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The Best Fitness Apps

The Best Fitness Apps All fitness apps are not created equal. In fact, if you could lose weight struggling with fitness apps, I would be...

Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu: Which TV Service Is Right For You?

Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu: Which TV Service Is Right For You? I remember the day I finally quit cable for good. I had gotten...

Parent Guide to Kudos

Parent Guide to Kudos What is Kudos? Kudos is a photo-sharing app designed for children ages 8 to 13. It introduces kids to social media...

Holiday Party Bar: The Ultimate Stress-Free Way to Entertain

Holiday Party Bar: The Ultimate Stress-Free Way to Entertain It's the holidays! I’m excited to gather with family and friends. For me, that means it’s the...

Giving Your College Student What They Need This Holiday Season

Giving Your College Student What They Need This Holiday Season Last year as I passed the halfway mark of my 12-14-hour commute from North Dakota...

Audible and Scribd? The Best Book Services Compared

Audible and Scribd? The Best Book Services Compared If you’re like me, you love to read but you just don’t have the time that you...

Best Tech Gifts for College Kids

*This post contains affiliate links. Best Tech Gifts for College Students If you have a kiddo in college, I'm sure you're wondering how you are...

Mean Girls Online: The Grown-Up Bullies You’re Trying to Avoid

Mean Girls Online: The Grown-Up Bullies You’re Trying to Avoid I bet you thought when high school ended, you’d finally be free of the mean...

The Ultimate Guide to Malware: Bots, Ransomware, Spyware, Trojan Horses, and Viruses

The Ultimate Guide to Malware: Bots, Ransomware, Spyware, Trojan Horses, and Viruses Most of us are aware that the Internet can be a scary place,...

My Cell Phone Screen Broke

My Cell Phone Screen Broke Like it or not, that phrase can change the mood for most of us. It means a burden on the...

The Best Tech Gifts for Kids

*This post contains affiliate links. The Best Tech Gifts for Kids Technology makes toys way more interesting! To indulge this techy twitch, I've created a...

Safety Apps for Kids: The Halloween Edition

Safety Apps for Kids: The Halloween Edition *This post contains one affiliate link. You can read my full disclosure here. There are many safety apps for...

4 Signs You Might Need to Delete That App

4 Signs You Might Need to Delete That App There is an overwhelming number of apps in the Apple, Google Play, and Kindle Store. But,...

Parents Guide to Musical.ly

Parents Guide to Musical.ly Kids everywhere love Musical.ly. And, parents everywhere I go ask me about safety when it comes to their kids and Musical.ly....

Parents Guide to Sarahah

Parents Guide to Sarahah A new app, Sarahah, hit the market this summer. It has both teens and parents talking. If your teens weren't asking...

4 Fabulous Family Friendly Minecraft Servers

4 Fabulous Family Friendly Minecraft Servers Minecraft has quickly become one of the biggest gaming brands in the world. With its expansive world, creative atmosphere,...

How to Talk to Kids About Cyberbullying

How to Talk to Kids About Cyberbullying As we head into September and a new school year, we prepare our kids in many ways. We...

Instagram is Not the Enemy

There have been many recent articles warning of social media platforms harmful to young people’s mental health. Instagram of course is on this list. While...

Trendy Anonymous Apps Parents Need to Know

Trendy Anonymous Apps Parents Need to Know Anonymous apps are popular. Just check the app store for Google and iOS and you’ll find anonymous apps...

Texting Terms Every Parent Should Know

Texting Terms Every Parent Should Know There are some things we need to know as parents. Texting terms are now on that list. I get...

Top 5 Educational Games on Steam

Top 5 Educational Games on Steam Educational games have improved by leaps and bounds since I was a kid in the early 2000’s.  Steam threw...

The Cords That Connect Us: Friendship On The Web

The Cords That Connect Us: Friendship On The Web Remember when you were a kid, and there was always someone who claimed they had a...

Parent Guide to Steam

Gaming is fun! And Steam is a great place for both kids and adults who love to game. They have games the whole family can...

Parent Guide to Twitch

A Parent Guide to Twitch Gaming has changed a lot since I began gaming in 2002. According to venturebeat.com, over 1.2 billion people game globally,...

B2S Tech Essentials for College Students

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. B2S Tech Essentials for College Students Summer is going to wind down here...

5 Nevers of Social Media in College: From One College Student to Another

5 Rules for Social Media in College: From One College Student to Another College has been one of the greatest times in my life. As...

Five laptops for students on a budget

Five laptops for students on a budget Are you going off to college soon? My guess is a laptop is among the first items on...

20 Practical DIY Charging Stations

20 Practical DIY Charging Stations No one likes cord clutter. It just looks messy and uncomfortable. If you have a lot of devices in your...

Summer Audiobooks for the Entire Family

Summer Audiobooks for the Entire Family It's finally summer vacation! For many families, summertime means road trips and family vacations. And while the destination is...

Summer Technology Ideas for Teens

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. Summer Technology Ideas for Teens It’s summer! And while the first few days...

Summer Technology Ideas for Kids

Summer Technology Ideas for Kids Now that we're into the hot days of summer, you may find yourself struggling to keep your kids occupied. The...

5 Tips for Setting Summertime Screen Time Rules

5 Tips for Setting Summertime Screen Time Rules With summertime rapidly approaching, you may want to think about setting screen limits for your child. Whether...

20 Eye Catching DIY Mouse Pads

Our world may be tech-driven, but even so, there's still room for creativity. Family members are in front of a computer many hours a day....

5 Smart Strategies for Helping Kids Balance Media Usage

5 Smart Strategies for Helping Kids Balance Media Usage Helping our kids balance media usage is one of the big challenges of 21st-century parenting. Many...

The Blue Whale Challenge and Other Dangerous Social Media Games

The blue whale challenge, a dangerous social media game, has been causing fears among parents recently. This "game" has been allegedly responsible for at least...

5 Fantastic Road Trip Apps for Savvy Travelers

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. 5 Fantastic Road Trip Apps for Savvy Travelers It is hard to believe...

The Right Age to Introduce Kids to Social Media

The Right Age to Introduce Kids to Social Media I often joke with my parents about how I was their best child. I’m one of...

10 Best Apps for Elementary Age Students

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. 10 Best Apps for Elementary Age Students Our kids have definite ideas about...

Helping our kids tell truth from fiction

Helping our kids tell truth from fiction We are in the information age. But, not everything we read is truthful. Are we able to tell...

5 Apps That Help You Budget Your Money

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. 5 Apps That Help You Budget Your Money It is really easy to...

Sexting is a Conversation for Every Parent and Child

Sexting is a Conversation for Every Parent and Child Let’s be honest, as parents we all want to think the sexting talk is just that:...

10 Best Apps for High School Students

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. We're wrapping up our 10 Best Apps series with 10 Best Apps for...

10 Apps to Make Your Life More Organized

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. 10 Apps to Make Your Life More Organized Life is hard, and if...

10 Best Apps for Middle School Students

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. 10 Best Apps for Middle School Students It's important we show preteens and...

10 Best Apps for Music and Art

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.   My 10 Best Apps series would not be complete without my best...

What no one tells parents about the dating app Tinder

What no one tells parents about the dating app Tinder We're wrapping up our Dating Apps for Parents of Teens series today with our final app, Tinder....

What no one tells parents about the dating app Spotafriend

What no one tells parents about the dating app Spotafriend Today we're getting the inside scoop on Spotafriend as we wind down our Dating Apps for...

What no one tells parents about the dating app Skout

What no one tells parents about the dating app Skout It's Day 8 of our Dating Apps for Parents of Teens series. And, today we're discussing...

What no one tells parents about the dating app Qeep

What no one tells parents about the dating app Qeep Today we're getting the inside scoop on Qeep as we draw near to the end of our...

What no one tell parents about the dating app MyLOL

What no one tells parents about the dating app MyLOL Today we're discussing the dating app MyLOL. Unlike the other dating apps we've covered so...

What no one tells parents about the dating app MeetMe

What no one tells parents about the dating app MeetMe Today we're getting the inside scoop on MeetMe as we continue our dating apps for parents...

What no one tells parents about the dating app Hot or Not

What no one tells parents about the dating app Hot or Not It's Day 4 of our Dating Apps for Parents of Teens series. Today we're...

What no one tells parents about the dating app HookedUp

What no one tells parents about the dating app HookedUp Today we're getting the inside scoop on HookedUp as we begin Day 3 of our...

What no one tells parents about the dating app Down

What no one tells parents about the dating app Down Today we're getting the inside scoop on Down as we continue with Day 2 of...

What no one tells parents about the dating app Badoo

What no one tells parents about the dating app Badoo Today we're getting the inside scoop on Badoo as we kick off our dating apps...

Is Your Teen Doing This on Social Media?

It seems almost daily we are bombarded with headlines like “Is Your Teen Doing This on Social Media?” Oftentimes the “this” is something scary and horrific....

Parent's Guide to Emojis

Emojis seem like they would be simple enough to understand. Most adults use emojis in a literal way. If you are happy, you send a...

Parent’s Guide to Emojis

Emojis seem like they would be simple enough to understand. Most adults use emojis in a literal way. If you are happy, you send a...

8 Tech Conversations to Have with Your College Kids During Holiday Break

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. 8 Tech Conversations to Have with Your College Kid During Holiday Break We...

Striving to Capture Family Memories

It’s the holiday season. That time of year when we want to capture those family memories so we can reflect back on them and share...

10 Favorite Educational Apps for Kids in the Kindle Store

*This post contains affiliate links. Amazon Fire devices are on wish lists for both kids and adults this holiday season. And, luckily, these family friendly...

10 Best Apps for Android

I love my Android devices. And, there are a number of great educational apps for Android. So if you want to set up parental controls...

Is Your Child's Mobile Phone Kid Friendly?

Many families now find it necessary to purchase a mobile phone for their kids. I realize there is much debate on kids and smartphones. This...

Is Your Child’s Mobile Phone Kid Friendly?

Many families now find it necessary to purchase a mobile phone for their kids. I realize there is much debate on kids and smartphones. This...

3 Types of Podcasts for Homeschool Moms

3 Types of Podcasts for Homeschool Moms A few of my homeschool mom friends have asked me if I have been holding out on sharing...

Quick Guide to Parental Controls for iOS Devices

Quick Guide to Parental Controls for iOS Devices When it comes to availability of apps and ease of use, it’s hard to beat iOS. Yes,...

The AAP Now Agrees with What Parents Have Known About Kids and Screen Time

The AAP Now Agrees with What Parents Have Known About Kids and Screen Time Kids are spending more time with screen media than ever before....

10 Best Apps for iOS

When it comes to availability of apps and ease of use, it’s hard to beat iOS. Yes, you heard that straight from the mouth of...

The Best Wedding Apps for a Stress Free Wedding

It happened! My little girl is getting married. I’m still trying to figure out how my baby grew up so quickly. But, we're thrilled to...

20 Best Apps for College Students

*This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. 20 Best Apps for College Students   Most college students hit the campus with some...

10 Best Apps for Preschool Age Children

*This post contains affiliate links. I had so much fun checking out the many apps available for preschool age children. Who knew there were so...

10 Best Apps for Coding

*This post contains affiliate links. I thought I had wrapped up my 10 Best Apps for _________ series, but I received an overwhelming number of...

5 Pokémon GO Discussion Topics for Families

I probably don’t need to tell you that Pokémon GO is a huge phenomenon. I can’t go anywhere without overhearing a Pokémon GO discussion and it...

Quick Guide: Parental Controls for Amazon Fire Devices

*This post contains affiliate links. Recently, I was asked about parental controls for Amazon Fire devices. If you’re looking for powerful parental controls and child-friendly...

Quick Guide: Parental Controls for Android Devices

It’s no secret - I’m an Android girl. I love the flexibility Android devices offer users.; but I will say Android devices are hands down the...

10 Best Apps for Special Needs Learners

*This post contains affiliate links. We’re winding down in my Best Apps for ….series. I’ll be honest, selecting apps for my 10 Best Apps for...

Our Words Matter

  Our words matter! They hurt when they are read just as much as when they are spoken directly to someone. In light of the...

10 Best Apps for Reading

*This post contains affiliate links. Reading seems to come easier for some kids than others. It’s tough to watch your struggling reader. You want to...

2 Worth-It Garden Apps for Gardeners

I’ve had my hands in two places this past week - on my device and in the dirt! It’s garden season and I couldn’t be happier....

3 Social Media Skills Every Teen Needs

76% of teens ages 13 to 17 use social media. Our teens are incredible tech savvy. Their social media skills often rival or exceed that...

Exploring nature with my mobile device

*This post contains affiliate links. Last Thursday I went for a walk. I’ve neglected my favorite nature trail for the past few months. I grabbed...

The 4 C’s of Great Educational Apps

The number of apps available these days is mind-blowing. Apps are big business, and we’ll continue to see more apps hit the market. While selection is...

Talking to Your Teen About Dating Apps

There’s a great deal of misconception about dating apps, and I fear some parents are avoiding talking to their teens about dating apps because they're...

3 Things I Love About Online Classes

Online Classes connect students all over the world. That's one of the things that I love about online classes. It’s been exciting for me to see...

My Favorite Podcasts for Adults

A few weeks ago I shared my favorite podcasts for families. It’s great to have a list of kid-friendly podcasts, but sometimes it’s nice to unplug...

6 Essential Habits for Technology Healthy Families

I’m preparing to speak at an upcoming convention. I love talking with families about strategies to help create technology healthy families. Parents often ask questions about...

Host a Party Bar in 5 Easy Steps

I’m ready for spring! I’m ready to plan some gatherings with family and friends. For me, that means it’s the perfect time to host a party...

10 Best Apps for Spelling

*This post contains affiliate links. Spelling doesn’t come easy for everyone. For many spelling takes practice. It can quickly become a dreaded subject. Luckily there...

Kid Search Engines: An Evalutation of Kiddle

Yesterday I began looking into Kiddle. Kiddle isn't the first search engine for kids to hit the market. There are a number of kid search...

10 Best Apps for History

*This post contains affiliate links. Today we’re going to continue with our 10 Best Apps for _________ series. We’re going to talk about the best apps...

10 Best Apps for Math

*This post contains affiliate links. Today we’re going to continue with our 10 Best Apps for _________ series. We’re going to talk about the best...

Favorite Family Friendly Podcasts

Podcasts have been around for a while.  They are a great way to take advantage of those “empty moments of time.”  Why? Because listening to...

10 Best Apps for Science

*This post contains affiliate links. There's an app for almost everything. Literally! And, while it’s easy to determine the value (or not) of some apps,...

5 easy steps to Remove the Location from your Child’s Instagram Photo

It’s the holiday season. Many kids are posting photos while out and about with their friends. 52% of teens are using Instagram. Many kids are...

Guiding Kids Through Social Media

Guiding Kids Through Social Media by Leah Nieman Social networking is on the rise.  A recent study by the Pew Research...

7 Halloween Party Bar Ideas

Social media is a great way to stay connected to our friends and family, but we want to gather together with those close to us...

5 Ways to Explore the Great Outdoors with Apps

  It may be summer, but that doesn't mean the learning has to stop! We want our kids to run, grow, and explore. But, it’s hard when the...

Talking Apps Without the Shockface

Can we talk? And, I mean really talk. I wrote a post on dating apps late last year. I’ll be honest, as much as I...

Twitter and Meerkat on Technology Friday

It’s Technology Friday and today we’re going to be talking about Twitter and Meerkat. Tweets just became more searchable! You no longer have to go...

Live Streaming Teens

Welcome to the World of Live Streaming Teens Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak at the Teach Them Diligently conference in Atlanta, GA....

Learning with Technology at Teach Them Diligently Conference

This weekend I was thrilled to speak at the Teach Them Diligently Conference in Nashville, TN It was a great conference! Here is the handout...

10 Promises Kid's Version

I certainly want parents to feel some family love this week in honor of Valentine's Day. Now that we've shared some parenting promises, it's time...

10 Promises Kid’s Version

I certainly want parents to feel some family love this week in honor of Valentine's Day. Now that we've shared some parenting promises, it's time...

10 Promises Because I Love You

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Let's be intentional with our parenting this year and demonstrate love in action for our kids. These 10 promises...

Technology Friday – Responding to Unkindness

It's Technology Friday! This week we'll look at the new update from Instagram. And let's talk about responding to unkindness, shall we? I'll be honest, there's...

Connected But Alone

One of the best books I’ve read on technology is Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle....

Technology Friday – Super and Civility

Technology Friday is Super this Week We’re back to our regularly scheduled Technology Fridays! This week we’re going to check out the new app, Super....

With Anonymous Apps, Who Needs Friends?

Secret, Whisper, Yik Yak . . . the list of anonymous apps goes on and on. I love social media; but with so many of these new...

Technology Friday – Instagram News

It's Technology Friday! This week we have the latest Instagram news. If you use Instagram, you don't want to miss it. Also, how different are...

Technology Gifts and Music

It’s Friday! This week I’ll be sharing some technology gifts for kids and some music to make your holidays merry. We saw Black Friday and Cyber...

Gather Around Your Mobile Device

We’re headed into the holiday season. We’re sure to see articles suggesting that families aren’t connecting because of their digital devices. I think it’s easy...

Social Media and Teens

Earlier this year, we discussed online safety for younger kids. Now, I'd like to talk about technology and teens. Yes, this means social media and teens. It can...

Friday Technology News and Trends

It's Friday so that means I’ll be sharing some fun technology news and trends. I want to keep you up to date on technology new...

Dating Apps and Teens

Dating….we’re entering a whole new phase. As parents we want to pretend that our kids aren’t talking to strangers online. Surely they’ve listen to us...

Technology Thoughts and Trends Friday

It's Friday so that means I’ll be sharing some fun technology thoughts and trends. I want to keep you up to date on technology thoughts...

Texting Apps Teens Love

Texting is a large part of communication for many kids, teens, and adults. Many teens are using one or more apps for texting. Do you...

Technology News Friday

Welcome to Technology in the News Fridays Each Friday I’ll be sharing recent technology news. I want to keep you up to date on technology...

YouTube Safety Options for Families

The question I get most often when I'm speaking is, “How can I set up my YouTube account for 'family friendly' viewing?" YouTube is a...

Technology in the News

Welcome to Technology in the News Fridays Each Friday I’ll be sharing recent technology news. I want to keep you up to date on news...

Our Homeschool Community Hurts

It’s quiet in our homeschool community. I’d like to think it’s because   so many of us are busy living life with our families. But,...

News and Storage Apps

I’m rounding out my Best College Apps for Young Adult Series. Today we're looking at news and storage apps. Students need a way to streamline...

3 More Apps for College Bound Young Adults

I'm picking up where I left off and sharing 3 more apps for college bound young adults. The goal is to have resources at your...

Best Apps for College Bound Young Adults

Most college students hit the campus with some sort of digital device in hand. As a parent it's been fun to show my kids all...

Parenting and Spyware

    I get questions from parents asking for my thoughts on filters. I came across some reading which suggests parents use spyware programs like...

Technology Makes Me a Better Parent

There I've said it. I've thrown down the gauntlet. I've made this statement to friends. I've made this statement to those I thought safe saying...

12 Social Media Apps All Parents of Teens Should Know Wrap Up

 Welcome to the 12 Social Media All Parents Should Know Wrap Up! It's been a fun week learning about what social media apps teen love....

12 Social Media Apps All Parents Should Know Series-Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the 12 Social Media Apps All Parents Should Know Series. This week we're talking about 12 social media apps popular...

12 Social Media Apps All Parents Should Know Series-Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the 12 Social Media Apps All Parents Should Know Series. This week we're talking about 12 social media apps popular...

12 Social Media Apps All Parents Should Know Series-Day 2

  Welcome to Day 2 of the 12 Social Media Apps All Parents Should Know Series. This week we're talking about 12 social media apps popular...

12 Social Media Apps All Parents Should Know Series-Day 1

[clear] Welcome to Day 1 of the 12 Social Media Apps All Parents Should Know Series. This week we're going to talk about 12 social...

Should Parents Lie to Get their Kids a Social Media Account?

Over the past few years there’s been a rise in the number of kids who lie about their age to get an account on a...

My first eBook is now available at CurrClick!

My first eBook is now available at CurrClick! Family Digital Media Agreement It is important that we teach our kids to be technologically responsible. We...

Internet Safety and Social Media for Kids Hangout

Internet Safety and Social Media for Kids is a concern for many parents today. I'm always excited when I have to opportunity to talk about...

Online Safety Begins Early

Do we hide and shelter our kids from technology or do we expose them to it at an early age? This is a valid question...

Kids and Social Media

Walk into any group of parents and ask their opinion on the topic of kids and social media. The range of responses you get might...