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Why “Unlimited” Data Plans Might Actually Be A Good Teaching Moment for Families

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

The new “unlimited” data plans coming from mobile carriers might actually be a good teaching moment for parents – from sharing to management.

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Parents & Kids – Set Up Emergency Bypass on your iOS10 Device Now!

In Apple, Cellular, Family, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Software by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

For parents & kids, it’s critical to be able to connect via calls or texting. Setting up Emergency Bypass on iOS10 lets you get around “do not disturb.”

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TheSmartTalk.org Makes a Social & Digital Safety Contract for Families and Gets the Discussion Going

In Family, General, Parenting, Safety, Social Media, Social Networking, Sponsored by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

Having a family conversation about social media and being a digital citizen is incredibly important. TheSmartTalk.org offers a great way to do this!

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HighTechDad’s 2016 Father’s Day Technology & Gadget #GiftGuide

In Apple, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Opinion, Parenting, Review, Technology by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

HighTechDad’s Father’s Day Technology Gadget Gift Guide of products reviewed during the first half of 2016. These are some recommended items to give to dads.

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Don’t Restrict Your Child’s Smartphone, Instead Discover via Monitoring with AT&T Smart Limits

In Cellular, Family, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Sponsored, Technology by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Instead of restricting children’s smartphone usage, use AT&T Smart Limits to monitor and make discoveries for later discussion. Here’s how.

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Kids on Cell Phones Too Much? “Lock” Them in a Book #LifeHack

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

As like many other parents out there, my wife and I constantly battle with our kids about their cell phones and when it is ok to use them. If left to roam freely, I’m sure our kids would be glued to the tiny glowing screens 24/7 with bits of their mushy brain running out of their ear as they turned into little zombies. While I think a little bit of screen time is ok, there are times when it is not. So, we needed a place to store them where they couldn’t get ahold of them. At home, we have …

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Parents Guide to Social Media Apps Used by Kids

In Application, Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan10 Comments

I was recently asked by a reader of my site (Denise) if I could put together a chart that lists out some of the main social media sites used by tweens and teens and if I could provide some commentary on how they are dangerous (or not) for kids – essentially, a Parents Guide to Social Media apps used by kids. As my kids are either in the social media age or quickly entering, I definitely do have some opinions. But, I don’t want to be alarmist. There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not a particular …

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HighTechDad Does the ALS “Ice” Bucket Challenge – #IceBucketChallenge

In Family, General, Opinion, Video by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

The ALS #IceBucketChallenge has been spreading like wildfire across the Internet and honestly, I think it is brilliant. Supposedly, it wasn’t even a campaign thought up by the ALS Association which is a non-profit organization working to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Regardless, the #IceBucketChallenge has done wonders to raise awareness of the disease as well as the organization and even charitable donations and activities in general. The Cold Water Challenge has actually been around for a long time and recently made the jump to promote awareness of ALS. The idea is simple, viral …

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Has the Magic Kingdom lost its Magic?

In Family, General, Opinion, Parenting, Travel, Video by Michael Sheehan0 Comments

My family and I headed down to Disneyland a few weeks ago. It was to reward my kids for a successful year at school and a way for all of us as a family to do something together before we splintered off in different directions during the summer and even the coming years. So, I figured it would be good to write one of those “Tips” or “Did You Know…” or “How To..” or “Disneyland Secrets” articles about visiting the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland. But as my kids and I started doing research prior to our trip, we realized that there …