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Carley’s 2016 Holiday Gift Picks: For the Kids

Best Tech Toys for Kids

We’re nearing the end of gift guide week, but not before we make sure the kids are covered. Here are some of the best tech gifts for kids, large or small. The Nintendo Classic NES system might remind you of your 80s glory days, but this sold-out console is way more sophisticated— it contains dozens of games (no cartridges necessary). And that friendship bracelet is actually a future coder’s dream come true— you can make them light up when BFFs…

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7 STEM toys that will get your kids coding

STEM Toys for kids: Project BLKS

With National STEM Day just around the corner, I want to share some fun new ways to teach your kids how to code (don’t worry, there’s no parental coding experience necessary). But before I jump into that, let’s talk about the STEM movement, which is all about encouraging kids to pursue their love of science, tech, engineering, and math (hence the acronym). Why is this important? Not only are these study areas rapidly shaping the future job market, they also encourage our…

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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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