Chanhassen author Judy Stoffel wrote "#LookUp: A Parenting Guide to Screen Use" to help parents navigate the child-technology connection. Read more about Chanhassen Author Urges Kids and Parents to '#LookUp' in New Book on Smartphone Use
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. Read more about WhatsApp: A New Way to keep in Touch
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. Read more about For Teens, Trivial Questions Are a Good Thing!
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. Read more about APPetizer: Teen Tenders Technology Tips