S.I. Parent’s Growing Up Online Column

guoWhether we like it or not, our children are growing up in a digital world. Technology plays a major role in everyday life. This award-winning column by Carolyn Jabs helps parents understand what kids are doing online at the computer, on a tablet,  or their cell phones.

May 2017What To Do With All that Stuff!

April 2017What Does This Mean? How to Translate Texts?

March 2017Does Spending Time Online Destroy Empathy?

February 2017 - News That’s Worth Sharing

January 2017Digital Resources to Keep Your Family Healthy

December 2016Teaching Children to Spend Wisely—Online and Elsewhere

November 2016 - Charity Begins at School

October 2016Tips for Connected Caregivers

September 2016Common Sense Rules for Pokemon Go and Other Augmented Reality Games

August 2016Buying and Selling Back-to-School Clothes Online

July 2016Helping Children Rediscover Play

June 2016Raising Kids Who Can Code

May 2016Helping Children Rediscover Play  

April 2016New Guidelines for Tots and Tech

March 2016 Dealing With Distraction

February 2016 Protecting Your Family’s Medical Information

January 2016 Eleven Peaceful Apps for Families

December 2015 When Google Won’t Do…

November 2015 Charity for Every Day of the Year

October 2015 Should Toys Talk to Kids?

September 2015 Becoming Mindful about Photos

August 2015 How is Social Media Changing Our Schools?

July 2015 Apps that Connect Families and Nature

June 2015 How Social Media Can Shape a Girl’s Body Image

May 2015 Recognizing Fake News

April 2015 Emoji Acronyms, and Emoticons: What Does it all Mean?

March 2015  The Pros and Cons of Anonymous Social Media

February 2015  Making the Most of Infographics

January 2015  How Old is Old Enough for Social Networking?



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  1. Baby Rhyme Time

    April 28 @ 10:30 am
    April 28, 2017  |  10:30 am - 10:30 am
    New Dorp Library
    Bring your baby to an interactive program with books, gentle movement, and songs.
  2. Preschool Storytime

    April 28 @ 11:00 am
    April 28, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Todt Hill-Westerleigh Library
    Stories, crafts, and play time. Join us for our weekly Preschool Story Time for fun, fun, fun!
  3. Playtime!

    April 28 @ 11:00 am
    April 28, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Huguenot Library
  4. Toddler Rhyme Time

    April 28 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    April 28, 2017  |  11:30 am - 1:00 pm
    New Dorp Library
    Bring your toddler to an interactive program featuring books, finger plays, action rhymes and more.
  5. Toddler Story Time & Activity Hour

    April 28 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    April 28, 2017  |  11:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Port Richmond Library
  6. Animal Time

    April 28 @ 2:30 pm
    April 28, 2017  |  2:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Join us for this daily program and meet one of the animals from our living collection. Check the white board at the museum for details.
  7. Book Worms

    April 28 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    April 28, 2017  |  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Walker Park
    Book Worms is a program for children to share and develop their love for reading. Children will be able to develop and advance their literacy skills through a variety of fun and educational literacy games, activities, and library trips. Registration
  8. Wii Time

    April 28 @ 3:00 pm
    April 28, 2017  |  3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    South Beach Library
  9. Produce perfect pancakes

    April 28 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    April 28, 2017  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Kids cook continues its culinary vocabulary with the letter “P”. Learn how different cultures like to eat pancakes.
  10. Wii Love Gaming

    April 28 @ 3:30 pm
    April 28, 2017  |  3:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    Stapleton Library
    Challenge your friends and other kids as you play cool Wii games!