June 19, 2019

 And you thought your teen or tween’s Snapchat account was problematic. A new app called Yolo allows Snapchat users to ask their friends anonymous questions — prompting bullying concerns among parents. Haven’t heard of Yolo yet? It’s been on the App Store’s top ten list for weeks, so there’s a good chance it’s gaining popularity at a m...

June 12, 2019

 Just when you think you have a handle on what social media apps your tweens and teens are into, a whole crop of shiny new ones take their place — many of which are both creepy and not as private as our kids might think. There’s the secret-sharing platform known as “Whisper," the video-chat-with-strangers portal called “Monkey — have f...

June 10, 2019

Appointments, commitments, deadlines, and projects — life with kids can knock even the most organized of us off of our perches (especially now that it’s June)! Coming to the rescue: a roundup of apps that promise to help you keep it all straight, from our friends at The Local Moms Network (CLICK HERE to see if there's one in your...

June 4, 2019

It’s being called “sharenting” — when parents mostly post photos or stories about their children on social media, regardless of how their kids may feel about it. At best, your postings may embarrass your kids today. At worst? College admissions officers or future bosses may see this stuff. Below, a must-read for anyone posting about th...

May 20, 2019

Before you call your tween or teen a tech addict, listen up. Some experts are pointing out that today’s kids are no different than we were — we spent hours talking on the phone, they’re spending the same time socializing via modern technology. On top of that, technology isn’t going anywhere, so it’s unrealistic to cut them off from tab...

May 18, 2019

Is it just us, or have the always-annoying robocalls from sketchy marketers gotten even worse lately? Instead of paying a service to make them go away, these tips below might help curb the problem so when your phone rings, it’s actually someone with whom you want to talk! MORE

April 19, 2019

OK, we know you aren't supposed to use your iPhone before you go to bed and that the light from the phone may keep you awake... yadda, yadda, yadda. But, let's face it, you probably do it anyway. But, what you may not know, is that there's actually a way you can make your phone even dimmer than the dimmest setting -- ensuring that you...

April 4, 2019

We all know how it goes: kids will ask for a smartphone before you’re ready for them to take the big leap (or pay the hefty price tag). If only there were a cheaper service plan without all the bells and whistles. Verizon’s “Just Kids” option may be the answer you’re looking for. Read on and decide for yourself.

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March 30, 2019

Sure, we’ve all thought about cutting the cable cord. But you may have a few cranky family members if you don’t make sure you have all the new gear you'll need to access your favorite shows and movies. Below, a 360º look at how to make all your streams come true!

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March 7, 2019

We all want to make a thing go right when it comes to our kids’ technology usage. But what kind of example are we setting? It pains us all to realize we may be talking the talk (or texting the text?) but not actually showing our children how to find balance with our phones. Below, a common-sense plan to set the tech tone in your house....

February 26, 2019

That is the question many parents have been asking themselves as Fortnite seems to be more popular than ever. Experts say the game is a real addiction for kids and adults alike and that the reward system of Fortnite actually mimics the psychological response one gets from gambling. Bloomberg even recently reported that some parents are...

February 22, 2019

Parental Controls. Check. Ok -- now what do you do? Actually taking control is easier said than done. But this great advice will help you navigate your way through the process and make sure you choose the right control devices and software for you and your crew. Read on and take charge. MORE

January 25, 2019

Just when you thought you knew every social media app your kids are using, the next round of social networks seems to crop up -- some of which are exposing tweens and teens to inappropriate content or interactions. Below, a list of what's new and popular on the app scene, and what you need to know.

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January 8, 2019

If yesterday's story about a laundry-folding machine got you going, how about a smartwatch for kids that lets you know if they've wandered out of a virtual perimeter? A thief-proof mailbox, perhaps? Shoes that alert family members if you've fallen? And, we know your kids will want the camera that follows them around for their Instagram...

January 4, 2019

Yes, it is! Here's a reason to let go of our collective mom guilt: it turns out that screen time might not be as damaging to kids as we have been led to believe. A report out of the U.K. claims there's no direct evidence to suggest screen time causes bad grades, obesity or psychological problems. Bottom line, more research needs to be...

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