Comcast introduced Xfinity xFi, an app especially for parents to reclaim control over wireless devices in the home. It’s easy for users to set up their home Wi-Fi network, find their password, see what devices are connected, troubleshoot issues, set parental controls, and even pause Wi-Fi access on their home network during dinner or bedtime.
The xFi app lets me see who is on which device and be in charge of it. As parents in a digital age, it is not always easy to know what the kids are up to, but with xFi you can at least set limits and boundaries very easily with a click on the xFi dashboard.
And, I can actually reclaim control and the kids attention since xFi lets me pause connection to all devices, which I know will get everyone’s attention without saying a peep.
Finally, because they’re always announcing new updates – Comcast also introduced its 1 Gigabit Internet offering in the Boston area to be able to handle dozens of wireless devices at once. New and current customers can visit Xfinity.com/gig to learn about the new service and request additional information.
Control and speed – now I feel better as a busy parent!
From the Business Insider post:
Jennifer Coogan puts it bluntly: If adults can’t be trusted to spot fake news, how can we expect kids to know when they’re getting duped? Coogan, editor-in-chief of education startup Newsela, believes children need a middle man to show them the way.
Newsela’s primary focus is helping kids boost their literacy skills through online news articles, but in the months since the presidential election the company has taken on a more civic-minded role. Across its user base of more than one million American teachers — which represent roughly 75% of American K-12 schools — it wants to mold students into responsible consumers of news.
A 2015 study indicated that teens averaged about nine hours in front of a screen for entertainment. In a new survey of 1,800 parents with children between the ages of 8 and 18, the adults spent an average of nine hours in front of screens for purposes other than work. The results, published by Common Sense Media, defined “screens” as TVs, computers, video game consoles, e-readers, smartphones and other devices.
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A UK survey found primary school children lacked conversational skills thanks to lack of parental interaction.
Almost a third of children starting school are not ready for the classroom, with many lacking social skills, having speech problems or not toilet trained, the survey of senior primary school staff has found.
After you read this list, you’ll likely start looking at your kids’ texts in a whole new way.
1. IWSN – I want sex now
2. GNOC – Get naked on camera
3. NIFOC – Naked in front of computer
4. PIR – Parent in room
5 CU46 – See you for sex
6. 53X – Sex
7. 9 – Parent watching
8. 99 – Parent gone
9. 1174′ – Party meeting place
10. THOT – That hoe over there
11. CID – Acid (the drug)
12. Broken – Hungover from alcohol
13. 420 – Marijuana
14. POS – Parent over shoulder
15. SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo
16. KOTL – Kiss on the lips
17. (L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life
18. PRON – Porn
19. TDTM – Talk dirty to me
20. 8 – Oral sex
21. CD9 – Parents around/Code 9
22. IPN – I’m posting naked
23. LH6 – Let’s have sex
24. WTTP – Want to trade pictures?
25. DOC – Drug of choice
26. TWD – Texting while driving
27. GYPO – Get your pants off
28. KPC- Keeping parents clueless
From the Lifehack post:
1. Develop children’s oral language
2. Read several stories every day
3. Surround your children with reading material
4. Encourage a wide variety of reading activities
5. Use technology to increase self-esteem
6. Let them use e-readers
7. Let them choose what they read
8. Help them choose age-appropriate books
9. Make use of gadgets and creative apps
10. Show interest in your child’s reading