Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

What Is the Right Age for an iTunes Account?

By Daddy Clay Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Sooner or later kids have to have their own accounts. Whether it’s email, Google, Amazon or iTunes, kids eventually grow up and need to begin accumulating their own digital goods in their own inboxes and libraries. The question is, at what age is this appropriate?

The standard answer here is pretty easy. Because of the provisions of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), any site that collects personal information cannot offer services to customers under 13 years of age. As a result, almost any popular web site has clear terms of service that state that nobody under 13 can have an account — notably Facebook, Google, and iTunes. Read the rest of this entry »

A Parenting Dis-Kinect: Coming Around 360

By Daddy Clay Friday, January 6th, 2012

I’m thinking about the challenges faced by previous generations of parents. I’m thinking about parents that had to cope with the arrival of Rock ‘n’ Roll or the Sexual Revolution; parents that had to send their kids off to the factory or the draft.

I’m thinking about these parents as I try to figure out how to attach the Kinect Sensor to the XBOX.

If you had to distill the greatest challenges faced by this generation parents down to a single word, would it start with a lowercase i? Read the rest of this entry »

Hottest Top Trendy Tech Toddler Trends List of Hotness

By Daddy Clay Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and research lately about kids, parents and technology. One of the clearest trends: kids are using technology at a younger and younger age. Many of the biggest tech companies have picked up on the trend and are now offering products aimed at the much coveted 0-9 year old demographic. Here are a few products  designed to optimize that protracted software install we call “childhood.” Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting News: Gender, Heat and Kids, Safe Lunches, Facebook, Potty Training, Tailored Parenting, Lying

By Dad News Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Blood Test Can Tell Baby’s Gender at 7 Weeks: Is it a boy or girl? A new blood test can determine a baby’s gender, with 95 percent accuracy, seven weeks into a pregnancy—without the risks of such invasive procedures as chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis, both of which pose a small threat of triggering a miscarriage, reports an analysis to be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on August 10. The blood test is already used in Europe and may be offered in the US as soon as 2012. (Healthline)

Young Athletes in the Heat: Doctors Revise Guidelines Because of recent reports of serious, even catastrophic heat-related events with school athletics, the American Academy of Pediatrics has revised its guidelines on heat and school athletes. They’re published in this week’s edition of the journal Pediatrics. (

Secret for a Safe Kid’s Lunch: Extra Ice When you’re packing your kid’s lunchbox in the morning, the ice pack is just as important as the fruit and the sandwich. And new research finds you might need more than one to keep your little one healthy. (

Kids Who Use Facebook Do Worse in School: That Facebook is hugely distracting is hardly stop-the-presses kind of news, but parents might be dismayed to learn that the social-media site can hobble learning and make kids less healthy and more depressed. (

Potty Training Your Toddler: Is There a Right Way? When it comes to potty-training, parents’ methods vary greatly. Some take a regimented, reward-and-punishment approach, while others ease into it by encouraging poop talk. Is any one way better than the next? (

Key to a Well-Adjusted Child: Tailored Parenting? Parenting advice is often black or white: Be firm and unwavering. Be loving and supportive. But new research shows that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be the best way to handle things. Rather than consistency, a parent’s flexibility may be key to a well-adjusted kid, according to research published online this month in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. (

Lying Is Part of Child’s Development, Study Confirms: A Canadian study says children who lie are really just developing their intelligence. (Today Parenting)