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Sit With Us Bullying App

It’s tough to take a traumatic experience and turn it into something positive. To channel your pain, misery, and fear into something that can help other people going through the same thing. It takes a lot of strength and emotional maturity that few adults I know possess. It’s ever-more extraordinary when a teenager has the empathy, social conscience and brains to make it happen. During her middle school years, Natalie Hampton was ostracized by her classmates and subjected to relentless bullying.…

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Back to School Tech on the Today Show

seedling maze: back to school tech

Hi lovelies! And hello new-to-the-site friends! It’s friday and I’m on the Today Show with my gal pal Hoda Kotb and my new friend Billy Bush… talking about back to school tech— gadgets and apps that will help your kids hit the books this school year! Here’s a quick list of what we’re running down in the 10 o’clock hour. If you’re hitting the site earlier than that, stay home from work and tune in to watch instead! (And then go to work, I…

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A smart guide to smartphone and tablet parental controls

Parental Controls

School supplies no longer consist of a few notebooks and pencils. As kids head back to class, many will be handed new smartphones and tablets. And while we all know how much they can enhance our kids’ learning experience, they’re also the passport to a digital world where kids can get into all kinds of trouble.  Most devices come with a slew of parental controls that allow you to restrict what your kids see on the internet, what they can download, buy,…

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The app that turns your kid’s smartphone into a study group

study blue app

If you’re like me, you’re likely often trying to limit your kid’s smartphone time (especially since the debut of Pokémon Go). But here’s one way to take advantage of that same small-screen obsession. StudyBlue is a crowdsourced learning platform that allows high school and college students to create their own on-the-go study materials and also borrow from and share with others who’ve taken the same classes all over the world. It’s like high-tech flashcards, study guides, and a massive peer study…

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Family Security + Safety

Should You Be Concerned About WiFi in Schools?

Wifi in Schools

I know that the safety of my family’s exposure to Wifi at home is something I think about a lot— I imagine us all sleeping through the night, radiation swirling around our heads, and wonder if it’s causing harm. Now it’s not just our home time that could be putting us in harm’s way: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop ran an article about how WiFi in schools could be affecting their health in horrible ways. Our home routers aren’t nearly as strong as the routers and Wireless Access Points that a school requires…

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Family Living

What You Really Need to Know About Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go

At this point, it may seem like everyone you know is either playing or talking about Pokémon Go — from your 6-year-old son to the professional, no-nonsense CEO of your company (really!). Just released in July, it quickly became one of the most used mobile apps in the world. So even if, like me, you have no intention of wandering around outside attempting to capture cartoon monsters (although I have dabbled), you should probably know a thing or two about it.…

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