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To share or not to share?

Our sharing economy has triggered countless embarrassing images appearing online.

Although transparency is becoming a cultural virtue, consider where you set sharing boundaries. After all, a picture of a naked six month old might not seem funny or harmless when that child is a tween or teen.

How real is too real?

Parents of some middle and junior high students are nervously awaiting the summer reading lists their child will bring home.

Last year, some angry parents were offended by authors who pushed boundaries beyond acceptability for their child’s developmental level.

As books deal with the weighty and complex issues kids face today, some authors do not censor traits and behaviors of their characters. They argue that authenticity is essential to the story.

But how real is too real?

We’ll see where teachers and administrators set the boundaries this summer.

“I care about you”

If you’re still making arrangements to keep kids engaged this summer, considering adding “social impact experiences” to the regular schedule.

Your child might walk an aging dog for a neighbor, don disposable gloves to pick up trash along your street or playground, or sort and stock cans at a local food pantry.

These “do good” activities are especially good for tweens, who aren’t old enough for a paying job. Empathy, or caring for and about others, takes root before the teen years, so summer is a great time to make this happen.

Adverts be gone

Five years ago, fellow early childhood educators were still warning parents to mute or turn off offensive TV ads.

What a difference a few years makes.

Thanks to Netflix and other streaming services, many kids rarely see a screen ad.

I guess that’s why children watch toy commercials on YouTube.

Jelly beans and chocolate bunnies

This is a powerhouse week for candy sales.

Although Halloween and Valentine’s Day spike sales, the week that leads up to Easter is sweetest.

Also big this week: food coloring. Peeps are more fun.

Unboxing delight

Perhaps like you, I’m an unboxing fan.

Some of the joy in shipping boxes to grandsons is anticipating the unboxing video.

But this “theater on social media” doesn’t only happen after a gift is purchased. Research shows that one in five consumers has watched unboxing a product before purchasing it.

Evidently, I stepped directly into an effective marketing strategy.

Roll with VR

Across the country, amusement park attendees will strap a VR headset across their face before boarding roller coasters.

Those riders won’t see where the steel track is headed. They won’t know what’s around the next curve, but their experience will feel real as the images in their headsets parallel the physical motion of their car.

Riders will follow a story line featuring aliens and others while soaring into high def imagery with 360-degree virtual views.

Where will all this happen? At a coaster near you this summer.