SCREEN TIME APP – CHILDREN’S BRAIN CHANGES BECAUSE OF EXCESSIVE TIME BEFORE SCREENS, ACCORDING TO STUDY

The brain of children who spend too much time before screens of smart devices or video games seems to be modified, according to a study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) released a few days ago by the CBS network.

In 21 research centers, the NIH began examining the brains of 4,500 children of 9 and 10 years old to know if the intense consumption of video games and the time they spend on the Internet influences their development.

The first results of this study with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) show significant differences in the brain of children who use smartphones, tablets and video games more than seven hours a day, explained one of the researchers, Gaya Dowling in the program “60 Minutes”.

The images showed a premature thinning of the cerebral cortex or cortex, which processes the information sent to the brain by the five senses.

The thinning of the cortex “is considered an aging process,” said the scientist, noting that it was not clear if this process is harmful. “We still do not know if it’s due to the time spent in front of the screens, or if it’s a bad thing,” he said.

According to another scientist interviewed in the program, Kara Bagot, smartphones can have an addictive effect because the time spent in front of a screen stimulates the release of dopamine, the pleasure hormone.

The NIH data showed that children who spent more than two hours per day on screens had worse language and reasoning tests.

For the research, 11,000 children were examined, who will be followed for several years to study the impact of the screens on their intellectual and social development, as well as their health.

Discussing the results of the study, many tech experts agree to the precaution that a limit should be imposed on kids’ screen time. One great way of doing that is using the screen time app such as FamilyTime that enables parents to monitor the activities of their kids on screen and also help to measure the time of use of the tablet, so that the educational and training use can be balanced.

The perk of this parental control app is that  you can define time slots in which your kids can use the screen and during other hours, the screen gets locked automatically. Another nice feature of the app is the application monitoring accompanied with the ability to block or limit app usage with features such as app lock and screen time limits. There are many more features that you can check out yourself. All you need to do is visit the app store on your phone and get the app from there or simply hit the links given below.

Cosmic Cubs Learning Apps For Kids

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Summer is a great time to relax and enjoy time together with friends and family, but you don’t want to let your mind turn to mush during that time. According to the Northwest Evaluation Association’s research,  “summer learning loss was observed in math and reading across third to eighth grade, with students losing a greater proportion of their school year gains each year as they grow older – anywhere from 20 to 50 percent.” How do you keep your child from losing their learning or falling behind? Keep their minds active, keep them reading, and keep brains stimulated. No, Fortnight totally doesn’t count, sorry!

Got a little one? Start young and keep them active. There are some amazing books out there, and of course your local library will likely have summer reading programs you can do with your child no matter what age. There are also puzzles and educational games you can play with your child on technology and “real life” touchable options- we recommend a bit of both.

We recently tried out these fun and “edu-taining” science based apps aimed at preschoolers, and found them both adorable and fun. My child didn’t even realize they were learning, they honestly enjoyed them. Even my 12 year old liked them- except the dress up app, but that’s pretty good for an age range in my opinion.

I’m a teacher by trade, and I love that there are these apps that let kids have fun while learning.  Since science is an area that is under-taught in many schools, the more ways a child can be exposed to it, the better.  Cosmic Cubs (www.cosmiccubs.com) help kids pre-k and up learn about ecology, the solar system, and just for fun, a space dress up game as well.

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Say hello to Ertle (rhymes with turtle), Luna, Sunny, Neeto and Juno, some of the 10 Cosmic Cubs that kids will meet in one of three Apps available for Android and IOS platforms, now available from the App store or Google Play. Leader of the pack Ertle is a good-natured cub who loves life and families found on Earth. Luna has many phases and she connects best with the Moon. Juno is playful and confident and admittedly leans toward the biggest planet of all, Jupiter!

The engaging cubs teach children as young as three about the 3Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle – in their Cosmic Cubs Eco Puzzle App (Free for some content and $1.99 for full access) for iPhone and iPad or Android phone or tablet. The App boasts 24 different puzzles.

Click on their website for a bundle of Cosmic Cubs Coloring pages to be downloaded and printed. These informative sheets are ideal for kitchen table or restaurant booth free time. On one 3Rs ecology page, Ertle shows youngsters how to save energy by turning down the heat in winter and donning a sweater.

Download Cosmic Cubs Space Puzzle (Free for some content and $1.99 full access) for a galactic game of planets. Children learn about the different planets and moons in the Milky Way as they complete jigsaw puzzles. They’ll quickly discover the ringed planet, the blue planet and the coldest planet. Asteroids, Meteors and Comets will become new vocabulary words!

Printable Cosmic Cubs Coloring pages (free on website) reinforce what youngsters discover on their Apps. Neptune has the strongest wind in the solar system while Uranus has 27 moons!

Cubs or kids can’t explore space without the proper outerwear! Cosmic Cubs Dress Up (free for some content and $1.99 for full access) is an engaging App for boys and girls to select a spacesuit, helmet and accessories for their next out-of-this-world adventure. Backgrounds, scenery and décor are equally important for a space exploration!

“Absolutely fantastic! My daughter loves the different bears,” writes one parent at the Apple Store. “The dress up is teaching her phenomenal hand/eye coordination. She’s learning so much with these apps! Colors, problem solving, everything 🙂 definitely worth it!” The review ends with a 5 (out of 5) star rating.

kidSafe Certified Each Cosmic Cubs App passed the kidSAFE Seal Program. This independent safety certification service and seal-of-approval program designed exclusively for children-friendly websites and technologies, including online game sites, educational services, virtual worlds, social networks, mobile apps, tablet devices, connected toys, and other similar online and interactive services.

Look for these Apps available now:

Cosmic Cubs Eco Puzzler • Ages 3+ • Free or $1.99 Join the Cosmic Cubs to learn about the 3 R’s — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — while playing a slide puzzle. Kids quickly figure out which puzzle pieces move in position to recreate an image. This app helps raise awareness and offers suggestions for children to save the earth resources.

Cosmic Cubs Dress Up • Ages 3+ • Free or $1.99 Clothes make the man and the cub! Choose from hundreds of different items to dress the various Cosmic Cubs as they step out into space. Look for enchanting themes from Princess to Spy. Outerwear, helmets, scenery and more make this a delightful way to spend downtime with family or as solo play in the backseat of the car.

Cosmic Cubs Space Puzzles • Ages 3+ • Free or $1.99 The Cosmic Cubs are exploring the Solar System and you can travel along. Learn about the solar system, with NASA images and fun facts about the universe. Download the free version that provides access to 17 images of the inner solar system, from the Earth and the Moon inward to the Sun. You can also purchase all 54 of the puzzles of the outer planets and entire the Universe. Children will be exposed to beautiful images from NASA and can learn about Planets, stars and other fun fact about space.

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What makes these so special? Bose frames are sunglasses with speakers/audio built-into the frame. They also include Bose AR.  Partnering with Macro influencers we will create awareness, drive trial and purchase consideration of the new Bose Frames, at BBY.  Bose Frames is a line of stylish, audio sunglasses that deliver a truly remarkable personal audio experience without anything in or on the ears. Unlike existing open-ear products that use bone conduction, Bose Frames use a custom-designed speaker in conjunction with a series of patented acoustic chambers and ports to steer audio into the listener’s ears from the temples of the glasses. The overall result is unbelievable audio clarity and spaciousness that seems almost impossible given the product’s size. What’s really mind-blowing is how full and rich the audio can sound for the wearer, but how little of that can be heard by anyone else, even if they’re standing next to the wearer.
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The New Mojobot Available Now on Kickstarter

It may seem that board games are becoming a thing of the past, as most kids these days would rather play video games or apps. As parents, we can use this technology to help our kids learn and develop skills that they will be able to use in our tech-driven world.

The new Mojobot is the world’s first tangible coding robot and board game that makes it easy for adults and kids to learn the core principles of coding and robotics.

Mojobot is a multiplayer game where players compete to undertake Missions and earn star points. It is equipped with many features such as lights, sounds, sensors, motion, and actions. Mojobot can even pick up tokens, carry them around and deliver them to different locations. It allows kids to get away from the screens and have a hands-on experience learning a valuable skill while having fun at the same time. And the best part is that the whole family can enjoy it together – it’s great for ages 4-99+.

The Mojobot is available now for backing on Kickstarter. The Mojobot Basic Kit includes the Mojobot robot and the Main Console as well as the coding tags, cards, tokens, storybook, map, and charging cables. You also have the option to purchase the Mojobot Extension Kit which will get you an extension console, logic coding tags, additional cards, a book, and a paper origami box.

Basic Info About Mojobot

Mojobot picks up Tokens using a magnet and solenoid actuator. For communication with the Console there is a Bluetooth chip. The robot uses the differential drive and has two wheels and motors for navigation. Mojobot has a microphone which can record sounds and also act as a sound level sensor. The recorded sounds can be played back using its speakers.  Mojobot’s eyes are LEDs that can show different expressions. The tail light can be commanded and changed to different colors. In front of Mojobot there are infrared sensors that can detect distance and presence of objects. Mojobot has infrared navigation sensors that ensure that Mojobot will always move correctly to each location in the map. The infrared sensors will detect the marked square pattern on the corner of each block in the map. This means you can code Mojobot to move in an infinite square loop and still keep its correct position.

Tangible Coding

Tangible coding solutions have been shown to be more effective for teaching, as it is more attractive and easier to play than alternative screen based coding. Having physical coding pieces that kids can touch and feel helps to improve their engagement and memory. Coding and computational thinking is an essential skill for our present time and will be even more important as we progress into the future.

VIZIO P Series 55 Inch 4K HDR Smart TV @BestBuy @VIZIO #ad

Are you looking to upgrade your TV this year? Now is the perfect time, you can get some great deals in time for the holidays. One of the deals that you can get at Best Buy right now is for a VIZIO P-Series® 4K HDR Smart TV. Our TV is on it’s last legs, it keeps getting these black lines in the corner, so we are looking for a new TV ourselves.
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Legrand In-Wall TV Power Kit @LegrandNA @BestBuy #ad

Disclaimer- The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
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Do you have a mounted TV, but dislike the wires hanging down the wall? There is a new solution for that. Now you can hide those ugly TV Cables with the Legrand In-Wall TV Power Kit. It is easy routing of TV power and HDMI cable in-wall, with no electrical wiring required.
You can connect your television to cable and electricity seamlessly and in  style with this Legrand flat panel recessed connection kit. In-wall storage takes control of cables and wires to eliminate tangles across your floor, keeps everything looking neat, and a white decorator plate provides a finished overall look. This Legrand flat panel recessed connection kit offers convenient access to the back of your TV. It is compatible with any TV brand.
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It expands and extends power to a wall mount TV without modifying the home’s existing electrical wiring. It can power multiple devices such as a TV, speaker bar, and/ or internet media box. It supports almost any type of power plug including right angles and wall warts. The unique decorator based power inlet strap provides flexible project support for ganging other connections, and hides both power and AV cables for a clean, professional installation.
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You can get your Legrand In-Wall TV Power Kit at Best Buy, they are available now. It’s the perfect time to get your home ready for guests with all the holiday parties coming up. Sprucing up is the perfect excuse to head on over and check it out- also available online.

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Control goes way beyond voice. Enjoy one-touch access to the music you love or manage it all from the Bose Music app.
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Control goes way beyond voice. Enjoy one-touch access to the music you love or manage it all from the Bose Music app. Want more music in more rooms? The new Bose family of smart speakers and soundbars works together. The Bose Soundbar 700, designed to be the world’s best soundbar, delivers an unmatched combination of sophisticated design and exceptional sound. The stylish Bose Soundbar 500 has a thin profile that fits discreetly under your TV, while its powerful acoustics fill the room with sound. And the Bose Home Speaker 500 delivers the widest sound of any smart speaker.

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Watch movies, shows, live TV, YouTube, and photos streaming on your TV from all your family’s devices with Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player available at Best Buy.
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