Category: Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Posting photos online: the one time my tween can tell me no and make me proud

Posting photos online: the one time my tween can tell me no and make me proud
As a mom, I make the rules and I expect my child to respect those rules. Recently, though, my daughter turned the tables, and I was fine with her setting the rules, and I was surprisingly just fine with it. She declared that she didn’t want any photos taken of her on the internet, and... 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 »

Where there's a will, there's a social network: Instagram is the new Facebook for tweens and teens

Where there's a will, there's a social network: Instagram is the new Facebook for tweens and teens
You may have decided that your tween or teen isn’t ready for Facebook.  The world of social networking may be a bit more than they can handle right now. But have you allowed Instagram, the free photo sharing app that can be cute or artistic?  Instagram and photos are different, right? Actually, maybe not. It... Read more »
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OMG! Tween texting may lead to poor grammar

OMG! Tween texting may lead to poor grammar
OMG A new study shows a connection between tween cell phone texting and poor grammar. NW! Researchers reported in the current issue of New Media & Society that their study found a connection between the use of language shortcuts when texting and less than stellar language skills in middle school students. Students who texted using... Read more »

Parents use cell phones to keep tweens safe

Parents use cell phones to keep tweens safe
This is the fifth and final article in our series on tweens & cell phones. Some parents arm their tween with a phone so he/she can be like E.T., and phone home.  A reason parents often cite for getting tweens a cell phone is that they want to keep tweens safe.  A cell phone can... Read more »

Dangers of tween cell phone usage

Dangers of tween cell phone usage
This is the fourth article in a week-long series on tween cell phone usage. Safety is our first priority as parents.  There are several dangers of cell phone usage by tweens to be aware of when deciding whether to arm your tween with a mobile device. Bullying Your tween could be bullied via text, and... Read more »
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Review of prepaid cell phone options for tweens

Review of prepaid cell phone options for tweens
This is the third article in a week-long series on tween cell phone usage. In this house, we are slowly inching toward the decision to get my tween a cell phone, meaning she will join a majority of her peers. I’m leaning toward a prepaid plan to start us off.  In my mind, it’s like... Read more »

Questions to ask before getting your tween a cell phone

This is the second article in a week-long series on tween cell phone usage. The questions of if and when to purchase a cell phone for your tween do not have easy answers.  A website run by the American Academy of Pediatricts, HealthyChildren.org, answers the question by saying, “There really is no ‘right’ age to... Read more »

More than half of tweens have cell phones

More than half of tweens have cell phones
This is the first in a week-long series on tween cell phone usage. My tween wants her own cell phone, but does not yet have one.  She has told me that she’s in the minority and that most of peers have their own phones, but I wasn’t so sure she was correct on that fact. ... Read more »
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Study: Not all video games are bad for tweens; some games encourage positive behavior

Study: Not all video games are bad for tweens; some games encourage positive behavior
Feeling some guilt about letting kids play video games? There may be no need to feel bad, because depending on which games your kids are playing (or addicted to), they could be learning some positive behaviors. Psychology researchers and professors from Iowa State University have studied the impact of video games on kids ages 9-14.... Read more »