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SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019

Growing Up Online



By Tracey Dowdy

Americans must be 16 to drive, 18 to vote and 21 to drink, yet some are tweeting before they can talk. Instead of scrapbooks filled with photos, locks of hair from a first haircut, and finger-painted masterpieces, some parents are creating social media accounts for their children. In fact according to a study from Scholastic Parent and Child, more than 80 percent of children under the age of two have a digital profile. Some parents go as far as creating the profile even before the child is born, documenting the pregnancy or adoption journey.

Parents need to be mindful that they are creating a digital footprint much larger than those tiny newborn feet and, like everything else on the Internet, once it’s out there, it’s out there forever. So what’s a parent to do? Should you let your child determine their own digital footprint or should you register that domain name as soon as that plus sign shows up on your Clear Blue Easy test?



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Music Apps to Help Your Workout



By Robyn Wright

Studies have shown that music can distract us from pain and fatigue; it can increase our endurance and elevate our moods. People who listen to music have been able to run farther, longer, and faster than those without music. Most of us instinctually synchronize our body movements with the tempo of a song, so fast songs and strong beats can really help us get moving.

Most of us have our favorite music to listen to while exercising. Some of us have even created our own playlists just for the gym. But for those that don’t have the time or the know-how to do this, there are several apps available that can help. These apps select music at just the right tempo to keep you motivated during your workout.

While many of the apps focus on running, you can use them for all kinds of workouts. Just give them a try and find the app that fits you and your exercise routine the best.



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Manage Content, Not Screen Time



In the digital age, it’s become conventional wisdom that too much screen time is a bad thing for our kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids under the age of two have no screen time at all, and that kids over two watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day.

Numerous studies have chronicled both the rise in overall media consumption and the correlation between too much screen time and poor academic performance. As a result, parents are constantly reminded to monitor screen time and restrict it as much as possible.



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The Reality of Mobile TV



I have always thought that the ultimate luxury in mobile entertainment would be lying in bed watching live TV on a smartphone or tablet. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not averse to curling up on the couch either, but there is something particularly appealing about getting under the covers to watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones or The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Until a short while ago, my dream of live bedtime TV was just that – a dream. But with the arrival of more sophisticated devices, faster networks, and more flexible content providers that dream has now become a reality!



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7 Tips For Better Smartphone Photos



We love our smartphone cameras but we’re not always pleased by the results. In some cases we might still be able to blame the equipment, but more often than not it’s a combination of poor photographic technique and a lack of familiarity with how the camera works.

However, it doesn’t take too much to rectify this situation. A little research and a few pointers on how to go about the business of shooting smartphone photos can make a huge difference to the end result. Here are 7 tips that might help:



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