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New technologies bring a lot of opportunities for kids, but also a few risks. Let's discover the best of both worlds.
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Video: The Effects of Technology on Teens

Video: The Effects of Technology on Teens | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Family Circle's Editor-in-Chief Linda Fears teams up with parenting expert Michele Borba, EdD, on MSNBC's the Today Show to answer the question: What is technology doing to our kids? They consider what kids are missing out on by being plugged in to digital media for an average of 7.5 hours a day and how parents can change their family's habits with leading by example.
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Bullying often takes place online these days, so parents need to get tech-smart - San Jose Mercury News

Bullying often takes place online these days, so parents need to get tech-smart - San Jose Mercury News | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Awkward biological changes, unpredictable emotions and nebulous social ties make the schoolyard a testing ground for adolescent behavior. As antagonists or victims, many children experience bullying. Some discover their individuality while others explore a darkness that haunts them into adulthood.
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News :: UK parents take precautions of kids’ online activity

News ::     UK parents take precautions of kids’ online activity | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
The increasing uptake of broadband services in the UK has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of kids that have access to the internet. This can be very beneficial for kids, as it gives them access to valuable tools and resources for educational purposes as well as the ability to socialise more effectively, keep in touch with friends and family, and enjoy entertainment at home.
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Leverage Technology to Improve Students' Reading and Writing Skills - Liberian Daily Observer

Here's the fact, our societies have changed, so too must we! Enabling our kids to compete in the global community certainly requires us to transcend the traditional instructional approach. Our children have undoubtedly lost interest in the 20th century (traditional) instructional approach. With cell phones, social networks, cable TV, multiple radio stations, etc., do we actually expect today's kids to adapt to the approaches we used ten years ago?
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Google announces doodle contest for kids - USA Today

Google announces doodle contest for kids - USA Today | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Get the colored pencils and construction paper ready. Kids in the U.S. now have a chance to design Google's famous homepage logo and win a scholarship, as well as a technology grant for their school.
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Tweens use 'virtual home' to learn environmental protection - Jerusalem Post

Tweens use 'virtual home' to learn environmental protection - Jerusalem Post | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Sviva Israel launches Web-based ‘Eco Campus' allowing children to log on, continue expanding their knowledge in fun, interactive environment.
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Wood Lane school in BG uses iPads to teach special need kids | 13abc.com

Wood Lane school in BG uses iPads to teach special need kids | 13abc.com | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Not only are they all the rage with tech-savvy adults, but iPads are also growing in popularity with special needs children.
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NewsGrange » Kids Today: More 3-Year-Olds Can Play Computer Games Than Ride a Bike

NewsGrange » Kids Today: More 3-Year-Olds Can Play Computer Games Than Ride a Bike | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
These days, you don’t really have to ask kids to get off your lawn. Chances are, they have no interest in being on your lawn in the first place and are playing computer games inside instead of wreaking havoc on your manicured grass. According to a new study by Internet security firm AVG, today’s kids are learning computer skills long before they are learning life skills.
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New iPads Are the Apple of Local Students' Eyes - Wheeling Intelligencer

New iPads Are the Apple of Local Students' Eyes - Wheeling Intelligencer | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
About 75 fourth-graders at Weirton Heights Elementary School and 85 at Allen T. Allison Elementary School in Chester are now doing some of their schoolwork on Apple's newest gadget - the iPad.

Each student has an iPad for his or her own use during the school day, though the devices don't leave the building.
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Facebook partners with cops and robbers - TG Daily

Facebook partners with cops and robbers - TG Daily | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
The social networking site worked with law enforcement to help grow the Amber Alert web page and include a "pedophile panic button" to help parents alert the site of any potential predators.
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Survey highlights strengths and weaknesses of parental control ...

The study published today analysed 26 parental control tools for PCs, 3 for games consoles and 2 for mobile phones. The study found that the existing software is good at filtering adult online content, but there is still at least a 20% chance that sites with unsuitable material for children and especially those encouraging youngsters to self harm (sites promoting anorexia, suicide or self-mutilation) could pass through their filters. At the same time, other sites that include content specifically for children are blocked. Only a few tools are able to filter web 2.0 content (such as social networking sites, forums, and blogs), block instant messaging or chat protocols or filter contact lists.
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YMCA to help kids learn math, science and language thanks to IBM - Examiner.com

YMCA to help kids learn math, science and language thanks to IBM - Examiner.com | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
The YMCA of Silicon Valley announced that it has received a grant from IBM of 19 Young Explorer™ learning centers, which are the centerpiece of IBM’s KidSmart Early Learning grant program. The Young Explorers are being donated to the Y for its early learning programs, targeting children between the ages of 4 and 7.
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Parents need to keep up on children's technology - San Angelo Standard Times

Parents need to keep up on children's technology - San Angelo Standard Times | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Certainly, parents need to know how to protect their children from such innocence-destroying experiences but she said two things that were particularly thought-provoking for me.
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Technology sometimes detrimental to our families, social lives - PhysOrg.com

Technology sometimes detrimental to our families, social lives - PhysOrg.com | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
The next time you are in a public place where families gather, such as a playground, a children's soccer game or a museum, see how many parents are focused on their mobile phones instead of watching their kids.
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What Happens When Mom Unplugs Teens For 6 Months? - NPR

Susan Maushart lived out every parent's fantasy: She unplugged her teenagers.
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Web-connected devices a new source of worry for parents - Montreal Gazette

Web-connected devices a new source of worry for parents - Montreal Gazette | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
"If kids are going to look up something inappropriate on the Internet, they’re probably going to find a way to do it," she said. "So it probably has more to do with talking to them about making good choices and bad choices, and values, and what’s appropriate or inappropriate."
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Get your kids playing Outdoor - Independent

Get your kids playing Outdoor - Independent | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Watch our web TV show to find out how to get your kids away from the computer screen and back playing outdoors, tantrum free.
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Parenting Controversy Ignites Debate on How to Raise Kids Best

Parenting Controversy Ignites Debate on How to Raise Kids Best | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
The past couple of weeks have given rise to an internet firestorm of debate around the proper way to raise our children.
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Video games grab teen addicts - NEWS.com.au

Video games grab teen addicts - NEWS.com.au | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
ALMOST one child in every 10 may be addicted to video games.
And the consequences - an increased risk of anxiety and depression, social phobias, and poor performance at school - can be devastating.
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Secure Passwords Revisited

Secure Passwords Revisited | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Another reminder to choose passwords that are not found in the dictionary or that might be obvious to someone who knows anything about you (i.e., names of children or pets, birthdays, etc.).
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Facebook to show AMBER Alerts - CNN.com

Facebook to show AMBER Alerts - CNN.com | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
The child-abduction alert system used by law enforcement, broadcasters and transportation departments is now available on Facebook.
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Parent: When to relax and when to worry - Albany Times Union

Parent: When to relax and when to worry - Albany Times Union | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
The Internet: Parents can keep the family computer in a common area of the house until kids are much older and need quiet in order to concentrate on writing or other school projects. Establish rules and monitor the sites kids visit. When they are old enough to use social networking sites, parents can help choose privacy settings, to limit their contact with strangers.

Ed Suk, executive director of the New York Branch of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, says some of the most important things parents can do are to try to keep up with technological advances so they know what children's risks might be, and keep the lines of communication open so kids feel free to talk about any scary or disturbing things they may stumble across. Visit Netsmartz.org for more information on how to keep Internet usage safe.
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Understanding CVS: Ways to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome in Children

Understanding CVS: Ways to Prevent Computer Vision Syndrome in Children | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Computer vision syndrome happens when children stare at the computer screen for a very long time especially when they are focusing so much when playing their games. Its main cause is due to the various reactions of our brain and eyes to the words and graphics that appear in the computer screen. Eyes find it difficult to focus on the words or characters on a screen due to its brightness at the center and not so well defined edges. Because of this, our eyes will continuously drift that can hamper our eyesight. Its effects vary from one child to another.
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Technology or family, it is for you to choose - Daily News & Analysis

Technology or family, it is for you to choose - Daily News & Analysis | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
From text messaging, Skype, social networking, blogging and emails, we have never had so many ways to communicate. However, are there times when the one-on-one communication between human beings falls through the cracks and technology can take control over a family?
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