Just when we parents were worried about all those scary parody videos on YouTube, an eight-year-old boy watched a regular old driving how-to video and decided to hit the road with his sister for a McDonald’s stop. Nope, we’re not kidding. Can you imagine getting the call from police to come pick up your kids at a local McDonald’s because your elementary-aged kid had driven there? And with his sister in the backseat, no less. Related: 12 of the funniest YouTube videos for kids The police officers had actually gotten several calls reporting a child behind the wheel, who was actually...Read More
Just recently, mom and journalist Laura June discovered her 3-year old daughter had stumbled upon some pretty scary Peppa Pig YouTube videos. As it turns out, there are tons and tons of kid video parodies, most of which are aimed at adults, but all still pretty easy to find for kids, especially for young ones who can’t read and are just clicking based on the main image. Related: A safer video streaming app for kids And it’s not just Peppa Pig videos either. June discovered lots more after doing an extensive search, including everything from Frozen to Doc McStuffins. And we won’t even...Read More
Web Coolness: Tattoos that turn you into cyborgs, issues with smart TVs, and the dangers of smart toys
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did. The perfect shirt for STEM-loving feminists, just in time for International Women’s Day. How text alerts to parents are preventing kids from skipping school. Well, here’s one way to ensure people actually read a post before they comment. Turns out WhatsApp and Signal apps were never insecure or hacked by the CIA. Using crafts to get girls excited about STEM. This is awesome! Too much social media is causing loneliness in young adults. Eep. These tattoos...Read More
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?...Read More
No firewood or matches needed, just a TV or computer screen and these videos featuring your favorite super heroes’ fireplaces. You’ll get hours and hours of a crackling fire in various settings, from The Guardian’s space ship to Tony Stark’s swanky NYC apartment, even Ms. Marvel’s Jersey spot. Pop them up for a little background fun at your Christmas Eve party tonight or while everyone’s playing Santa on Christmas morning. Sorry, no appearances from the super heroes themselves. Hey, they need a little time off too. Head over the Pop Sugar to check out all the...Read More
My kids are obsessed with Aphmau, the hugely popular YouTuber, Vlogger, designer — and mom, by the way — who creates the Minecraft roleplay videos they devour like I used to watch, oh, Captain Caveman. I happened to click on the Aphmau Maker Shop link from her Twitter profile while my kids were over my shoulder, and that was the end of that. They are now obsessed with her kitty backpacks — and the knowledge that Maker Shop has tons of items designed by popular gamers and vloggers. And by popular, I mean you may not recognize their names and characters, but your tweens and teens...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too. The The ultimate Airbnb for video game lovers. You’ve got to see all these photos! We’re having way too much fun with this new Snapchat filter. A must-have app for new parents. Great news for Nest users! They’ve added family accounts to allow for multiple users. We’re loving this DIY coding jewelry! Children are now telling parents not to post about them on social media. The Amazon Echo is teaming up with Capital One to help you manage...Read More
Web Coolness: Nerdy valentines, why kids need to learn to code, and iPhone keyboard tricks you need to know
Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them too. For your nerdy kid, these fun, free printable valentines! The case for teaching kids to code. Fun, geeky Valentine’s Day gifts, some of which you can still get before Sunday! If you use Facebook on your computer, you need this. 4 iPhone keyboard tricks you might not know. Have you caught our new Free App of the Week feature? First up, this great one for kids! Good news! Google will now warn you about sites with those fake download...Read More
Here are some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too. Great news: Minecraft is coming to Nintendo Wii U! Have you caught the Instagram Husbands video yet? It’s hilarious. Girls Who Code are making their way into video games. Cool! Congrats to Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer on the birth of her twin girls. Cool tech gifts for the adults on your shopping lists, all under $25. The top 10 YouTube videos of 2015. Fun! We’re having fun with these Facebook Star Wars stickers. Speaking of Star Wars, we’ve got tons of...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them too. You guys, it’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as an 8-bit animated video game! This is awesome, parents: Be careful what you Google. Twitter’s custom emoji make their first brand debut. What do you think? Here comes the dislike button on Facebook. This cool new app actually turns your smart phone photos into a monthly magazine delivered to your door. We love how the STEM community came together to support #IStandWithAhmed. These 2015 space photos are out of this...Read More
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