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Does Your Kid Suffer From Smartphone Addiction? – Guest Post

Does Your Kid Suffer From Smartphone Addiction?With today’s youth growing up with easy access to smartphones, the instant accessibility of messaging, social media, games and other distractions is always one finger click away. Popularity is now measured in likes, comments and friend requests, and the ding from a new text or an alert from social media creates instant gratification for peer approval and acceptance.

Yet, it’s the tantalizing lure of connectivity—the online social world, the updates, the apps and the powerful feelings of happiness associated with the device—that lulls teens into an almost dependence or addiction. Social media and virtual communication can make and break reputations. Both good and bad images can go viral, and the attention a teen receives from the wired social world also can inflate or implode their self-esteem. The phone that once served as a means of communication has evolved into a digitized nightmare. Continue Reading →

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Sony “Clean Versions” Initiative Provides Family-Friendlier Movies

Sony Clean VersionsSony Pictures announced a “Clean Version Initiative” that will allow customers to purchase the edited-for-television versions of their movies.

24 films are included in the initial release and are currently available on iTunes, Vudu, and Fandango Now:

  • 50 First Dates
  • Battle Of The Year
  • Big Daddy
  • Captain Phillips
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
  • Easy A
  • Elysium
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters II
  • Goosebumps
  • Grown Ups
  • Grown Ups 2
  • Hancock
  • Inferno
  • Moneyball
  • Pixels
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Step Brothers
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • White House Down

This is all pre-existing content that has been edited for general audiences. It’s possible Sony is doing this because more and more people are only getting their entertainment online and not via broadcast television.

Clear Play and VidAngel have been providing similar “family-friendlier” content for a few years now. Clear Play seems to have avoided litigation but VidAngel is currently involved in a lawsuit with major studios and has had to stop their streaming service.

Find out more about Sony’s “Clean Version Initiative” by visiting their website.

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Consider Your Kids Before Posting That Pic on Facebook

Don’t Post About Me on Social Media, Children Say

Recently, university researchers asked children and parents to describe the rules they thought families should follow related to technology. In most cases, parents and children agreed – don’t text and drive; don’t be online when someone wants to talk to you. But there was one surprising rule that the children wanted that their parents mentioned far less often: Don’t post anything about me on social media without asking me.

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Busting The Super Dad Myth

There is a growing trend among advertisers. That trend is to appeal to dads.

Sometimes those ads show the gentle, caring side of dads. One shows a stay at home dad who can’t call in sick (I’m sure many of you moms out there can relate). One from last year appealed to the awesomeness of being a dad.

Dad blogs and dad podcasts are showing up everywhere. It makes sense that companies want to target their advertising towards dads. But I think this is leading to a problem we’ve seen among moms for a long time. Continue Reading →

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Sometimes It’s OK to be Bored: Saying ‘No’ to Digital Devices – The Wired Homeschool

Technology is great! I love it! But sometimes I feel like it builds a wall between my family and me. Give yourself and your family the gift of boredom. Instead of staring at your smartphone or tablet the next time you’re waiting for something why not put it away and just be bored?

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