Author: Cool Mom Staff

How tech can help keep kids safer with crowds and separation

When we saw the reports coming out of Manchester last night, we were completely devastated. And, we found ourselves thinking about what we would have done if our children (some of whom are tweens, and Ariana Grandé fans, by the way) had been separated from us like so many were. So with that in mind, we’re sharing tips for parents on how to talk with your kids about crowds and separation over on Cool Mom Picks today. From teaching kids what to say if they’re dialing 911 from a cell phone, to how they can use social media (even...

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Web Coolness: The annoying Instagram algorithm, how to listen to podcasts, and lots more.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Cool Mom Tech is a reward style affiliate.   These portable park iPhone cases from Japan are cracking us up! Father’s Day, anyone? You’re not the only one annoyed by the Instagram algorithm. Someone used FaceApp on museum paintings and it’s awesome. A simple way to block calls and texts on your iPhone. Here’s how to find and listen to podcasts on your iPhone. Including our own podcast, Spawned!     What should you do with all...

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Web coolness: Last minute tech gifts for Mom, the airline laptop ban, phishing hits the White House and more

Here are some tech links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too. CMP is an rstyle affiliate   This is your weekend, mamas! We love this #mom tote from Amalia Lopez of Latte Design on Etsy. Maybe a little gift for yourself…? (shown at top) Lots of Mother’s Day tech gift ideas for you. But hurry! If you don’t hurry, maybe try one of these great ideas for last-minute Mother’s Day gifts, many easily accomplished thanks to online retailers and overnight shipping. Instagram photo gifts for moms who love their family photos. Really cool app-based service that can...

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Web Coolness: Mario Karts at Target, is Unroll.me safe, and teens are taking social media breaks.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   You can now use Mario Karts at Target. Watch out for this Apple phishing site. Is Unroll.me safe to use? A closer look at their privacy policy. Cool events for families at the Apple Store! How celebs are using busyness, not wealth, to show status on social media. Interesting.   This Mother’s Day card from 55 Hi’s. So freaking true. Is your child gifted? Helpful online resources from an educational expert. Here’s why you should consider...

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A fantastic deal on a smart plug. But hurry!

If you’ve wanted to give home automation a try but aren’t yet ready to make a huge investment, these awesome deals on the TP-Link Smart Plug ($18) and Mini Model ($25) might just be the perfect gateway. Both of these smart plugs work with Amazon Echo and Google Home, and gadgets plugged into the smart plugs can be controlled by your mobile devices through the Kasa app. Think lights, coffee maker, or your kid’s rain machine they always forget to turn off (or is that just in our house?), though at this price, you could take care of all three. Just...

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How to take better Instagram photos of kids

So, you’ve seen all the cool photos that parents are sharing of their kids on Instagram and you’re wondering how to take better Instagram photos of kids. Well, you don’t need to be a pro-photog to snap fantastic photos of your own kids. You just need to know what tricks they use to get them. Related: Tips from a pro for taking better family vacation photos With the weather finally warming up, which for those of us camera-happy parents means lots of photos of our kids, we’ve got 6 smart tips to help you take better Instagram photos of kids....

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Web Coolness: Social media icon Easter eggs, the Facebook color updates, and kids and social media. Ahhhhh!

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Social media icon Easter eggs! The horrifying amount of time people will spend on social media over their lifetime. Important new study about toddler screen time and sleep, parents. Tamagotchi are coming back! Using email as your baby book? Very 2017.   Aw, man. Nintendo is ditching the NES Classic. Womp, womp. How to use those color updates that are rolling out all over Facebook. Here’s how GirlsWhoCode is using kids’ robots to teach girls of...

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How the Shopkick app now earns you free gift cards even faster | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Shopkick For years, Shopkick has been the fun, easy, trusted rewards app that’s helped millions of shoppers earn free gift cards just for walking into your favorite stores and buying everyday items. And now they’ve made it even easier to earn points (called kicks) when you do your weekly grocery shopping. In fact, starting today, shoppers have the opportunity to collect kicks at over 37,000 grocery stores across the U.S. The new Shopkick Grocery feature helps you discover the products with kicks at nearby stores — including hundreds of new additions from major brands you love. You can also create shopping...

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Calling tech writers: We’re looking for a few good moms!

Cool Mom Tech is looking for dynamic, smart, savvy, enthusiastic freelance parenting writers to join our team! (And it’s a very nice team, promise.) You love discovering and sharing new technology, social media tips, apps of all kinds, tricks and hacks, tech trends, safety/privacy info, and above all, helping other parents navigate the ever-changing digital world. You are smart, savvy, critical thinking, and intellectually curious. You have high standards for the products you use, and fantastic curation abilities. But while you have opinions, you’re not big on judgments — we recognize that all parents have different rules when it comes...

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Web Coolness: More Twitter characters, the new Samsung S8, and saying good-bye to Internet privacy

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too.   The perfect inspiration for a tech break. (via annasee) Save your eyesight! Night Shift is now available for your Mac. Big Twitter News: No more handles in replies to give you extra characters! The one Instagram feature you might not be using but totally should. 5 time organization techniques from experts that really work. Here’s what you need to know about the new Samsung S8. As Congress repeals Internet privacy rules, here’s what you should know. You can now reserve your fitness...

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