Tag: smartphones

Addicted to your iPhone? Try this one easy trick to seriously curb your screen time.

I’ve been seeing a lot of research lately that seems to find a correlation between how much time we spend on our phones and our kids’ behavior. Specifically, their bad behavior. The constant distraction of pings and alerts from my phone that takes my attention away from my own kids frustrates them too, especially now that they’re home all day on summer break and I’m trying to juggle work and kids at the same time. But, I’ve recently found a tip to break the iPhone addiction that really works: setting my screen to black and white. It’s painful, but...

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Web Coolness: a cardboard snowspeeder, how QR codes impact China + more

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. This father went above and beyond, with this Star Wars snowspeeder he made for his daughter to take to school. Top Photo by John Stoddard. Whatever issues Uber has had, kudos to them for offering free rides to the UK polls for voters with mobility issues. What happens to websites created only for short-term viral fads? Looking for Father’s Day gifts? We’ve got tech gift ideas for any type of dad. Some people think Apple’s new HomePod speaker looks like...

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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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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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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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Web Coolness: Skip those Facebook quizzes, headphones on fire, and where to find a darn Nintendo Switch

Here are some of our favorite tech links from this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   We need this unicorn charger in our life! Here’s why you might want to avoid doing those Facebook quizzes. Yikes. Where to find a Nintendo Switch in stock. This projector turns any surface into a touchscreen. Why it’s so important to make a note of your passwords. Are teens replacing drugs with smart phones? Neil DeGrasse Tyson leggings! 6 quick tips to help your computer run faster. Well this is scary: A woman’s headphones caught on fire...

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5 fun rainbow iPhone cases for St. Patrick’s Day. Or any day!

With tasty rainbow recipes on Cool Mom Eats, and cute rainbow crafts for kids on Cool Mom Picks, we wanted to get in on the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Here, 5 fun rainbow iPhone cases to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, though really, we think rainbows work all year long. Cool Mom Tech is a reward style affiliate. Related: 22 of the coolest iPhone 7 cases Rainbow iPhone 6 case  I know a few tweens and teens who would love to get their hands on this case from Stella McCartney. Though hey, if you have trouble finding your phone, you might want...

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The best Black Friday tech deals around the web

Looking for the best Black Friday online deals? We’ve got them, because we’re all about shopping in our pajamas today and spending a little more time with our families. Or leftover stuffing. Or possibly both. Keep in mind, these Black Friday tech deals are limited time, some are limited quantity, and shopping earlier is always best. Hey, at least you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space or waiting in line. Happy saving everyone! CMP is an rstyle and Amazon affiliate Don’t miss the Black Friday deals on Cool Mom Picks. There are tons!    sponsor   TARGET: Lots of online deals, which...

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Web Coolness: The new Google Pixel Phone, how to get to inbox zero, and the fanciest iPhone cases ever

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too.   Fun DIY no-carve Pokémon pumpkins! Is your next favorite TV show going to be written by a bot? A new study says women might be better coders but suffer from gender bias. Hmmmm. Is it ever okay to brag about your kids on social media? Here’s a sneak peek of the new Google Pixel phone. You can now charge your phone with poop. Well, sort of.   We found a BB-8 waffle maker! The fanciest iPhone cases ever. Carving...

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Snowfox lets you stay connected with your kids, no screens required

Over the years, we’ve gotten lots of questions about when kids should get their first cell phone, which we’ve always answered with questions ourselves, because really, it depends on a lot of factors. How old is your child? Are they responsible enough for a phone? What are they using for? The list goes on. But now with Snowfox, a screen-free tracker for kids (and families), parents have another option before jumping into getting a cell phone for their kids who might not be ready just yet. Related: Toymail Mailmen – The cutest option for kids before kids are ready for their...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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