Technology

The 13 best personal assistant apps

Personal assistants can change your life, but they can be pricey. If you’re working for yourself or for a small company, or if you’re just feeling overwhelmed in your everyday life, hiring a personal assistant might sound like a pipe dream. But for a quick fix, many effective personal assistant... more

7 cell phone rules for kids that every parent should establish right now

For years, my kids have watched me use the Internet and social media for both work and pleasure. They've also listened to my many, many lectures about how simultaneously wonderful and dark the Internet can be and about how I decided what personal information I'd share with others — and what... more

Mom says she banned screens, and now her kids read all the time

For parents, screens can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, they provide quick entertainment in a busy doctor’s office waiting room or when the restaurant forgot your order. On the other hand, it can be unsettling to watch your kids become tiny screen addicts, and it seems... more

What is the TikTok app, and is it safe for my kids?

TikTok videos are hard to avoid these days, especially if you’re a parent. The social media video app has been turning ordinary kids into viral internet stars for several years now, and the momentum doesn’t seem to be stopping. But what is TikTok, and where did it come from? ... more

Cell phones in school: Let’s talk about the pros and cons

There’s no doubt that more and more kids are getting cell phones. According to a 2018 study by Pew Research, 95% of teens already owned or had access to a smartphone. And a 2017 Nielsen poll found that about 45% of kids who have phones got them between the ages... more

9 ways YouTube can affect your children and how to make it safer

Whether you’re the parent of a teenager with his own smartphone or have a curious preschooler under your roof, there’s a good chance YouTube plays a role in your family’s screen time. According to a 2018 Pew Research Center study, 81% of parents with kids age 11 and under say... more

8 dangers of social media to discuss with kids and teens

Social media and kids. Gah! Is there anything more terrifying for a parent? From cyberbullying to online predators, it seems like the dangers of social media for children are endless. Here’s the thing, though: It isn’t Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook that should be keeping you up at night.  “On... more

Teacher gets brutally honest about why she’s quitting and it’s not for reasons you might think

It’s no secret that teachers have it rough, but the reasons for that probably aren’t what most parents expect. When people talk about the problems in education, they usually mention teachers’ low pay and the abysmal behavior of “kids these days.” Well, former Kindergarten teacher Jessica Gentry says those... more