Parents: Time to take tech responsibility?

Over the last three weeks, I have read various articles on how parents are being caught unaware when their kids are using their smartphones, tablets or console gaming systems and then are horrified when they get their credit card statements. What parents realize is that they were charged gobs of money while their kids were […]

Mobile Device Parenting: Apple, Apps and In-App Purchases

A while ago I wrote about an app game called Smurfs and how people could purchase an item called smurfberries. The kicker is that smurfberries cost real money and you can purchase smurfberries through in-app purchases. The Smurfs game is only one example of a seemingly “free” type of app game. There are lots of […]

My Holiday Tech List

This year is a bit different for my family. We’re going to Disneyland for Christmas which I think I’m more excited about than the kids. It means; however that we won’t be celebrating Christmas like we usually do so I’m not buying a lot of gifts this year. And really, we’re going to the happiest […]

Do we really need another puzzle app?

I was recently checking out the Apple App store in the educational section (of course) and noticed a disconcerting trend – there is a LOT of the same content out there, particularly in the preschool/toddler age bracket. It may be packaged differently, ie it’s a fish puzzle versus a dinosaur puzzle but essentially it is […]

Summer learning for preschoolers

With my oldest entering kindergarten next year, I’m slowly becoming integrated into the public school system. One hot topic I’m hearing about seems to be the length of the summertime break. In Canada the school year begins in September and ends in June. For school kids this means 2 months of fun-in-the-sun activities, family vacations, […]