Tech Tips

A YouTube for Kids?

Thumbnail image for A YouTube for Kids? by Barbara J. Feldman March 24, 2014

Reports are popping up across the web that Google is developing a kid-safe version of YouTube for children ten and under. YouTube already has a Safety Mode (just look at the bottom of any page) but complaints abound that often the video ads are racy and/or that inappropriate content still gets through. It is not […]

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Which Word Best Describes …

by Barbara J. Feldman March 18, 2014

This Tech Tip post is not a tip I am offering you, but rather a favor I am asking from you. For years I have called the section of Surfnetkids.com that contains my weekly website reviews “Topics.” But I’ve never been happy with this, because I didn’t feel it was descriptive enough. I am making […]

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Kid-Safe Browsing on iPad or iPhone

Thumbnail image for Kid-Safe Browsing on iPad or iPhone by Barbara J. Feldman March 18, 2014

In addition to the built-in IOS parental controls, you can fine tune iPad and iPhone safety by choosing the right browser. But in order for these kid-friendly browsers to be effective, you MUST disable the native iOS browser Safari and disable the installation of new apps. To modify these two settings, go to Settings > […]

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Why is Yik Yak Being Banned from Schools?

Thumbnail image for Why is Yik Yak Being Banned from Schools? by Barbara J. Feldman March 11, 2014

Yik Yak is a new phone app (for both iOS and Android) that is being called a cross between Twitter and Snapchat. It creates a text chat room shared by up to 500 anonymous users who are all near one another (powered by the GPS services in one’s phone.) Its developers say it is designed […]

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Best Flappy Bird Clones

Thumbnail image for Best Flappy Bird Clones by Barbara J. Feldman March 4, 2014

In case you missed the news, the bestselling Apple app game Flappy Bird was pulled from iTunes by its creator because the game was addictive, and the author felt an overwhelming responsibility for ruining people’s lives. To fill the vacuum of addictive mobile games, developers everywhere have been rushing to release Flappy Bird clones. Some […]

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What is a Hashtag?

Thumbnail image for What is a Hashtag? by Barbara J. Feldman March 3, 2014

A hashtag is a keyword or keyword phrase that starts with a “#” pound sign and does not include any spaces or punctuation. They are used to group tweets and status updates together that cover the same subject, for example a television show, a business conference or a trend. They can be used for discovery, […]

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