5 Things - Week Ending 8/30/13

This is the 52nd post in a series called 5 Things. Each week I will share a combination of technology articles and apps that I have discovered and liked in the past week. Anything highlighted in blue is a link to an article, an app, or another section of my website.

My personal concern is the limitless reach that the Internet offers my kids. It’s just so easy to post a picture on Facebook, to send an insulting text message, or to find and download any movie ever made. Without boundaries, kids just keep exploring. So I sat my daughters down and let them know about my limits. For us, so far, the rule boils down to: “If you wouldn’t say it, do it, or watch it with me in the room, it’s not okay.” I check their phones regularly, in front of them and behind their backs, to enforce this rule. If I see something that I deem inappropriate—for example, my daughter often makes Facebook comments that I think are too mean—I make her delete them and apologize to the person in question if necessary, and we talk about the issue.

I love this rule. If you wouldn't say it, do it, or warch it with me in the room, it's not okay. I think I will adopt this rule with my future kids when it comes to technology.

Make sure your kids understand that posting information on the Internet is akin to taking out an ad in The New York Times, playing it during halftime at the Super Bowl, and reading it over the loudspeaker during morning announcements at their school. It’s highly visible, in other words—and it can never, ever be truly erased.

This is so important for everyone to understand. If you post something to the internet, it is out "there" and may remain out "there" forever. A college kid would hate to be denied a job due to a photo they posted to Facebook years ago.

This is a great article that everyone with teens in their household should read. I would encourage you to share this with your family and friends!

The 6 Commandments Of Buying Gadgets

So simple, yet so often overlooked: It’s smart shopping to splurge on the items you spend a lot of time with, and skimp on the ones you don’t.

This is good advice. If you are going to use your laptop for hours everyday, it makes sense to spend a little bit more and get one that will make you happy. I made the decision to buy a new MacBook Air even though I had a perfect MacBook Pro at my disposal because I carry it everywhere with me and dropping a couple pounds from my backpack makes me very happy! Well worth the cost. On the flip side, it makes sense for me to skimp when it comes to a printer because I rarely every print anything at home and when I do need to print something it is ususally in large quanities and I just send it to FedEx Kinkos.

Check out the article to learn what the other five commandments are!

If you are thinking about making a technology purchase, I encourage you to contact me before you do. I can advise you on what to purchase and help you think through the decision so you don't get talked into buying more than you want or need by an electronic store sales person.

Text a driver in New Jersey, and you could see your day in court

Ben Brumfield and Chris Boyette:

We’ve all heard the dictum: Don’t text and drive. Now a New Jersey state appeals court has an addendum: Don’t knowingly text a driver — or you could be held liable if he causes a crash.

A New Jersey court recently ruled that a person could be liable if they knowingly text someone who is driving and that person causes a crash.

I recently wrote a blog post discussing Texting & Driving and I encourage you to check it out if you haven't read it.

I would also encourage you to not knowingly text someone that is driving because you will be providing them a temptation to check their phone when they hear it buzz and if you are asking them a question, they may be tempted to respond.

Senior Tech Lesson #2: Mastering "Twitter" & Social Media

Conan O'Brien:

I thought that this was a humorous take on Twitter.

I know many people that are my age that won't answer the phone, but will respond quickly to a text, tweet, or other form of electronic communication. This was demonstrated in the video when the man tweeted that he smelled smoke, but couldn't determine what was burning.

In The Last Week I've Spent $127 Playing Candy Crush Saga

Megan Rose Dickey:

In the last week, I’ve spent $127.41 on special candies, extra lives, and a bunch of other things while playing Candy Crush Saga (see proof below).

I have not myself played Candy Crush Saga. I have avoided it to due to knowing that I have an addictive personality. I have talked to many of my clients and it is interesting how many of them play Candy Crush and they all say they play the game way too much. I am not sure how many of them are spending money on the game to get extra moves or powerups or whatever it is that they sell...

Are you a Candy Crush addict? If so, I would love to hear about it!

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