navigating the world wide web

Picklebums is throwing her hat in the ring when it comes to tech advice.  Some of these I’d heard before, but some were a fresh look at a very real issue in our house.  Thought I’d pass them along.

Social media moves like wild fire and it’s very hard to put out.
Part of the joy of the internet is that you can reach a whole lot of people, super fast.  That means you can use the internet to do so many amazing things, but it also means that negative things can get out of control very, very, quickly.  And once it’s out there it is very very difficult to get rid of it.  Think about what you are sharing online, and if you are not prepared to have it shouted from the roof tops and shared with the world, keep it to yourself.”

Ten Things I Want My Tweens to Know About Social Media – Picklebums

texting, a love story

Truth time.  I love my text app.  LOVE it.  Texting may be the single greatest thing to happen in my lifetime – okay, maybe next to the smart phone.  And e-mail.  I sure do love my e-mail.  But for the purposes of this post, let’s just say texting rocks.  It’s our generation’s sliced bread.

This particular adoration may have something to do with my aversion to phone calls.  I was never the girl who spent hours talking with her friends, but somewhere between fifteen and twenty-five years old I developed an active distaste for the phone.  It became stressful, even draining, for me.  Too much pressure, too many unknowns, too little time to figure out what to say when things go wonky.

Yeah, I know that sounds completely nutty, but if we’re not hanging out face to face then I just do better in writing.

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buenos días, cómo estás?

Oh boy, do I love this duoLingo.  I’ve been working on my Spanish for over a month and reached the intermediate level – woo hoo! – which basically means I’ve graduated from apples and rice to present tense verbs.  My app tells me I’ve achieved 37% fluency, which may or may not be a slight exaggeration…I’m taking it as encouragement either way.

At 37% fluency I can regale captive blog readers friends with phrases like:

  • ¿Dónde está el baño?
  • Mi esposo es mono.
  • Como pollo y arroz.
  • Yo no corro.
  • Sí, me gusta tomar una cerveza, gracias.

I’m pretty good at colors, too.

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when you set a goal and God throws down

“When it comes to technology and the kids nothing promised is permanent, nothing is etched in stone.  We try something and if it works, great.  If not?  Well, we try something else…

Which brings us to our latest shift.  It seems even our best efforts can’t get the kids enough non-screen time altogether, so BrightSide came up with the radical idea of no screens on Sundays.  I’ll repeat that.  An entire day without technology.  None.  At all.  Every single week.”

The goal of Friday’s post, basically, was the hope that sending good thoughts out into the universe might bless us with a semi-peaceful attempt at living tech-free for a day.  I wasn’t looking for Ghandi-like enlightenment, just sixteen or so hours with limited squabbling.

Here’s how it went.

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technology trial and error

Life around here is one long experiment.  When it comes to technology and the kids nothing promised is permanent, nothing is etched in stone.  We try something and if it works, great.  If not?  Well, we try something else.

I’m sure the shifting ground rules irritate T-man and Bear, but it’s the best we can do.  And isn’t that the truth for parents everywhere?

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texts about porn are rarely good news

Yeah, it happens.  Kids + technology + the internet = the source of a thousand awkward conversations.

“It was after a night spent with family — the adults in one room and the seven- and eight-year-olds in another — when I received a series of texts that began with: “Anna and Ella were watching PORN!” Apparently they’d been using an unrestricted adult iPad to search the web for “kissing pranks.” If you aren’t familiar with Rule 34, now you know. Rule 34 was on and popping in this scenario.”

Suburban Snapshots: So, Your Kid Found Some Internet Porn

8 websites for a non-laboring Labor Day

Woo hoo!  We’ve come to the end of Labor Day weekend and once again, Riddle from the Middle wants to help you pass the time when you’re not, you know, laboring.

Carry on.

Name Combiner

Unhappy with the couple name you’ve come up with?  Doesn’t have the pop of Brangelina or Kimye?  This site helps you combine up to four names so you can be the hippest kid on the block.  So far me and my hubby can roll out with daura, laurug, or dora (not the explorer).  I’m still working on the hip factor.

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kids, technology, and a contract to save your sanity

Yes, we’re midway through summer, but I still think this is a worthwhile read for those of us dealing with kids and technology.

“I felt a wave of sadness.

Because I know that without constant monitoring, unplugging and resisting my kids’ desire for more technology, this could be us. And I’m guessing balance is probably a struggle for most families, too. I know some have simply stopped struggling against it and just given in. I get it.

We are in an unprecedented era of technology that none of us have ever experienced. And we really don’t know the effect it will have on our children.”

Hey Internet- Let’s Have an Honest Talk About Screens This Summer – Kristen Welch