The State of Parenting in the Digital World

I remember as a new mom if I had a question, I had many places to go to for advice. I could call my mom, ask friends or consult a billion books. Granted, everyone’s advice was usually a bit different but it tended to coalesce around a guiding principle. When parenting in the digital world, there…

Yik Yak is today’s Anonymous Burn Book

Yik Yak is the latest in a series of new anonymous apps. On Yik Yak, people have complete anonymity to share their uncensored thoughts, observations and comments. This app is designed to act as a local bulletin board for communities. Unfortunately, what many people use it for is to post mean and bitchy comments about other people.…

Tips and limits for Smartphones

The start of school is no longer about having the right jeans or the new shoes. A new phone is the must have fall accessory. The phone most kids want and think they need is a smartphone. Smartphones are not really phones. Most kids will rarely use them to call anyone except for their parents. Smartphones are small,…

How smart are smartphones? Senate Hearing discusses Mobile Privacy

On May 10, I sat with my coffee and my dog and watched my first congressional hearing on c-span. The hearing was  “Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy“.   Apple, Google, industry representatives, government officials and consumer advocates met with senators to discuss the collection of personal data by mobile apps and specifically…