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How to lock your kids out of every device

How to lock your kids out of every device

I wrote my Ph.D. thesis on hacktivism: politically-motivated computer hacking. Interviewing fifty politically engaged computer hackers turned out to be great preparation for running a business that built nonprofit online communities, because I really know how to speak...
How to end screen time without tears

How to end screen time without tears

Turning off the phone, TV or videogame is hard. Here’s how to make that transition easier for you and your child — and to build your child’s core skills in the process.

What kind of digital parent are you?

What kind of digital parent are you?

My recent piece for The Atlantic, Parents: Reject Technology Shame, tackles the question of how to raise kids in a digital world. Data from more than 10,000 North American parents shows that they are deeply divided on this question, and that there are three distinct...
Why you should hand your kid that iPhone

Why you should hand your kid that iPhone

I see you looking at me from the other side of the coffee shop?—?yes, you: the hemp-swaddled mom with the slightly sticky child who is playing with that organic wooden toy. You probably hope that toy will teach her hand-eye coordination or bring him into harmony with...
5 questions to ask your kids before introducing Minecraft

5 questions to ask your kids before introducing Minecraft

Minecraft has become a massively popular game not only with kids, but with parents and educators who applaud its capacity to support creativity and real learning. Yet as much as Minecraft appeals to us as geek parents, we’ve held off on introducing it into our...
Don’t be scared to Facebook your kids: A response to Amy Webb

Don’t be scared to Facebook your kids: A response to Amy Webb

Amy Webb has written an important but frustrating post on Facebook privacy and kids on the Slate website. Writing about a friend who extensively Facebooks photos and stories about her daughter “Kate”, Webb worries that Kate’s parents have compromised...
Help your kids learn with Etsy and the Maker Faire

Help your kids learn with Etsy and the Maker Faire

Tonight Little Sweetie was thrilled to learn that she has been accepted into the Vancouver Maker Faire, a DIY festival we attended last year. She loved it, and immediately wanted to run her own booth, based on her Etsy store,  2 Dots 1 Symbol, which sells emoticon...
Facebooking the kids: 12 Dos & Don’ts

Facebooking the kids: 12 Dos & Don’ts

Facebook can be a great way to share your family news with a small circle of friends — if you’re smart about using privacy settings. This post rounds up the recommendations from my series on Facebooking the kids.

5 reasons to consider putting your kids on Facebook

5 reasons to consider putting your kids on Facebook

When deciding how much to share online about your kids, there’s no right answer. Some people are hyper-vigilant and post nothing. Others are super-relaxed and post anything. We fall somewhere in the middle. When we talk about our kids online, it’s using...
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