How To Easily Turn Off the Flashlight in iOS 7

One of the things I really like that was added to iOS 7 is the built-in flashlight feature. I use it regularly. It’s a feature that Android has had built-in for years but one that required downloading an app in previous versions of iOS.

Something that bugs me, though, is that it’s not easy to turn off. At least, I thought it wasn’t easy to turn off. You can watch the video below or follow these simple steps to easily turn off the flashlight in iOS 7. Continue Reading →

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Top 5 Podcasts of 2013

2013 has been an up and down year for me as a podcaster, blogger, and public speaker. It’s hard to believe that because of my podcast I was invited to speak at two regional homeschooling conventions. Another amazing thing is the outpouring of support from all of you when I announced my “retirement” from podcasting (more on that in next week’s episode).

I was looking through some statistics for the podcast and decided to wrangle up a quick top 5 list for you of the most-downloaded shows of 2013. I hope you enjoyed listening to these as much as I enjoyed recording them. Here are the top 5 podcasts you listened to in 2013: Continue Reading →

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How to Protect You and Your Kids on Facebook [Infographic]

Facebook Privacy and Security for Kids

I’m always coming across infographics and blog posts about online security. This latest one I discovered shares some great information about the number of kids using Facebook and how we has parents can safeguard their activity on the world’s most popular social media site.

I’ve included some commentary from the original post and as well as some of the text of the inforgraphic below.

If you think your child will not join Facebook until they’re older, consider that an Oct 2013 study by Commonsense Media shows that 38% of children under 2 have used a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). By the age of 8, that number jumps to 72%. Kids are comfortable with mobile devices, so the chances of them joining a social media site such as Facebook as a mobile user increases. When you then consider that, as mentioned above, 10-13 year-olds make up 22% of the targets of online predators, and that there are millions of underage users, it’s better to guide your children into proper use of Facebook and other social media than to hope they’ll “be good” and not use such services.

In addition to the general tips above, here are some additional tips for protecting your Facebook-using children. Continue Reading →

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Do Your Kids Use Photo-Sharing Social Sites? [Infographic]

Do your teens use social media? What is their favorite social sharing site that they use? How many of their friends post pictures of themselves on these sites? Are kids really more self-absorbed today than when we were kids?

The author of this infographic notes, “Teens have always been a large part of the social media landscape, but while Facebook is still the leader in usage, it is losing ground to a new form of social media that involves sharing photos. Sites like Instagram and Snapchat are growing quickly in popularity among the teen population, signaling a shift in how teens use social media.”

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The “selfie” seems to be all the rage on image sharing sites. When once people were sharing images of sunsets, the ocean, and their food there’s now a deluge of duck-faced teens. Even President Obama is taking selfies with world leaders.

The selfie has become so ubiquitous that the Oxford English Dictionary declared it their “word of the year”. My spell-check still doesn’t think it’s a word but it’s still very popular. I’ve even been known to take a selfie or two.

Where is this leading us? Is this something homeschooling parents need to be concerned about? Yes and no. Continue Reading →

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