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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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Apps Family

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

StudyBlue Study 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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Family

Managing your kids screen time this summer

kids screen time

Well hip-hop-hooray everyone! I am just back from NYC where I shot a Today Show segment that airs THIS MORNING! Catch it if you can in the 10a hour on [sings] N-B-C! And if you’re a new reader, WELCOME! I was chatting with Kathie Lee and Hoda about two imminent issues for parents: How to regulate screen time during the summer, and how to keep kids engaged with learning during the summer and prevent the dreaded “Summer Slide”. According to the National…

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Family

Hooray for Teachers!

KTLA Classroom Tech

Last week, I was on KTLA to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day. I shared some of my favorite gadgets for the classroom, including a few that will make a teacher’s life way easier (and in the case of the connected coffee maker, a lot more fun). If you missed me, there’s a video clip here, then scroll below for a link to all the products in the segment. Congrats to former California Teacher of the Year Mr. Lewis Chappelear, who joined me…

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