Should You Bribe Your Kids?

Every mother or father has bribed, or considered bribing, their child at some point. Whether it’s for something small, like making a bed — “If you make your bed, I’ll give you a dollar” — or something big, like having a private conversation — “Here, you can play with my iPhone; I need to talk to the doctor.” But should we? And does it really work?

Read this interesting op-ed from the NY Times for more.

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Tips to Get Kids Excited About Coding

Teaching kids how to code is top of mind for many people these days.  It’s clear that large-scale change is in our future, and coding could someday very well become as integral a part of early education as reading, writing, and math.

Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for “someday” to get your school coding. Here are six tips from THE Journal to help you spark and sustain a child’s interest in programming inside and outside the classroom.

Parents Should Limit Children’s Social Media Time, Doctors Say

Children shouldn’t spend more than two hours a day on social networks, according to a policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The policy reflects the reality that too many parents remain “clueless” about their children’s social media activities, and need to pay more attention, says policy author Victor Strasburger. “This is the 21st century and they need to get with it,” Strasburger says.

Read the full article here.

Disney Show to Appear First on App for Tablets

Noting that tablets are increasingly the “first screen” for pre-school-age viewers, Disney plans to make the first nine episodes of a new series available on mobile devices first. The series, “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West,” will arrive on the Watch Disney Junior app on Nov. 24.

Click here for more from the NY Times article.

Softer Than a Baby’s…Twitter?

Parents who create a Twitter handle with the view to hold the account for their child might have the right intentions, but by the time these kids are old enough to use Twitter, will the rest of us still be on it? And will these kids appreciate the baby-tweets posted on their behalf – you know, the ones about diapers and attempts to chew the dog’s tail?

Read this interesting piece, “Is Your Twitterless Child At A Disadvantage?

Kids Using Tablets, Apps More

According to research from The NPD Group, nearly 80% of parents who have children between the ages of 2 and 14 have some type of mobile device (such as a cell phone, smartphone or tablet) — a jump of 16% over the previous year.

In 2012, after conducting its first study looking at kids and apps, fewer than half the families surveyed had smart devices, and only about a third of children had used a tablet or smartphone. This year, 51% of children had used a smartphone or tablet, and furthermore, nearly 40% of these kids were considered a primary user of these devices.