Tag: tweens + big kids

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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The deadly Blue Whale online suicide game targeting teens: Is it a hoax? What parents should know.

We all issued a collective gasp around here this week, reading about the online game called Blue Whale, A.K.A. The Suicide Game. And of course right away I was hoping it was a big hoax. When I checked out the details, I was kind of hoping it was some awful teen-focused version of Grand Theft Auto — but that would be a step up. In fact, it’s a more like a real life version of a Black Mirror episode. What is Blue Whale? Reportedly, teen users are asked to download the game, then perform a new task as instructed for 50 days....

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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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Holy mother of Pikachu, there’s Pokémon makeup!

If you’ve got Pokémon loving tweens and teens in your house, you better pop in some ear plugs before you show them the new line of Pokémon make-up from Korean brand TONYMOLY. They’ve got everything from nail polish to face masks, all covered in Pokémon branding, though they’re not just cute packaging. The products actually match certain characters, like Pikachu nail polish which comes with lightning bolts. Related: Is Pokémon Go safe for kids?  Before all the Poké geeks in your house get too excited, they’re not yet available here in the U.S. So, until then, you might have to keep...

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Let kids choose their own STEM adventure with the Electric Motors Catalyst box.

If you’re a regular Cool Mom Tech reader, then you know we love STEM-oriented toys for children, especially if they’re so fun and challenging that kids don’t notice they’re educational, like the new Electric Motors Catalyst box. Unlike some of the kits and subscription boxes I’ve seen, this box doesn’t come with an instruction booklet. Just 10 challenge cards asking kids to make “a device that can scramble an egg” or a gadget that can “draw a curvy line.” How they accomplish these goals is totally up to them. Cool, right? Related: Meet STEM Club: The new STEM gift subscription for kids from Amazon.  The...

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KidGuard monitors your kids’ online activity so you can keep them safer | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from KidGuard Even the most vigilant parents can have a hard time keeping track of their child’s online activity, which is why so many are looking to KidGuard for help to ensure they’re safe and making good digital choices. The KidGuard subscription service is a secure, easy way to monitor your kids on their smartphones and tablets. Using their dashboard on your own smartphone or computer, you’ll have access to the websites they’ve visited. You’ll also have the ability to locate their phone, provided it has GPS capabilities. If you’re extra worried about a child’s safety, you can even keep...

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12 of the coolest educational tech toys for kids | 2016 Tech Gift Guide

Yay! We’re so happy to be back with our annual Cool Mom Tech Holiday Tech Gift Guide, all fresh and new for 2016. And to kick it off, we’ve got the coolest educational tech toys for kids of all ages. Whether you’re shopping for a curious preschooler or a teen who loves STEM, we’ve got 12 ideas that will keep your favorite kids busy, happy, and learning. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Cool Mom Tech guide without a fab giveaway. This year’s fantastic prize: A brand new iPad Air 2 and designer case! Because with so many awesome tech toys for the kids here,...

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Web Coolness: Cool holiday tech gifts, email inbox anxiety, and big Netflix news!

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Some of the coolest gifts for tween boys (that girls will love too). Those sneakers! This is not a drill. You can now download your Netflix favorite shows and watch them whenever you want, no WiFi required. A fascinating piece about online friendships. Easier to make, but also shallower. Here’s what to delete off your phone to get more space back. A holiday tech gift for kids that you might want to keep for yourself....

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The cool holiday tech gift for kids that you’ll want to steal from them

We love finding tech gifts for kids that they can play with all on their own, no tools or engineering degree required for assembly. And of course, they have to be the kinds of gifts that don’t end up in the back of a closet after one use! That’s why we’re so thrilled to be working with our sponsor Parrot again this holiday season, because hello? Parrot Minidrones! Like, best gift ever. On their behalf we put together this fun video to show you how ridiculously fun their Minidrones are — and how quickly and easily Kristen’s 8 and 9-year kids got the...

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Bark makes monitoring your kid’s digital usage (and keeping them safe) so much easier

Now that my son has a phone, as do all his friends, it’s a whole new world of parenting. For now, he is content texting his friends yo, bruh, what’s up and watching sports clips, but there will soon be a time when social networks come more predominantly into play. And when it does, I’ll be relying on a new service called Bark to keep an eye on activity. We have covered parental monitoring apps, services, and routers (like Circle by Disney, for example) in the past, but it’s about time there’s a much more all-encompassing, efficient, and streamlined way than...

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