Simplifying Science

Apps That Help with Predictability. Period.

I do love how mainstream conversations about periods have become. At long last, the stigma seems to be fading, as evidenced by a plethora of period tracking apps.

How Period Trackers Have Changed Girl Culture

My 18-year-old daughter knows exactly when it will be that time of the month. Since June, she’s been plugging the dates of her menstrual cycle into a popular period tracking app called Clue, and has it programmed to send her an alert every month, two days before...Read More

Sexting Beats Sex (Not to Mention Asthma) on List of Health Concerns

The line between social and health issues continues to blur. This list fascinated me because many of the most pressing "health" concerns have much more to do with growing up than with getting sick...

Sexting, Internet Safety Loom Large As Childhood Health Concerns

As more kids use mobile phones and surf the web at increasingly younger ages...Read More

Hold the Phone! No, Literally, Hold the Phone.

I love a study that challenges assumptions and common beliefs, particularly my own. Thank you, Motherlode and Pew Foundation, for reminding me that there is an upside to kids' online lives - and then backing it up with data.

Teenagers Leading Happy, Connected Lives Online

Where is the doom and gloom?A new report on “Teens, Technology and Friendships” from the Pew Foundation puts an unusually positive spotlight on the online lives of teenagers as they build friendships and...Read More

Is the Silver Lining of the Internet Reflective?

I often write abut how kids aren't ready for all of the things that come their way online. Slowing it down feels like the only way to save them from it all. Yesterday, Gwyneth Paltrow spoke at the Code Conference, sandwiched between Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google Founder Sergey Brin. Her beckground may not be quite as techy as the rest of her pannel, but her message carried its fair share of weight. GP suggested that maybe the Internet offers a silver lining: a chance to reflect. She sid that while the web's version 1.0 often takes the form of a venemous download, in it's next incarnation the Internet and its social media outlets can and should evolve to a higher place. I think it's a unique and healthy perspective... but it is also one for people who have fully developed brains. Translation: it's true for adults. Our kids and their maturing minds are, by definition, impulsive. They are motivated by what feels good in the moment. Most cannot do what it takes to reflect before posting. It's why the youngest set don't belong on social media in the first place. Their parents, on the other hand, are ready and able to evolve.  

Gwyneth Paltrow: Goopers Do "Not Give a F*** if the Facebook Guys Think We're Hot or Not." (Video)

Backstage, Gwyneth Paltrow said she was a little nervous. Read More