FreeTime Unlimited

Thumbnail image for FreeTime Unlimited by Barbara Feldman December 7, 2012

I am over-the-moon excited by Amazon’s new Kindle Fire content subscription service for kids 3 to 8. FreeTime Unlimited offers a nearly unlimited supply of apps, videos and ebooks for a low monthly fee of just $2.99 for Prime members. (You already are a Prime member, right?) The service includes Parental Control over content and the amount of time spent on the device, and can accommodate multiple kids with separate profiles (this requires a family subscription for $6.99 a month.) Content providers include all the […]

Teaching Kids French

by Barbara Feldman March 20, 2012

As I travel through France with my daughter, I am constantly reminded that learning languages is so much easier when you are young! Did you take high-school French? I studied Spanish, and it is some sort of strange brain connection that makes me want to speak Spanish when confronted with a foreign language I don’t know, such as French. Has that ever happened to you? Ha ha ha!! Back to the topic of kids, I was recently introduced (thanks Scott!) to a new program for […]

Do You Teach Evolution or Creationism?

by Barbara Feldman October 4, 2011

This week’s topic at is Human Evolution. As I was penning it, I thought a lot about my readers, many of whom, might teach creationism instead of evolution. Since comments on not enabled on that section of, I decided to open up the discussion here. So, my question to you is, as a parent or a teacher, do you teach evolution or creationism? Feel free to leave a comment, but please be civil.

Cyber Security Games

by Barbara Feldman November 16, 2010

This week’s What is Phishing? topic at Surfnetkids is an important educational subject for both students and grownups. As a strong believer in the educational power of games, I am thrilled to be hosting a series of cyber-security games created by the FTC. The Phishing Scams quiz is, of course, directly related to this week’s topic, but there are a dozen others as well, all related to online safety, security, and privacy. Here are a few of them: Invasion of the Wireless Hackers Beware of […]

Too Fat to Graduate?

by Barbara Feldman December 1, 2009

Wow! This is a tough call. I really appreciate the sentiment behind Lincoln University’s fitness requirement for undergraduates. But in today’s politically correct atmosphere, I can’t image that it will stand a chance in the court of public opinion. Here’s the story. Students at Lincoln University, PA with a body mass index of 30 or above (meaning they are medically obese) must take a fitness course that meets three hours per week. Those assigned to the class who do not complete it, can not graduate. […]

A Parent’s Report Card

by Barbara Feldman November 23, 2009

I enjoyed this week’s TIME magazine article on helicopter parents called “Can These Parents Be Saved?” by Nancy Gibbs. It looks at the over-parenting trend and an even newer trend of “rebels” that are trying to get parents to just calm down. When my kids were in elementary and middle-school, I remember those dioramas that looked as if they were prototypes for a Smithsonian museum exhibit. Ummm… no… actually I don’t think your child did that! Ha ha!! Anyway, the following quote really stood out, […]

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

by Barbara Feldman November 17, 2009

Okay, I got the message. Thanks for letting me know I stepped out of line when I quoted Mao Tse Tung in a recent Surfnetkids newsletter. He was a mass murderer, and therefore doesn’t deserve the privilege of being quoted. His quote “Women hold up half the sky” has lead to some good, however, as it has been usurped by at least two movements that I know of . First is the Half the Sky Foundation that supports Chinese orphans. And second is the Half […]