Choosing a new tablet for the kids this holiday season might seem overwhelming. There are so many choices when deciding on a tablet. Here are some tips and suggestions for parents looking for family friendly, affordable tablets that offer parents controls. This year I looked at the iPad mini, Amazon Kindle Fire and Fire for Kids, Kurio XTREME, and Galaxy Tab for Kids.
Mobile Devices and Tablets
More and more, kids and teens are using tablets, phones, and other digital devices to go online, rather than the home computer.
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!
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.
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!
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.
If you’ve jumped on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” bandwagon, don’t let what happened to my friend happen to you. She was reading this very popular book on her Nook e-reader. She left the Nook in her living room and later in the day, her 10-year old son picked it up and starting reading. Now […]
I came across this article on CNET yesterday: How young is too young for a cellphone or smartphone? The author answers a question from a reader asking her opinion on what age is appropriate for a first cellphone and also what age is appropriate for a smart phone. The article is worth a read, especially if you […]