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Appy New Year

Yes! There’s an App for that!  This is a phrase we are becoming more familiar with.  My kids seem to know intuitively how to find all these great apps.  I am still relying on the kindness of my friends, associates, and strangers to help me find these spectacular apps.

Over the holidays I heard from a number of moms who had just discovered that the wonderful piece of technology they had just given to their child to listen to music or to read eBooks, also had the ability to surf the internet and download Apps! They didn’t really realize that the gift they had just given their child had so much more functionality than they had planned on.

We have to face it – Apps are part of our world now.

The good news is that we don’t have to figure this all out ourselves OR rely soley on our children as the source of information.  ( I am still reeling from the story I heard from one mom whose darling 9 year old daughter convinced her that it would be ok to go see Hangover II in the theater this last year – that girl has a job waiting for her in some sales department some day.)

As a Wired Mom the only thing to do is to recruit the help of other fabulous, concerned, and in-the-know, people to help us out.  So that is exactly what we’ve done!  This Thursday, January 19th, we will be celebrating the “Appy New Year” with our good friends from Famigo (@Famigo), Ruckus Media (@RuckusMedia), ZiggityZoom.com (@ziggityzoom), Carissa Rogers from GoodnCrazy.com (@CarissaRogers) and our very own @maryheston to talk all about apps. Join this amazing group on Twitter at 9pm EST and follow the hashtag #Appy2012.  Follow us @wiredmom along with the other panelists and join in the fun on Thursday.

Don’t be this guy!  If you have a kid of any age running around the house this is an important twitter party to join.  Bring your questions and suggestions as we spend an hour celebrating this Appy New Year.  Get up to speed on the world of Apps before your kids convince you that the Hangover II app* is family friendly.

You can also get the discussion started early at Wired Moms on Facebook

See you there!  ( IS there an App for that ? )


* There’s not really a HOII app that I know of – but we always have to watch out….

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– by Mary Heston

For some of us a bit older we remember Jan’s mantra from the Brady Bunch “Marsha Marsha Marsha” everybody’s always talking about Marsha.

This last week it was facebook.  Everywhere you turn the talk is about facebook.

California wants to make a law about parental access to children’s facebook accounts
(editorial comment: this is ridiculous)

Then we learn there are over 7.5 million kids under the age of 13 on facebook

A 13 year old in Tacoma WA is questioned by the Secret Service about a status update

AND Police suggest Stealing your kids Facebook passwords

I happen to think the world is just possibly losing its collective mind!  This is ludicrous.  First of all we need to start handing parents a couple of cojones when it comes to technology and having them start parenting their child in their kids digital world as well as the physical world (barely any distinction for our kids any more).  


    •  Be Strong. 
    • Keep your kids off of facebook until they are 13.  That is the facebook terms of service and the guideline is there for a reason.  There are alternatives out there.  Be proactive and help your kids use the Internet appropriately.
    • As long as they are living in your house and are under the age of 18 – they share their password with you and only you. 
    • Help guide them in their social networking.  Work through it together. 
    • Don’t keep them from social networking sites – this is their world now – help them embrace it.  If you forbid them from having a site that will be all the more enticement for them to go out and create their own site without your input or information.


You don’t hand your child the keys to the car until they have taken driver’s ed.  Social Networking can bean even more powerful tool – make sure they get the training before they go out on the roads by themselves at 1am in the morning.  A good way to do this is to get them involved in theTeenangel program 

If you are still worried after they have set up their site there is a new product that was just released this week that you may want to check out.  Visit MinorMonitor to find out more about ways to receive alerts about your childs online presence.

My daughter has been on Twitter for a year and a half and has at times complained about the fact that none of her other young friends in real life are on Twitter.  But she told me recently that alot of kids she knows are now getting on Twitter because their parents got on them about their facebook accounts.  She said she was sort of amazed how many parents don’t even know their kids are on these various sites and that if the parents do find out about them and tell the kids to close it down the kid just goes to a different platform with a different name.  

We need to have a more open and honest conversation with our kids about their life online.  In the 90’s we heard about the helicopter parents that absoultely hovered over their kids’ every move.  Perhaps the second decade of the millenium parents will become known as the Ostrich parents.  Time for us to get our heads out of the sand and take a look around.  Our kids ARE online.  Let’s join them!

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$10,000 per tweet? Really Kim?

The Power of the Tweet
– by Mary Heston

I love Twitter.  Even before twitter came on the scene my younger brother would say to me “If you can’t say it to me in less than 160 characters I don’t want to hear it”.  Not sure why he picked 160 but it turns out he was pretty much right on.

Twitter works for me.  It is great exchanging fast info with people from around the world.  And I consider anyone out there who can consistently make me laugh in 140 characters or less a comic genius.

The other great thing about twitter is that you don’t have to be “friends” to “follow”.  Following is a loose endorsement.  The million followers of Charlie Sheen are certainly not endorsing his behavior.  They are just more curious about what the guy is going to say or do next.  You can have thousands of followers which does not necessarily say you have thousands of friends.

On facebook and other social networking sites you are basically endorsing the person or business when you “like” them.  You are telling the world – yes I know this person/business and they are good.  Not necessarily the same thing with twitter.

So, where does that leave us today?

After 5 years Twitter is still growing and finding its way.  In a most interesting article in the Spokesman-Review this morning there is a case being filed in Federal Court over who owns the tweets.

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE (this is a great article including info on how Kim Kardasian gets $10,000 per tweet for an endorsement)

Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter – Do you love it or hate it?  Do you Tweet?

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Wired Moms Rock!

This morning we just put out a short little tweet on the Wired Moms Twitter account  @wiredmom asking you what video games you would be playing this weekend.

I love playing video games with my kids and at Wired Moms we think it is a great way to get great conversations going with your kids too.  So, I decided I would just check real quickly before turning off the computer for the night and see if anyone out there had any plans for playing video games this weekend.  Boy oh Boy you responded.  It was so much fun reading through all the tweets from people listing out their favorite games.  One of the interesting things was that there were so many different games listed.  But the other thing that was interesting was that there were so many different ways that you are tweeting your messages to us.  You were tweeting from your Android phones, Blackberrys and from your iPhones, from your computer and from Tweetdeck, TweetCaster and Hootsuite just to name a few.

We love that you are so Wired.

There was a very interesting article that came out yesterday expressing a concern for kids and video game addiction.  So, remember to set a good example for your kids.    Everything in Moderation.

But whatever you do Keep tweeting!  We love hearing from you.

Here is a short list of some of our fellow Tweeters and what they are playing this weekend.

DoubleD1D 1:34pm via Web
@wiredmom Well, I will be on WoW..

Lyra__Shine 1:36pm via Twitter for iPhone
@wiredmom Dance central we all love it, lots of fun for the whole family! When the kids go to bed Assassins creed x

momofbug 1:49pm via Web
@wiredmom I am so (again) hooked on Dr. Mario! I got it on the Wii by beating up my 11 year old for his points & I CAN’T STOP PLAYING!!!

Never4getLayla 1:51pm via Twitter for BlackBerry®
@wiredmom probably guitar hero since my daughter likes to “play” it – we just don’t turn on her guitar 🙂

theblendededge 2:07pm via Web
@wiredmom #LittleBigPlant and #SportsChampion for #PS3!

LeesaVlahosMP 2:11pm via Twitter for iPhone
@wiredmom Wii- resort and anything Scooby doo

parryaftab 2:25pm via Web
@wiredmom kinect!!!! luv it!

melindamom 3:32pm via TweetCaster
@wiredmom mario party 8 all the way!

SonyaPi3_14 5:38pm via Twitter for Android
@wiredmom – EA Sports Active, working on my fitness!

mundo247 5:51pm via TweetDeck
@wiredmom COD BLAK OPS

maryheston 7:00pm via HootSuite
@wiredmom Grand Turismo PS3 & Dance Central Xbox Kinect (still love the wii but you can only play so many hours of games in a day)

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