Recently, Comcast took a survey showing parents across the country are almost unanimous in their belief that disconnecting from devices during mealtime improves family bonding (98 percent), with nearly half (42 percent) not able to remember the last time their family had a device-free meal and some going so far as to disconnect their modems to stop their children’s Wi-Fi usage.
If this hits too close to home, check out the xFi app from Comcast. The xFi experience can be controlled via a mobile app (iOS and Android), website, and on the TV with the X1 voice remote. Chances are you have it as xFi is now available to more than 10 million Xfinity Internet customers with a compatible Xfinity Wi-Fi device, and comes at no extra cost.
From the NY Times – As podcast makers look to expand their audience — just under a quarter of Americans have listened to a podcast in the past month — they’re turning to a previously untapped demographic: children.
Click here for more on this interesting trend.
From The Verge:
Google’s Family Link app lets parents hand down their old Android gadgets to their kids without worrying about what they could end up downloading from the Play Store or finding online. They just have to create a Google account for their kids and download the app, which went public Thursday.
There’s a new class of social-media celebrities, and they’re not old enough for kindergarten. Welcome to the weird, lucrative world of viral toddler videos.
Check out the NY Times story…
“Some parents, spouses, teenagers … are finding that texting [each other inside the same house] can sometimes actually make a household run more smoothly,” according to a Boston Globe front-pager by Beth Teitell:
- “Tired and hungry after a day of high school and sports, Isaiah Ramsey likes to collapse on his bed, grab his phone, and place a mobile dinner order. To his mom. In the next room.”
- “Digital natives who are accustomed to summoning everything from their phones — restaurant meals, consumer goods, Uber — are lounging in their rooms and tapping out requests for service from their parents. ‘Can you bring my charger?'”
- “Parents who were initially horrified at the seemingly impersonal communication mode have not only made their peace with it — they’re deploying it themselves. ‘It’s the only reliable way to reach them when they’re upstairs,’ said Remi Dansinger, a mother of three … They are always looking at their phones — at Snapchat or Instagram — so they can’t pretend they don’t see my messages.'”
From the NY Times post:
A guide to what parents will (or should) be anxiously monitoring during this busy back-to-school season:
Yellow – which has been called “Tinder for teens” (swipe right if you want to become friends with someone; swipe left if you don’t)
Ephemeral Apps – Many adults have heard of Snapchat and Instagram Stories, but what about Live.ly, a rising live-streaming app with a large teenage audience?