How to Talk to Kids about Tough World Events

Boston Marathon 2012

Over the last decade we've had to face far too many of tough world events from terrorism to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina or the tsunami in Japan. It's always the same pattern:  in the blink of an eye, we are transported from our relatively happy lives to an uncertain fog as we grapple with whatever event had just occurred. Today, just 17 miles from my home town, in Boston, … [Read more...]

Holiday Shopping With Kids – keep it real and unplugged

I’ll admit it...this time of year, I’m a cybershopper. I have mixed feelings about this, actually. “Back in the day”, I used to love the thrill of the hunt. Shopping for the perfect gift was fun and added a special touch to the holiday season. With Black Friday now happening on Thanksgiving Thursday, and shopping chaos erupting into fist fights, it’s just not worth it any more. So, a cybershopper … [Read more...]

Friday Digital Byte: Start Internet Safety Month with a Family Plan

bandaidbyte

  June is Internet Safety Month. With the school year winding down and the summer just about to start, this is a great time to take a step back and think about how your family uses digital media...especially things that go on line. Every family has it's own unique style for handling today's expanding digital life. Some families just go with the flow while others have a huge amount of … [Read more...]

Friday Digital Byte: Teaching kids the online social rules of the road

digitalbyte

Teaching kids how to be social online is challenging. Actually, teaching them just how to be social is challenging because they don’t have the solid offline experience as past generations of kids had because of technology. So much of their childhoods are now spent in the digital realm that their social lives are being played out there more than ever before. So, it should come as no surprise that … [Read more...]