Category: Tips and Tricks

5 ways to use tech to help your tweens and teens get better sleep

Just this week, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) released new recommendations for middle and high school students, stating they should not start school until 8:30am, which for my middle schooler would be a full hour and a half later than she needs to be at school. Additionally, they suggest kids 13-18 should be getting at least eight to ten hours of sleep per night, because, as they noted, it can greatly improve everything from school performance to reaction time (which is important if you’ve got kids who drive). Until schools are able to make adjustments to their start...

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New research: snooping on teens doesn’t work. Oops.

If you think spying and snooping on your kids’ social media behavior will help keep them safer, a new study in the Journal of Adolescence actually suggests otherwise, this recent post on Well Family discusses. In a survey of 455 adolescents, researchers found that teens who believed their parents were snooping on them shared less information that teens who felt their parents were respecting their space and boundaries. Related: Internet safety tips for families you can start using right now And this supports previous research that suggests snooping behavior from parents can negatively affect the home environment for families with teens. So...

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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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New study says screen time during the day is affecting your toddler’s sleep at night

If you’ve got toddlers on screens during the day, a new study out of England suggests it could be cutting into their sleep at night. And as we parents know, sleep is a precious commodity. Looking at data from about 700 British families, researchers discovered that kids between the ages of 6 months and 3 years who spend more time playing with touch-screen devices during the day got less sleep at night compared to kids who used touch screens less often. And, they took a lot longer to fall asleep too. Double whammy.  Related: 8 smart ways parents can manage screen time...

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10 questions parents should ask when writing a cell phone contract for kids

Last year my husband and I gifted our two older kids with their own iPod and Kindle, and along with the devices came a contract that outlined our expectations for using them. As my friends have started getting wifi-connected tablets or phones for their kids, these contracts have been a big topic of discussion. So, we’ve pooled our collective ideas to share the top 10 things to we’ve considered before writing a cell phone contract for our kids. It really does help us start on the same page with our kids when it comes to how they use tech. And having less...

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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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The one Instagram feature you might not be using, but totally should.

Instagram is one of my favorite places for all sorts of inspiration, whether it’s a pair of shoes I’m coveting, or a great recipe from Cool Mom Eats I want to try in my own kitchen. But if you’re like me, you snap a screen shot and then end up with a bajillion photos in your phone library. That’s why you need to start using the Saved Posts feature on Instagram they rolled out awhile ago, immediately. Related: 15 Instagram tips everyone should know  Here’s how Saved Posts on Instagram works 1. Simply tap the little bookmark icon on an Instagram photo...

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Parents beware: These YouTube video parodies are not safe for kids!

Just recently, mom and journalist Laura June discovered her 3-year old daughter had stumbled upon some pretty scary Peppa Pig YouTube videos. As it turns out, there are tons and tons of kid video parodies, most of which are aimed at adults, but all still pretty easy to find for kids, especially for young ones who can’t read and are just clicking based on the main image. Related: A safer video streaming app for kids And it’s not just Peppa Pig videos either. June discovered lots more after doing an extensive search, including everything from Frozen to Doc McStuffins. And we won’t even...

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Thanks to Facebook Townhall, you can now contact your congresspeople through… Facebook

We just featured 3 political apps that can help you make your voice heard, but now it can be as easy as hopping on Facebook, thanks to their new Townhall feature. To use this feature, you’ll need to be logged in on Facebook, then head over to the Townhall page (or look for Townhall in the menu of your Facebook mobile app) which will populate with your state representatives, giving you the option to contact and/or follow them. If you input your street address, which Facebook says they do not share or list publicly, you’ll get a list of your local congresspeople as...

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The first thing your kids should say when they call 911 from a cell phone

With so many families ditching land lines and moving strictly to mobile phones, the biggest issue has been what to do when you need to call 911. In fact, it’s such a big deal that I know lots of parents who have decided to keep their land line just for that reason. But, there are safety precautions you can take if you’ve decided to go land line free in your home. Related: How to set up Medical ID on your iPhone Along with keeping your phone charged at all times (maybe we suggest a portable battery charger?), it’s important that your...

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