Tech Products for Pets of Techie Teens

The changes in technology have not just made a difference in the teenager’s life today. There are now dozens of apps, gadgets and gizmos that make taking out the dog and remembering to feed the cat much easier than it used to be.

Tagg Pet Tracker – a pet tracker is like a GPS on his collar, in the event he ever gets lost. You set boundaries and if your pet oversteps them, a text message is sent to your phone letting you know. It also tracks his exercise habits so that you can know if your pooch is staying in shape.

The Woofer – For your graduation party, equip your dog with one of these vests. With speakers sewn into the sides, and an MP3 player, your dog becomes the walking sound system.

Puppy Tweets – Using a sensor on the collar, your dog’s activities are tracked while you are not home, and will send you updates via Twitter. Not real sure how the computer knows what is going on, but at least it’s cute to get tweeted by your pet.

K9 Wireless Dog Fence – This device also uses a sensor on the collar to keep dogs from wandering off. Wireless pet containment systems act like a fence around the yard, albeit an invisible one. If Fido gets too close to the perimeter of the wireless fence, he gets a small zap to the neck.

Go-Go Dog Pals – Doggies get lonely too, and if your parents won’t let you have a friend for your pet, you can buy one. This remote controlled “animal” roams around at your command and interacts with your dog.

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GoDogGo Remote Fetch Machine – If your arm wears out throwing endless games of fetch, this device can take over for you. By launching balls up to 40 feet, you get to do your homework, while your dog gets his exercise.

Dart Automatic Laser Toy – For you cat lovers, this keeps them entertained in a never ending game of chase. The machine rotates a laser around, enticing your cat to try and pounce.

MagneClip – If mom making you walk the dog is a real pain, check out the MagneClip. Instead of relying on hooks, the leash is attached to the collar using a magnet. Gentle, it does still hold a great deal of weight, and will make getting your dog ready for his walk much easier.

Wild Pet’s Eye View Camera – Have you ever wondered what your world looks like to your dog? With a camera around his neck the mystery is solved. Watch as he sniffs out dirty socks and finds that chocolate bar you’ve been saving for a special occasion.

Owning a pet is a lot more fun now than it used to be. Introduce your dog or cat into this brave new world and watch them enjoy it just as much as you do.

4 Exciting Ways to Expand Your Mind Without the Internet

Teens today spend way more time on the internet than they should. While it does have its place and can be a great study tool, there is a whole world outside begging to be explored. Before the internet, teens used to find dozens of other ways to be entertained and actually socialize face to face. So why not try and turn off the laptop for a day and take part in one of these old fashioned activities:

Go to the Mall

There was a time when shopping was done in malls instead of online. Grab a few friends and even if you don’t have much to spend, spend time walking about and people watching. There is always fun food to try at the food courts, and you may even be able to catch a movie if you’re lucky. Just  getting out and seeing people and items in person will help clear your mind and give you an idea of what else is going on in the world.

Go Camping

Yes, sleep outside in a family sized tent and cook your dinner on a camping stove instead of calling for take-out. Camping forces you to put down the cell phone and enjoy nature for a spell. You will have no trouble finding a campsite with basics like electricity and water, and there is usually no real fear of bear attacks. If you really want to get an idea of what life was life before WWW then grab a sleeping bag and explore the WWC – Wonderful World of Camping.

Ride a Bike

Teens today are missing out on the excitement that riding a bike around town brings. The next time your mom needs a gallon of milk, offer to go get it for her on your bike. Or just take a leisurely ride through the local park. Not only are you getting some much needed exercise, you are clearing your head of all that online stuff and getting a unique perspective of the world around you.

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Go to a Library

But not to use their computers. Go to the library and browse real books in print. Pick them up and turn the pages. Sitting down and reading without the distractions that your tablet or computer offer is a completely different experience. Plus, when you do it in a library, where cell phone use is frowned upon, you will be able to drift right into whatever story you are reading.

It was less than 30 years ago that these were all common activities for the average teenager. Life today is very different, but that is no reason why these activities can’t still be an important part of your life. Learn to disconnect from your online world from time to time, and you are going to find a beautiful real world exists just outside your front door.

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5 Tips To Help You Study Better

Finals are on the way, and you’re starting to freak out. You need to remember everything you’ve learned over the past 9 months, and there is no way your brain can store it all. You look at the mountains of notes that you have, and it can all feel a bit overwhelming. Negative thoughts run through your mind like If you don’t get a good grade, you’ll fail the class, and you’ll never get into a good college. If you are finding yourself in panic mode, we are here to help. Here are a few study tips to help you retain information better before that next exam.

1. Come Up With A Plan – When you are going to study, don’t just tell yourself that you will “study for an hour” or something along those lines. Come up with a detailed plan as to what you are going to do exactly. How long will you rewrite notes? How long will you spend making flashcards? How much time will you spend on reading the textbook? Give specific amounts of time to each activity to need to do in order to learn the material, write it all down, then follow the plan.

2. Use Memory Tricks – Having a hard time remembering some dates or facts? Here are a few tips. First, try making the information into a song. Rhyming and music helps our brains retain information, just like the song lyrics to your favorite song. Make a song out of it, and you can recall it whenever you need to. If that doesn’t work, try a mnemonic device. These are helpful when trying to remember someones name, but they can help with almost anything. Lastly, make sure you push yourself. If your original goal was to learn 5 terms each day, try and push it to 10. Think of it like doing reps at the gym, except you are increasing your brain muscles.

3. Don’t Multitask – You may feel like you are getting more done, but you aren’t. Close everything that isn’t related to your study topic. No social media, no other notes, no radio on. Focus solely on the topic at hand and your brain will be able to retain the information much better.

4. Take Breaks – Don’t push yourself too hard. Take breaks every once in a while to give your mind a rest. Sometimes if our minds are tired, they simply won’t hold any new information. Go take a walk outside, or a quick 10 minute nap on the couch. Just don’t let your break stretch on too long. Give it just enough time to let your mind be at ease for a bit, then make yourself get back to the books.

5. Fuel Up – Lastly, find the right kind of fuel. For some people, this is a strong cup of coffee. For others, it is a solid meal beforehand. Find out what yours is, then use it. Just be aware of fuel that gives you a ton of energy, but comes with a crash later. You don’t want to start falling asleep in the middle of your study session! Think smart fuel, not quick fuel.

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Why You Should Consider Taking A Year Off Before College

"Davison High School" by Charlesdrakew - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Davison High School” by CharlesdrakewOwn work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

When you’re in high school, a lot of kids dream about taking a year off before going to college. You’ve just spent the past 12 years going to school every morning, and the thought of doing it again for another 4 years can seem a little daunting. On the other hand, taking off for an entire year sounds expensive, and it’ll take you an extra year to graduate, so you’re putting off earning money as well. This is a tough decision, and one that many students face as they entire their final years of high school. If you are currently trying to device what to do, we have some advice that may make it easier for you to decide to take that year off before school.

1. Cost – First of all, taking a year off is not as expensive as it sounds. To make it affordable, you either need to plan in advance and start saving up some money, or have a plan in place to earn money during that year. You don’t need much, just enough to pay your bills and get by. If you want to travel, you’ll need money for that too. If you start saving up early though, you can easily put enough money away in the year or two prior.

2. Figure Out What You Want To Do – Some students know what they want to do before going to college, but a lot of you are unsure. There are so many options out there, and you just don’t know which is the right one for you. You are afraid of spending 4 years of your life and a lot of money studying for something, only to find out that you are not interested in it. By taking a year off, you give yourself more time to figure out what it is you really want to do in life. During this year, try new things, explore new options, and find out where your passions lie. This will help you to feel sure that investing in your education is the right more.

3. Decide If College Is Right For You – Going to college isn’t for everyone. Especially nowadays, there are no guarantees that a college degree means getting a good job. More employers are looking for experience and knowledge rather than a piece of paper. If what you are interested in doing doesn’t require a degree, then maybe you won’t need to spend the money. By taking a year off before enrolling in a college, you can really find out if you are going to need one.

4. Travel – Traveling around the world is a lot easier when you are younger. You have less responsibility, and less bills to pay. It is the perfect time to go out and see the world. You may not find a better opportunity, so you should embrace it as much as you can. Again, if this is the route you are going to take, be sure you are going to have the money for it.

Just remember that going to college right after high school isn’t for everyone. Take the time to figure out what is best for you, then follow that path.