Family

Facebook your kids? Tweet your granny? E-mail your sister? However you want to connect with (or avoid) your family members, networks can help. This page has inspiration, strategies and advice on how to harness technology to creating the family relationships you want.

You’ll find that a lot of these articles reflect my current stage of life as the mother of two young kids. But I also round up news about how Facebook, FourSquare, Twitter and other social media tools affect teens, aging parents and other family dynamics.

Star Trek Voyager: 18 episodes to watch with kids

Star Trek Voyager: 18 episodes to watch with kids

  If you’re introducing your kids to Star Trek, you might be tempted to start with the original series, or with The Next Generation. But our rigorous family testing shows that the original series is just too damn old and slow for kids these days, and TNG...
12 ways to use Yelp as a writing and service platform

12 ways to use Yelp as a writing and service platform

I have to make a confession. Yes, I have a blog, both here and on Medium. Yes, I write for a living, which means I get to work with awesome editors at a few different outlets. And yes, I’ve been known to write long-winded Facebook updates that cross over the...
LinkCraft: Your guide to the LinkedIn/Minecraft merger

LinkCraft: Your guide to the LinkedIn/Minecraft merger

Gaming juggernaut Mojang, best known for its Minecraft platform, will acquire social network LinkedIn, technology outlets reported today. The acquisition was undertaken by Microsoft, an umbrella holding company that is largely unknown to most Minecraft users. The...
How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg

How to Raise the Next Mark Zuckerberg

How can we prepare our kids for big-time tech entrepreneurship? This controversial story was featured on the cover of the Journal’s Report on Small Business, and teasered on the newspaper’s front page. I also created the content and data for a related sidebar, “Growing Up With Tech”.

How to raise a white hat hacker

How to raise a white hat hacker

Today in the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode, I look at what it takes to turn a curious, tech-minded kid into an ethical hacker.

The 9 stages of special needs parenting

The 9 stages of special needs parenting

Today I went through my monthly ritual of looking for even more Facebook parent groups to join, in the hope that somewhere is the group of people who will understand our exact set of challenges — or better yet, have the right set of solutions. It suddenly struck...
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