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  • Is a tech-free, screen-free vacation possible? As our family gears up for a summer road trip, this question has come to mind.  I like the idea of completely un-plugging while on vacation.  But at the same time, we are using a number of apps and sites to plan our trip, and will also rely on a few while out on the open road.

    Vacation Planning Apps, Tips, and Tools

    Is a tech-free, screen-free vacation possible? As our family gears up for a summer road trip, this question has come to mind. I like the idea of completely un-plugging while on vacation. But at the same time, we are using a number of apps and sites to plan our trip, and will also rely on a few while out on the open road.

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  • Apple unveiled their new operating system, iOS 8.  This update is due for release in the fall for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.  There are many new features but a few in particular that parents will want to learn about.  At the top of that list is the answer to many of our prayers: the ability to remove yourself from a group iMessage!  And the new family sharing feature has great potential for those with multiple Apple devices in the home.

    The solution to unwanted group iMessages on the way with iOS 8

    Apple unveiled their new operating system, iOS 8. This update is due for release in the fall for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. There are many new features but a few in particular that parents will want to learn about. At the top of that list is the answer to many of our prayers: the ability to remove yourself from a group iMessage! And the new family sharing feature has great potential for those with multiple Apple devices in the home.

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  • Seems like the creators of Snapchat have had a change of heart recently.  And perhaps this change was not so much out of the kindness of their hearts, but in reality a “mea culpa” due to FTC charges that Snapchat delivered false promises of forever-disappearing photos.  So what does this mean to the many tweens and teens who use Snapchat? Everything shared online, has the potential to stay online, despite claims to the contrary.

    Snapchat changes: Chat, Stories, and No, they never really disappeared!

    Seems like the creators of Snapchat have had a change of heart recently. And perhaps this change was not so much out of the kindness of their hearts, but in reality a “mea culpa” due to FTC charges that Snapchat delivered false promises of forever-disappearing photos. So what does this mean to the many tweens and teens who use Snapchat? Everything shared online, has the potential to stay online, despite claims to the contrary.

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  • A few days ago I shared how your iPhone keeps tabs on where you are.  Well, Facebook does too.  "Nearby Friends" on Facebook mobile lets friends know that you're nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature available.  Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. Let’s take a closer look at Nearby Friends, including what it might mean for teens.

    What is Nearby Friends on Facebook?

    A few days ago I shared how your iPhone keeps tabs on where you are. Well, Facebook does too. "Nearby Friends" on Facebook mobile lets friends know that you're nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature available. Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. Let’s take a closer look at Nearby Friends, including what it might mean for teens.

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  • Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you've visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”.  The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there.  This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it.  Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.

    Frequent Locations: Your iPhone knows where you’ve been

    Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you've visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”. The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there. This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it. Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.

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