Homeschooling is an important option that many families decide on as they search for the best ways to educate their children. There are many rewards associated with homeschooling and for parents who are beginning this journey, know that playing such an important role in your child’s learning is an admirable commitment. Here are some helpful do’s and don’ts for first-time homeschoolers. Continue Reading →
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 →
Sony Pictures announced a “Clean Version Initiative” that will allow customers to purchase the edited-for-television versions of their movies.
- 50 First Dates
- Battle Of The Year
- Big Daddy
- Captain Phillips
- Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
- Easy A
- Ghostbusters II
- Grown Ups
- Grown Ups 2
- 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.
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.
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 →