Tag: social media

Web coolness: Custom emoji are coming, moms defending screentime, incredible tech-created artwork and more.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Hooray! Custom emoji are coming – and hopefully we’ll get to use of these feminist emojis too. (That PMS cramps emoji is kind of genius.) Free Apple Camp sessions for kids this summer! But hurry! The dark side of putting your family on YouTube. Yikes. The kids who lost their Harvard acceptance letters because of social media posts. Video of a  toddler Star Wars fan you have to see. (Yes, a toddler.) A mom defends children using tech devices...

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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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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 This is clearly evidenced by this week’s incident in which Harvard rescinded offers made to ten students who posted offensive Facebook memes in a “Harvard Memes for Horny Bourgeois Teens” group chat.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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Parents, your screen time could be affecting your kid’s behavior.

Just when you thought you needed to worry about your kid’s screen time, it turns out that the amount of time you spend on your phone could be affecting your child’s behavior. According to a new study conducted at the University of Michigan with 170 two-parent homes, about half of moms and dads (48%) admitted that tech interrupted their parenting time at least three times a day. Related: New study says your toddler’s screen time could be affecting their sleep Based on these findings, the study authors suggest that parents who spend excessive time on their own screens are more likely...

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Facebook Fundraisers: Ask for donations to your cause, right in your News Feed

There’s a new option in the online fundraising world that’s going to make giving so convenient because it’s right in your Facebook feed. Yes, it’s true! Facebook has added the capability for any user to start a personal fundraiser on Facebook for themselves, a friend, or even an event or person who’s not on Facebook. To start your own fundraiser, go to the Facebook Fundraisers page, or tap the menu icon and select Fundraisers on the mobile app. (You don’t even need to update the app; it’s just magically there. Facebook, you get us.) Click or tap on the blue box that says Raise Money...

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Csnaps lets you take a selfie with a celebrity for charity. (Also: Look! Richie Sambora!)

Do you remember The Mother of All Celebrity Selfies? You know, the one Ellen DeGeneres took at the 2014 Academy Awards surrounded by A-list nominees? Well, Richie Sambora remembers it too, especially that the photo ran all over social media for free (reports say it could have garnered $1 billion in revenue). And so he thought, what if that money had gone to charity? So the rocker became a techpreneur, co-founded Csnaps, a free celebrity selfie app that raises money for meaningful causes when fans take pictures with stars. Related: Cases and flashes that make your selfies even prettier.   Related: 8 smart tips for taking selfies with other people....

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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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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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How to use the fun new Instagram 3-D facial filters. Wheeeee! Snapchatty

As someone who’s not on Snapchat (what? I’m old!) I admit I’m excited about the novelty of the new Instagram 3D facial filters, as anyone who follows our @CoolMomPicks Instagram Stories can tell today. I put together the quick, Cliff’s Notes version below, for you visual learners, but here’s step by step just what to do to use your fun new starter pack of 8 Instagram 3-D facial filters. Related: How to use new Facebook story. It’s like Facebook and Instagram story had a baby!   1. Be sure to update your Instagram app for iOS or Android to the May 15 release....

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