Posts in category "Technology"

Cyberbullying is awful, that doesn’t mean schools should demand social media passwords

In Illinois there is much debate about whether schools can and should require social media passwords from students. A new law about cyberbullying that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015 is what sparked the discussion. I shared a post on the Tween Us Facebook page about it and Tween Us readers overwhelmingly felt that... Read more »

Is the website Meez safe for kids?

Is the website Meez safe for kids?
A reader in Michigan brought an alert circulating in her community about the website Meez to my attention. She received a warning from another parent saying that “even though [Meez] appears to be a kids game, there are different rooms that kids can get into. Some are innocent enough, but there are a LOT of... Read more »

Tweens and teens are sharing personal info via Instagram - lots of it

Tweens and teens are sharing personal info via Instagram - lots of it
Ah, Instagram. It seems so harmless. It’s just kids sharing cute or silly photos, or a way to express themselves artistically, right? Uh, not so much. I’ve talked about the many issues that I have with Instagram here. But now there’s another one. Sharing personal info via Instagram, particularly in the comments but also by... Read more »
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This new year, resolve to be cybercivil

This new year, resolve to be cybercivil
The website Good Digital Parenting is a great resource from the Family Online Safety Institute that aims to “empower parents to confidently navigate the online world with their kids.” Who doesn’t need a bit of help with that? I asked Denise Lisi DeRosa, Program Manager of Good Digital Parenting, if she would share her thoughts on the... Read more »

Hour of Code: Fun coding websites and resources for kids

Hour of Code: Fun coding websites and resources for kids
Learning computer programming, also called coding, is becoming increasingly easy and also fun for kids and parents alike with more and more websites and apps offering opportunities to code. Coding has many benefits, including developing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in kids, as well as helping them understand how the technology they enjoy is created. It... Read more »

In Defense of Social Media for Tweens

In Defense of Social Media for Tweens
I was lucky to meet Beth Meleski at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop this spring and we hit it off as moms of tweens and writers who focus on this age group. Beth writes for a lifestyle website for tween girls. I’m thrilled to have her guest posting today. Her argument in defense of social... Read more »
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Snapchat hack proves that nothing on the internet disappears

Snapchat hack proves that nothing on the internet disappears
Have you heard the news about the Snapchat hack in which 200,000 private photos and names of users may be leaked? It’s being called the “Snappening” and it serves as a reminder that nothing on the internet ever really disappears. Nothing. Not Snapchats. Not photos of any sort. Nothing. Does this sound familiar? It should.... Read more »

Info about the new social network Ello: 5 details parents should know

Info about the new social network Ello: 5 details parents should know
Ello describes itself as “an ad-free network that does not sell data about its users to third parties.”  It’s catching on and was all the rage last week, when Vox reported that 31,000 people per hour were joining the site, which is still in beta. Ello launched this past summer and suddenly became the big new... Read more »

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 »
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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 »