Home for the Holidays: BabyLounge Provides Tips on Technologies that Enhance Family Relationships

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Leading authority on parenting issues reports that technologies such as the MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player are bridging the “digital divide” to enhance family relationships.

As research shows, new technologies are more easily accepted and embraced by younger generations, which can drive a perceived wedge between children, parents and grandparents in a family

New technologies, properly utilized, can, as never before, bring families together, enhance family relationships and bridge the “digital generational divide,” reports BabyLounge, a shopping and community site for parents and expectant parents.

“As research shows, new technologies are more easily accepted and embraced by younger generations, which can drive a perceived wedge between children, parents and grandparents in a family,” says BabyLounge’s Shawn Collins, who is also a father of three children. “The proliferation of instant messaging, e-mail, text-messaging and gaming technologies can indeed create an intergenerational rift since they are unevenly embraced. The good news is that there are a range of new technologies out there that can have the opposite effect and actually help bring families and generations closer together and enhance family relationships. This is especially important during the holiday period when many family members may not have the opportunity to gather in the same location.”

The team at BabyLounge reviewed new technologies to determine which ones can actually help bridge the digital generational divide and created the following list:

1. MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player – Usage of the Internet is often a solitary affair. The MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player turns the television set into an Internet center and makes it a more social experience. MSN TV 2 is a great product which allows families to safely surf the Internet, helping to protect against spam, viruses and worms, and enabling e-mail, photo sharing and editing, music and video playback, and more. It’s the easiest way for a family to get connected around a big screen. It’s also a great first step for parents and grandparents who are less comfortable with a PC.

2. ClearPlay – This DVD player filters violence, sexual content and profanity from popular movies for family viewing. Filters for movies are available online and then transferred to the ClearPlay machine with a USB drive.

3. Blogs: Simple blogging software, such as TypePad and Blogger, enables families to login and share their news to extended family. Better yet, consider integrating Audioblog.com to upload video and audio from a digital camera or video camera to the blog. A combination of approaches is bound to enhance family relationships.

4. Snapfish – Snapfish enables families to easily share photos online with one another. You can upload pictures from a holiday event, for example, and send them to a family list the same day. So if everyone can’t be home for the holidays, at least they can experience it in near real time.

5. AmazingMail – This customized postcard service enables busy families to automate holiday card mailing. You can upload a database and a photo, perform a mail merge and mail to a group of family and friends in minutes.

“Properly utilized, technology can indeed bring families together,” adds Collins, “and there is no better gift for families than to help enhance family relationships."

About BabyLounge

Founded in 1999, BabyLounge is a leading site for parents and expectant parents. It provides a range of information and products that can be viewed at BabyLounge. BabyLounge’s founder is Shawn Collins, whose blogs include Affiliate Program Tip Blog and Affiliate Summit 2006 Blog.


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