How I Barely Survived When My Hard Drive Died

Hard drives can die, apparently. Mine did this week, without any warning. It's not like it had been suffering a cough for a while, or experiencing aches and pains, or giving off some other indication that it wasn't feeling well. The entire head...When my hard drive died, I cried. I ran scans. I called my mom.

Little Cyborgs Leave Their Elders in the Dust When it Comes to Technology

Kids use their phones for much more than just talking. Credit: Getty
"I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen."
-- HAL 9000 (from "2001: A Space Odyssey") O...
Kids increasingly have mobile devices and -- eek! -- know how to use them.

Are Your Children Obsessed With Technology?

Forget this -- I want an iPhone. Credit: Corbis
An article in USA Today says that children, some only a year old, are more comfortable with iPhone apps than their parents. Some of these techno tykes are even asking for their own iPad for the holi...

Kids May Be Away at College, but More Parents Are Keeping Them Close Through Chat

Is he calling? Oh, it's Mom. Again. Credit: Getty Images
You'll need quarters for the laundry machines. And definitely shower slippers and a bath caddy. Highlighter pens and notebooks? Better stock up on those, too. Oh, and sweetie, whatever yo...

Opinion: How Will Technology Change Our Kids?

How is technology changing our kids? Credit: Jamie Madigan, Flickr
We know that technology is advancing faster than ever before. But what do those changes mean for our kids? And should it change how we approach parenting? A recent essay by Bra...

Teachers Using Cell Phones As Educational Tool

Students once banned from using their cell phones in class are now being asked to use them for school work. Credit: khedara, Flickr.
Teachers who once viewed cell phones as their natural enemy are now embracing them as a technological tool that c...

Cyber Bullying and How to Stop it

Cyber bullying is abuse that takes place through the use of information and communication technologies. Cyber bullies use social networking sites, chat rooms, cell phones, text, email and more to threaten, abuse and bully their victims. A victim of c...

So Much For Penmanship, School Replaces Cursive With Keyboarding

Should handwriting be taught in school? Credit: Jupiterimages
In another knockout to the handwritten note, keyboarding lessons are replacing time spent learning cursive in the Brownsburg, Ind. school district. Parents of third-graders in t...

Jon and Kate, Class Rings for Kindergartners and More - Links We Love

Is it a boy or a girl? A new at-home test might give you the answer. Photo courtesy The latest in home pregnancy tests: Finding out if your baby is a boy or a girl. The test claims to be 90 percent effective. A good idea? Or wait for the...

Good Housekeeping's Very Innovative Products

Good Housekeeping, like many magazines, gets inundated with new products that manufacturers hope they will review favorably. Some they do and, of course, some they don't. Each year, however, some of those products stand out from the rest. Now, Good H...

Girls More Tech-Savvy Than Boys

Moms are the most tech-savvy people in the family, and more than 94 percent of girls have used a laptop or computer, compared to 88 percent of boys, according to a new British survey. The poll included more than 4,000 children ages six to 14 and a...

Favorite Holiday Toys of Yore

They just don't make toys like they used to. I'm all for advances in technology and whatnot, but I really appreciate--and miss--the quality and craftsmanship of the toys that were around when I was a kid. They seemed to be built better, last lo...

Did Your Parents Become the Grandparents You Thought They'd Be?

For most of us, there was a point at which it was hard for us to imagine ourselves as parents. And, possibly, in the farthest recesses of our minds, it was even harder for us to imagine our own parents as grandparents. Inevitably, as we became more ...

Technology Overload

Through both necessary replacement and holiday gifts, our household was swamped with new technology last year. Over the course of a few weeks we amassed: a washer and dryer, a printer/copier/scanner, Wii system, HD television, and for the first tim...

Text messaging keeps families in touch

More than once, my husband has called me from his cellphone -- while we're both inside the house. It exasperates me to no end, but he just shrugs and says it's easier than yelling for me from another room. According to the Pew Internet & American...


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