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Parenting Bytes

From digital dilemmas like managing screen time and the effects of social media, to new apps and devices that can make parenting easier (or at least more fun), family tech expert Rebecca Levey, along with tech reporter Andrea Smith and blogger Amy Oztan, explore the ups and downs of parenting in the digital age. Join them every week on Parenting Bytes where they will discuss the latest tech, gadgets, apps, and issues around raising the digital generation - and maybe learn something even your digital kid didn't know!

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College 411 with Grown & Flown - episode 163

This week we’re talking with Lisa Heffernan, co-founder of the website Grown & Flown, all about not only choosing a college (what to ask on tours!!), but how to help your child once they’re actually at college. She also tells us what question her website gets the most about kids and college! And of course, our Bytes of the Week, including some amazing new help for filling out the FAFSA application for college financial aid. This Week's Links: Lisa Heffernan http://bit.ly/2QYofOK Grown & Flown http://bit.ly/2R3LpTN Common Data Set http://bit.ly/2R47KRt The Bowery Boys Podcast http://bit.ly/2R6jtiv Bowery Boys Movie Club http://bit.ly/2R1ZEZk Lenovo Smart Display https://go.magik.ly/ml/fuza/ JBL LinkView https://go.magik.ly/ml/fuz8/ FAFSA app http://bit.ly/2OTHibG Frank app http://bit.ly/2R0zs1k Thanks for listening! Please let us know if you have any questions or topics that you'd like us to tackle. And we would appreciate a great rating and review on iTunes!! http://bit.ly/14K7YED

38mins

27 Sep 2018

Rank #1

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Ep. 28 Odd Mom Out

Today we have a very special, one-topic episode!

58mins

16 Jul 2015

Rank #2

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Episode 19: Lucy Hale in the Studio!

This week Rebecca and Amy were

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13 May 2015

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Ep. 42: Screen Time For Babies?

Welcome to Parenting Bytes! The three of us--Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith--are in the studio today talking about two very hot topics

40mins

5 Nov 2015

Rank #4

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Encore Episode: How to talk to kids about tragedy

This episode was orginally posted on November 19, 2015.

47mins

5 Oct 2017

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New year goals for a healthy family - Episode 208

Want to have a healthier family this year? We've got a fantastic guest on the show, nutritionist Kim Mazzella, who talks about how to make gradual changes and set realistic new year goals so that you don't get pushback from your kids or burn out!You can go to the Parenting Bytes website for all of the links we talk about, plus an interactive transcript of the entire episode.Subscribe!Have you subscribed to Parenting Bytes on Apple Podcasts?Never miss an episode!Are you following us on Facebook? It's a great way to see what we're reading (including articles that might show up in future episodes), ask us questions, and give us feedback.Find us on Twitter for all the latest family tech news!

43mins

3 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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The best podcasts for kids, teens, and adults - episode 179

Thanks so much to our sponsor, Aftershokz! Are you looking for the best podcasts for your kids, or for yourself? Or maybe something that you can listen to together? We've gathered together a great selection of podcasts for all ages, including lots of podcasts for kids that you just might get hooked on yourself! Plus, we've been trying out some innovative headphones from Aftershokz that use bone conduction technology, which allows you to hear your music or podcast without plugging up your ears! You can immerse yourself in sound while still being aware of your environment, whether walking, jogging, biking, or just hanging out in your house. And we've got a special discount just for our listeners: Use code PB50 to get $50 off of a Trekz Bundle! [If you click on the links in this post and buy something, we may earn a small commission.] This Week's Links Intro (00:00:11) Rebecca Levey, KidzVuz Amy Oztan, Amy Ever After Andrea Smith, technology guru extraordinaire Aftershokz Aftershokz Bone Conduction Headphones (00:01:16) Trekz Air Trekz Titanium Mini Bone Conduction Technology Trekz Bundles – use code PB50 The Best Podcasts for Kids, Teens, and Adults (00:10:27) Podcasts for Kids: Book Club for Kids But Why? KidNuz Pants on Fire Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Book 1 – unabridged audiobook Short and Curly Story Pirates Wow in the World The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel Podcasts for Teens and Adults: The History Chicks Serial This American Life Slate Political Gabfest The Waves The Daily, with Miachael Barbaro Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher Pivot with Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway Stay Tuned with Preet (Death Penalty episode was February 28th, 2019, with Bryan Stevenson) Still Processing with Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham Still Processing: M.J. episode Modern Love The Bowery Boys West Wing Weekly Joshua Malina on Twitter Slow Burn with Leon Neyfakh You Must Remember This Believed Making Oprah/Making Obama Services: Amazon Prime Spotify Premium Google Play Music Bytes of the Week (00:35:25) J.K. Rowling found out her books helped save this baby’s life. Her response was magic. by Jekkey Benham French – UpWorthy Pocket Casts on iTunes Pocket Casts for Android Sonos Beam Soundbar Good Trouble on Freeform Subscribe! Have you subscribed to Parenting Bytes in iTunes? Never miss an episode! Are you following us on Facebook? It's a great way to see what we're reading (including articles that might show up in future episodes), ask us questions, and give us feedback. You can go to the Parenting Bytes website for an interactive transcript of this episode.

45mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Ep. 50: That's Not How They Do It In Scandinavia

Rebecca Levey and Amy Oztan are in the studio for the first time this year, with special guest host Nancy Friedman!

41mins

7 Jan 2016

Rank #8

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Episode 4: Can you ever be a good enough mom?

This week Rebecca and Andrea are

50mins

29 Jan 2015

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Episode 3: World's Worst Mom and Free Range Kids founder Lenore Skenazy

This week World's Worst Mom and Free Range Kids founder Lenore Skenazy

44mins

23 Jan 2015

Rank #10

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The Momo Challenge hoax: what you need to know about YouTube and YouTube Kids - episode 178

If you have a child, chances are you’ve heard about the Momo Challenge. A creepy image has been flying around the internet accompanying stories of videos that have been hacked by “Momo” with instructions on how kids should kill themselves in order to keep Momo from killing their entire family. Lovely. So let’s get something out of the way right now: it’s a hoax. The image, which is creepy, is actually from a Japanese sculpture, and had nothing at all to do with the internet, kids, or suicide. But the image became part of an urban legend and spread like wildfire. And along with the Momo Challenge legend came stories of hacked YouTube videos and links to actual suicides. The problem for parents seemed to be a mix of confusion about what was real and a lack of knowledge about how YouTube works, what its relationship is to YouTube Kids (which had its own suicide video scandal), and what parents can do to keep their kids safe while watching videos online. Fake stories were shared tens of thousands of times in Facebook groups and listservs and email chains. We’ve brought on family tech expert, and founder of the website Tech Savvy Mama, Leticia Barr to help us sort it all out. [If you click on the links in this post and buy something, we may earn a small commission.] This Week's Links Intro (00:00:11) Rebecca Levey, KidzVuz Amy Oztan, Amy Ever After Andrea Smith, technology guru extraordinaire YouTube still can’t stop child predators in its comments, by Julia Alexander — The Verge Momo Challenge hoax — Wikipedia Interview with Leticia Barr (00:02:15) Leticia Barr, Tech Savvy Mama YouTube Kids app YouTube Kids Scare — PediMom How Much of a Threat Is the Purported ‘Momo Challenge’ Suicide Game? by David Mikkelson — Snopes Five Ways to Keep Kids Safe on YouTube and YouTube Kids, by Leticia Barr — Tech Savvy Mama How to Set Up Parent Approved Content on YouTube Kids in 2 Easy Steps, by Leticia Barr — Tech Savvy Mama PBS Kids app How to report inappropriate content — YouTube Parents shouldn’t fear Momo. They Should Fear How Little They Understand YouTube. by Tanya Chen and Julia Reinstein — BuzzFeed News Definitely not a Rick Astley video Parenting Bytes Episode 95 — Media Literacy: We Need To Teach Our Kids How To Tell When News Is Fake Momo Is Not Trying to Kill Children, by Taylor Lorenz — The Atlantic Momo Challenge isn’t real: How parents can deal with internet hoaxes — abc7 New York Additional resources from Leticia: 6 Pro Tips for Keeping Kids Safer on YouTube Kids Important Conversations to Have with Your Kids About YouTube Content Why You Need to Set Up YouTube Parental Controls Bytes of the Week (00:25:43) What causes a stroke? After Luke Perry’s death, know stroke symptoms and causes, by Meghan Holohan – Today Remembering Luke Perry, the poster boy of 90s studs, by Michelle Ruiz – Vogue International Women’s Day On the Basis of Sex RBG Luke Perry walked so Jordan Catalano could run, by Rob Sheffield — Rolling Stone My So-Called Life Want a Castle in Turkey? You May Find a Bargain, by Carlotta Gall — NY Times Subscribe! Have you subscribed to Parenting Bytes in iTunes? Never miss an episode! Are you following us on Facebook? It's a great way to see what we're reading (including articles that might show up in future episodes), ask us questions, and give us feedback. You can go to the Parenting Bytes website for an interactive transcript of this episode.

38mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #11

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Fortnite SOS: everything parents need to know! - episode 157

We've got what you need to know about the game every kid seems to be playing right now, Fortnite! Fortnite has taken over gaming in a way we haven’t seen since Minecraft or PokemonGo. Some parents even claim that their kids are addicted, and that the game is costing them a fortune! So what is Fortnite, and should your child be playing it? We brought in Chris Morris from Fortune Magazine to give us the lowdown on this addictive game.

26mins

10 May 2018

Rank #12

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Ep. 53: Is Middle School Just The Worst?

Rebecca Levey and Amy Oztan are in the studio today, talking to special guest Kelly Wallace of CNN

45mins

28 Jan 2016

Rank #13

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Ep. 35 :Get Organized For School!

Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith are in the studio talking about how to use tech to organize carpools

44mins

18 Sep 2015

Rank #14

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How to preserve your photos in case of disaster - episode 134

Amy Oztan and Andrea Smith talk about how to preserve your photos in case of a disaster, including a conversation with ScanMyPhotos CEO Mitch Goldstone.

32mins

12 Oct 2017

Rank #15

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Encore Episode: Is Alexa OK for kids?

This week we’re reposting one of our favorite episodes, about Alexa and kids. Amazon announced their new Echo Dot Kids Edition yesterday, so while we check that out, here's how we feel about kids and Alexa in general! With so many Echo devices in homes, do we need to set up rules about how long kids can play with Alexa? How much is too much? And if you do let your child talk to Alexa, which Alexa skills are best for kids? We’ve got some advice and recommendations!

36mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #16

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The “Like” movie and the effects of social media on a generation of kids - episode 176

Clinical psychologist Dr. Jerry Bubrick talks about a new social media documentary, the “Like” movie, and how we can help our kids deal with phone anxiety. Teens today are basically guinea pigs when it comes to the effects of social media. They're the first generation to grow up with the almost constant presence of cell phones. And while it's still too early to really know how this is affecting their developing brains, studies are already showing links between heavy social media use and things like anxiety, depression, and body image issues. A new social media documentary, called "Like," explores the impact that social media and cell phone use are having, and the filmmakers want to inspire us to better regulate our social media and phone use.  Take a look at the trailer for the "Like" movie. This week we’re interviewing someone who was featured in the “Like” movie, Dr. Jerry Bubrick. In addition to having teen daughters, Dr. Bubrick is a clinical psychologist who deals with anxiety disorders. He has both the real-life and clinical experience to not only explain the effects of social media on today’s teens, but to also offer hope and advice on how we can help our own children deal with the anxiety surrounding social media. From Dr. Bubrick’s bio on the Child Mind Institute’s website: Jerry Bubrick, PhD, is a senior clinical psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Service at the Child Mind Institute. He is a cognitive and behavioral psychologist who specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Widely recognized for developing one of the world’s most intensive pediatric programs for OCD, he is a pioneer in using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat children and teens with OCD and related anxiety disorders. Dr. Bubrick has provided direct patient care, supervised psychiatric residents and trained child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists in the CBT treatment for anxiety disorders. He has led workshops on OCD and anxiety disorders, and in his role as a public lecturer he has presented at primary and secondary schools, academic medical centers, community health organizations and professional conferences. He also co-authored Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding, the first book ever written on the topic. A dedicated advocate for children and their families, Dr. Bubrick is a significant public voice educating parents and teachers about the fear at the roots of anxiety — and how it’s effectively treated. [If you click on the links in this post and buy something, we may earn a small commission.] This Week's Links Intro (00:00:11) Rebecca Levey, KidzVuz Amy Oztan, Amy Ever After Andrea Smith, technology guru extraordinaire Dr. Jerry Bubrick, Senior Psychologist, Child Mind Institute The Like Movie IndieFlix IndieFlix Foundation #4 Like clip National Day of Unplugging Interview with Dr. Jerry Bubrick (00:04:15) Common Sense Media Child Mind Institute The “Like” movie clip that Dr. Bubrick references The “Like” movie Resources Directory Find a “Like” movie screening Host a “Like” movie screening Bytes of the Week (00:27:47) The Golden Girls Golden Girls Cruise Flip Phone Events Gunnar Amber lens Liquet lens New York Toy Fair Crayola erasable highlighters Subscribe! Are you following us on Facebook? It's a great way to see what we're reading (including articles that might show up in future episodes), ask us questions, and give us feedback. You can go to the Parenting Bytes website for an interactive transcript of this episode.

36mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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An important Coronavirus update for parents, with Dr. Nadeen White - Episode 217

There's a lot of confusing, inaccurate, panicky, and downright false information out there about Covid-19. So we were fortunate to get pediatrician Dr. Nadeen White to clear things up for us with a Coronavirus update for parents.You can go to the Parenting Bytes website for all of the links we talk about, plus an interactive transcript of the entire episode.Subscribe!Have you subscribed to Parenting Bytes on Apple Podcasts? Never miss an episode!Are you following us on Facebook? It's a great way to see what we're reading (including articles that might show up in future episodes), ask us questions, and give us feedback.Find us on Twitter for all the latest family tech news!

35mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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Teens and the power of social media - for good! - episode 155

Everyone likes to talk about the dangers of social media, but is it all bad?

26mins

29 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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Episode 5: Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media

This week we're talking with Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media

50mins

4 Feb 2015

Rank #20