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 161: Should You Pay Attention to Video Game Ratings?
June 24, 2018
Our co-host Amy Oztan wrote an in-depth article for Tom’s Hardware about the ESRB, which rates video games. Should you pay attention to those ratings? Do they have any resemblance to reality? Listen in and find out!
Episode 160: When Should Your Kids Start Using a Computer?
June 7, 2018
Are you wondering how young is too young to sit at a computer? Christy Matte, of ChristyMatte.com and Quirky Fusion, has written a guide for Tom’s Hardware titled “What’s the Right Age to Introduce Your Kid to Computers?” and she covers it all! What are the benefits? What are the drawbacks? What should you be teaching at each stage, and what should you be looking out for?
Episode 159: Great Summer Books for Your Teens and Tweens
May 24, 2018
We love our annual Summer Reading episode with Sandie Chen! We’ve got your kids’ summer reading lists done, with this diverse group of books for every teen and tween interest. From fantasy to space adventures to romance to a Civil War story with zombies, Sandie has brought us a little bit of everything! Plus, we talk about the benefits of listening to books with your kids. And, our Bytes of the Week!
Episode 158: How to Pay for College Without Going Broke
May 17, 2018
If you have kids, college costs will probably be looming at some point. But how do you pay for it without going broke? We’re talking with special guest Kim Moldofsky about different ways to pay for college, and other options that can help ease the financial pain.
Episode 157: Fortnite SOS – Everything Parents Need To Know!
May 10, 2018
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.
Episode 156: New Apps And Devices Just For Kids!
May 3, 2018
From trusted channels on YouTube, to a kids’ Kindle that adults can use too, to a special kid version of the Amazon Echo Dot, there are lots of options with Parental Controls for parents who want them. (But do parents want them?) You might want to mute your Alexa if she can hear this episode – we say her name a lot!!
Episode 155: Teens And The Power Of Social Media – For Good!
March 29, 2018
Everyone likes to talk about the dangers of social media, especially for young people, but is it all bad? Of course not! So we’re highlighting some of the ways in which social media is good for teens – and the rest of us.
Episode 154: How to Keep Your Facebook Data Safe From Sneaky Companies
March 22, 2018
Companies like Cambridge Analytica take your info from Facebook and use it in ways you’ve probably never even thought of. We’ll tell you what’s happening, and how to keep your Facebook data safe.
Episode 152: How to Feed Our Democracy
March 8, 2018
Have you ever wanted to hold a fundraiser, or organize a sign-making party, or host a letter-writing lunch? There’s a new website to help you gather friends (and make new ones), with everything from recipes and ideas, to help with fundraising and follow-up materials. We’re talking with Feed Our Democracy co-founder Nancy Friedman about her new website, and how it can help you make change in your own community.
Episode 150: How Kids Can Get Into Their Dream School
February 22, 2018
Rebecca and Amy had a fantastic conversation with Elizabeth Dankoski, founder of The Dream School Project. How can your child get into his dream school? What makes a college essay stand out? What should you be doing to help your child through the college application process? Are expensive schools worth the debt? We took your questions and handed them over to an expert!
Episode 149: The Best Smart Home Products from CES
February 16, 2018
Andrea and Amy went to CES last month and came back with a ton of great recommendations for your smart home! From easy-to-install starter products to advanced smart home items like voice-controlled showers, they’ve got ideas for every budget. Plus, a special interview with Anthony Zirfas of Samsung, with easy ways to integrate Samsung SmartThings into your home!