Posts tagged "parents"

Scary facts parents need to know about the Tinder app

Scary facts parents need to know about the Tinder app
One of the many apps of which parents need to be aware is Tinder, which is also known as a great one night stand locator or an easy way for tweens and teens to find hook ups. Scared yet? Tinder’s description in the App Store: “Tinder finds out who likes you nearby and connects you... Read more »

Tweens spending more time online and engaging in riskier behavior than parents realize

Tweens spending more time online and engaging in riskier behavior than parents realize
A survey released today revealed that parents are seriously underestimating the amount of time their tweens and teens spend online. Even more surprising, a vast majority of parents believed that the internet was a safe for their kids. The McAfee survey, “Digital Deception: Exploring the Online Disconnect between Parents and Kids,” showed that teens and... Read more »

Disgraced ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice is coaching tween girls AAU team

Disgraced ex-Rutgers coach Mike Rice is coaching tween girls AAU team
Mike Rice, the former Rutgers basketball coach who was fired after video showed him abusing players has not left the game of basketball. Despite the moral outrage after video surfaced showing him push players, fire balls at their heads and yell gay slurs at them, he is coaching tween girls. Rice coached his 12 year-old... Read more »
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Pornography is everywhere: Parents must educate their curious tweens

I remember crazy stuff on the bus to junior high, and that my mother finally couldn’t take hearing about the antics and ended up driving my brother and I to school. And with the advent of smart phones, middle school bus antics have gotten worse. Today I’m very pleased to welcome back today’s guest poster,... Read more »

Violent video games are an issue for parents and Vice President Biden

Violent video games are an issue for parents and Vice President Biden
Violent video games garnered attention after the massacre in Newtown, CT, raised concern that violent imagery in video games has contributed to a culture of violence. Vice President Joe Biden met with Biden asked the executives of manufacturers of violent video games. He asked executives of companies that make games such as Call of Duty, Mortal... Read more »

National Trivia Day: Trivia games for both kids and parents

National Trivia Day: Trivia games for both kids and parents
National Trivia Day is January 4! Did you know that the world record for longest running game of trivia is 17 months? You don’t have to play that long, but my tween is a big fan of trivia. Here are some online resources for fun, kid-friendly trivia. Some of these sites your tween can play... Read more »
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Fight boredom: Keep kids busy by putting them in charge of making dinner

Fight boredom: Keep kids busy by putting them in charge of making dinner
In the aftermath that follows unwrapping the presents and avoiding writing thank you notes, the kids turn to you to for entertainment. For the next few days, Tween Us is armed with suggestions to get you and your kids through winter break, and have fun together and with others. Preempt the cries of “I’m bored!”... Read more »

Letter to Santa: I may be grown up, but I still believe in you

Letter to Santa: I may be grown up, but I still believe in you
Dear Santa, We go way back, my friend, and for that I’m grateful. You were always there for me as a child, and I’ve enjoyed how our relationship has evolved. Thank you for sharing your magic. Being your deputy elf has brought me great delight.  I thought about writing this letter a few weeks ago,... Read more »

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 »
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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 »