BGCA’s Cyber Safe Site

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BGCA. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

June is Internet Safety month. “One in three parents believes their teens to be much more tech-savvy, leaving many feeling helpless when it comes to monitoring their teen’s online behavior.”

As a parent to teenagers, I feel out of the loop often. Either it is because the latest teen trend or the complexities of the online world. Lucky for us, the Boy & Girls Club of America launched a new website to lend a helping hand with navigating through some of those cyber challenges.

Talking to your children about online safety is now necessary as kids mature into having their own online social  media accounts. For the third year Sprint has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of America and has created a site just for parents. BGCA’s Cyber Safe site is educational and includes a quiz, Q&A and resources to learn more about taking on this difficult task. Unlike other teen issues, cyber safety will require ongoing discussion especially as they mature into having private accounts.

I decided to “Ask the Cyber Tribe” for their feedback on a dilemma I have been curious about for years. At what age do they feel it is fair to have online privacy. Personally, I feel like most parents when it comes to this topic. Online privacy is not a negotiable topic and we have to be vigilant in helping them stay safe. Especially for kids under the age of 16. One of my friends shared with me recently some questionable items found on her son’s computer. This included visiting sites with violent images. She decided to talk with her husband who addressed their son. I am curious what you all think is an appropriate age?


In the meantime, stop by the Boys & Girls Club Cyber Safe site and take the quiz for yourself: Are you a smart cyber parent? Plus, do you have burning questions about online safety, then Ask the CyberTribe (side note: everyone who submits a question is entered for a chance to win an iPad mini and $500 to the Boys & Girls Club of your choice). Be sure to check the Resources tab for further information. The page covers topics such as online bullying, social networks, mobile technologies and privacy settings.

The site might not have all the answers to the dilemmas your teenager will face. However, it is a great place to start for online safety!

Taxi Magic

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Taxi Magic. I received a promotional code to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

In a former life I was a software trainer. I be-bopped around the United States via planes, trains, automobiles and sometimes taxis. Thus, I have experienced a fair share of no show or late taxis. There is no legitimate excuse for being tardy, for a client. It was unprofessional to clients yet I had to rely on others to navigate me through unknown areas.

I would call a toll-free number for a local taxi service to request a ride and get a rough estimate from an uncertain dispatcher. Sometimes I would wait at an airport terminal or outside my hotel. Waiting. Waiting. And more waiting.

The pick-up time would increase from 10 minutes to sometimes 60 minutes. On those days, the experience was dreadful.

Fast forward to 2009. Taxi Magic has been fine tuning the process of their customer experiences. With a 99.9 percent pick-up ratio, it translates to happier passengers. The best part is all taxi drivers go through background checks, are licensed and insured. If only other taxi fleets had this type of service when I traveled. I could have avoided a few embarrassing moments.

Downloading the app was as easy as a push of the Taxi Magic button. After I opened the app, I plugged in a few pieces of important details. Name, approved location services, billing information, agreed to terms, then it was ready to go.

My initial experience requesting a taxi was interesting. Like an anxious kid, I waited for the app to assign my request to a driver. Then, I watched the little taxi icon navigate, real-time on my screen. Closer and closer, I knew exactly where the driver was and the approximate arrival time.

It was almost too easy. The friendly driver took me to my destination. I did not even have to tell him because I already had put it in on the Taxi Magic app. I am impressed. No fuss, I like that.

Watch out Los Angeles County, there is a quicker and easier way to get around. Ditch your car and hail a taxi, via the Taxi Magic app.

A simple and easy download and voila, a ride at your location within an average of 6 minutes. With a click of the button, a taxi is on the way or schedule a future ride.

Taxi service app

Taxi Magic

How to use the Taxi Magic app:

-Download the Taxi Magic app on iOS or Android
-Open the Taxi Magic app
-Tap the gear symbol in the top right corner
-Tap “Promos and Credits” on the dropdown menu
-Get a discount, promotional code for $15 dollars off their first ride: MomMagic14
-Enter your code and tap the “enter” key on your keyboard
-After you enter the code, the amount will appear on your “Promos and Credits” screen.
-Full details on using the promotional code can be found here:

Also, check out how to pay for Taxi Magic.



How to Train Your Dragon 2

Looking for an action-packed weekend of fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX® Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!

Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation’s official website.

For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here!

Disclosure: This information has been provided by IMAX.


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