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  • 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

  • Family Tech Live 2: Interview with Boomerang Parental Control Creator, Justin Payeur
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on August 24, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Today I interview Justin Payeur, owner and co-creator of the Boomerang Parental Control app. It is by far my favorite parental control app to help keep kids safe with the technology you hand over to them. Justin and Sarah discuss technology and kids, rules, and how they have changed in this new pandemic.

  • 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

  • 205: Kids Back to School Online Tech & Hamilton Breakdown
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on August 17, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Emilee and Sarah talk back to school tech, in light of heading to school online! We also breakdown the Disney+ release of the Broadway play, Hamilton!

  • Family Tech Live 1: Live Interview with Verizon’s Ethan Arenson
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on August 5, 2020 at 2:55 am

    Today I kick off a new series in my podcast called Family Tech Live. These are live interviews with the people making technology happen. The interviews are live on Instagram every Monday at 1 PM PST. This week I interviewed Ethan Arenson, head of Digital Safety at Verizon. We talk all about kids and technology

  • Rocketbook Joins Forces with PandaPlanner
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on July 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    If you haven’t used a Rocketbook yet, you are severely missing out. As a mostly digital girl, I have to say that sometimes it’s easier to just use a pen and paper. However, I still want the ability to record those notes digitally to search through them later even if I don’t have my paper

  • Spotify Kids Walkthrough
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on June 15, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    Many parents have a hard time allowing their children access to Spotify. There are a TON of inappropriate songs and podcasts that kids can stumble across or search out within an app like Spotify. Recently Spotify released a new app called Spotify Kids. The app has a curated selection of content that are age appropriate

  • How to Combat Subscription Fatigue
    by Sarah Werle Kimmel on June 14, 2020 at 4:40 pm

    I know this post comes just one day after I mentioned how everyone who uses Marco Polo (and I mean, if you aren’t using it yet, what are you waiting for???) should sign up for a Plus subscription, but it did get me thinking about subscription fatigue. Back in the day, you would pay for

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