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.

February 2018 - Teaching Kids to Be Kind Online

January 2018Making YouTubeKids Safer for Kids

December 2017Tech Gifts—for People Who Truly Need Them

November 2017What to Do About Bullies

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. Birds of Prey – Falconry

    February 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    February 24, 2018  |  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Zimmer Club
    Red Tail Hawk. Goshawk, Harris Hawk (ages 5 and up). Please join us on Saturdays from January 20th to April 21st (except March 31st) at 9:00AM for the 2018 Zimmer Youth Conservation Classes. The classes are from 9AM – 12
  2. Zentangle the Mind

    February 24 @ 11:00 am
    February 24, 2018  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    South Beach Library
  3. Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

    February 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    February 24, 2018  |  11:00 am - 12:30 pm
    Clove Lakes Park
    Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want
  4. Homework Help

    February 24 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    February 24, 2018  |  11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    New Dorp Library
    High School volunteers are offering their services to help with reading and math! Reading: PreK -3rd grade, Math: PreK to 8th grade. First come first served. Sign up lists will start the day of each session when library first opens.
  5. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Storytime

    February 24 @ 11:00 am
    February 24, 2018  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Barnes & Noble
    Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! In celebration of the beloved author’s birthday on March 2nd, join us for a special Storytime featuring coloring, activities, and more. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled Storytime!
  6. Kids Free at the Staten Island Museum!

    February 24 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    February 24, 2018  |  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Staten Island Museum
    Kids enter the museum for free over the break! Please note: admission is free for the Staten Island Museum only, NOT the Staten Island Children’s Museum (also located at Snug Harbor).
  7. Immigrants: The Roots of Innovation

    February 24 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    February 24, 2018  |  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Conference House Museum
    It is said that the Internet is making the world a smaller place, connecting people and places that were once hugely separated by many miles and mindsets. However, the world has been getting “smaller” for years — in large part
  8. Imagination Studio: Into the Woods

    February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    February 24, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Staten Island Museum
    This week our classroom transforms into a studio for dynamic imagination! Join us as we explore various techniques to make creative projects using wooden materials. This workshop is ideal for those who want to learn how to cut, pin, and
  9. Korean Drama Club

    February 24 @ 1:00 pm
    February 24, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    South Beach Library
  10. Art Studio

    February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    February 24, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum