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Five recommended tech reads

It’s not surprising that we sometimes feel overwhelmed by the latest developments in technology. Rapid advances in social media, wireless devices, and web-based applications can leave us feeling like the digital world has left us behind.

However, there’s one good thing about the surging pace of technological innovation – there is no shortage of available information and opinion. The Internet sees to that.

Every so often at The Online Mom, we come across an article that provides an “Aha!” moment. A lucid, easy-to-grasp explanation of something in the tech world that may be old hat for the experts but has left many others on the outside looking in. An article that finally cuts through all the speeds and feeds and provides the simple explanations that a layperson can understand.

So if you have a little time on your hands this holiday season, click on the links below. Here you will find some thoughts and opinions that will hopefully allow you to say “OK, I finally get it!”

How does the Internet work?

We take it all for granted but exactly how does the Internet work? What’s the infrastructure behind it and how does all that information end up in the right place? Jonathan Strickland and the folks at How Stuff Works provide an easy-to-follow guide on how it all comes together.

How Google works

From the kings of search themselves, a simple 3-minute video on how search works. From spiders to page ranks, a friendly Google engineer explains what happens in the half-second or so it takes Google to return the results of our everyday searches.

For those Facebook left behind

You mean you don’t have a Facebook page? Well, believe it or not, you are not alone. The New York Times’ David Pogue looks out for the many people that have resisted the call of a social networking revolution and provides a handy explanation of what it all means.

The 5 Dangerous Trends Concerning Kids, Technology and the Internet

OK, for this one you will need a Kindle or you can download one of the many Kindle apps. 5 Dangerous Trends will cost around $11 but, if you are a parent, it will be worth it. Respected Internet safety advocate Denise Pellow provides an explanation of everything from cyberbullying to sexting and offers parents suggestions on how they can proactively respond.

Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked

Still concerned about the impact of video games on impressionable kids? Worry no more. MIT Professor Henry Jenkins takes on 8 common perceptions of video gaming and convinces you to think again.

And don’t forget to check out The Online Mom Archive and The Online Mom Blog for hundreds of articles on everything from the latest tech products to video games to advice on Facebook privacy controls.

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