Posts in category "Technology"

7 Fun, free, educational websites for kids

<a href="http://tweentribune.com/frontpage?link" target="_blank"><strong>Smithsonian Tween Tribune</strong></a>
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The folks at the Smithsonian have a website dedicated to news for kids in grades 5-8 and judging the headlines on the Tween Tribune, they know just what interests tweens. One story, <a href="http://tweentribune.com/tween78/school-s-favorite-cookie-banned-cafeteria">School’s favorite cookie banned from cafeteria</a>, was about the national lunch guidelines, and another was entitled <a href="http://tweentribune.com/tween56/un-bee-lievable-50000-bees-invade-apartment">Un-bee-lievable! 50,000 bees invade apartment</a>. I'm glad to know that it's not just my tween who enjoys news of the weird like that.
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There are also global stories, including <a href="http://tweentribune.com/tween56/hate-taking-bus-school-try-swimming" target="_blank">Hate taking the bus to school? Try swimming!</a> about 61 kids in India who swim across a river and then walk 3 miles to to school. The news article is straightforward, but it would be tough for kids to read it and not get a healthy dose of perspective. It seems to shy away from more controversial current events, though there is also the Grade 9-12 version.
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There is a <a href="http://tweentribune.com/spanish" target="_blank">Spanish edition</a> and Tween Tribune can be downloaded as an <a href="http://tweentribune.com/apps" target="_blank">app</a>.
I’ll never forget my first grader coming home and announcing that a classmate told everyone there was no Tooth Fairy. She announced that she knew for certain because she had Googled it. Tweens are very tech savvy and good at searching the web. Given the above story, many of them have been good at it... Read more »

Avoid over sharenting: how much do you share about your kids online?

Avoid over sharenting: how much do you share about your kids online?
We all have friends in social media who use their platform of choice (often Facebook) to share every last detail of their children’s lives, from the dreaded potty training details to tears over not making the soccer team to standardized test scores, percentiles and all. But when does what you share about your kids online... Read more »

Disturbing Google search terms: Why you need to check your kids phone and computer

Disturbing Google search terms: Why you need to check your kids phone and computer
Thousands of people get to this blog because it came up in the results generated by a Google search or searches done on Yahoo!, Bing and other search engines. Perhaps that’s how you got here, and if so, welcome! It is possible for me to see some of the search terms that land people here... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

Snapchat settles charges by FTC, but that doesn't change much

Snapchat settles charges by FTC, but that doesn't change much
Snapchat agreed today to settle charges by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that messages sent through the online messaging service do not actually “disappear” as the company has claimed. The FTC alleged that Snapchat misled consumers as to how it functioned. Specifically, the complaint stated that the messages did not disappear as claimed, and... Read more »

What parents need to know about the Omegle app

What parents need to know about the Omegle app
Tech Tuesday is back and there’s another app that parents need to know about: Omegle. It’s all about anonymously chatting with strangers online. It has both a website and an app. Omegle has the tag line “Talk to strangers!” That alone raises red flags. But there are other reasons parents should be concerned about Omegle... Read more »
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Tech etiquette: 3 classic rules about manners that apply when using technology

Tech etiquette: 3 classic rules about manners that apply when using technology
Tweens and teens spend a lot of time online. A lot. Parenting in the online world can be very new and different, but there is one thing that will always be in style, whether when using technology or interacting face-to-face: good manners. When talking with kids about technology, parents focus on safety and limits or... Read more »