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Dear Apple: I Hate You, I Love You, I Hate that I Love You

My Dearest Apple, There comes a time in every relationship, when one just has to decide if it's worth it. After 12 years together, it's time to let you know how I really feel. When we first got together, I envisioned a bright future. I thought you'd be there for me with training and support. But now spending time with you feels [...]

The Cat’s Out of the Bag

Dear Friends, The cat’s out of the bag and is not going back in. While we were soaking up the last days of summer, what had been a smoldering fire in Silicon Valley that started with Susan Fowler's missive about Uber suddenly hit 5-alarm status when a Google engineer published his 10-page memo citing “biological differences” as the main reason behind [...]

My Letter to Tim Cook

Tim Cook Chief Executive Officer Apple Inc. 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino, CA 95014 January 29, 2018 Dear Tim, As a mother of two daughters, a shareholder, a longstanding Apple customer, and a Fuqua alumnae, I would like to join you in your efforts to improve Apple’s parental controls. Over the last eighteen months, I have spent 100+ hours studying the [...]

Dear Silicon Valley: We Need Better Parental Controls

This is custom heading element Published in the Washington Post By Julie Paul Founder and CEO of Heard It From A Friend Really, truly, I can’t take it anymore. I went to another parent’s tech night at my daughters’ school and listened to a most impassioned speaker, Polly Ely of the Lab Method, expound on the impact that devices are [...]

My Letter to Susan Wojcicki–YouTube, It’s Time!

Our Roadmaps Screen Time Social Media Parenting Technology Our Collection Our Toolkit Gold Star Articles Best Practices Our Guides Our Tech Tips iConcierge Services Our Texting Line How It Works What Can I Ask? Invite Me YouTube, It's Time! Susan Wojcicki Chief Executive Officer YouTube 901 Cherry Avenue San Bruno, CA 94066   March 1, 2019   Dear Susan, Rather [...]

How Apple’s Anti-Competitive Behavior is Affecting Me and My Children

This is custom heading element A true test of our American justice system and its ability to combat monopolistic practices is currently underway. And really parents, we should care. Nearly overnight, Apple has squashed at least 11 of the best third-party parental control apps by revoking their rights to distribute their apps in the App Store. Citing privacy concerns, Apple’s latest [...]

Silicon Valley — better parental controls needed, especially on smartphones

This is custom heading element Published in the San Francisco Chronicle By Julie Paul Founder and CEO of Heard It From A Friend Raising kids in this digital age is a tricky game, and we often feel like we have a devil and an angel on our shoulders. Our job as parents is to watch over our children’s health and [...]

Apple: What We Parents Need is Choice — Screen Times Comes in All Different Shapes and Sizes…

This is custom heading element Dear Tim, Screen time is now one of the top parenting concerns today. For years, we parents have muddled through how to give our children the benefits of technology while managing the risks. When Apple offered no suitable means for parents to manage their children’s devices, we found alternatives--thankfully, there were developers who were attuned [...]

Why a Digital Detox for Kids is Essential

Our Roadmaps Screen Time Social Media Parenting Technology Our Collection Our Toolkit Gold Star Articles Best Practices Our Guides Our Tech Tips iConcierge Services Our Texting Line How It Works What Can I Ask? Invite Me Why a Digital Detox for Kids is Essential First published on February 2017 The First Red Flag: Distractibility When you have a Ph.D. in [...]

Parents, Now It’s On Us—Only We Can Reverse These Trends

Parents, Now It's On Us -- Only We Can Reverse These Trends Parents, it’s time we work together. In the past few months, a few startling statistics have surfaced about our teens, and I for one, am very concerned. According to Common Sense Media, texting is now teens’ preferred way to socialize. 35% would rather text their friends as compared [...]

The Echo Chamber Works Both Ways

Our Roadmaps Screen Time Social Media Parenting Technology Our Collection Our Toolkit Gold Star Articles Best Practices Our Guides Our Tech Tips iConcierge Services Our Texting Line How It Works What Can I Ask? Invite Me Dear Silicon Valley - The Echo Chamber Works Both Ways First published in March 14, 2018 Women are Absent from the Technology Conversation The [...]

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