COSMOPOLITAN After Dark

COSMOPOLITAN After Dark: Who’s freaking out over this latest story? EVERYONE, I got all your emails, texts, and messages – even one request for a vlog. One request is ALL I need, so here you are – my take on this new Snapchat handle and what you need to know about it.

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Flip phones as an alternative to smartphones for our middle/elementary school kids: a TRUE test.
I’ve always said that flip phones are a wonderful alternative to the almighty smartphone for younger kids. I’ve talked to families that have employed this, and many that didn’t even know flip phones were still an option. Low and behold, a friend of mine (met through her position in information security) who hired me to speak at her company and has seen me speak multiple times, pushed back on this a bit. Challenged me if you will. Aside from being super smart, she’s also a mom of 2 and was struggling with this in her own house and wasn’t sure it was as easy as I had suggested. So we did a bit of a case study with her daughter (a 4th grader), and this process of getting a flip phone as an alternative. Check out this vlog, where she shares her experience – ups, downs, and tips to make this successful. As always, comment below with your own experiences, questions, complaints (only aimed towards Julie 😉). Enjoy! #bringbacktheflipphone #parenting

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QB Allen apologizes for offensive H.S. tweets

Good story to share with the kids – will be interesting to see if this impacts his draft chances tonight. Regardless, even “dumb” thinks you post and then delete can come back and haunt you. #thinkb4upost #parenting

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I was going to re-do this video due to the fact I almost choke at the end but going to be honest – my kids are about to kill each other and I’ve HAD. A. DAY. if you know what I mean. So, here we go: Parents are always looking for an app, software, a gadget that helps track what their kids are doing. Tune in to get my thoughts and as always, please leave comments/questions/thoughts!

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Since the vlog thing worked out SO (unexpectedly) well last week – here’s another installment! I spent yesterday at the majestic, beautiful Metairie Park Country Day School just outside of New Orleans. Due to the incredible engagement and AWESOME questions from students (and parents), I had a couple of thoughts I wanted to address around the issue of appropriate screen time. As always, comment away – the questions and comments last week were amazing!

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