For kids, especially in college, I can’t help but recommend WhatsApp, a lightweight messaging service that sends texts through the internet rather than phone lines. It’s great if you don’t have a mobile messaging plan or are texting out of the country (take note students who are studying abroad!), and those with an Android phone might be pleased to hear there’s a simple alternative to Apple’s competing iMessage. If not everyone in your family (or friends group) has an iPhone, it might make sense to transition to WhatsApp, with its rapid messaging and photo sharing abilities.
If you see your kid race to the phone at the strike of 8 p.m., he or she is probably playing HQ Trivia. HQ is the latest trivia app to take the world by storm—this time with a unique twist. Rather than playing at your leisure, the questions only become available twice a day, with everyone around the country answering questions at the same time. Think of it as a modern Jeopardy! The allure partially comes from the promise of prize money after successfully answering the 12 questions offered, which HQ boasts as much as $25,000.
Co-founders Sascha Mornell and Rafael Collado wondered if they could allow anyone to experience the blissful joy of being on a boat. From there, they invented GetMyBoat, an app listing over 108,000 boat rentals ranging from pontoons to houseboats in 184 different countries. The app even offers activities like sailing lessons and kayaking trips.
Clients can search by location, type of boat, price or number of people that need to be accommodated to find a boat nearby.
In this fast-paced world where cultural trends shift swiftly with time, it can be difficult for parents to relate with their children across their technological generation gap. Luke Igel recommends an app that invites parents into their children’s worlds. “I recommend Snapchat,” he says. “Most kids are using it. It lets you send super quick and concise pictures and messages to your friends, and a new feature even updates you with your kids’ locations in real time.” Stop right there. That new element alone is enough to download Snapchat.