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Kids and Cell Phones

7 Tips to Childproof Your Smartphone

Raise your hand if your child thinks your phone is just another one of her toys. We all know the feeling! Smartphones can be a great source for educational entertainment for children, but let's face it — curious kids have the uncanny ability to find inappropriate apps and websites. Plus, sticky fingers, spilled juice, and accidental tumbles mean your device can take a beating. Before you hand over your smartphone or tablet, follow these tips to help keep both your child and your device safe. read more

8 Quick Tips for Curbing Your Family's Screen Time

It's dinner time and everyone in your family is nose-down, glued to their phones and mobile devices, rather than making good ol'-fashioned eye contact. Sound familiar? Setting limits on screen time — and remembering to put down our own devices and connect with our kids face-to-face — is one of the biggest parenting challenges of our time. Studies show that two-thirds of children ages 8 to 10 say that their parents have "no rules" on the time they spend with media. read more

AAP Says Interactive Screentime for Kids Can Be Healthy

Photo Source: Flickr/ Bane Bane From tablets at home to laptops at school, kids use technology daily. But, just how much screentime for kids is healthy? read more

Cell Phone Etiquette

Cell Phone Etiquette Cell phones have been compared to pacifiers for adults. They make people think they are connected to a vital source of informational nourishment. It seems to me that the most insecure and/or boastful people are the ones who are most loud and ostentatious about using their cell phones. read more

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A Valid Concern?

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A Valid Concern? Since the 1990s, cell phones have been a daily accessory for most Americans. More than 82 percent of Americans, or 250 million people, now have a cell phone. That number is more than quadruple the number in 1997, when a mere 55 million Americans laid claim to owning one. read more

Cell Phones at School: Should They Be Allowed?

Should cell phones be allowed in school? A 2010 Pew Research Center study found that 65 percent of cell-owning teens bring their phones to school despite any bans that may be in place. Most schools now allow students to have cell phones but require them to be turned off during class because they can be disruptive and distracting. Read on for the pros and cons of allowing cell phones in school to help make the right decision for your child. read more

Smart Rules of Thumb for Children's App Use

Smart Rules of Thumb for Children's App Use Just when you thought children had enough media and technology in their lives, the market for mobile applications (or "apps," as they have come to be known) has exploded. Since opening in July 2008, Apple's iTunes App Store has had billions of app downloads. How do we navigate this new technology for our kids? The following guidelines can help. read more

Teaching Your Kids to Take Telephone Messages

Teaching Your Kids to Take Telephone Messages The telephone is there so that family members can communicate with the outside world. To do that, you need equipment for both incoming and outgoing calls. read more