Tag: Twitter

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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Got internet trolls? Troll Cakes kill them with sweetness.

I can’t stop laughing at this concept: It’s called Troll Cakes and yes, it’s real. The premise is that you send Brooklyn baker Kat Thek any hateful message you’ve received — Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat — and they will send them a cake with their own words written on it. They’ll even track them down for you if possible, for a fee. Let the let them eat cake jokes fly! Of course while the idea is hilarious, I’m not sure I have the pressing need to send a pricey cake to the next no-life troll who fills his days writing MOM’S R STUPID COWS on social media....

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Web Coolness: Star Wars Origami, the Nokia 3310 is back?, and where to stream the Oscar-nominated Best Picture films

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   This Japanese artist Tadashi Mori shares the coolest origami tutorials. Star Wars, anyone? (via TadashiOrigami on Instagram) This monk is spreading Buddhist philosophy using Twitter. How very 2017. Here’s why Microsoft is one of the most innovative companies of 2017. Where you can stream all the Oscar nominated Best Picture films. How to make your very own stop motion Lego movie. Why you need to a have social media policy for your babysitter.   (Photo via...

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4 tips for creating a social media policy for your babysitter, nanny, or childcare provider

Whether your kids are with a full-time nanny or you just use a babysitter (or grandparent) for an occasional date night, creating a social media policy is an important consideration. It could be a formal written contract, or just a short discussion, but either way, it’s definitely something to decide on before you leave your child in the care of someone else these days. Are you okay with them taking photos and videos of your kids and sharing them on Instagram? What about checking in at a certain location while they’re with your children? Should you friend your nanny on...

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Web Coolness: Geeky Valentine’s Day gifts and cards, VIZIO privacy breach, and the end of Facebook?

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   Our favorite Emily McDowell card. Get it for Valentine’s Day! Use the KonMari method with your tech gadgets and digital life. Smart! If you have a VIZIO smart television, you need to read this. Hilarious shirt for the teachers in your life who love Netflix. Is this the end of Facebook? This new Pinterest feature is like Shazam for stuff. Why you want to keep your eye out for the Backpack Challenge, parents. Yikes. This inspiring 22-year...

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How to disable video auto-play on Facebook and Twitter. To save data. And sanity.

I love a hilarious pet video as much as the next person, but when my Facebook and Twitter start overflowing with video recipes, news clips, and ads that play automatically, it gets a little draining. For me and my cell phone data plan. But it turns out you can easily disable video auto-play, both on the apps and on your desktop (because disabling one doesn’t affect the other, FYI). Don’t worry, you can still choose to play videos, like the clip of those red pandas frolicking in the snow, as many times as you choose (14 in my case,...

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71 of the best science, environment and climate accounts to follow on Twitter, from federal orgs to rogue scientists

For the last week, I have wanted to put together a list of the best science accounts on Twitter focusing in particular on climate and the environment. But wow, there are so many good ones, that it’s like I couldn’t stop. In fact, there’s no way I could have listed them all. So I hope you’ll see this well-considered list, which ranges from federal organizations to non-profits, individual scientists, environmental and climate advocates, and even rogue or “alternative” Federal agency accounts, a terrific place to start. Particularly if you’re a fan of facts. (Me? I’m a big fan of facts. Just speaking for myself...

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Web Coolness: Star Wars umbrella, The Instant Pot, and rogue Twitter accounts galore.

Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too.   Oh you know, just a Star Wars light saber umbrella. We hear it slays at the bus stop! You can now address Alexa (Amazon Echo) as “Computer” because Star Trek is real life. How to write emails with military precision. A lovely conversation with our Editor Kristen about how we started Cool Mom Tech and where we hope it’s going. All this hype about The Instant Pot. Do you own one? A YouTube video that’s making us smile. Got iPhone battery issues?...

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10 simple things you can knock off your tech to-do list for the new year

For me, the new year is about starting fresh, or at least, as close as possible, which is why I spend as much time as I can between Christmas and New Year’s crossing off as much as I can off my to do lists. If you’re like me, you’ve got a few (or many) tech tasks you’ve been putting off, not necessarily because they take a lot of time, but during the busy year, it’s easy to find other things that require your attention that are more important. With the new year upon us, here are 10 simple tech tasks...

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Web Coolness: Free Minecraft coding tutorials, Twitter cracks down on harassment, and an app to teach kids empathy

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   10 fantastic online resources for curious kids, all of them free! Even cooler stuff you can do with Tripit: rate your flight right from their mobile app! Fun: Free Minecraft coding tutorials created for Hour of Code. Twitter finally rolls out their anti-harassment tools. The world’s largest Lego store just opened and whoa. This fantastic app for kids teaches them empathy and self-reflection.   It’s here! The new Star Trek clothing line from Think Geek and Her Universe....

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