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.

October 2017The Rewards of Having a Wired Grandparent 

September 2017Are We Addicted to Cellphones?

August 2017What to Consider Before Using GPS to Track Your Kid

July 2017 – Is Your Family Using Technology Wisely?

June 2017 – Getting a Grip on the Internet of Things

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. Opera Classes

    October 18
    October 18, 2017  |  12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    Garibaldi-Meucci Museum
    Lou Barrella. Class meets weekly from October 11 to November 15. Please contact the museum for more details.
  2. THE LEGO® Americana Roadshow

    October 18 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    October 18, 2017  |  10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Staten Island Mall
    Staten Island Mall in New Springville will host THE LEGO® Americana Roadshow, a highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger than life LEGO replicas of some of our nation’s most beloved landmarks. Ten one-of-a-kind, large scale models of
  3. Greenbelt Peepers

    October 19 @ 9:45 am
    October 19, 2017  |  9:45 am - 9:45 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, two year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required. Fee: $3 per child/Free for Greenbelt Conservancy
  4. THE LEGO® Americana Roadshow

    October 19 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    October 19, 2017  |  10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Staten Island Mall
    Staten Island Mall in New Springville will host THE LEGO® Americana Roadshow, a highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger than life LEGO replicas of some of our nation’s most beloved landmarks. Ten one-of-a-kind, large scale models of
  5. Greenbelt Tree Tots

    October 19 @ 11:00 am
    October 19, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, three and four year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required. Fee: $3 per child/Free for
  6. Tot’s Time Plus

    October 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    October 19, 2017  |  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Your pre-schooler will create artwork, sing along and listen to stories.
  7. Bouncing Babies

    October 19 @ 11:15 am
    October 19, 2017  |  11:15 am - 11:15 am
    West New Brighton Library
    Come for playtime, stories and songs for babies and their caregivers.
  8. Science Time

    October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    October 19, 2017  |  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Join us for this daily program on problem solving, inquiry and creative thinking. Activities include meetings animals from our Bugs exhibit, playing with solar cars, solving puzzle and games or building structures. Time is subject to change each day
  9. Homework Help

    October 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    October 19, 2017  |  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Port Richmond Library
    Need help completing your homework assignments? Stop by during homework help hours. We are here to help with basic questions!
  10. Art Around the World

    October 19 @ 3:30 pm
    October 19, 2017  |  3:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    West New Brighton Library
    Educators journey around the world with students exploring unique artistic styles and mediums from different countries and cultures. CMOM’s creative arts programs support the student’s own creativity and nurture a love of the arts. Using a variety of art media,