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  • iPhone vs Android Built-In Parental Controls Which One Should You Choose?
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on February 26, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    While it’s no secret that I am not a huge fan of Apple, I promise I have the ability to be unbiased. I go where the technology fits ME best. If the features it has fits you best, then more power to you. My goal has always been to get the right information out to

  • Troomi vs Pinwheel vs Gabb – Which Cell Phone for Kids Should You Buy?
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on February 17, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    The age that kids are getting phones is getting younger and younger. While it’s been 9 years since I gave my 8 year old a cell phone, that statement is almost common now! Since I’ve been writing this blog for almost 13 years now, I have seen several “kids safe” smartphones come and go. The

  • Family Tech Tips: Getting Started with Parental Controls
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on February 3, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    If you are lost on where to get started to help protect your family, listen to this episode of Family Tech Talk to help you get a handle on it!

  • Easy Ways to Record Your Family History
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on December 16, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    Let me tell you a quick little story. I LOVE my Grandpa, and I miss him dearly. I was living with him when he passed away, so it was definitely a difficult time for me. He was a prisoner of war during World War II and spent 2 years in a German prisoner of war

  • How Green Messages on iPhones are Affecting Teen Mental Health
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on December 14, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Kids all over the United States are begging their parents for an iPhone, and even though Android devices are a better option for teens. Parents are giving in because their child is being left out! I get it. You don’t want your kid to be the one who is not getting invited places, or just

  • Family Tech Tips: What is a VPN and why are they dangerous for my kids?
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on December 7, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Introducing a new segment of the podcast… Family Tech Tips! These are short episodes that tackle a specific tech question I have been asked. If you are interested in me answering your question, feel free to hit me up on the DMs in Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. My username is FamilyTech on all three! Today’s

  • Hulu adds new parental control features
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on July 13, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Yesterday Hulu quietly released an update to their app to allow parents to set a PIN on their account to restrict kids from accessing a parent’s profile. This is great news for parents everywhere who don’t exactly want their 8 year old accidentally watching the Handmaid’s Tale! According to the help topic you can easily

  • SCAM ALERT! The email invoice phishing scam I almost fell for!
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on July 13, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Phishing emails continue to get harder to spot these days. The malicious attackers are getting better at crafting legit-sounding emails, which makes it difficult for regular everyday folks to stay safe. Most recently, my sister sent me an email that was sent to her asking if it was legit or not. Upon looking at the

  • YouTube Announces New Parental Controls
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on February 24, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Today a huge win for parents came in the form of an announcement from Google about some brand new parental controls for its YouTube application. According to Google you are now able to set up Supervised YouTube accounts for your teens and tweens. Although, during this beta stage the option is only available for the

  • There’s a Facebook Group for That: Finding the Best Facebook Groups to Join
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on January 26, 2021 at 2:00 am

    We have apps that can do just about everything we want these days. Although, there are definitely some features I’d like to see added to some of my favorite productivity apps. The phrase “there’s an app for that” really holds true now. With the plethora of Facebook groups to choose from, you should be able

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