Posts by Amanda Dellario

iParenting: Is sexviding the new tech threat to kids?

In doing research on last week’s piece on teens and smartphones, I came across a Yahoo post on “sexviding.” Yes, you read that right. It looks as though some folks are already blaming the downfall of civilization as we know it on the iPhone 4. With the preponderance of SMS- and MMS-enabled phones, incidents of “sexting” (or sending racy texts or…

iParenting: Teens + smartphones = a good idea?

Last Thursday, a lot of new iPhone 4 users hit the scene. No doubt some of them were young adults, with parents in tow, to get on the iPhone train, refresh an older handset or replace a lost or broken device. But is that really the best thing? There’s been a lot of buzz recently over teens and cell phone use spanning everything from morality to…

5 hard-working iPhone 4 cases

The iPhone 4 is launching this week, so how will you outfit that cool, new form factor? When it comes to cases, there are a lot of options arriving than just those colorful but backlogged Apple bumper cases — which have a great look, but only offer minimal protection (mostly for that slick wrap-around antenna). Adriana posted a pretty sweet iLuv…

iParenting: 11 apps for special-needs kids

As every parent (or uncle, cousin, or friend) knows, parenting is a tough and rewarding job. The challenge can be compounded when a child has special needs. Regardless of whether those needs are physical, emotional, developmental, or very often, a combination of any or all of these, they can makes an already tough job seem impossible at times, and the…

iParenting: iPhone 4′s already got a place in my home

I admit I have Utopian views where technology is concerned. I LOVE the classic Star Trek view of the universe — a place where all are equal and everybody has a replicator. Technology brings the people of its Federation together, unifying and equalizing all members. Likewise in today’s real world, it doesn’t care about your age, what you look…

iParenting with an iPhone 4

So with Steve Job’s WWDC Keynote announcing the iPhone 4, there is much to ponder and to be excited about. As I noodle through some of the iPhone 4 capabilities, I am wondering what that really means for our iParenting community. Let’s take a look at some of the features: FaceTime: Nice! iPhone-savvy grandmas everywhere are misty-eyed at the thought of…

iParenting: Top vacation apps

We had a terrific opportunity to vacation on the Florida Space Coast a few weeks back. Now that we’re home and settling back into our routines, I’m reflecting on the trip. I have to tell you, it was the best vacation we have taken with the kids yet. Part of that had to do with the location and attractions. How can you go wrong when you’re on Cocoa Beach and…

iParenting Poll: Should kids play with iPhones?

Last week I shared my horror story about my son losing my iPhone in a restaurant. Left on a table in our rush to leave, a few panicky moments ensued, followed by its safe return. Frankly, I am really lucky. Not just because I got my phone back, but also for the fact it doesn’t happen more often. Handing iPhones to our kids during dinner out is a fairly…

Life without an iPhone? Too scary to think about…

I had my first real iPhone scare a few weeks back. I know I am not the first person this has happened to, but it sure felt awfully lonely when it happened to me, as though I was the only one in the world who had ever misplaced their smartphone. Crazy thoughts ran through my head: How will I schedule all my daughter’s Brownie meetings on the fly? How will I…

iParenting: Fly Bernard, Fly! (a good iPhone storybook)

As any parent knows, a good storybook is worth more than its weight in gold. It always surprises (and delights) the book lover in me that the most rowdy, out-of-control children can be brought together and calmed down when you hold up a book. And it’s sweet that the first thing new readers often do is share a book with younger kids who can’t yet. They love…