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For over 10 years, my work has focused on the intersection of media, technology and education. I’m also the mom of a beautiful, spirited girl. Both professionally and personally, I am committed to connecting other parents with the best resources available for navigating, understanding and mentoring our children’s online and media use.

ABOUT KAT

As a connoisseur of all things digital, I’m constantly connected in my professional and personal life. I believe the Internet opens us to a new realm of possibilities - - expanding our ability to learn new things, meet new people, and become more active participants in our communities. For more than a decade, I’ve been a specialist in the areas of digital citizenship education, the effective use of media and technology in the classroom, and an advocate for 21st century readiness for every child.

In Case You Missed It

Hardware, Apps, Websites and More

Our goal is to help you find what’s right for your family.

ABOUT KRISTIN

For over 10 years, my work has focused on the intersection of media, technology and education. I’m also the mom of a beautiful, spirited girl. Both professionally and personally, I am committed to connecting other parents with the best resources available for navigating, understanding and mentoring our children’s online and media use.

ABOUT KAT

As a connoisseur of all things digital, I’m constantly connected in my professional and personal life. I believe the Internet opens us to a new realm of possibilities - - expanding our ability to learn new things, meet new people, and become more active participants in our communities. For more than a decade, I’ve been a specialist in the areas of digital citizenship education, the effective use of media and technology in the classroom, and an advocate for 21st century readiness for every child.

D is for Diversity

Cable not only offers entertaining shows, but ones that are inclusive too

How to spot “Fake News”

Here are some easy ways to see fake news for what it really is. (Spoiler: it’s all about the questions!)

For more information, check out this article from The Washington Post.

Digital Glossary, FTW

Confused by the acronyms the teens in your life are using? The Digital Glossary from Common Sense Media can help you decode their shorthand and help you know what’s harmless and what might need a second look.

Using Apps with Your Kids

Yes, apps can promote learning! Check out these 5 tips from The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop for using apps with your kids

CNN Student News is now CNN 10!

CNN Student News has done a brand refresh and is now CNN 10. It’s still is a ten-minute, commercial-free, news program appropriate for most kids in grades 6-12, but now with a new look!

Create Safe and Secure Passwords

To keep your information safe, here are a few tips on how to create a strong password

A Cry for Help in an Instagram Post – It Happens and These New Tools Can Help

These tools empower your kids to help a friend in need.

New ‘screen time’ recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics

You decide what’s right for you and your family.

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) - Good Digital Parenting

Helping to make a safer internet for all

Comcast Xfinity Customers! Kids Zone – A safe way for kids to independently explore and watch TV

Kids Zone is a feature that offers a safe environment for children to browse and watch live TV, XFINITY On Demand content, and DVR recordings that are appropriate for kids ages 12 and under.

Circle with Disney – A new way for families to manage content and time across all devices

Manage all of your home’s connected devices. With Circle, parents can filter content, limit screen time and set a bedtime for every device in the home.

CNN STUDENT NEWS - A TEN-MINUTE, COMMERCIAL-FREE, DAILY NEWS PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Kids are often curious about what’s going on in the world and in their own communities. With a 24/7 news cycle and headlines popping up all over social media, it’s nearly impossible to shield kids from current events. CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, news program appropriate for most kids in grades 6-12.

Crisis Text Line - A counseling service that uses the power of the text message.

The Crisis Text Line is a 24/7 hotline that provides its services over text messages. Crisis Text Line is for everyone, it is free, and supports those in crisis. Sometimes it’s hard for kids to talk to adults, especially their parents, when they’re having problems like being bullied online or feeling depressed. But it’s important for them to have an outlet in a moment of crisis.

TV Ratings Explained

TV ratings, also called the TV Parental Guidelines give you important information about the content and age-appropriateness of a tv show. These are just guidelines. Every child is different and it’s ultimately up to you to decide what is appropriate for your family. Get an understanding of what the ratings mean.

Family Friendly Apps with High Standards of Privacy & Safety

As a parent, you may use information on nutrition labels to choose the right types of foods for your kids. KnowWhatsInside.com provides a similar service for you when choosing apps. The site gives you the information you need about privacy & safety – using easy-to-understand terminology – to decide which app is right for your kids.

Talking to Your Kids About Online Safety & Setting Rules Together

TheSmartTalk.org interactively walks families through a series of questions and conversations to help establish clear ground rules regarding online safety and responsibility.

Kids & Screen Time - Resources from the Experts

Have you ever had a question about screen time guidelines for your kids? Whether you are a parent of a toddler or a teen, you should check out this NPR blog post.

Don’t Miss the Resources About Social Media Privacy Policies

ControlWithCable.org is a great place to learn how to engage your kids in important conversations about media and how to set parental controls, but there’s more! Don’t miss the important resource links at the bottom of most pages!