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The Best Apps To Teach Kids Coding

The Best Apps To Teach Kids Coding

Coder Factory - Dan Siepen

Learning computer programming can help kids develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. It also encourages them to be not only the consumers of technology, but also the creators.

"In fifteen years, we will be teaching programming just like reading and writing... and wondering why we didn't do it sooner" - Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO at Facebook

Coding is an international language and skill that is all around us. It's hard to imagine a single career that doesn't have a need for someone who can code. Kids these days are growing up in an evolution of technology that is only going to keep on growing and evolving. Read More


50 Books That Belong In Every Kid's Library

50 Books That Belong In Every Kid's Library

Common Sense Media

From picture books to graphic novels, fantasy to family fun, these must-read books have the power to hook both boys and girls. Some are cultural touchstones that belong in every kid's library. Others open kids' minds to cultures beyond their own. And some are modern releases that have the timeless quality of classics -- the kinds that get handed down to siblings and passed around classrooms.

Whether you have a reluctant reader or budding bookworm, check out these sure-fire, kid-tested titles. Read More


Why Are Minecraft Videos So Addictive?

BBC News - Jane Wakefield

Minecraft, the online world that most parents simply don't understand, is now officially the most watched game of all time on YouTube.

According to the video-sharing site, the game that allows children to build worlds made out of blocks - a bit like Lego - has also become the most searched-for term, behind "music".

It bears out earlier research from YouTube video research firms Newzoo and Octoloy, which found that Minecraft material notched up more than 3.9 billion views on YouTube in March 2015 alone.

None of this will come as a surprise to the many parents who have become 'Minecraft-widows', desperately trying to entice their children to go on a bike ride, throw a ball, visit the park - anything other than while away the hours watching other people build things with little green bricks on the internet. Read More


Kids Do A Lot Better When Schools Ban Smartphones

Kids Do A Lot Better When Schools Ban Smartphones

CNN Money - Ivana Kottasova

Do you want your children to do better in exams? Then take away their smartphones. (Sorry, kids!)

Schools that ban students from carrying phones see a clear improvement in their test scores, according to a study by the London School of Economics.

"We found the impact of banning phones for these students equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days," researchers Richard Murphy and Louis-Philippe Beland said. Read More


Devices That Help You Keep Tabs On Your Kids

Devices That Help You Keep Tabs On Your Kids

Digital Trends - Simon Hill

Becoming a parent is something very few people are truly prepared to handle. The shock of being responsible for the well-being of your screaming bundle of joy around the clock can be overwhelming. It’s common to feel you’re drowning in a sea of bottles and diapers, and it’s hard to shake that worry that you’re not doing things right. As they grow up, you’ll find yourself substituting one set of worries for another.

The tech industry has been quick to offer monitoring solutions to soothe paranoid parents. Some of these devices are of questionable value compared to good old-fashioned instinct, and they can be eye-wateringly expensive. But, there are also some excellent gadgets to help you keep tabs on your kids, and potentially even boost their development. Read More


The Journey from Pen to Keyboard

The Journey from Pen to Keyboard

Fedena

Education and technology has always been in perfect harmony. Right from the days when chalkboards were invented during the 18th century till the interactive whiteboards started revolutionizing classroom learning, education has gone hand-in-hand with technology.

Check out this very interesting infographic, tracking the evolution of technology in classrooms; for it’s not just important to know where the future is heading to in education, the past also matters! Read More


Am I Ruining My Kids With Minecraft?

Am I Ruining My Kids With Minecraft?

Quartz - Jun Lee, Parnter at ReD Associates & Robert Pasin, CEO at Radio Flyer

We are in the process of making a giant mistake on behalf of our children. With all the right intentions, American parents are depriving their kids of the time and space to develop their imaginations, and the ability to make something out of nothing—the very heart of innovation and competitiveness.

A new study by Radio Flyer and ReD Associates shows the alarming consequences of over-parenting. With the holiday season upon us, parents face a familiar dilemma: which toys will capture our kids’ imaginations, stoke their interests, and keep them endlessly entertained? Think twice before you put that box of wooden blocks in your shopping cart. Read More


What Parents Should Tell Their Kids About Finding a Career

What Parents Should Tell Their Kids About Finding a Career

Harvard Business Review - James M. Citrin

“After board dinners, we inevitably sit around and talk about our kids and their careers,” Dave Calhoun recently told me. “Frankly, we’re often at a loss with how to help them.” If someone with Calhoun’s experience has trouble with this – he’s chairman of Nielsen’s board, sits on boards of Boeing and Caterpillar, and is on the management committee at Blackstone – I know he can’t be alone.

The truth is, it’s difficult to advise kids about how careers really work today and how to get any job, much less a great job. All parents love their kids and want to set them up for a life of self-sufficiency, meaning, and happiness. But at the same time, your advice may be heavily discounted – the world has changed since you were job-hunting as a new grad, and your kid may not see that you realize that. Moreover, whether you intend it or not, chances are your kids will perceive that you expect them to surpass your own success, which can make even the most well-intentioned conversation feel fraught. Read More


Tech Toys To Make Children Smarter

Tech Toys To Make Children Smarter

Wall Street Journal - Geoffrey Fowler

My first computer was a knee-high metal cube that I kitted out with cards and cables. During one upgrade, I generated a static shock that fried the computer and zapped me, too.

Today, most young people haven’t had the pleasure of being shocked by their computer. They play on screens from a tender age, but laptops, tablets and smartphones are sealed things, their contents a mystery.

Now more parents (and godparents like myself) are looking for ways to keep children from becoming iPad zombies. How do you show young minds obsessed with apps that what’s inside the machine can be as interesting as what’s on the screen? Read More


Bullying: Are You Part Of The Problem?

Bullying: Are You Part Of The Problem?

CBC Hamilton | News - Barbara Coloroso

Earlier in May CBC Hamilton reported about a Hamilton woman who had some nasty things written about her on an American website called The Dirty.

An anonymous post called her "the biggest whore in Hamilton" and a "disgusting slut." When contacted by CBC Hamilton, the lawyer for the website said he would take the offending post down... if the woman could prove her case in court. Not easy or cheap to do.

A lot has changed since Barbara Coloroso wrote "The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander" more than a decade ago. At the time it was one of the most important books written on bullying. Now Coloroso has expanded it to help parents and children deal with bullying in the cyber age. Listen to Audio


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