To help kids maximize the Internet's benefits -- while minimizing the risks -- we offer the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe. Which privacy settings should you use? What are the ins and outs of parental controls? Get tips on everything from the basics, such as smart usernames, to the big stuff, such as appropriate sharing.
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ABCs and Me – Free
From iTunes - "ABCs and Me by Five Pumpkins contains 6 fun flashcard sets in English and in Chinese! (Numbers, ABCs, On The Go, Colors, Shapes and Foods) aimed at teaching small children skills they need for kindergarten. Use the favorites mode to help your children focus on cards they have trouble with."
Alien Buddies – $1.99
CommonSenseMedia - "Alien Buddies is a preschool-friendly educational app to introduce kids to pre-reading skills and counting with fun little alien buddies helping them. The games are easy to navigate, and the aliens are cute and silly -- not scary at all. Each game moves pretty quickly, and it won't take kids long to work through the activities."
Alpha Tots – $1.99
CommonSenseMedia- "Parents need to know that AlphaTots is an excellent tool for helping children learn the alphabet. Filled with creative and clever interactive activities, the app reinforces letters with interactive elements that are fun to do (such as assembling a building for the letter B or cutting strings for the letter C). Letters are sounded out and the app is easy for kids of virtually all ages to navigate."
OPEN Forum by American Express offers a collection of resources to help small businesses, including "videos, articles, blogs, podcasts, and expert advice."
While the Internet offers endless resources and opportunities, it also holds serious hidden dangers. Here are some examples to help you avoid theft or computer damage.
Avokiddo Emotions – $1.99
CommonSenseMedia - "Avokiddo Emotions is a charming way to teach kids about emotions. It can also be helpful for kids with non-verbal learning issues, such as difficulty reading facial expressions or inability to read body language. With three characters and 100+ props, kids can make a disco-themed zebra blow up a balloon, dress a giraffe in fiesta gear, or feed garlic to the mustachioed sheep -- all while observing the animal's reaction."
Barefoot World Atlas – $4.99
CommonSenseMedia - "Barefoot World Atlas is an educational app that gives children an interactive look at animals, indigenous people, and other topics of interest around the world. By spinning, pinching, and zooming, kids can find something that interests them and learn more about it through descriptions and photos."
Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. The NCOA's BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.
An eco-friendly, economical public bike transit system, Bike Chattanooga offers quick, fun travel in and around the city. Ride as many times, on as many bikes as you want. All rides under 60 minutes have no usage fees.
Brushes 3 – Free or $2.99
CommonSenseMedia- "Parents need to know that Brushes 3 is the completely overhauled version of the app Brushes. Kids can draw and paint with many features and there's no exposure to offensive content -- the content is all what you create. Creations are automatically saved in the in-app gallery and can be shared via email (JPEG or PNG files) or via Twitter."
BudgetPulse is a free online budget planning & finance software. Helps you in personal finance management, budget planning and forecasting.
Easy to use, free online budget. Get your household finances in order quickly with our budget planner, get out of debt, and build savings. It's Simple.
Build-It-Up – Free
iTunes - "Build-It-Up helps develop visual perception skills and fine motor skills among toddlers aged 2.5+ years old. It also helps develop primary math concepts such as size, top and bottom, before and after... Each board displays parts of an image. The goal of the game is to assemble the parts correctly, one on top of the other, to create the whole image."
Search for jobs or careers using 13 different criteria, or post resumes and let employers with job openings find you.
The Chattanooga Basics are five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles that can benefit children from all backgrounds. A broad range of Chattanooga organizations and community members will soon be helping to ensure that every parent and caregiver is fully supported in using the Chattanooga Basics practices in everyday life.
The City of Chattanooga has an extensive network of public parks, playgrounds, walking trails, and leisure facilities.
Our mission is to be the community's catalyst for lifelong learning.
A citizen's guide to local government in Chattanooga, TN.
The online home of Chattanooga's government and city services.
The online home of Red Bank's government and city services.
CK21 is a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, and real world applications: all standards-aligned and customizable.
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week cohort based program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor.
Curious about coding? What about programming? Want to be able to make your own apps for your phone and other mobile devices? Code.org is the place for you! This site offers great tutorials on how to learn basic coding. Have some fun and let us know what you come up with!
According to their website, “The College Board is driven by a single goal — to ensure that every student has the opportunity to prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college.” This tutorial will show people of all ages how to use CollegeBoard’s site to find the perfect school and hopefully ways to help pay for it!
Color Me – Free
According to iTunes, Color Me is "a coloring booklet for children at the age of 2-6 years. Diverse pictures and color palette will trigger the development of your child’s imagination and shape his/her senses. A very friendly and intuitive application enables your child to easily create extraordinary pictures."
The goal of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to help all students become college and career-ready by the time they leave high school. It represents a change in the way teachers teach and how students show what they have learned.
Graphite is a free service from Common Sense Education that makes it easy to discover the best apps, games, and websites for classroom use.
"Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology."
Comparitech discusses protecting children's privacy online. This is provided as a guide to parents, carers and educators.
Do you have a money questions? 'Ask CFPB' is the place to go! Run by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's financial experts, this site can find answers on a whole range of topics. Answers are presented in understandable terms that are accessible to everyone.
Cookie’s Challenge – 2.99
Common Sense Media - "Parents need to know that Cookie Monster's Challenge is a collection of activities designed to stretch kids' non-academic school-readiness skills, such as problem solving, memory, self-control, and following directions."
Craigslist is a classified advertisements website helpful for job searches, housing searches and more such as finding free stuff and activities in your local community.
Creative Commons is a resource for finding royalty-free pictures, video and music to use in reports or presentations.
Daniel Tiger Grr-ific Feelings – $2.99
Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings helps kids identify and express emotions through fun games and songs. This early learning app for kids ages 2 to 5 incorporates many feelings words -- such as "jealous," "patient," "frustrated," and "proud" -- to expand the ways kids can verbally express what they're feeling inside. It also includes instructions for a simple calming technique, and a photo feature encourages kids to take a photo of themselves expressing an emotion to see if how they look is similar to how Daniel Tiger looks when he feels the same way. The easel activity presents another way kids can process emotions through drawing or painting.
Digit calculates the perfect amount of money to set aside every day — based on your income and spending — and automatically saves it for you. Most days it'll feel invisible, but it won't take long to feel like the future you're working toward is within reach.
DoReMi 1-2-3 – $0.99
DoReMi 1-2-3: Music for Kids is a music-making and tone-training app that's part of the Fingerprint Digital Network of apps. Kids can choose from music-related activities, such as creating their own music or learning to play popular kids' songs, such as Mary Had a Little Lamb. Parents can create an account to receive details about which apps in the network their kids are playing and what they're learning in those apps. Kids can connect with friends online in a social network designed for younger kids, where they can play games together and post to a wall. Kids have to choose nonpersonal usernames from the lists, and no personal information is collected from kids.
Dr. Panda’s Hospital – Free & $2.99 versions
CommonSenseMedia - "Parents need to know that Dr. Panda's Hospital is an interactive educational app that teaches preschool- and kindergarten-age kids a little bit about sequencing, anatomy, and health care as they pretend to work at a hospital. Mini-games (three in the free version, more in the paid version) prompt kids to help care for cute animals with different health problems. With just a swipe or a tap, kids give shots, measure blood pressure, adjust broken bones, and more."
Dr. Panda’s Supermarket – $2.99
iTunes - "In Dr. Panda’s Supermarket your kid will work on their organizational and spatial skills while playing fun, store-themed minigames. Helping animals find the foods they need, weighing different vegetables, wrangling shopping carts and organizing crates of food in the back are just a few of the many activities waiting in store for your 2-6 year old!"
Draw And Tell – $2.99
CommonSenseMedia- "Draw and Tell keeps it simple. Kids choose from a variety of different backgrounds, colors, characters, objects, and even stencils to create their drawings. Once they are ready, they can record a story or whatever they want while moving around the characters. There are also many coloring templates for those who just want to color."
Drawing Pad – $1.99
Drawing Pad is designed to let users express themselves artistically by creating drawings using a set of drawing and painting tools. It includes one-touch connectivity to social networking sites Twitter and Facebook. Parents may want to monitor the images children create before allowing them to post them online.
Duckie Deck Trash Toys – $2.99
CommonSenseMedia - "Kids choose from a variety of recycled and found items and make creatures. Kids aren't limited by how many items they can add to their creature. No ads, parent settings, or instructions distract or limit kids. They are totally free to be as creative as they want."
Duolingo is a fun and addictive way to learn a new language (including English for non-native speakers), completely for free! Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. Many users will learn with Duolingo on their smartphone or tablet, but let’s see how to use it on the computer.
eBay is a website to "Buy and sell electronics, cars, fashion apparel, collectibles, sporting goods, digital cameras, baby items, coupons, and more." You can create a free account, then sell your products online. Visithttp://pages.ebay.com/education/ for help getting started.
Elmo Loves 123s – $4.99
From CommonSenseMedia - "Parents need to know that Elmo Loves 123s is designed to teach preschoolers numbers from 1 to 20. Sesame Street favorites Elmo and Abby introduce kids to the number and activities. In Sesame Street style, little ones' best interests are the focus. When first opening the app, parents can view information about their kids' past play, including time played, numbers and activities covered, and percentages correct, but kids can't access those screens without restarting the game."
Etsy is an online marketplace where 30 million users buy and sell handmade or vintage products and craft supplies. These tutorials will help you create an account, set up your shop, and start selling! To learn how to get a free Etsy credit card reader for your smartphone or tablet, go to www.etsy.com/reader.
Helps you find low cost Internet options available in your area.
With over a billion users, Facebook helps you build relationships with new and exisiting customers and ultimately drive sales by taking advantage of word-of-mouth marketing. This tutorial will help you get started. Visit facebook.com/business for help.
FastWeb is a great site that will help you find a scholarship for school. It offers an easy to use search tool with a very large database of scholarships. If you are thinking about going back to school and need help paying for it, this is a great site to check out.
Feed Me! – $2.99
CommonSenseMedia- "Parents need to know that Feed Me! - Pencilbot Preschool is a fun and colorful learning game for kids under five, with a fantastic gimmick -- you "feed" your answers to the adorable monster. The app is only compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch fourth generation, and iPad."
According to their site, "Financial Entertainment is a library of free online and mobile games that aim to improve personal financial capability, self-confidence, and knowledge. The world is complicated enough, but getting the know-how and skills to manage your personal finances doesn't have to be!"
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“FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Programme.” More than that, it is a fun and competitive game site! You can try out multiple languages, cruise the famous painting game, or even try to find countries on a map.
Frugoton City Letters – Free
From iTunes - "City Letters is dedicated to teaching the basics of communication to preschoolers. Your child will learn to identify alphabet letters, recognize their sounds, trace them, and solve exciting puzzles and mini games! Created for children ages 3 to 5, this game provides a unique learning experience by combining teaching letters with vocabulary enhancement and memory training."
Fun Brain offers engaging online math and reading games to help children practice and hone important academic skills.
For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 125 tutorials, including more than 1,100 lessons, videos, and interactives, completely free.
Gmail is a free communications tool featuring email, chat, video chat, calendar, an office suite, and much more. This tutorial will help you create a gmail account and send your first email! Good luck!
Google Calendar is a free tool that helps you organize your schedule, keep track of appointments, and set reminders. Plus, you can share specific events or your whole calendar with others. Never miss an appointment again!
Did you know you can make phone calls right from your Gmail account... for FREE?!? Using the Google Calling resource within your Gmail you can call any phone in the US or Canada for free and internationally at very low rates. This tutorial will help you explore how to get started and make your first Google phone call!
Google Docs allows you to create documents, upload existing files, and share them with friends, family, and co-workers. Google Docs comes free with your Gmail account. This tutorial will show you how to create, share, and even translate Google docs.
Google Hangouts allows you to easily communicate with friends, family, teachers, and more. You can do both text and video based chatting right from within your browser. This tutorial will show you how to invite your friends to chat, set your status, and start your first chat. Have fun!
Google Maps is a great way to get from "here to there." They offer driving directions, along with walking, biking, and directions by public transportation. This tutorial focuses on the public transportation resources on the site, helping you find the right bus or train to get where you are going.
Google My Business is an easy and free way to get your business online. You can create a page with basic info (description, location, photo, hours) that will appear when people search on Google or Google Maps.
The theme of the Google Safety Center is "Working together to stay safe online." This site has resources for individuals and families, including safety basics and information on keeping your personal data secure. Check out the "Safety Tools" section to see how to use and manage Google tools with your family.
Learn a few tips and tricks to help you easily find information on Google. You can use search operators and other punctuation to get more specific search results. You can filter and customize your search results to find exactly what you want.
Google Sheets is a free, cloud-based tool that can help you manage finances, track inventory, and more. Like Docs and Presentation, you can access it from any device with Internet access through your Google Drive.
Google Sites helps you create a basic, free website. Choose from blank or pre-built templates to make your business’s website look the way you want. These tutorials show how to create and edit your new site!
Google Slides is very similar to PowerPoint. However, Google Presentation is online, sharable, and most important, FREE! This tutorial will show you how to create a quick and easy presentation.
Need to translate an email? A document from a friend? What about a website? Google Translate can do all that for you. This tutorial will show you how to use the site to translate text and also translate websites into more languages than you can count. The translation is not perfect, but it is always getting better and will actually ask you for advice!
Google Wallet is another mobile and online payment processing option. In-store, customers pay by tapping your Point-of-Sale device with their smartphones, and online, by signing into their Google Wallet accounts.
Grovo has created thousands of free, one-minute video tutorials on popular websites and mobile apps. When you visit the site, you can browse the collection or sign up to receive daily emails with tutorials on websites or apps you like.
Growing Wireless provides parents with tools and information to help kids use wireless technology responsibly.
Curious about your student’s grades? Assignments? Attendance? You can find this and other important information on the Hamilton County Department of Education's website and PowerSchool system.
When making decisions about your health, it’s important to know where to go to get the latest, most reliable information. healthfinder.gov has resources on a wide range of health topics selected from approximately 1,400 government and non-profit organizations to bring you the best, most reliable health information on the Internet.
HootSuite is a social media dashboard tool that helps you manage all your social media accounts from one place. With it you can organize social media conversations, post future content, and track how much your social media community engages with you.
Hover makes it easy to buy and manage a domain name and a cuztomized email address for your business, so you can own www.YourBusiness.com and send emails from You@YourBusiness.com. Hover has basic packages starting at $15 a year and good customer service.
Need to write a resume but not sure how? This tutorial will show you how to use www.howtowritearesume.net to create a professional resume.
From iTunes - "...24 different authentic animal sounds and 12 different vehicle sounds. When your baby taps on an animal or vehicle icon, the game will verbally announce what type of animal or vehicle it is and play a recording of its real sound."
“Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.” It’s also a great way to find a job! This tutorial will show you how to search the site for the perfect career.
According their site, "As the world's #1 job site, with over 180 million unique visitors every month from over 50 different countries, Indeed has become the catalyst for putting the world to work. Indeed is intensely passionate about delivering the right fit for every hire. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired.
Instagram is a simple and free way to share your brand's personality with customers through images. For tips and resources, check out the Instagram for Businesses blog at http://blog.businessinstagram.com.
InstaGrok allows users to research any topic using an interactive map, where concepts are linked to key facts through relationships.
Practical tutorials on learning the Web and the Net, and confidently navigating through online culture.
Tennessee job seekers and employers now have a more powerful tool in searching for jobs and job candidates, the result of an upgrade to the Jobs4TN.gov website.
With [thousands] of videos on everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, [Khan Academy is] on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace."
Kickresume is a powerful career documents builder that helps you create an outstanding resume, cover letter and a career website in a blink.
KidRex.org is a family-friendly search engine for kids. It is powered by Google and all the results are generated towards kids. Students can use this to complete research projects safely.
If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
Kids IQ Math, Reading & Writing Learning Program for Kids in Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade is a collection of (mostly) math and literacy games that increase in difficulty as kids progress through the program. Games, therefore, are specifically tailored to each kid's needs. In addition to math and literacy skills, there are a few games that address self-care (for example, brushing teeth), and one addresses career choices. It runs on a monthly subscription, which gives kids access to all available games, and parents get detailed progress reports, including weekly emails.
KidsGov: Money features facts, games, and information about saving money: all geared towards students grades K-5.
Want to know all about your new TGH Chromebook? The link above is for you! There you will see how to personalize your new device to suit your needs. This includes how set your background image, connect to your other Google accounts, upload and edit pictures, and much more.
LAUNCH offers business training, support, and affordable resources to underserved entrepreneurs, empowering them to create sustainable, successful businesses allowing their families and communities to thrive.
Lazoo Let’s Color – Free
iTunes - "Simply color a page, press the GO button, and watch your drawings come to life. A few dots become falling snow. Scribbles turn to smoke plumes puffed from chimneys. A jagged line pulsates into fire (or water or mustard or whatever a child imagines) spewing from a dinosaur’s mouth."
Lazoo Squiggles – Free
According to iTunes, "A child’s simple hand-drawn squiggle can become a bird’s nest, rocket smoke, cotton candy, sheep’s wool, a curly beard, and more! Simply squiggle away to complete Lazoo’s internationally award-winning art. Then hit the GO button and watch drawings soar, pulsate, move, twirl, and multiply."
Letter School – $2.99
CommonSenseMedia - "Parents need to know that LetterSchool is a letter-writing app that incorporates engaging animated features. As kids write a letter, it animates; for example, it may light up or turn into a rocket flying through space. While this app is meant for kids who can probably already recognize their ABCs, each letter is first labeled and paired with an object to reinforce letter recognition. Parents can adjust the settings, so kids can also practice writing numbers and lowercase letters."
If your customers have smartphones and credit cards, consider using LevelUp. Customers pay with the free app, and you are charged a 1.95% processing fee. You can use rewards programs and easily track your sales history. Campaigns cost you $0.25 of every $1.00 they earn you. Happy selling!
Now that you've set up a LinkedIn account, use this tutorial to start managing it and connecting with people and organizations to grow your professional network.
With millions of members, LinkedIn is a great way to "Manage your professional identity, build and engage with your professional network, and access knowledge, insights and opportunities." This tutorial will show how to register for an account.
Marco Polo Weather – Free
Parents need to know that MarcoPolo Weather is a digital sandbox tool that encourages kids to freely explore, experiment, and play. Kids can control and change various weather conditions, such as temperature, wind, and precipitation, and observe how avatars react to the changes. Kids also can clothe and accessorize the characters and add items to the weather scene such as flowers, a tent, an igloo, and more. You can choose from six languages in settings including English, Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.
According to Mint.com, “Money is for living. That’s why we’ve created the simplest and most effective way to manage, save and grow your money... and why Mint.com is free.”