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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!

But 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 2011!

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

And 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

Make 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

With 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!

Last 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

OK – 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

Your 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

We 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!

Finally, 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.
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