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Monica J. Vila
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Monica Vila is “Chief Technology Mom” and co-founder of The Online Mom, the market leader in providing online and off-line tools to make parents of kids K-12 smarter and more comfortable with the technology that touches their family. The Online Mom is a website, an online newsletter, a forum for discussion, a network of certified experts and a 100,000-strong twitter community devoted to promoting a healthy understanding and appreciation for the positive role technology can play in a family’s life.

At TheOnlineMom.com, Monica utilizes her more than 15 years of consumer technology expertise, her personal experiences as a mother and a PTA president to help parents bridge the gap between what their kids know and what parents need to know to stay ahead in the ever-evolving realm of technology. She actively advocates getting parents to embrace technology guiding them on how to protect and empower their children in an online world. Monica is a proud Latina, a native of Mexico and is fluent in four languages.

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Can Playing Video Games Make You a Better Parent?

(3) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 4:06 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

How do you know if you're a good parent? There are some markers along the way to give you an idea of your grade -- such...

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Todd Akin's Teachable Moment

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2012 | 11:04 AM

"What is rape, mom?" My 12 year-old daughter asked as I got back in the car following a very quick pet store pick-up.

"Where did you hear about rape?" I asked, trying to recover from the jolt and buy a little more time to formulate my answer.

"Oh,...

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Do We Really Care About Privacy?

(8) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 4:19 PM

I've just read an excellent post by Andrew Couts of Digital Trends, perhaps one of the most underrated of the many fine websites that keep an eye on consumer tech. Titled 'Who Killed Privacy? You Did,' Couts' article looks at how much personal information the average...

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Rated 'M' for Mainstream

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2012 | 5:28 PM

At PTA and other parent forums around the country, there's an ongoing discussion around the topic of Internet safety and the ubiquitous digital world of our kids. Smartphones on school buses, iPads in the classroom, Wikis to cooperate on projects, S Drives to check for study sheets and home work......

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Facebook Parenting -- 7 Teachable Moments

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 3:15 PM

"Can I have a Facebook account?"

If you're a parent and you haven't yet heard that request, then it's only a matter of time. And while you may be able to push back for a while, it's almost inevitable that the "everyone else has one" or "I'd like to...

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Kids Are at Risk -- Just Not My Kids

(7) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 3:47 PM

It's a recurring theme in surveys on the use of technology: parents are asked about the threat posed to children by exposure to too much media and readily agree that there are risks. They are then asked about their own children and their assessment of the risk drops dramatically.

The...

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Two Cases of Foolish Sexting: Only a Teen Punished

(155) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 10:38 AM

When it comes to the case of ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner sending images of his private parts over the Internet, parenting blogs seem about equally divided over whether this represents a parent's "teachable moment."

Some say this is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate to kids that once you send a photo,...

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10 Essential Tech Tips for Parents

(2) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 10:56 PM

The steps you can take to ensure that your children en la familia are safe and act responsibly in today's digital world will vary dramatically on how old they are and how much exposure they have to technology.

But if your children are still young, and they are starting to...

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