Teens will always find ways to use technology to socialize. Once upon a time, it was party lines, then chat rooms, and now apps.
In this week’s #TechTuesday episode on WTAM 1100 Newsradio, Bill Wills and I discuss a recent New York Times article on the range of new social media apps teens are using, including video messaging and anonymous sharing networks.
In particular, consider printing out family contracts for online safety as a way to discuss the topic with kids and teens and ensure everyone understands rules and boundaries for their online behavior.
Every parent will have different approaches to their kids, but it’s important that you have these discussions early so that you can keep an ongoing communication about topics like cyberbullying and other unsafe behavior or threads online.
Play Audio – WTAM 1100 Newsradio – Tech Tuesday – February 17th, 2015:
WizardWorld’s Comic Con finally coming to Cleveland, the birthplace of Superman. Running this weekend (Feb 20th-22nd) Comic Con Cleveland will feature comic book, sci-fi and fantasy genre stars like William Shatner, Bruce Campbell, and yes, the guy who played the Green Power Ranger.
Here are some smartphone and tablet apps to get you ready for the weekend:
Comics by ComiXology – One of the largest digital comic book stores with over 50,000 titles you can download and read on your iPad, Android, Windows and even Kindle Fire tablets. The app even has a special mode that pans through the comic panels to keep the action flowing as you scroll through.
Marvel Unlimited – Access to over 15,000 Marvel Comics for $9.99 per month. It’s like Netflix for capes. This is a great way to catch up on decades worth of backstory for your favorite characters.
CLZ Barry -This app allows you to scan the barcodes of movies, books, even comic books, to help add them to your collection database through the collectorz.com website. Other CLZ apps allow you to bring your database with you on your device for your next trip to your favorite store, so you don’t end up with duplicate purchases.
ComicBook! 2 – Create your own comic books with this iOS that comes with layouts, text and caption tools and comic stickers to make your own action. Android users can also check out the Comic Strip It! to turn photos into halftone comic book art. Be your own hero!