1. But Mom!!! The latest report from the Los Angeles Times shows that teenagers are happier with less smartphone time (who’d-a-thunk?).
In other breaking news, Consumer Reports says that kids of all ages who can’t take their eyes off the screens could be showing signs of … an addiction. Again, who’d-a-thunk?
So, if you want to control your kid’s time glazing over, the site for the movie “Screenagers” has some good recommendations for apps that will help you limit the time spent on smartphones.
(I’ll also add Google Family Link to the list, since that’s what we’ve been using on our own kids’ smartphone and tablet ever since my Google employee husband found out about it. As always, I don’t get any compensation for mentioning this or any other product.)
2. Gotta catch ’em all: A Pokemon fidget spinner has been recalled because a small piece can break off and become a choking hazard.
(Quick note: Make sure your kids are keeping all key rings and fidget spinners out of their mouths, anyway. Metals can often be contaminated with all sorts of other hazards as well, like lead and cadmium.)
3. Influenza frenzy: What you need to know. The news reports about kids and younger adults dying from flu complications have been pretty scary this year.
Here’s an explanation from WRAL.com of why kids are dying from the virus and when you’ll know your kid needs to get to an emergency room or doctor, stat.
And if your kid hasn’t gotten a flu shot, she or he needs one ASAP, reports Reuters, even though it’s less effective this year.
It can still save lives and lessen the severity of the flu. It’s worth it.
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