mobile devices/tablets Archive

  • A friend contacted me looking for some advice for keeping track of her daughter’s cell phone activity.    Her teen is very active on her phone (not a big surprise!), and like many parents she had a few concerns and wondered what kinds of tools might be out there.  I pulled a list together based on services I have either reviewed or bookmarked to review at a later date.  I realized that Be Web Smart is lacking a list of resources for parents who want to monitor mobile activity.  So here you go!

    How to monitor your teen’s phone

    A friend contacted me looking for some advice for keeping track of her daughter’s cell phone activity. Her teen is very active on her phone (not a big surprise!), and like many parents she had a few concerns and wondered what kinds of tools might be out there. I pulled a list together based on services I have either reviewed or bookmarked to review at a later date. I realized that Be Web Smart is lacking a list of resources for parents who want to monitor mobile activity. So here you go!

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  • Dating apps.  Rating apps. Hook up apps. Anonymous messaging apps. Sex position apps! When you hand your child a phone, iPad, iPod touch, Kindle or other tablet you are opening them up to a world of apps. There are over one million apps available on the Apple App Store and over one million on Google Play for Android. New apps debut daily.  Yes, there are many educational and child-friendly apps included in those millions, but just as many are not intended for a child or even teen audience.

    Not all Apps are for Kids!

    Dating apps. Rating apps. Hook up apps. Anonymous messaging apps. Sex position apps! When you hand your child a phone, iPad, iPod touch, Kindle or other tablet you are opening them up to a world of apps. There are over one million apps available on the Apple App Store and over one million on Google Play for Android. New apps debut daily. Yes, there are many educational and child-friendly apps included in those millions, but just as many are not intended for a child or even teen audience.

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  • I was asked this question recently.  And I remember asking myself this question several years ago when I started seeing the terminology “Cloud computing” in tech publications.  At first I ignored it as I do most buzzwords and phrases.  Usually these made-up terms go away shortly after they appear for lack of catching on.  But “the Cloud” didn’t go away, it kept growing and growing like a…well…like a big storm cloud!

    What is the Cloud, anyway?

    I was asked this question recently. And I remember asking myself this question several years ago when I started seeing the terminology “Cloud computing” in tech publications. At first I ignored it as I do most buzzwords and phrases. Usually these made-up terms go away shortly after they appear for lack of catching on. But “the Cloud” didn’t go away, it kept growing and growing like a…well…like a big storm cloud!

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  • Snapchat is a phone app used to send photos and videos to friends.  The unique feature of the app is straight out of “Mission Impossible” - once viewed, the photo self-destructs in a matter of seconds.  The app may offer a false sense of security for teens who think they can send an embarrassing picture without consequences.

    What is Snapchat? Is Snapchat okay for kids?

    Snapchat is a phone app used to send photos and videos to friends. The unique feature of the app is straight out of “Mission Impossible” - once viewed, the photo self-destructs in a matter of seconds. The app may offer a false sense of security for teens who think they can send an embarrassing picture without consequences.

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  • Mini iPad? Kindle Fire HD? A tablet from Toys ‘R Us?  And Microsoft is in on the action too.  Yes, the tablet wars have begun.  You can bet there will be plenty of holiday advertising geared towards children for the new crop of tablets.   And you can expect to see many a tech toy on the kids’ letters to Santa.  So what should parents keep in mind when shopping for tablets?

    Best New Tablets for Kids and Families

    Mini iPad? Kindle Fire HD? A tablet from Toys ‘R Us? And Microsoft is in on the action too. Yes, the tablet wars have begun. You can bet there will be plenty of holiday advertising geared towards children for the new crop of tablets. And you can expect to see many a tech toy on the kids’ letters to Santa. So what should parents keep in mind when shopping for tablets?

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  • Sounds like a commercial for a sugary cereal – Kik for Kids!  But are all the kids using Kik really kids?  Kik Messenger is a free texting app for iPhones, Android, Windows, and Blackberry phones.  When I visited the App store, it didn’t take me long to see what the problem is with Kik.

    What is Kik? And is Kik okay for Kids?

    Sounds like a commercial for a sugary cereal – Kik for Kids! But are all the kids using Kik really kids? Kik Messenger is a free texting app for iPhones, Android, Windows, and Blackberry phones. When I visited the App store, it didn’t take me long to see what the problem is with Kik.

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