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Tonight! A Resourceful SiteWarming with #TheOnlineMom

Have you noticed the latest trend in toys for young children?

Online codes for everything. Heck, even my children’s kids meal toys from fast food restaurants come with a code. Technology’s infiltration of all things has occurred, so it’s our job as parents to stay on top of what is happening in this brave new world. There are tons of sites to be found to learn about protecting your tween online and even sites that tell you about interesting new technology for kids.

But where do you go when you realize that your 3 year old wants to play on the internet, your 5 year old is learning to read via a computer game, and you’re getting healthy because you’re using a video game…and you need to understand it all?

I had a chance to speak with Monica Vila of The Online Mom and was incredibly impressed with how she has coupled her years and years of technology experience with her passion for parenting. This is what she has to say about her site…

“No matter the economic landscape, there remains one constant – good parents will put nothing above the well-being of their child. A parent’s role is to nurture, protect, teach, and empower their child as they grow and explore the world. For today’s parents, that means learning about and embracing technology.

Kids are attracted to and at ease with technology, while parents are left to marvel at how quickly kids pick up technology and seem to grasp it immediately. Parents are often racing to keep up with the latest thing – IM’ing, Facebook, Twittering, Wii – but what does it all mean?

The Online Mom bridges the gap between what kids know and what parents need to know to stay head in the ever-evolving world of technology. We are a one-stop, interactive organization providing clear information, product reviews and advice about the technology our kids interact with on a daily basis – from cell phones to internet to gaming systems. Whether online or in person at a grassroots level, we help parents understand what is right for their family, what is safe and hot to use technology resources to help their kids thrive in a digital culture.

The Online Mom is a website, an online newsletter, a forum for discussion, a network of certified experts, and a community devoted to promoting a healthy understanding and appreciation for the positive role technology can play in a child’s life.”

Learn. Tweet. Win.
Join us tonight from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. eastern as we tweet using the hashtag #theonlinemom with @theonlinemom herself! Have your questions ready about anything from educational computer games to protecting your teens from sexting.
And don’t forget the prizes…

FIFTY people will win a copy of Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout for Wii. It is a great exercise routine giving a complete body workout and providing a personal trainer to help keep you motivated. It’s cardio, boxing, and strength…AND lots of fun! You have the option to use the Wii balance board with this program, but it is not required.

TO WIN:

10 copies will be awarded to Twitter users tweeting with the hashtag #theonlinemom any time between Noon and 10 p.m. eastern today, Friday, June 19th. Winners will be chosen randomly and announced during tonight’s party.

To enter to win one of the following 40 copies, you must do the following:

1. Sign up for the weekly e-newsletter at The Online Mom by joining the Online Mom Network in the left sidebar at http://theonlinemom.com/

2. Leave a comment to this post telling me you joined!

Bonus Entries:

1. Follow @TheOnlineMom on Twitter and comment here.

2. Subscribe to the RSS Feed at http://theonlinemom.com/ and comment here.

3. Blog about The Online Mom and comment here.

This contest is open to anyone 18 years or older and ends Thursday, June 25th at 11:59 p.m. eastern.

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