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How much screen time for your kids? Consider these 6 factors

When it comes to screen time, everyone is looking for a perfect formula: an ideal number of minutes that we should be allowing our kids on their screens. There is no magic number. Various experts and resources will suggest a time (like no more than 30 minutes a day), but how do we factor in […]

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When your kid’s school gives them a device

The school just handed my child a device. Now what? Many districts are “going one-to-one,” if they haven’t already. That means every student gets his or her “own” device. The majority of schools are choosing Chromebooks, but some are issuing iPads, cheaper laptops, or even MacBooks. A one-to-one (usually written 1:1) program offers a lot of […]

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Help your child choose their next book with these online resources

As a school librarian, I often hear parents express frustration that their child is unwilling to read. In a world of screens, it is becoming more difficult to convince kids to hit the off button and crack open a good ol’ physical book. In working with students over the years, I’ve become more and more […]

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What to say when your kids won’t talk about technology

As digital parents, we probably all have that image of us sitting down with our tween or teen and having a calm, open conversation about their technology use. In this dream, we are both expressing our concerns and opinions in a mature, warm chat, and a mutual understanding washes over both of us as we […]

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Take these steps to protect your kids’ privacy online

When it comes to keeping our kids safe online, we tend to focus on filtering and monitoring. An equally important element of their safety, however, is their online privacy. Frankly, most of us probably aren’t doing enough in this area. Fortunately, there are some easy steps we can (and must) take to protect their privacy […]

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What parents need to know about virtual reality

What if you could take your kids to see the pyramids of Egypt or the Great Barrier Reef? Can’t afford such an extravagant trip? Enter virtual reality. Technology has made possible all sorts of incredible tools for breaking down communication and broadcast limits, allowing us to talk face-to-face with someone on the other side of […]

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What parents can learn when we shut up and drive

For a recent birthday, our oldest wanted to go to a movie with a handful of his friends. After driving around picking them all up, we were on our way. One minivan, one middle-aged dad, and five 15-16 year olds. No sooner were their butts in the seats than the devices came out. At first […]

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Router Limits filtering device and service [Review]

What if you didn’t have to install a program or app on every device in your house, yet still be able to keep tabs on what everyone is doing? That’s the key advantage of devices, like Router Limits, that filter and monitor at the router level. In other words, it keeps track and filters all […]

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Not a tech savvy parent? Try these 5 simple steps

As parents, many of us are good at overcomplicating things; managing the mix of technology and family life is no exception. We may feel that we have to have it all figured out. Are we up to date on all the latest apps, skilled in every social media channel, aware of every harmful website, and […]

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Dangerous apps kids should not have on their phones. Period.

Even as someone who usually tries to focus on the positive aspects of technology, I have to admit that there are some dangerous apps for teens and tweens that we need to watch out for. I normally cringe when I hear parents talk about how dangerous the internet is and every internet user is a […]

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