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Dance video games take technology to the next level

Much to the dismay of first-floor apartment dwellers, interactive dance video games have been prompting kids across the U.S. to get up and dance around their living rooms—and it doesn’t appear to be a passing trend.

When gossip becomes a threat

When gossip becomes a threat

Yesterday, my daughter who is a senior at a local high school emailed me a link to a website she thought I should take a look at. When I clicked on the link, it began with a paragraph that suggested the site creator knew all of the school’s “secrets.” This should be interesting, I thought. After all, it’s a small-town school and there are bound to be a lot of secrets—many of which I’ve already heard about through the local grapevine. The website included photos of kids at the school, but what I found most compelling...

Mind Your Mobile Manners

The holidays are an ideal time for lessons in politeness. Parents often seize the occasion to teach kids how to sit at the table without fidgeting or how to be gracious about a gift that isn’t exactly what you wanted. This year, many families will find themselves at odds about mobile manners. Will cell phones be welcome at the holiday feast?

Safe Social Networking for Kids and Teens

Social networking sites like Facebook were supposed to make the Internet a little safer by creating a community of people who knew each other, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way.

Pennsylvania school releases iPad App and Starts pilot program

With the advent of the iPad and iPad 2, several schools are now attempting to implement the new “pad” technology into their classrooms. While limited studies have been performed to date, many of the schools have found specific features to be useful, such as the ability to share and access information.

Finding digital balance

This seems to be the year for “digital detox.” A surprising number of people are blogging about digital overload and their efforts to wean themselves and their families from its harmful effects. Even Google encourages employees to unplug during the workday by providing everything from bicycle paths to on-site massage services...

Cellular Development: How old is old enough?

In a poll released last month by HighlightsParents.com, parents reported their conflicted feelings about kids and cell phones.

Are kids listening to music too loud?

Huh? What? Turn that down! A familiar phrase to many, but are our children listening? It’s not easy to get kids to listen to much, unless it’s blaring out of their own personal stereo.More than 3 million people, many of them children and young adults, own an mp3 player, an Ipod or other personal listening devices. Many experts believe that the frequent use of these devices, especially at high volumes, is contributing to the increase in noise-induced hearing loss.

Earn money playing video games?

Parents often use the argument, “You can’t make a living playing video games,” to encourage their children to do something more productive. But that argument may be null and void, thanks to the highly-anticipated release...

Cyberschool opens a new world for local families

Cyberschool sounded like a zany education trend when it burst onto the national radar almost a decade ago. But with 39 states, including Pennsylvania, now embracing online education, it seems like cyberschools are on track to totally transform education in the U.S.

 

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