10 Tips & Some Security & Privacy Tools for Setting Up Your Child’s First Smartphone

In Application, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, HTD Tech Tip, Mobile, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Software, Trend Micro by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

As part of The Digital Joneses study that I’m working on with other bloggers and with Trend Micro, one of our challenges is “Staying Connected on the Go.” The study itself is one of online protection, privacy and security, using a variety of tools and software as well as tips and best practices provided by Trend Micro. This is the 4th challenge that we are undertaking and you can see some of my other articles from the challenges here. This current challenge outlined some tasks that we needed to do during a 24-hour period but the over-arching theme was to essentially …

We’re NOT Shaving with a Motorola DROID RAZR, We’re Giving One Away! – “Mother’s Day Special” – Cast of Dads Podcast

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While Mother’s Day has come and gone, and yes, all of the Cast of Dads were able to plan ahead to treat the moms (and wives) of our lives to their special day, we do have a “Mother’s Day Special” after the day went by. And, this episode marks a great milestone for the Cast of Dads – we have a sponsor (Motorola and their new Android RAZR). Let me cut to the chase here – we are GIVING ONE AWAY! All that you have to do is listen to this podcast and then head on over to this episode …

Keep Track of your Kids through Social Media & a Cell Phone, But BE CAREFUL!

In Cast of Dads, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Lose the Laptop, Parenting, Safety, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

I have always been a big proponent against the use of Social Media by children, especially when they are in elementary school. Interacting with Social Media is not something you want your kids doing at an early age, at least not until they can really understand its implications. However, as they grow older and more independent, loosening up the reigns a bit may not be that bad of a thing. More and more children are getting cell phones at an earlier and earlier age. This is a good thing in many ways in that it’s easy for them to call …

Social Media for the Rest of Us

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Lose the Laptop, Mobile, Social Media, Social Networking, Twitter by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

I heard an interesting statistic today that the smartphone sales accounted for only about 20% of all of the cell phones sold this past quarter. I was actually a bit surprised with that number. I would have thought that the percentage would have been a lot higher. Of course, I live in a technology bubble. Not only do my various professional and personal work responsibilities require me to be tapped into the latest and greatest Enterprise and Consumer grades of tech, I also sort of live and breathe it in my day-to-day life. So with gadgets orbiting my mind on …

Cell Phones, Tweens, Texting & Conversations – Child & Family Cellular Safety Thoughts

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Parenting, Review, Safety, Social Networking, Video by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

If you are a parent of a tween (a pre-teenager), you have probably hit the stage of your child wanting a cell phone. My wife and I broke down (or were gradually worn down) about a year ago with our oldest and she got hers when she was about 10. She wasn’t (and still isn’t) allowed to take it to school and only carries it with her when she goes to her after school activities (although she looks for any excuse possible to carry it!). It’s one of those “coming of age” things. My view of cell phones and children …

Cast of Dads: Podcast #2 – “Vomiting, Vaccines, Vacations & More”

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, PodCast by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

A bit delayed, heck, it is the holidays and we have all been pretty busy. But our Cast of Dads Podcast #2, which I have titled “Vomiting, Vaccines, Vacation & More” is now live! Obviously it goes beyond those three “V’s” mentioned. The Cast of Dads is a new podcast put on by 5 Daddy Bloggers. We all worked together on a Sony project (the DigiDad Project) and decided to form a group for podcasting independently. In this, our second podcast, we covered a variety of topics including: Sick Kids H1N1 vaccines Spring Break Holiday travel with kids tips When should …