Tag: parents’ lifesavers

Hey kids, Viola Davis is reading your bedtime story tonight!

When Guy Raz, of NPR’s TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World podcast fame, recommends a website for kids, you go, because, obvy. And no surprise, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online is a fantastic resource for parents that you might not know about. You’ll find tons of your kid’s favorite picture books brought to life with cool animation and celebrity guest appearances. Related: A new chat-style app that might just get your kids reading more Each of these 12-or-so minute long videos feature names like James Earl Jones, Betty White, and Lily Tomlin (and lots more) reading the book...

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Worried about your tween or teen’s mental wellbeing? Avoid this popular app.

In a recent survey of 1500 young people aged 14-24, researchers discovered that Instagram was cited as the most damaging to a young person, followed closely by Snapchat, and then Facebook. In fact, YouTube was the only of the 5 networks (which included Twitter, as well), that was seen as positive. Yikes! Related: The deadly Blue Whale online suicide game targeting teens. Respondents noted that using Instagram (and Snapchat) increased their feelings of anxiety and inadequacy, which researchers speculate is due to the increased visual nature of both apps. Of course, these are two of the most popular apps for tweens...

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Do you know these 3 handy iPhone email tricks?

We’re not huge fans of sending emails on the fly, even with the “Sent from our iPhone and talk-to-text hates us” warning at the bottom. But if we do, there are 3 handy iPhone email tricks we use to make them look as buttoned up as they when we’re sitting at our laptop, well other than deleting that tag line at the end. Related: 2 quick iPhone tricks for sharing texts and voice mails 1. How to insert a photo into iPhone email You don’t have to email someone from a photo. You can insert photos and videos very easily...

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New study says teens are taking social media breaks. So, why aren’t we?

Maybe we need to be worrying more about our own social media addiction more than our teen’s, at least, that’s according to a new survey conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. They discovered that teens are actually taking social media breaks that have lasted at least a week, sometimes longer. Related: 8 ways to make your phone less distracting without turning it off Based on responses from 790 teens, researchers discovered that 60% of teens 13-18 have taken a complete break from all social media. And even though half said they’ve had forced breaks courtesy...

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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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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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