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
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
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?
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
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
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.