Archive for June 2014

Do you know what your tweens and teens share online?

Do you know what your tweens and teens share online?
Earlier this month, McAfee released its annual study examining what tweens and teens do online and how they use social media. They conduct their survey on an annual basis and reported this year’s finding in the study 2014 Teens and the Screen study: Exploring Online Privacy, Social Networking and Cyberbullying. Here are some of the... Read more »

A love letter to the late 1980s

Really, all the National Lampoons movies from the 80s are great, but Christmas Vacation, released in 1989, is a film that always makes me laugh, and the ability to quote it to this day and know that family and friends understand what I'm saying give it a special place in my heart.
Dear 1980′s, I just wanted to let you know that, no matter what, you were and always will be my favorite decade. My affinity is particularly strong for the latter half of you, the glorious late 1980s. I am so very grateful that you bore witness to my sometimes rather horrifying tween awkwardness and yet... Read more »

Atlas shrugs: My tween says my affinity for maps and the atlas makes me a dinosaur

Atlas shrugs: My tween says my affinity for maps and the atlas makes me a dinosaur
“Is that a road atlas?” one of the four girls I was driving to camp asked from the back seat, her voice dripping with confusion, shock and dismay. “Yes. It’s my mom’s, she won’t go anywhere without it,” my tween answered, as clearly the question was aimed at her, not me. (I don’t know why... Read more »
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Do you know who is videotaping your child at the park?

Do you know who is videotaping your child at the park?
A lot of kids have smartphones. And every smart phone has a video camera. Have you talked with your tweens and teens about when it is appropriate to take video of other people? My daughter and her best friend were at our home playing earlier this week. It was a nice enough day, so I... Read more »

Tween on the tee: Lucy Li, 11 year-old golf phenom, takes on the U.S. Open

Tween on the tee: Lucy Li, 11 year-old golf phenom, takes on the U.S. Open
Lucy Li is a typical tween in many respects. The sixth grader has braces, wears zebra print tops and polka dot skirts, and rocks a mean high pony tail. She lists her interests as painting, swimming, and dancing. Her golf skills, however, set her apart from every other tween in the world. On Thursday, Li... Read more »

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Denise Williams of Uncommon Sense

There are hundreds of ChicagoNow bloggers who cover a wide variety of topics, each with his/her own viewpoint. Today, our community manager has paired us up with another blogger and we are each conducting a Q&A session with them and sharing them and their blog.  You can find all of the ChicagoNow blogger interviews here.... Read more »
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Great advice for teens about social media from a surprising source

Great advice for teens about social media from a surprising source
When a tween or teen dives into the world of social media, it can be similar to jumping off the dive into the deep end of the pool. But perhaps there’s a little blue bird available to offer some wisdom and guidance. The Twitter Help Center has a section dedicated just to teens, and it... Read more »

A Father's Day story: When my dad did me a favor by not rescuing me

A Father's Day story: When my dad did me a favor by not rescuing me
I vividly remember attending the middle school spring dance when I was in eighth grade. I was excited for the event, if nothing else because it signified that the end of middle school was near. While it hadn’t been the worst of times, it was also not the best of times and I was more... Read more »

7 best educational apps for middle schoolers aligned to Common Core Standards

7 best educational apps for middle schoolers aligned to Common Core Standards
Did you know that there are over 100,000 educational apps in the App Store? Yeah, that’s a lot of apps and I can’t think of a parent I know who has time to sort through them all, especially when parents are looking for some good apps to fight the summer slide keep their kids engaged... Read more »
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11 facts about the World Cup

11 facts about the World Cup
The World Cup happens once every four years and lasts for a month in the summer. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 stadiums in Brazil, the host country of the FIFA World Cup, which begins on June 12, 2014. See how much you know and test your soccer/football knowledge with these... Read more »