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[Interview] Randy Kulman, PhD, Founder of LearningWorks for Kids

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Dr. Randy Kulman is a scientist who understands the educational value of video games and other technology. He founded a company called LearningWorks for Kids, “an online platform for informing and instructing parents on how to enrich and enhance their kids’ digital play time.” Dr. Kulman thinks that video games can help kids learn—especially those kids who are alternative learners. In between running a company, doing research, writing books (“Train Your Brain for Success: A Teenager’s Guide to Executive Functions” and “Playing Smarter in a Digital World”), consulting, and participating in our advisory panel, Dr. Kulman found time to answer our questions about video games and learning. Read More

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If your Tween Loves Fashion, Celebrities, and Beauty…They Still Shouldn’t Play Kim Kardashian Hollywood

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Kim Kardashian Hollywood is a free app available for OS and Android, and it kind of seems like everybody is playing it. It’s pretty much what it sounds like—you’re vying for fame in the wealthiest parts of Los Angeles, trying to make that A-List.

Disclaimer—I played this game for only about an hour. I’m pretty sure I got the gist of it, but who knows? Maybe at some point down the road, the story will take a turn and I’ll have to make some tough personal decisions involving the ethics of wealth and beauty.

(Shh, I can dream, right? Edit: apparently you do have to decide at one point whether to take nude photographs in order to earn more fame.) Read More

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Growing up Mobile: 4 Ways to Manage Screen Time With Small Kids

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We are a tech family. My husband owns his own IT company and I’m a writer, photographer, and blogger, so we are always on top of the newest trends in technology. We both have smart phones, touch-screen laptops and tablets, along with our desktops (both Mac and PC), and we love the convenience that comes with having solutions at our fingertips. But with small kids watching our every move, we have struggled with managing time on our mobile devices. Read More