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Tech apps and tips for parents and kids with school back in session


Technology continues to advance by leaps and bounds. In this Back to School shopping season, Smart Shopping Expert Trae Bodge guides us through some of the coolest apps and high tech devices for you and your kids.

Philips Sonicare for Kids $39.95 at Walmart
Parents know how important good brushing is and how hard it is to get our kids to do it! Using 500 strokes per second, this rechargeable brush – which is customizable with stickers – is 75% more effective than manual brushing, ensuring healthy teeth and happy dental visits. It connects via Bluetooth to a fun, interactive app where kids can adopt their own “sparkly” and care for it’s teeth.
Ages 3 and up

Osmo Coding Kit $75 at PlayOsmo
A great excuse to give your kids some screen time, this kit for iPad has three different educational games in one kit. They’ll practice programming, drawing and physics, but won’t have any idea that they are learning! As kids progress, the games become more challenging, keeping kids engaged.
Ages 5-12

Our Pact
Now that school’s back in session, you’ll need to monitor screen time very closely. OurPact, a great free app, will allow you to manage and even block access to Internet and applications on your kids’ mobile devices either on demand or through automated, recurring schedules. It’s especially great for bedtimes (so there’s no sneaking under the covers!)

If you just received another school supply list like I did, use a coupons app like Flipp to save. It delivers location-appropriate circulars to your smart device, you can search by retailer or category (like backpacks, notebooks, etc.) and it even saves your rewards cards right in the app! My favorite feature is the shopping list, which you can check off as you go!
Save yourself time and money by ordering from this online version of a wholesale shopping club. You can order the kids’ snacks and school supplies, as well as cleaning and paper products, all from your favorite brands! I like to order from the app on my smartphone and my goodies arrive within 2 days with no membership fees or shipping fees.