Andrea is the co-host of the popular Parenting Bytes Podcast on the CBS play.it network. Parenting Bytes is a weekly podcast and site all about raising the digital generation. From apps and gadgets to sexting, screen time, and other digital dilemmas, we tackle all the issues that parents are facing while raising Generation Z.
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Episode 139: How to Pick the Best Books for Your Kids, with Author Sarah Mlynowski
January 25, 2018
If you have a tween or teen, chances are you’ve heard of author Sarah Mlynowski (known as “Sarah M” on her website, since she knows her name is hard to spell and pronounce!). She’s written more than 40 books, including the popular Whatever After and Upside-Down Magic series. She’s on the show to talk about writing for kids, where she gets her ideas, how different books are marketed to different genders, and how she fosters a love of reading in her own children!
Episode 138: You Can’t Wait Until Black Friday
November 9, 2017
The holiday shopping deals are appearing earlier and earlier, so if you wait until Black Friday and Cyber Monday you’ll miss out on a ton of great deals! And where can you find those deals? Places like Tom’s Guide, which have actual people (like our co-host Amy!) searching for the best tech deals for you, including sales, rebates, and coupons. We’ve also got some tips about saving extra money with credit cards that you already have, and apps. Plus our Bytes of the Week!
Episode 137: Is Alexa OK for Kids?
November 2, 2017
This week we’re talking about Alexa and kids. 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!
Episode 136: Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Screen Time
October 26, 2017
This week we talk with Sara DeWitt, vice president of PBS Kids Digital, who did a TED Talk about how parents can use tech and screens to help their kids’ development, instead of being scared of it. She had some great advice about integrating screens into your child’s life in a productive, non-disruptive way, choosing appropriate apps, and much more.
Episode 135: How Much Time Do Kids Actually Spend Staring at the Screen?
October 19, 2017
This week we talk to Caroline Knorr, from Common Sense Media, about a new study detailing just how much time young kids (up to age 8) actually spend in front of screens. Some of the findings were expected, but some were surprising, like how many kids have their very own tablets, and how kids prefer to read books!
Episode 134: How to Preserve Your Photos in Case of Disaster
October 12, 2017
Remember when photographs were on photo paper and not on phones? Do you have stacks and stacks of old photos lying around, not backed up anywhere? According to ScanMyPhotos CEO Mitch Goldstone, there are 3.5 TRILLION analog photos out there. And while his company has made a dent in scanning in and backing up those photos, many people would lose their paper memories for good if disaster struck, not to mention important documents. Whether you want to take care of it yourself or hand your photos over to someone else to deal with, we’ve got a solution for you. Listen in for tips!
Episode 133: Why Kids Should Learn to Code, with Wonder Workshop CEO Vikas Gupta
September 28, 2017
We’re so thrilled to be able to talk once again with Vikas Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop. Home of Dash & Dot and the new Cue robot, Wonder Workshop is dedicated to teaching kids six years and up to code in a way that’s super fun and accessible! Their hands-on, gender-neutral robots are used in more than 15,000 schools. Wonder Workshop also holds a yearly coding and problem-solving contest, the Wonder League Robotics Competition, for kids 6-12. You can hear much more in our interview!
Episode 132: How to Prepare for a Disaster
September 21, 2017
With so many natural disasters happening around the world lately, we want you and your family to be prepared. Here are some things you should absolutely do and other things you should try to do to get ready in case disaster strikes. It’s not about being scared, it’s about being prepared!
Episode 131: Can Apps Teach Kids About Money?
September 14, 2017
Rebecca, Andrea, and Amy are all finally back in the studio! Summer is definitely over, so it’s time to get back to business, and talk about kids and money. Can apps teach your kids about money? And do kids really need debit cards, or should they just have cash? Some of the apps we’re talking about are pretty cheap (one even has a free version), but is it worth it to pay $6 or even $9 a month just to monitor what your children are spending?
Episode 130: Talking Puberty for Girls and Boys
September 7, 2017
Talking to kids about their bodies can be difficult, but The Care and Keeping of You series of books have been invaluable in giving girls the info they need about puberty, as well as acting as a conversation starter for parents who don’t quite know how to begin. But what about talking to boys in puberty? Rebecca and Amy had the privilege of talking to Dr. Cara Natterson, author of The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls about her new book, Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys. Listen in as they discuss the difficulties and similarities in writing body books for the different genders, how these books have helped dads and grandparents, and tips for how to talk to your kids about their bodies. Plus Bytes of the Week!