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Connie McCarthy
Keep Television Out of Your Young Child’s Bedroom

Dec 07, 2009 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Sleep, Parent Involvement, Kids Learning

“Should I get my child their own television for their room?”  Whenever I am asked this question my answer is always a resounding “Absolutely not!” I say this because: Using a TV for reward or pun... Read more
SchoolFamily
Don't Let Those Girls Lag in Math & Science

Nov 02, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Parent Involvement, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities

Recently came across this blog that talks about  encouraging girls to excel in math and science. So I knew that the work force, in these areas, is still male dominated --but I didn't know just how much this is tru... Read more
SchoolFamily
Ipods to Instill a Love of Learning?

Sep 21, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Kids Learning

Have heard of schools banning ipods -- but this article talks about a school that is using Ipods for an ESOL class to teach kids how to read."Students listen to stories as part of a fluency program designed to devel... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Internet Safety: What the kids search for online.

Aug 11, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Technology, Parent Involvement, Internet Safety, Elementary School, Back to School

My friend and colleague Marian Merritt of Symantec sent a note about some very interesting research from Symantec.  It comes from 6 months of data (millions of kids’ searches) from the new OnlineFamily.Norton.com s... Read more
SchoolFamily
Technology Time Eating into Family Time?

Aug 11, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Internet Safety, Cell Phones

A colleague forwarded this NY Times article titled "Breakfast Can Wait. The Day's First Stop is Online."  The story actually made my stomach do a flip- flop. No, not because I skipped  breakfast to check my email an... Read more
Tim Sullivan
An Online Driver's License for Kids and Teens

Jul 23, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Technology, Internet Safety

Thanks to my involvement with Symantec's Online Safety Advisory Council (check out their new www.onlinefamily.norton.com product for a cool web safety solution for your family), I occasionally get to listen in as some very s... Read more
Tim Sullivan
The New School Cheating? Or no?

Jun 22, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Technology, Kids Learning

Lots of conversation about the recent Common Sense Media report on how many kids are cheating (and how) these days and how they're using new technology tools to help.Obviously, some cheating is still just cheating. Has been h... Read more
SchoolFamily
Using the Internet to Learn Science Curriculum

May 29, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology

Thought this was a neat story written by a mom with a 13 year-old who found her science curriculum about food chains turned into music and video and posted on Youtube. The catchy tunes helped the daughter (and of course her f... Read more
SchoolFamily
Doodle 4 Google Competition for K-12 Students

May 15, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology

I always enjoy the quirky way Google adapts its logo to tie-in with special holidays and events. Now they're getting school-age kids involved by inviting them to submit doodles around the theme "What I Wish for the World."Unf... Read more
SchoolFamily
Is posting photos of other people's kids OK?

May 07, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Internet Safety

While flipping through the April issue of Wired magazine, the advice column (Dear Mr. Know-It-All), caught my attention as it raises an interesting question about how much you can/should post online of someone else's kids. Th... Read more