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Goldieblox – Helping to Put A Dent on The STEM Deficit

| February 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

These are the sad facts many of us are familiar with. According to The World Economic Forum1: The United States ranks 52nd in the quality of science, technology engineering and math (STEM) education, and 5th (and declining) in overall global competitiveness. The United States ranks 27th in developed nations in the proportion of college students […]

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A Great Technology Solution that will Help Children with Dyslexia

A Great Technology Solution that will Help Children with Dyslexia

| February 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Dyslexia occurs in 5% of children and can cause tremendous learning challenges for those with the disorder. Dyslexia makes it extremely difficult for children to learn to read fluently and with accurate comprehension despite the fact that these children have normal intelligence. The Yoursphere For Parents editorial team found a tool – a font that […]

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App Review: A Day in the Zoo

App Review: A Day in the Zoo

| October 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Compatibility: iOS (iPhone 4+, iPad 1+) and Android (4.0.3+) Release date: Oct 15, 2013 Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Price: $2.99 A Day in the Zoo is an interactive mobile app designed for toddlers (12-24 months old) – right around that time when they’re beginning to explore different sounds and imitate the world around them. An educational […]

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Review: Cyman Learns Cyber Smarts and Dangers, By Richard Guerry

Review: Cyman Learns Cyber Smarts and Dangers, By Richard Guerry

| April 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Parents, if you have children in first through fifth grade, this book does a wonderful job of repeatedly sharing the importance of digital safety via different and relevant examples with children. While written for those 6 – 10, it honestly hammers home the message that will resonate with the tween audience as well. Consider having your older […]

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Review - Learn How to Block Porn with MetaSurf

Review – Learn How to Block Porn with MetaSurf

| February 28, 2013 | Comments (6)

MetaSurf (Google Chrome and Firefox; Free) is a browser extension created by MetaCert which blocks pornographic websites and, most notably, porn found on social media websites. MetaSurf is a cloud-based system, which means there aren’t any software updates for you to download or compatibility issues; it’s a true plug-and-play solution. I used MetaSurf on both […]

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Gecko Monitor Review

Gecko Monitor Review

| November 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Gecko Monitor ($49.00, Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000) is a comprehensive computer-based monitoring solution that monitors web browsing history, keystrokes, and applications. It can also be set up to take screenshots of user activity every 60 seconds, or at another predetermined interval. This monitoring system is unique in that it also monitors printer use and what files your […]

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K9 Web Protection Review

K9 Web Protection Review

| October 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

K9 Web Protection is a free Internet monitoring software program from Blue Coat that allows parents to log Internet activity, block websites, place time restrictions on Internet use, and make search engines safe for children by forcing “Safe Search”. Because K9 is free, you can use it in conjunction with Windows or Mac parental settings, […]

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McGruff SafeGuard Parental Monitoring Software Review

McGruff SafeGuard Parental Monitoring Software Review

| October 15, 2012 | Comments (1)

McGruff SafeGuard (Windows only; free 30-day trial; pricing) is a parental monitoring program that was created by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and ParentsOnPatrol (POP). The word “McGruff” makes most people think of the giant crime-fighting dog, McGruff the Crime Dog, and for the record, yes, McGruff is still taking a bite out of […]

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Mamabear Parental Monitoring App Review

Mamabear Parental Monitoring App Review

| October 2, 2012 | Comments (1)

Parental monitoring solutions are essential in this day and age. Computers, smartphones, satellites and massive data networks have made this process easier and more convenient (and some cases more challenging) than we could have ever imagined. As our children grow up and begin socializing online and in real life, we begin to realize the value […]

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Mobbles Game Review - for Android and iOS

Mobbles Game Review – for Android and iOS

| August 23, 2012 | Comments (0)

The idea of collecting cute, little fictional creatures is not a new concept for a game like Mobbles. In fact, several manga-inspired “collect them all” type games have been hugely successful in the United States: consider the likes of Pokemon, Digimon and the Tamagatchi. Like these games, Mobbles is all about building up your character […]

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Kid Friendly Web Browser Review

Kid Friendly Web Browser Review

| August 7, 2012 | Comments (1)

When it comes to making the Internet as safe as possible for our children, it’s imperative that we use a combination of education and technology. Our older teens are able to better understand the rules of online safety, and the ramifications that their actions can result in if those rules aren’t followed. For many older […]

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Pendaflex Tag Tamer Review

Pendaflex Tag Tamer Review

| July 30, 2012 | Comments (0)

Pendaflex Tag Tamer is a free Facebook application that allows users to find and untag themselves in photos that they’ve been tagged in. Facebook members can use Pendaflex Tag Tamer to filter through tagged photos by month, year or the name of the person who they were tagged with. If you or your older teen […]

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Diction Game Review - for Android

Diction Game Review – for Android

| July 25, 2012 | Comments (0)

At first glance, Diction seems like every other word tile game currently for sale on the Google Play Store (Android phones only). Yet, unlike the others, its appeal can be measured in hours, not minutes, plus, it’s free! Diction is similar to the other word games in that the goal is for players to connect […]

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eBLASTER Mobile - Smartphone Monitoring at its Finest

eBLASTER Mobile – Smartphone Monitoring at its Finest

| July 5, 2012 | Comments (1)

Monitoring your child’s mobile device and computer doesn’t make you a helicopter parent; it makes you a responsible parent. eBLASTER Mobile ($99.95) is a monitoring software solution for Android and Blackberry smartphones. It monitors your child’s text messages, call logs, geo-location and web browsing history. And much like eBLASTER, parents only need to assign an […]

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Spector Pro – The Ultimate Computer Monitoring System for Your Family

Spector Pro – The Ultimate Computer Monitoring System for Your Family

| July 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

Monitoring your child’s digital activity is responsible parenting.  It’s not an invasion of privacy or a reflection of lack of trust between you and your child. It’s a safety necessity. Spector Pro ($99.95) is a monitoring solution for Windows 7, Vista, XP and Apple OSX, brought to you by SpectorSoft. The software is extremely comprehensive […]

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Zilly Dilly Kid-Friendly iPad Browser Review

Zilly Dilly Kid-Friendly iPad Browser Review

| June 18, 2012 | Comments (2)

ZillyDilly (www.zillydilly.com) is a free app for the iPad. In a nutshell, ZillyDilly was designed to give parents some control over the content that their child views on the Internet. What’s interesting about it is that it isn’t just another “kid-friendly” browser; it’s actually a curated media manager. ZillyDilly lets children explore thousands of websites […]

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Family iBoard Review - A Social Networking Tool Created Just for Families

Family iBoard Review – A Social Networking Tool Created Just for Families

| May 29, 2012 | Comments (1)

The Family iBoard, which is available for Windows, Mac OSX, and all iOS devices, gives your family their own secure Private Family Network. Think of it as a digitally secure safe where your family members can share private information and content with each other without worrying about their privacy being violated. It’s also a great way to keep […]

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Advice for Life App Review

Advice for Life App Review

| May 22, 2012 | Comments (1)

Advice for Life ($.99) is a new application by Parenting Bookmark that gives you a panel of parenting, relationship and health experts right on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. The app grants you access to videos and podcasts created by the experts, their weekly updated tips and advice, as well as the ability to […]

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uKnowKids Software Review

uKnowKids Software Review

| May 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

uKnowKids is a new web-based monitoring system for your child’s smartphone and social network accounts. For testing purposes, our team used the “Premier” subscription which provides comprehensive monitoring on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, as well as Android-powered smartphones and Blackberry devices. Subscription prices vary depending on how many children you want to monitor, extra features […]

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Eliminate the Temptation – Best Ways to Prevent Your Teen from Texting While Driving

Eliminate the Temptation – Best Ways to Prevent Your Teen from Texting While Driving

| April 25, 2012 | Comments (4)

The recent and tragic case of the 17-year-old young man from Northern California who, while texting and driving, plowed into a family of three while they were riding bikes, killing the father and 9-year-old daughter, left me hyper-aware. Hyper-aware because that young man could’ve been one of my own sons; hyper-aware because in the bicycle-friendly […]

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Ranger Browser - A Safe Browser for Your Child's iPhone, iPad or Android

Ranger Browser – A Safe Browser for Your Child’s iPhone, iPad or Android

| March 1, 2012 | Comments (2)

Tablets and smartphones are great tools for entertaining and educating our children. And as a mother of five, I know just how great of a distraction they can be on those long road trips where the only thing the kids want other than food and sleep is to be entertained. I’m sure most parents would […]

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