smart social media user & consumer
Streaks are hugely powerful on social media. Your teens can tell you all about how important they are, especially on Snapchat. I picked my daughter up from a weekend retreat today and kids were talking about how the fact that they were willing to give up their streaks evidences how much they really wanted to attend. It’s... Read more »

In defense of the parent portal, which can be helpful in many ways

In defense of the parent portal, which can be helpful in many ways
The parent portal is the website that allows parents to monitor their child’s grades and stay abreast of other developments at school. Not all parents like it. I get it. The parent portal is far from perfect. But I’m going to go against the grain with a radical* declaration: I like the parent portal. It gives... Read more »

Helpful coding and computer science resources for teens and their parents

Helpful coding and computer science resources for teens and their parents
Many parents know a little about coding and know that it involves writing instructions for computers. However, parents may not know: that the average annual starting salary for a programmer in the U.S. is $62,000, which is $8,000 higher than the annual median US household income; that estimates suggest that by 2020 there will be up... Read more »
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Founding fodder: George Washington's words to live by

Founding fodder: George Washington's words to live by
The Founding Fathers didn’t give any thought to the internet or social media, but their wisdom can still provide wise counsel that applies in modern times. Today on Safer Internet Day, and every day, kids should apply this George Washington quote to their online behavior: “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few.” Yes, you’ll probably have... Read more »

Talking with astronauts aboard the International Space Station about teamwork and more

Talking with astronauts aboard the International Space Station about teamwork and more
Yesterday, I traveled to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to attend the Space Bowl. What is the Space Bowl, you ask? Houston is rolling out the red carpet for Super Bowl LI on Sunday. In honor of the occasion, NASA combined football and space into Space Bowl for a very cool #NASASocial event. Attendees got... Read more »

Privacy concerns about Meitu, the popular anime photo app

Privacy concerns about Meitu, the popular anime photo app
Meitu is an anime photo app out of China that has recently become hugely popular in the West, with more than 430 million users outside of China. It’s gone viral and users are flocking to it, but they may want to think twice. It describes itself as “Think of us as a one touch photoshop... Read more »
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Interview with online safety expert Denise Lisi DeRosa

Interview with online safety expert Denise Lisi DeRosa
I loved getting to chat recently with Denise Lisi DeRosa because not only is she an expert in children’s online safety and digital citizenship, she’s a mom. As a parent of a tween and teen, she gets it. DeRosa has spent years helping parents, and I wanted to pass along the great advice she shared... Read more »