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The Online Mom’s top 10 tech resolutions
It’s time to
turn the page on yet another year and welcome in 2011. It’s also
traditionally a time to set a few goals for the year ahead. Whether it’s
losing weight, drinking less coffee, or exercising more, we all hope
that our New Year resolutions will last past the end of January!
what about our rapidly expanding digital lives? Maybe we can come up
with a few technology-related resolutions that will improve things in
the virtual world as well as the real one? To help you get started, here
are a few suggestions: The Online Mom’s top 10 tech resolutions for
1. Learn how play video games
With the Wii, Kinect,
and other revolutionary systems, video gaming has never been more
family-friendly. You can dance, sing, play sports, cook, solve puzzles,
and yes, even fight off a few aliens! Ask your kids to teach you how to
play and join in the fun!
2. Make meal times tech free
this time really mean it. If you don’t reach for the BlackBerry, your
kids won’t reach for the DS. Use meal times for talking and catching up.
3. Change your Facebook profile picture
your Facebook page more interesting, and that starts with a new profile
picture. Change it at least once a month – you’ll feel like a new
person every time!
4. Recycle those old electronics
discarded cell phones, old printers, and disused desk top computers,
your house is starting to look like a digital junk yard. Do the right
thing and recycle your electronics. You will feel so much better when you do!
5. Stop playing Angry Birds!
year it was FarmVille, this year it’s Angry Birds. There are plenty of
ways to waste time but catapulting birds at groups of harmless pigs
shouldn’t be one of them!
6. Do something with all those digital photos
Let 2011 be the year that you finally organize all those digital photos. Whether they are trapped in your camera or sitting on your laptop, put them into a nice album for grandma or send them to the trash!
7. Delete unwanted Facebook friends
– you’ve reached 100 Facebook friends and it’s time to be a little more
selective. Do you really want to be sharing personal information with
people you don’t like or can’t even remember? Get rid of the not-so-friendly friends – they won’t even notice!
8. Understand your phone bill
phone bill: every month it’s higher than expected and every month you
say you are going to do something about it. There are charges for excess
minutes, excess data usage, excess texting, and online purchases that
you swear you never made! Whatever happened to that all-in, no-extras
plan? Stop by your local provider and go through everything
line-by-line. You could end up saving hundreds of dollars a year.
9. Read more
blame the technology and the Internet for the fact that we don’t have
time to read any more. But we have better access to books now than we
ever had before. Whether you have a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad, a laptop,
or just a smartphone, millions of e-books are just a couple of clicks
away. Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Google all offer a huge selection, including many of the classics free of charge.
10. Don’t become a digital spy!
here’s something we should resolve not to do: let’s not spy on our
kids! While we highly recommend installing thorough parental controls on
home computers, some of the spy software that’s becoming available goes
too far. If you have a well-adjusted teen, then be happy and let him or
her have a little online privacy. Trust is just as important in the
virtual world as it is in the real one!
Do you have a New Year’s tech resolution that you want to share? Tell The Online Mom!
Comment by ciara, posted 1/2/2011, 4:02 PM:
these are great resolutions. i wish we could go phone free at dinner time. my kids are addicted to texting like crackheads. lol the digital photo organization is a must for me, too. i have video files that are all numbers..trying to find a particular one is extremely difficult. :o/ i change my facebook pic quite a bit...i used to change my twitter one like every week lol i'll have to think about my tech resolutions.