Ataribox Is Coming And Yes, The Kids Will Want It!

Ataribox Is Coming And Yes, The Kids Will Want It!

Ataribox – sound familiar? Yes, the old school Atari is making a comeback. Our kids could soon be bugging us to buy them an Atari – but don’t worry, this isn’t the Atari of the 80’s!

Launching this Fall on Indiegogo, the Ataribox is positioning itself as a PC like gaming experience, but it will come pre-loaded several of the old school Atari games that we grew up playing.  

Meet the Ataribox

Get ready for some old school Atari, well kind of. The Ataribox may feel like the Atari 2600 – but with a modern design. Get this, the team at Atari is making an Ataribox WOOD EDITION – which is made of real wood.

ataribox

Ataribox Specs

Ataribox will be powered by an AMD customized processor, with Radeon Graphics technology. It’ll run Linux, with a customized, easy-to-use user interface. That said, Ataribox is also a full PC experience for the TV. It will offer streaming, applications, social, browsing, music, and more. This device will let you play old school games that will come pre-loaded but is also set up to play new titles as well. The studio will soon be releasing more info on the new games soon.

Since most TV devices have closed systems and content stores – Linux will allow a more open system. You will be able to access and customise the OS, games you’ve bought from other content platforms and more.

How Much Is This Going To Cost Me

First and foremost, if you want to get in on this new Atari game action, you will want to pre-order on Indiegogo. No launch date has been set for the Indiegogo campaign, but we hear that it will be very soon. We’ll make sure to share the news on social media when we get the green light that the pre-order is live.

The expected price range is $249-$299 – depending on what edition and memory configurations you order.

new ataribox by atari

When Does the Ataribox Ship?

The plan is to ship late Spring 2018, so yes – you will have to do some waiting.

You can join the waitlist now, but until the Ataribox launch, go ahead and order you that old school Atari shirt 🙂
atari shirtAvailable at Amazon

 

7 Back to School Tech Must Haves

7 Back to School Tech Must Haves

Back to school technology products – the school year is about to start,
we’re sharing the top tech products to add to your school list.

Can you believe the new school year is already here?  Doesn’t it feel like school just let out? Nope, summer is coming to an end and those late nights the kids have had must come to an end as well. Early morning wake-ups are approaching quickly and back to school shopping is in full gear. 

Our 2 oldest kids are entering high school and another middle school. As they get older, our back to school shopping list changes. Technology is so integrated into everything that they do both in the classroom and at home. So naturally, our back to school list now includes technology.

Back to School Technology Shopping List 

Here are 7 Back to School Technology Must Haves. 

Back to School TechnologyBack to School Technology Must HavesHeadphones

Headphones are now a requirement on our school supply list. Here are a few affordable options. 

 

Affordable and Functional Headphones

Here’s the deal, headphones are fabulous but for school – stick with the basics. Someone once reminded me that the kids will most likely share headphones and then reminded me of how lice are shared. You are welcome. Buy the affordable and functional headphones for school and save the nice ones for personal use!

Tablets

RCA 7” 16GB Voyager III

Next on our list of back to school technology products to add to your school supply list is the RCA Voyager III. This low-cost option is perfect for your high schooler and middle schooler as it doesn’t break the bank, offers the functionality needed for class work. But God forbid they lose or break it – you aren’t out the big bucks!

The new Voyager from RCA impresses with spectacular performance. Updated with Android 6.0, Marshmallow, the new Voyager showcases the operating system, clean design and performance upgrades. With an included 16GB of internal storage the Voyager has plenty of room for apps and media. The snappy quad-core processor makes multi-tasking a breeze. Use the front-facing camera to take a quick selfie or the rear camera to take in the scenary. Pick up all the new Voyager with Android Marshmallow, perfect tech for back to school!

High School TabletAvailable at Amazon

The newest in its group, the RCA Voyager III will not disappoint! With it’s long-lasting battery power, this 16GB tablet is perfect for students who have back-to-back classes! Other features include a front and back camera, a hi-def screen, and compatibility with Google Play. 

Graphing Calculator – TI84

”TI-84

Can you believe in today’s world of apps, that the graphing calculator is still on the school supply list? The TI-84 Plus graphic calculator is still a thing! One of the reasons it is still of such use, it is that the TI-84 calculator is approved for use on the following exams:

  • PSAT*, SAT*, and ACT* college entrance exams.
  • AP* Exams that allow or require a graphing calculator.
  • Approved for use on the IB exam.

SAT and AP are trademarks owned by the College Board. PSAT/NMSQT is a registered trademark of the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. International Baccalaureate is a registered trademark of the International Baccalaureate Organization. None was involved in the production of nor endorses TI products.

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Rocketbook Notebook

Okay, before you say “a notebook isn’t technology, isn’t this suppose to be a tech for school list?” Let us introduce you to the Rocketbook Notebook. This back to school technology is so cool, you just may want to pick up one of these notebooks for yourself.  

This isn’t the notebook we grew up with! The Rocketbook notebook is reusable. Yes, you read that right. It comes with 36 reusable pages wipe clean with a damp cloth when used with Pilot FriXion pens. Use the Everlast Rocketbook notebook with pens, highlighters and markers from the the Pilot FriXion line and let the ink dry for 15 seconds to allow it to bond to our specialized paper. When you’re ready to reuse, just wipe pages with a damp cloth, and watch them erase like magic.

To take this notebook a step further, download the app and take a photo of the notes. There are marking symbols at the bottom of each page that tell the Rocketbook app where to send your content. When you’re ready to scan, Just hold your phone above each page. In milliseconds, the app detects and captures each page, producing images more crisp and vibrant than the real thing. Pretty cool, right?

This notebook is amazing for those of us who live in the digital world but love taking notes on paper.

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USB Memory Sticks

Since so much work is done on computers, several teachers have asked that the students provide USB memory sticks. 

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Keychain Phone Chargers

I’m all about the kids NOT having an excuse for a dying phone (hence this suggestion and the one below.)  Rather than the long charging cords, purchase a keychain phone charging cable that the kids can clip to their backpack. Give them NO excuse for that dead phone! This back to school technology is something is affordable and necessary with just about every kid having a phone now adays!

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Power Brick / External Batteries

I’m a total believer that everyone should carry a power brick! I cannot tell you how many times I have needed a charge and this thing has saved me! Equip your kids with a small power stick or external battery, that way that dead phone excuse just won’t work!

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What back to school technology must haves are on your school supply list? Let us know in the comments!

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Fingerlings – The 2017 Hot Christmas Toy

Fingerlings – The 2017 Hot Christmas Toy

Fingerlings – what in the world is a FINGERLING? Let us introduce you. Our friends at WowWee emailed us a few weeks back saying they had the hot new toy for 2017 and wanted to send us one to see what we thought of it. So, here is what we thought – more importantly we are given you the thoughts of kids because they are the ones who will be playing with these things. 

Hot new toy for 2017 christmas fingerlingsWhat are Fingerlings?

So a Fingerling is a little robotic baby monkey. Think interactive pet. They come with a battery already installed, so all you have to do after unboxing is turn them on. There are 6 varieties of monkeys – you can order in white, black, pink, purple, blue and turquoise. Each monkey comes with a name. 

fingerling monkeyWhat does a Fingerling do?

Here is what the Fingerlings do.  These interactive pets love to hang onto your finger, blink their eyes, turn their heads, blow kisses, swing by their tails, and talk in monkey babble

Clap your hands twice and your Fingerlings will sing together. Fingerlings respond to sound, motion, and touch with blinking eyes, head turns, and silly monkey babble. Blow them kisses and they will kiss you back! Hang them upside-down by the tail and watch them monkey around! Pet them to sleep or make a loud noise and watch them get excited! They are VERY gassy. 

What do Kids Think of Fingerlings?

The kids loved the Fingerlings. I would say they are good for ages 4-10, though our 12-year-old did fight over getting his turn to play with the monkey. The kids have had the monkey for the last 5 days and each day it’s a fight on who gets to play with the monkey when. They make great car toys as they are small, while they make noises – it isn’t obnoxiously loud and it’s nice that the kids aren’t on screens actually playing with a toy.

Paint Coming Off Fingerling Monkey

One thing to note, the paint did start to chip off of the Fingerling after the first day. I’m sure this is due to our kids scraping, playing or possibly chewing on the toys – but something to note. 

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Just announced, the Unicorn Fingerlings!

Price and Hot Christmas Toy

Fingerlings retail for $14.99. They are currently available at Amazon. If you are wanting to order a Fingerling, I would suggest you do so soon. Remember the craziness last holiday season and outrageous prices to get a Hatchimals? The 2016 hot toy was the Hatchima – I predict that the 2017 hot toy is the Fingerlings.  I’m not the only one predicting this. They are slated to be one of the 2017 hot Christmas toys by many industry toy giants, so order now

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Apple Camp – Everything You Want To Know About Apple’s Free Camp For Kids

Apple Camp – Everything You Want To Know About Apple’s Free Camp For Kids

Apple Camp 2017 is in the books. We all want our sanity during the summer months and between child care, camps and what have you – things can get pricey quick. Thankfully one week of the summer we were able to enjoy a FREE activity for our son. If you are an Apple fan, you won’t want to miss learning about Apple camp!

All Things Apple CampWhat is Apple Camp?

Apple Camp is a free camp put on in the summer months by various Apple stores. There are usually a few options on topics to choose from. The camps are available for ages 8-12 years old and last 90 minutes, 3 times during the week.  BONUS! The kids are given a free Apple shirt!

This year, we had 1 kid eligible for Apple Camp. Not familiar with Apple Camp – keep reading. He went, he learned and now he won’t stop playing with his Sphero collection! 

This is our second time doing camp with Apple. The first time, our son learned all about Garage Band and iMovie. This time around it was all about robotics and baby stepping into learning code. My husband is a software engineer and has taken our son to several of coding club meetings – so he has a general interest in coding. 

Our son spent his time at camp learning in more detail how to program Sphero. We have a few Spheros at home. The Apple Genius taught him a whole new array of tricks and gave him some tips for maximizing his play with the device.

Learning to program the sphero at the apple storeNow he is obsessed. He has hooked the Sphero app up on his sister and brother’s devices and showed them how to play. We have these robotic devices flying thru our house like it’s nobodies business! 

2017 Apple Camp Choices

In 2017, Apple is offering 3 different camps.

Creating Characters and Composing Music

Kids ages 8-12 will create their own stories through drawings and sounds. Campers will start their session by sketching characters and scenes with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, then they’ll explore the basics for composing a track using GarageBand. They’ll bring their story to life by adding vocals and finishing touches.

Stories in Motion with iMovie

Future filmmakers ages 8-12 will explore the creative process of turning their ideas into real movies. In this three-day session, Campers will learn how to brainstorm and storyboard. Then they’ll get hands-on with movie-making techniques like learning camera angles and editing with iMovie. On the final day, they’ll present their masterpieces.

Coding Games and Programming Robots

In this three-day session for kids ages 8-12, we’ll introduce programming through interactive play. Kids will learn visual-based coding by solving puzzles with Tynker. Then they’ll learn how to program Sphero robots, and even create fun stories starring Sphero as the main character.

 

parent camp at the apple storeOne caveat I should note – while Apple Camp is free, parents must stay in the Apple store while camp is in session. So no leaving. This is such a smart move on Apple’s part. I mean, come on – leaving me in the Apple store for 15 minutes is dangerous, let alone 90 minutes on 3 different days. On the first day I made the mistake of bringing our 2 younger sons with us. It was hell. I don’t recommend bringing small children for your sanity and their’s. 

No Kids Apple Store

An Apple Genius called my kid Darth Vadar so he turned his shirt around and told him he was talking to the wrong person.

Parent Camp

Something new this year, for 2 of the sessions they offered a “parent camp” while the kids were in camp. An Apple Genius walks the parents thru what the kids are learning. He or she also talks about setting up iTunes for family sharing, setting perimeters on your Mac and more.

Apple genius teaching parentsI was able to attend on the second day of camp and the Genius was super helpful in answering my questions and suggesting various apps and configurations that would help with certain issues. 

Sign Up Early!

If you are wanting to sign your child up for Apple Camp, SIGN UP EARLY! Every spring, I sign up on apple.com to receive a notification when camp registration opens. Last year we went on an epic road trip that spanned the course of the whole vacation. This year, we vacationed early and was able to get our son in no issue. 

If the camp is full at your local store, I suggest giving the store a call and seeing if there by chance any openings or perhaps a wait list. OR wait, have you heard of Kids Hour? 

https://concierge.apple.com/camp/choosestore/en_US

Kids Hour

One thing I learned about at Parent Camp was another free opportunity for kids at Apple. Various Apple stores offer Kids Hour. This is an hour where an Apple Genius teaches your child on subject. This varies by stores and appears to be offered once a week, but looks like this could vary as well.

The closest Apple Store near me this week offers Garage Band Kids Hour and Making Movies Together Kids Hour. Again, you will need to stay in the Apple store, but this gives your kids a chance to learn and BONUS – IT IS FREE AND YEAR ROUND! So if you missed out on this year’s camp, at least give the Kids Hour a try!

The best place to find information on Apple’s Kids Hour is https://www.apple.com/today/program/kids-hour-sessions/

A Parent’s Guide to Teens and Social Media

A Parent’s Guide to Teens and Social Media

Teens and social media – those words scare me. Why? Because I am now a parent to a teen and as someone who spends A LOT of time on social media, I know what type of trouble they can get themselves into online. 

Teens and Social Media

While we did let our daughter tip-toe into social media as a tween, her exposure was limited.  Teens and social media is an on-going conversation we are going to have here on Digital Mom Blog. Why? Because we are hearing more and more from parents of teenagers about their kids social media usage and we feel it’s an important topic to address. 

We want this to be a guide for parents to reference in regards to teens and social media. Let’s be real. Social media was NOT a thing when we were teens. THANK GOD. CAN YOU IMAGINE? I don’t even want to know the trouble I would have gotten myself into. I was an early internet adopter and online as a teen, but thankfully there was NO social media or camera phone!

Young and Dumb Before Teen and social mediaLike all things we write here on Digital Mom Blog, this is meant to be a guide that you customize for yourself. When I started writing a parenting blog many years ago, I never wanted to readers to feel like my answers were the absolute answers. I want to provide suggestions and real-life guidance on parenting subjects so that parents know how other parents handle situations. I know that each of my kids are individuals and each requires separate discipline and guidance, so take what is said here and make it your own. Tailor to fit each of your kids. And most important, we want to hear your feedback. More on that, let’s talk teens and social media.

From One Parent of a Teen to Another 

This is from me to you. Some of these things may feel stupid and some you just may not even want to talk about with your teenager. But let’s be real. If we don’t talk to our kids about sex, our kids learn on their own. 

Rule for Teens Posting on Social Media

I read some great advice from teen YouTube sensations Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight’s father, Shaun McKnight. He said that the twins have a “three Ps” rule whenever they’re considering what’s appropriate to vlog. “If you wouldn’t say it in front of your parents, pastor and principal, then don’t put it out there,” he said. I love this rule and can be applicable to any of the social networks! (source: Cnet)

Digital Footprint

We often emphasize to our kids that whatever they post online stays online. Teach your kids about their digital footprint – what it is and how it can follow them for MANY years to come.

Teach Digital FootprintA great example to share with your kids is the recent news about how Harvard rescinded admission to 10 students because of offensive Facebook memes. (Read more about this here on Forbes.) Just because you think the conversation or what you are posting is private, it really isn’t. Time and time again, examples of such play out. From hiring to college to in general real life reputation, knowing about your digital footprint and what to post and what not to post is a lifeskill kids NEEDS to know. 

 

Talking to Teens About Social Media

If we don’t talk to our kids about social media, they WILL learn on their own. Even if your teen doesn’t have a phone, they will have access to social media. This is one of those on-going conversations that you need to have with your kid. This isn’t a talk once, and done. As social media changes, and your teenager experiments – you must be on top of what is going on in their lives. 

 

Teens Online - Social Media is a beast!Clear Expectations and Understanding

I have always told my kids, whatever they do one their phones, tablets and computers – I have access to. I like setting clear expectations and understanding that they cannot hide things from us. We pay the bills and more so, our job is to be their parent. Being a parent means guiding them on the rights and wrongs in life before they enter the real world. 

Read: Everything You Do Online We Can See

Setting Boundaries with Teens and Social Media

It is important to set boundaries for your teens and social media. 

Set boundaries with your kids onlineFor example, an online boundary that we have setup for our kids is that there is no screens in the bedroom. This puts a clear boundary that smart phones and computers, are not in their bedroom. There is no reason for our kids to need their phones in their room. 

Another post to read is setting boundaries with kids online.  

Sexting Pics

Sexting pics is not something I care to talk to my teen about, but you know what it’s a discussion you must have. As teenagers start experimenting with all things sex, they need to know the consequences for doing stupid things like sexting pics. Make sure you read our post on teen sexting facts. It really bothers me on how clueless teens are when it comes to sexting.

What Apps Are Teens Using?

Check out our post about trending teen apps and learn what teens are using and how.

what apps teens are usingTeens on Snapchat

If you are unfamiliar with Snapchat, familiarize yourself with this app. We have a complete guide to using this app. Read: What is Snapchat?

Teens using snapchat

What you need to know about teens using snap chat and other social media apps.

We don’t want our teen daughter on Snapchat. I know, it’s one of the most popular apps for teens, but guess what – nope. I don’t care if you want to see Kylie Jenner snapchat, it ain’t happening.

Snapchat porn is huge and unnecessary. Online porn access with social media could be an entire post. I’m not going into a lot of detail on that in this post, but just know this is just another reason we are avoiding this teen app. (Actually, it’s not just for teens. Adult usage is huge! I used it for a while, but after a while I stopped using it. I’m an Instagram user for life. 

How many teens are using Snapchat? Despite being an eighth the size of Facebook, Snapchat has almost as many teens as Facebook. 

Instagram offers most of the options of Snapchat now and while yes, there are disappearing photos and what not – we are constantly monitoring her account. This article on a Teen committing suicide because of Snap Chat – this is one of many instances that I’ve read about and nope – we just aren’t going there with our teen. 

What really is disturbing is there are sites dedicated to finding teens on Snapchat. While sure, a teen maybe searching to find other teens on Snapchat. There are also a plethora of pedophiles, sexual predators, weirdos – or whatever you want to call them – that do the same. 

 

 

Social Media Bullying

There is a reason online bullying, specifically social media bullying is getting so much attention online. IRL bullying is bad enough, but bullying online – specifically on social media with apps is easy, feels anonymous and is just awful. From comments or reposting inappropriate photos to social media, social media bullying is not one single thing.

Screen Shots - Teens and social media

This is another subject you need to talk to your kids about. Not only do you need to talk about helping them understand that people are online say things they most likely would never say in person. You need to help them understand that what THEY say online needs to be appropriate. 

Make sure your kids know what to do in the event they are bullied online. The school our teen attends has made it a point to stay on top of this subject. 

Read: Why I’m Not Letting My Teen Watch 13 Reasons on Netflix Alone

It Takes a Village to Manage Teens and Social Media

This isn’t an easy task to do. This will be an online going discussion here as we tackle teens and social media. It does take a village. I have a few family friends and family members following my teenager on social media. I regularly receive comments about some of the sweet things she posts online (she is a total motivator!) Then again, I have received a few comments saying “you may want to look at your daughter’s latest posts.”

Embrace both the good and bad, and use that to help in talking to your teen.

Continuing the Discussion

As mentioned, this will be an on-going discussion here on Digital Mom Blog. We feel that we need to keep this discussion relevant and up-to-date as everyday social media grows and changes. And everyday, more and more teens are involved in social media.

What topics in regards to teens and social media do you want to know more about? What advice do you have to parents in regards to their teens online? Let us know! Your input is valued! Leave a comment below. 

As more subjects come up, we will be discussing those topics here – so stay tuned.

 

Technology Tickets – Limiting Your Child’s Screen Time

Technology Tickets – Limiting Your Child’s Screen Time

Technology tickets and screen time. Let’s discuss.

Recently I attended the Activision Games for Girls Summit and a topic several of the moms were discussing was in regards to whether or not to limit your child’s screen time.

Screen Time and the Kids

In our house, screen time is defined by any electronics for our kids. These can include: TV, computer, iPod, Wii, xBox 360 or iPad.

Limit Screen Time with Technology Tickets

Personally in our family, we have a liberal policy. A few rules we try (hey, we aren’t perfect) to enforce are:

  • No screen time an hour before bed. (Also read: No Screens in the Bedroom!)
    (This is the rule that most likely is to be broken)
  • Homework MUST be complete before any screen time.
  • If anyone is giving attitude or fighting occurs, no one gets screen time.
  • If friends are over, screen time is limited.
  • We really try to encourage educational games.

There have been times where we have thrown are hands in the air, like many parents as to how to control technology with our kids.

Technology Tickets

Recently, I was introduced to the idea of technology tickets. These are tickets that are given to your child at the beginning of the week.  A set number is given to each child and each ticket represents an allotted amount of time with technology.

Mom and Dad can have extra technology tickets to hand out as rewards.

Once a technology ticket is used, that’s it for that ticket until the next week.

Of course rules would need to be put in place per household, such as no using after 7 or only using up to 3 tickets in a row. Depending on each child and each parent a variety of rules could be set.

I love this idea – especially for parents looking for a solution to allowing kids screen time but without being overly strict.


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Moms Who Use Technology Tickets

Here are several blogs talking about using technology tickets, see how they do it!

Technology Tickets – was originally published on December 14, 2011

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How Do You Handle Screen Time with Your Kids?  Have you used technology tickets? Leave a comment and tell us!