Infographic: Managing Today’s Wireless Family 


A recent study conducted by CTIA, the wireless industry trade association, found that children 11 years and younger most often use tablets to play games, promote learning, and for travel or restaurant entertainment. 22 percent of parents have given their kids a mobile device to keep them occupied. But before handing over your iPad, CTIA suggests that parents use tools provided by wireless service providers to filter content and manage how kids access games, apps, and the Internet. Check out the below infographic for more findings. Verizon customers can click here to learn more about parental control. From setting data usage limits to blocking calls and texts, you have the power to control it all with Verizon Family Safeguards & Controls.

Infographic: Managing Today’s Wireless Family 

A recent study conducted by CTIA, the wireless industry trade association, found that children 11 years and younger most often use tablets to play games, promote learning, and for travel or restaurant entertainment. 22 percent of parents have given their kids a mobile device to keep them occupied. But before handing over your iPad, CTIA suggests that parents use tools provided by wireless service providers to filter content and manage how kids access games, apps, and the Internet. Check out the below infographic for more findings. Verizon customers can click here to learn more about parental control. From setting data usage limits to blocking calls and texts, you have the power to control it all with Verizon Family Safeguards & Controls.

Join Verizon and The Online Mom TONIGHT For A Smartphone Safety Twitter Chat Reminder! Verizon Wireless and The Online Mom will be hosting a smartphone safety Twitter chat at 9pm ET tonight.For more on the event visit the Online Mom:http://www.theonlinemom.com/secondary.asp?id=2360&t=smartphone-safety-infographic-
For more information about Verizon’s Safeguards, please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/safeguards

Join Verizon and The Online Mom TONIGHT For A Smartphone Safety Twitter Chat

Reminder! Verizon Wireless and The Online Mom will be hosting a smartphone safety Twitter chat at 9pm ET tonight.

For more on the event visit the Online Mom:http://www.theonlinemom.com/secondary.asp?id=2360&t=smartphone-safety-infographic-

For more information about Verizon’s Safeguards, please visit: www.verizonwireless.com/safeguards

Stress-Free Shopping Is Just a Click Away

Parents who have spent the last few weeks back to school shopping for clothes and supplies can attest that shopping can be stressful. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a growing number of shoppers are avoiding the crowds and making mobile commerce part of their shopping routine.

Recognizing this trend, Verizon and Amazon will offer a suite of Amazon-owned shopping apps directly to customers on certain Verizon Wireless Android smartphones. Retail apps like those offered by Amazon are another way wireless users can customize their smartphones and bring the convenience of online shopping right to their mobile device.  

Click through for a list of apps.

Have you found great apps to use to shop directly from your mobile device? Reblog this and tell us what apps you use!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Kids Go Gaga Over Tablets

More than half of children between the ages of five and eight have already used tablets to play or learn, according to research. Tablets are permeating family life, too; in households that own a device, kids 12 and under get their hands on it more often than adults. Check out the infographic below to see what kids are using them for most

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When setting your kids up with their new gadget, don’t forget to research your options for parental controls to ensure safe and appropriate use. To learn more about VZW’s offerings including content filters, family locator and usage controls, click here.

HopeLine from Verizon Presents Financial Grant to Resources for Children with Special Needs

Through HopeLine, Verizon Wireless has donated $7,500 to Resources for Children with Special Needs. RCSN works with New York families throughout the five boroughs who have children with disabilities and other special needs to help them understand, navigate, and access the services needed to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop their full potential.

"We are very grateful for the grant from HopeLine from Verizon," said Rachel Howard, Executive Director of RCSN. "It will allow us to expand our current educational programs and ensure that more NYC families affected by domestic violence have the chance to heal and grow together."

After surgery, a robot may be at your side In quest for efficiency, savings, hospital is testing at-home mechanical monitors

When Erin Tally took Aidan, her 2-year-old son, home from Children’s Hospital Boston on the day after his urinary surgery, she brought along a new friend: a 4-foot-6, 17-pound, two-wheeled robot to help care for her recovering child. Overthe course of  two weeks and five video consultations, the robot, made by Vgo Communications Inc., of Nashua, eliminated the need for Tally to drive Aidan into Boston every three days for post-surgical checkups.

Vgo Communications worked with Verizon Wireless’s Innovation Program center in Waltham, where the telecom company helps incubate new technologies, to embed Verizon’s cellular communications technology into the robots. Through its connection to the cellular network, a Vgo does not need to rely on Internet broadband connections.

“Eventually, I see a whole fleet of these robots being sent home with patients,’’ said Dr. Hiep T. Nguyen, an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and director of Children’s Hospital’s Robotic Surgery Research and Training Center. “With this technology, we’re going to be able to replace hospital monitoring with home-based monitoring.’’

For more information, please see boston.com.