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.

Best New Tablets for Kids and Families

Kindle Fire Kids Edition

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.

How to monitor your teen’s phone

How to Monitor your teen's phone activity

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!

Not all Apps are for Kids!

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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.

What is the Cloud, anyway?

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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 Snapchat? Is Snapchat okay for kids?

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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.