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Parents Using Hashtags Do's & Don'ts

Parents Using Hashtags Do's & Don'ts

When we were younger who would have thought that the pound sign would end up the star in many pop culture references? From Jimmy and Justin talking about hashtags in everyday speech to the friend down the street who uses entirely too many of them. How many really know where this madness came from? It started as a way to categorize posts or images. Twitter is to blame for the rise of the hashtag, so all complaints need to be filed directly with them. There were so many tweets going through the service on a daily basis that they needed...

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5 Apps Your Kids Want to Play On Your Next Road Trip

5 Apps Your Kids Want to Play On Your Next Road Trip

I am the youngest of four children. Back when I was a kid, in the dark ages before cell phones, we had to entertain ourselves on long road trips. Being the youngest, I was usually relegated to laying down across the "hump" on the ground. These were hard times folks. There were definitely some games that could keep my family entertained though, and we actually arrived at our destination still liking each other (most of the time).  These days, you can still play those same family games you grew up with, with the help of some apps! Instead of just...

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Which is better for your kids? Apple or Android?

Which is better for your kids? Apple or Android?

I am not here to start a huge Apple vs. Android debate. Most people are pretty set on which operating system they prefer, and that is fine. Many parents have no idea which one will allow them the most control over their children's phone though. Using a phone for yourself, and trying to control a phone for your child can be two very different things.  One thing on Apple's side is that the operating system is extremely easy to use. Kids pick it up very quickly. They also do have some built-in parental control features. You can create a restrictions passcode...

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Cell Phone Rules for Your Kids

Cell Phone Rules for Your Kids

At some point in your child's life, you will likely get them a cell phone. It may be sooner than you think, but it will happen. Before you hand over this amazing piece of equipment, it's time to set some ground rules. It's a great idea to make sure these expectations are put in place before they are handed the keys to the kingdom. When you try to place them after the fact, be prepared for a whole lot of eye rolling and accusations of ruining their lives. If you do it before hand, they are usually just so excited...

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When is my child ready for a cell phone?

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When is my child ready for a cell phone?

At younger and younger ages, parents everywhere are hearing the siren call of "but ALL my friends already HAVE a phone!!!" Deciding what age will be appropriate for your children is completely dependent on the child. My 7-year-old has a phone, but my 14-year-old nephew should definitely NOT have one (or at least one that doesn't break or get lost so easily). So what are the factors that should go into deciding if your child is ready for a cell phone? Here's a hint, it's not because "ALL of the friends already have one!" They can be trusted at home...

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