Tag: parents’ lifesavers

How to get money back from your kid’s $*%! in-app purchases on Amazon.

While it was announced on May 30, a lot of parents still don’t know that the FTC announced refunds are now available for unauthorized in-app purchases on the Amazon Appstore. That means you, kids, and your itchy little in-app purchase-happy fingers. This is all because the FTC decided that between November 2011 and May 2016, it was too easy for children to make purchases on Kindle devices using real cash, should it have been presented as “coins” or “lives” or “donuts” or whatever else that does not sound like “mom and dad’s actual hard-earned money that will be needed...

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4 ways to use tech to keep your family mosquito free this summer.

Summer is here, and that means a whole lot of bugs, and ways to try to prevent my kids from getting bitten by bugs. Thankfully, there are smart ways to use tech to help keep those mosquitos at bay, at least around your home, or when you’re on the road, you camping types. Related: The best bug sprays for Zika virus protection First up, the Stinger cordless mosquito lantern, which can kill up to 40% more bugs with its UV black light. And, when you don’t need to zap pesky critters, you can use it as a regular LED...

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New study about kids’ online behavior might surprise you, parents. And not in a good way.

A recent survey of more than 1600 U.K. kids revealed some fascinating results when it comes to kids’ online behavior, leading the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to make some pretty strong recommendations for parents. Remember that tech talk we’ve spoken about on a frequent basis here on Cool Mom Tech? They want parents to be having it with their kids every two weeks. But really, parents should be talking to their kids about their digital lives every single day. Related: 8 shocking statistics about kids’ online behavior that parents need to know...

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Kids Listen makes it super easy to find the best podcasts for kids

I’m not the only one in my house who loves listening to podcasts. My kids, especially my son, are big fans too, which is why I was so excited to discover Kids Listen, a web app that creates curated playlists of the best podcasts for kids. And from what I can tell, they’ve got very good taste. Hello, Wow in the World! Related: How to find and listen to podcasts on your iPhone If you’ve ever tried to find good podcasts for kids on iTunes, then you know that the task can be pretty overwhelming. There are a ton of...

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Here’s what you need to know about the Apple HomePod aka Alexa by Apple.

Okay, okay so the new HomePod is not technically the Amazon Echo (aka Alexa), but well, it pretty much is, just shaped more like a marshmallow in Apple’s signature black and white. That’s not to say we’re all not going to want it when it hits shelves in December, but it’s a pretty late arrival considering Alexa, Dot, and Google Home (just to name a few) have been on the market for awhile now. And for the most part, people (including me) are pretty happy with them. Related: 27 cool things you can do with the Amazon Echo While...

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Here’s what happened when this teen deleted all his social media accounts.

When it comes to smart phone addiction, we’ve done our own experiments with putting away our phones around our kids here at Cool Mom Tech. We’ve even used various techniques to manage screen time for our own kids and tweens. That’s why we were so fascinated by this piece on Medium by Corey Alexander where he shared what he discovered after he deleted all his social media accounts. Trust us, it’s totally worth the read. Related: Here’s what happened when I put away my smart phone around my kids What’s interesting is that I believe many of his revelations...

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Harvard rescinds 10 offers to students posting offensive Facebook memes.

For those of you with teens applying to college, if you’re wondering whether college admissions officers check student social media accounts, the definitive answer is “yes.” This is clearly evidenced by this week’s incident in which Harvard rescinded offers made to ten students who posted offensive Facebook memes in a “Harvard Memes for Horny Bourgeois Teens” group chat. Now, Facebook meme groups are quite common among prospective and current students. In fact, according to The Princeton Review (with whom I’ve been doing some work with over the last few months), Facebook meme groups for college students can be a positive way...

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The 13 best food podcasts for anyone who loves food.

With summer unofficially here and lots of road trips on the horizon, we’re always looking for new podcasts. In our experience, personal recommendations go a very long way, especially from fellow podcasters (that’s us!). Related: How to download podcasts and listen to them on your phone If you’re new to podcasts and want to know where to get started, or you’re a seasoned listener looking for some new ear candy, we rounded up 13 of the best food podcasts for families, or really, anyone who loves food. You certainly don’t need to be a foodie or gourmet or whatever...

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5 of our favorite Spawned with Kristen and Liz podcasts for your Memorial Day road trip

Wait, what? You’re not listening to our Spawned podcast? Well, we’re just going to have to help you change that! We think it’s a wonderful way to spend 30 minutes in your week, and we hope after listening that you think so too. If you’re not familiar with podcasts or why you’d want to start listening to them, we’ve got a simple tutorial to get you set up, complete with our favorite podcasts (and nope, not just ours). For iPhone users, you can subscribe right on iTunes and it will pop right into the podcast app that’s already on...

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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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