Grandchildren want digital connections with their grandparents. Are you staying current enough to be there – where ever that is – when they ask for it? It used to be my space, then facebook, text, twitter, instagram and so on. By the time we master it seems they have found something new. So I am now finding something that allows me to connect with them and they know I am there for them.
I have hang outs with my 3 year old granddaughter so we can read a book together. We also skype and facetime. My eight year old granddaughter loves to do facetime and practice her charms. My 13 year old grandson posts things to instagram and sometimes I see it. My 11 year old grandson love food so he checks out my recipes and asks for special meals when he visits. The 15 year old keeps me on my toes and teaches me what I need to know.
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Do you need a private way to communicate with EVERYONE in your Family – and no one else. There’s an App for that – SquareHub Family Network. As a grandmother, I am in awe of the amount of coordination required to manage today’s busy family. I am often asked to help in the pick ups or transfers or game day events. When live gets complicated, clear communication is difficult and that is BEFORE you add in the element of teenage communication skills – with their grandparent, no less.
This nifty new app might be just the thing to communicate with everyone we need to and not those we don’t. SquareHub, a free iOS mobile app for sending private messages and photos, coordinating activities, and sharing those spontaneous moments of joy with just the family.
SquareHub addresses the need to coordinate multiple activities each day while keeping personal information private. With SquareHub, every family member on the network can send instant private messages and photos. Parents can coordinate activities and kids can request a pickup or tell parents privately when they will be home. SquareHub replaces the inconvenience of multiple communication avenues—texting, phone calls and email—with the ease of a single app that all members can use.
Families with active teenagers, professional parents, divorced parents, and military families will love the privacy protection, efficiency, and virtual presence SquareHub brings to their daily communication. With SquareHub, families no longer have to think twice about sharing personal details like where everybody is, what everyone is doing and those goofy, memorable moments they want to share with each other.
Plus it appears to be a great planning tool for my brothers and I as we are coordinating help for our parents. Add an element of fun and you have what appears to be a very useful tool.
Did I mention it is FREE and PRIVATE? I love that!
When I first heard this request, I thought it was funny but now I am beginning to realize the change the once simple device has made in our lives and how “phone” is a total misnomer for the device that allows us to hold our world in the palm of our hand and to expand our braintrust exponentially! With a simple google search or map request, we can avoid the pain and wasted moments of thinking and preparing. With social media and text, we no longer have to plan, consider others actions or even think ahead more than 3 minutes because we can just text them. With mobile ads, businesses can target me based not only on my demographics, personal preferences and stated likes, they can know when I am conveniently located near their outlet. With games, we can target our attention and eyes to a small focused area and concentrate on the eye hand coordination that makes Luke Skywalker battles believable and possible.
But should we let our kids “play our phones”?
From Christine Mallait’s blog on the subject “One of the main ideas to consider about technology and children is: are they getting enough exposure to life outside of the one present inside a television, computer, cell phone, etc.? Back in the day (even ten years ago), children were outside climbing trees, playing sports like baseball in the park, or playing tag outside much more than today’s kids. The onset of technology into children’s lives has made playing Wii sports more desirable than playing soccer outside or going on the computer instead of going to the pool. While obviously children still find their ways into the great outdoors, there are more distractions for them now that video games, iPods, and cell phones have found themselves into the hands of today’s youth. Parents have begun buying into the “easy ways” to entertain children and televisions have become new-found babysitters. Is this necessarily the way the world should be – where technology obscures the great outdoors – especially in such nice weather during the summer? As well, what should the ground rules be for children and new gadgets?
My grandchildren are taught that too much TV, Computer, Wii, Technology will turn their “Brain to Mush”
What are your rules about technology and children?