Tag: teens

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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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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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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Listen to music through your beanie. Congrats on winning winter.

We love finding swanky, stylish tech gifts for the men in our lives, and this year we’re swooning over this cashmere Bluetooth beanie we spotted at Neiman Marcus. Concealed, wireless headphones are built in to the hat, designed to fit over your ears, so they’ll be warm while you stream your favorite music or podcasts via Bluetooth. Not to mention the gorgeous, imported cashmere that makes it extraordinarily soft, and very upscale. Related: 11 cool audio gifts for men, whatever his style Wondering how it works? The beanie is entirely wireless and the battery lasts 6-8 hours, but it does comes with a charging...

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Apps parents should know about: Whisper

A few years ago, we warned parents about Whisper, a free app that allows users to post about anything and everything anonymously, then connect in groups based on interests and location. But recently, a Denver teen was lured by a sex offender through the app, which is why we’re reminding parents to check the apps their tweens and teens are using. Related: 4 apps parents should know about When I downloaded Whisper, I had to allow it to find my location in order for me to even use it. Keep in mind, you can then immediately click “don’t allow” when your iPhone then asks if you...

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Web Coolness: Star Wars album covers, music-playing sunglasses, and finally, zoom on Instagram!

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too!    These Star Wars album covers are everything. (via Rael) Some teens are opting out of social media and don’t have FOMO at all. A must-read for parents: Teens are flocking to this photography app, except, no private accounts. Yet. 6 ways to get the most out of your Amazon Prime membership. Here’s a smart, simple trick for going paper free.   You can now purchase a motion sensor to go with your Philips smart bulb. We need these music-playing...

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4 laptop backpacks from Speck, just in time for back to school

I’m all for getting a jump on back to school shopping even though my kids don’t start back for another month or so. And with one kid entering middle school (eep!), I’m thinking a laptop backpack might be the way to go. We’re big fans of Speck smart phone cases, so I was excited to see their new line of laptop backpacks, with 4 different options depending on your price range, laptop size, and amount of binders, and amount of tween and teen stuff that needs to be carried. Plus, a 3-year warranty, which we parents greatly appreciate. Related:...

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Make a splash with these 6 must-see geeky-cool pool floats and rafts

When it’s time to unplug the devices and hit the pool, lake, or ocean to cool off, I know my kids love stretching out and relaxing on a comfy pool float or raft while they talk to their friends. And, whoa, they would go nuts for any of these totally cool options we found, that reflect their love of all things tech, gaming, and geekery. Heck, I know plenty of adults who would love these too. So keep reading for six of the coolest geeky pool floats and rafts for our plugged-in kids. Just leave the electronics on dry land, okay? CMP is an...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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