Have you ever noticed that the longer you have a PC the slower and less responsive it seems to get over time? Have you ever noticed that the more time your teenager spends on said PC the slowness and lack of responsiveness seems to exponentiate?
Did I just use the word “exponentiate”? Anyway, back on track here. There’s a wonderful, free program that I’ve been using on all of my PCs for years that helps alleviate the slowness that Windows seems to inevitably acquire over time – it’s called the Crap Cleaner.
Never before has there been a more appropriate name for a freeware PC utility than Crap Cleaner. Actually, Crap Cleaner is the former name of the utility, it’s currently known as CCleaner, but I like to still prefer to call it the Crap Cleaner because it does just that – cleans up all of the crap on your PC.
Whether you consider yourself a modern Parent or not, by now you’ve heard of YouTube – the ultra-popular video sharing website. YouTube allows users to upload, view, and share video clips on almost any topic you can imagine – you can find how-to videos, music videos, political videos, funny baby videos, and the list goes on and on.
So how can you use the user-generated videos of YouTube to connect with your teen? One of the most effective ways to get involved with our teens is to engage in some of the activities they are interested in – spend time with them, listen to them, laugh and explore with them.
World of Warcraft, commonly known as “WoW”, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). WoW is a fantasy themed role-playing game that requires hours upon hours of playing time to explore worlds, perform quests, interact with other players, and build your character. In-game rewards include money, reputation, and experience which lead to improved skill and power. Who wouldn’t want that?
According to Wikipedia, WoW is the currently the world’s largest MMORPG with around 10 million subscribers – 10 million! As you may have heard, WoW addiction is fairly prevalent. A quick Google search of “wow addiction” produces 960,000 results, including YouTube videos, self-helps sites, and CNN editorials on the topic.
Earlier this year, Samsung Mobile conducted a survey focused on family texting habits. The results of the survey claim that text messaging is improving relationships between parents and teens. Not only that, parents are learning something from their teens as a result of use of text messaging to keep in touch with one another. As a wired parent, I regularly use text messaging to quickly stay in touch and keep communication lines open with my text messaging guru teens… do you? One of the biggest challenges we face as parents of teens is communicating with them. We want to be involved in their lives, be good listeners, and help with the many challenges that crop up in the middle and high school years. We want to do all of this while allowing our kids to grow and learn on their own without watching their every move.