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  • 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

  • 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

  • Apple & Google, Why Do You Hate Parents?
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on November 2, 2020 at 2:53 am

    Most parents these days have the same complaint. Trying to manage kid’s cell phones is almost impossible. Of course there are many solutions to this problem, and generally you need to use at least a couple parental control tools to get the job done properly, but the operating system manufacturers seem to be bent on

  • Samsung is Showing How Life At Home is Different During the Pandemic
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on September 14, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    The recent pandemic has been causing a lot of companies to pivot their business model. The restaurant and entertainment industry has definitely been the hardest hit. Other companies have seen their business take off in ways they could have never predicted. I’m looking at you Phone Soap. Samsung is one of those companies that have

  • Is Circle Parental Control by Disney Worth It?
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on September 2, 2020 at 2:24 am

    I get asked about parental control devices and apps constantly. I’m always happy to provide answers, as I’ve tried most of them out and definitely have my favorite parental control apps. One question I get a lot though, is about the Circle device (sometimes knowns as the Circle by Disney or Circle Parental Control), and

  • Instagram Reels – Everything You Need To Know
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on August 18, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    With the banning of TikTok looming, Instagram seems to have beat everyone to the punch by releasing their own copycat of TikTok. The company recently pushed out an update that allowed people to start creating Instagram Reels. These short videos are almost exactly like TikTok, without the pesky China relationships. TikTok vs Instagram Reels While

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