What Your Kids Really Think About Your Career

Kids say the darndest things about their parents’ careers and professional choices.

Fast Company interviewed 11 kids of working parents to find out what they really think about their parents’ jobs.

<p>We interviewed 11 kids of working parents to find out what they really think about their parents jobs.</p>

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Keeping Kids Connected During Long Winter Days

From snow days to holiday breaks, kids will be off from school often over the next few months. And with the inclement weather, this means they are inside, itching for something to do. Instead of watching TV or fighting with siblings, using the Internet is a more interactive, productive choice for kids of all ages.

Unfortunately about 30 percent of Americans, many of whom live below the poverty line, don’t have Internet access in their homes. To help connect these families to the Internet, Comcast is offering a low-cost broadband adoption program called Internet Essentials.

Internet Essentials offers families with at least one child eligible for the National School Lunch Program Internet for $9.95 a month; the option to buy a laptop or desktop computer for less than $150; and access to digital literacy training online, in person or in print.

With a service such as this, kids can connect to fun online educational activities for free while they are off from school, and they can keep up with their assignments and stay connected to teachers and classmates. This way, they are not only keeping busy, but they are learning.  Here are a few cool sites:

–          Khan Academy (khanacademy.org): Get a personalized experience in math, biology, economics, computer science, art history and more.

–          PBS Kids (pbskids.org): Find learning games associated with your favorite PBS Kids characters like Clifford, Curious George and The Cat in the Hat.

–          FunBrain (funbrain.com): Access a ton of activities; read books and comics; and play mad libs, math baseball and tic tac toe.

Plus, the whole family can use Internet at home this winter to stay in touch with loved ones, search for new healthy recipes to start the year off right, fill out tax returns and apply for financial aid.

So far, more than 350,000 families, or about 1.4 million low-income Americans, have been connected to the power of the Internet through Internet Essentials. There is also a new amnesty program for families who would qualify for the program, but have a past due balance. If they meet all other eligibility criteria, Comcast will offer amnesty for a bill that is more than one year old in order for that family to be eligible.

To learn more or apply, visit www.InternetEssentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376, or for Spanish, visit www.InternetBasico.com or call 1-855-765-6995. Educators and third parties can visit www.InternetEssentials.com/Partner.

Comcast Integrates Common Sense Media Ratings and Reviews

Comcast has integrated Common Sense Media ratings and reviews into its Xfinity TV Go website to help parents determine what content is appropriate for different ages. These ratings are based on developmental guidelines culled from some of the nation’s leading authorities.   Comcast is also integrating Common Sense Media’s ratings and reviews directly onto the TV via its X1 Entertainment Operating System.

Kids’ Smartphone, Tablet Usage Increasing

According to this MediaPost article, seventy-one percent of households in 2014 with a child between the ages of 4 and 14 own a smartphone, compared with 55% of household ownership in 2012. Ownership of tablets doubled in the same period, growing from 21% in 2012 to 32% in 2014.

Among those families with kids, 35% said their child uses a smartphone (up from 21% in 2012) and 31% use tablets, up from 13% in 2012.

Coach Leo Turns Tablet Into Activity Center for Kids

As the end of summer draws near and the playgrounds make way for the classrooms, friend of Tablettoddlers Matt Eppedio has announced the launch of Coach Leo Kids, a live action/animated show that he’s been developing with Sam Skoryna and John Skoryna.
Applying the creative techniques developed and taught at the wildly popular classes of Lionheart Fitness Kids, their mission is to turn your TV, computer, or tablet into an activity center for your kids with a live action/animated show that will engage every child into an active and healthy lifestyle.
Coach Leo Kids

Podcast Interview with Jason Boog on “Born Reading”

From Tablettoddlers friend Chris Kenneally of the popular podcast, Beyond the Book:

As foundational as it is to our lives, reading is not natural. Reading must be learned, and that means it must be taught. Whether a child enters through the printed page or a digital screen, the world of words promises rich rewards.

Author of Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital AgeJason Boog insists there is much a parent can do to make that world of words a more welcoming place. He has assembled what amounts to a playbook for coaching and coaxing children to be lifelong learners.

The key, Boog tells Chris Kenneally, is for parents to learn how to read to their sons and daughters. The method is simple: be interactive.

Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age“Interactive reading will give you ways to talk to your children about books, apps, TV shows, or even video games,” Boog says. “They will help you raise a media-savvy child capable of analyzing complex stories on college entrance exams, but they will also show your child how to choose the best books, movies, and games in a world cluttered with useless media.”

As publishing editor for Mediabistro, Jason Boog previously led the GalleyCat and AppNewser blogs. He now works in Hollywood at True Pictures as director of its story investigation department.