2014

Talking with your teens about social media!

I am a self confessed geek, whether it be new technology or social media, I like to be up to speed with this, and to be honest the latter helps when it comes to the kids.

All kids want a mobile phone, tablet etc for continual access to the internet, but how many of you talk to your kids about how to use social media and what the impact of posting something on line can be?

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The future of news? My thoughts on Yahoo News Digest

When was the last time you picked up a news paper?

Years ago this used to be a daily event for many, I used to include myself in that but as the internet and smart phones took hold the need and access to instant news information kind of made the newspapers redundant for me.  I still like to buy the paper on occasions at the weekend for feature articles but not usually during the week.

For years now my main source for news stories has been Twitter for breaking news, and then the news websites for updates etc.  I know some people don't like the news as they think its full of doom and gloom but I love to keep up to date with current affairs, and Yahoo recently launched the newly badged summly, Yahoo News Digest.

At first I thought this is likely to be just another news app which will not offer me anything different than the rest, I was wrong.

For me this is brilliant, the app highlights the top news stories twice a day on the app, listening to Nick D'Aloisio describe the app during a recent Guardian tech podcast has convinced me that this will have more to come as well.  

The app uses built in algorithms as well as editors picking the stories and delivering them to you twice a day through the beautifully designed app.... clearly using the same team who designed the excellent Yahoo weather app.

Each story comes with different atoms (as they call them) that go more in-depth than you can get on social media but presented in an excellent way, you have expanded text as well as images and video all pulled from a variety of sources.

If you have not used it yet go and have a look, and think like me you will understand why this is creeping up the charts in the app store (currently no 4 at time of writing).

Unfortunately currently this is only available on iOS.


Trouble getting your kids to brush their teeth?

As with most parents sometimes it is a battle to get the 9 year old to brush her teeth.

She is usually pretty good, however when she is tired etc it is often a battle! Now as you will know if you listened to my previous blog post, she received a lovely new iPad Mini for christmas.  Whilst setting up this iPad and making sure the app store was working correctly, I noticed this lovely little app called Aquafresh Brush Time.

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Audioboo: Catch Up with the kids

As I mentioned in a previous post, we recently rediscovered the Audioboo app, and I have decided to start using  this again.

Rather than just me recording random sounds or my useless rambling a I thought it would be good to have regular catch ups with both my daughters, ages 9 and 17 (17 year old no so keen). 

So here is part one, and hopefully this will build into a nice audio diary that we can listen back to in years to come.

After we finished recording this, Katy had watery eyes and looked me dead in the eye and said 

"Daddy I don't want to grow up"  to say I had a lump in my throat would be an understatement! 

Your thoughts as ever would be much appreciated!