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Carolyn Jabs

When you were in school, kids passed flirtatious or even racy notes to people they liked. Now add a cellphone with a camera and Internet access to that scenario. Suddenly, the scene is set for sexting. more

No parent plans to raise an unkind, much less a cruel, child. In fact, most of us put considerable effort into polishing our children’s manners and teaching them to respect other people. Unfortunately, many of those lessons are being undercut online. more

Kids love videos — the sillier the better. When YouTube created an app for children in 2015, many parents assumed the content would be carefully curated and reliably child-friendly. more

How much time did your kids spend with their cellphones yesterday? When was the last time you checked yours? If contemplating these questions makes you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. more

Sooner or later, most parents lose a kid — usually for only a few minutes. Even if it’s brief, the experience is heart-stopping. And it’s given rise to a whole new industry — GPS tracking for kids. more

Raising kids creates clutter. Most families do regular sweeps to get rid of outgrown clothes and toys. Most have favorite places to take donations — the rummage sale at the church, the food pantry for the community, the drop off center for Goodwill. more

Most parents know that LOL means Laughing Out Loud. You may even know that 420 refers to marijuana. But you may not know that 53X means sex. more

There’s no doubt that some people boast and lie, spread rumors, and behave like bullies online. Of course, the same thing could be said about the typical middle school cafeteria. The question is, how to raise children who will be a force for good. more

What’s the best way to raise kids who spend money wisely? Most experts recommend finding teachable moments. Many of these will occur during the holidays. Like other life lessons, good money management is, increasingly, being learned online. more

Pokemon GO may be the first breakthrough game to use augmented reality (AR), but it certainly won’t be the last. Boundaries between virtual & tangible worlds have been blurring for a long time, & new games fuse the two into one irresistible package. more

For many years, the American Academy of Pediatrics had strict rules about screentime. Last December, the Academy abandoned those guidelines, acknowledging what parents already knew: Screens are everywhere. more