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My Mother Isn’t A Tech Nitwit (And Neither Is Yours)

By: ebusinessmom Category: Miscellaneous

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Happy Mother’s Day to you wonderful moms. We may have the most difficult job in the world, but it’s the best. There is nothing like it. To my wonderful mom, Esther Olive, I wish you the happiest Mother’s Day EVER! I love you.

I stumbled upon the following article about a mom myth and I thought I should share it with you. It’s a long article and I only copied part of the article. To read the entire article…the original article click on the link at the bottom of this post. Enjoy.

When someone wants to describe how easy a new app is to use or observe that anyone with a shred of intellect could figure out the latest Facebook feature, here’s the one word that gets trotted out most consistently: “mom.”

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I’m told at least weekly how an entrepreneur’s website is “so simple even your mom could figure it out,” a comment usually followed by a sarcastic eye roll and wry smile. (Well, har har. I’ll have you know my mom is a Skype master, inseparable from her iPad, and a digital-photo editing savante.) Another regular: “This tablet is nothing special, but, like, my mom would use it.” In short, “mom” has become a synonym for “technologically incompetent.”

Yeah, we’ve got some mommy issues.

Case in point: MomThisIsHowTwitterWorks.com, an idiot’s guide to @ replies, retweets and other social media jargon. I’ve checked and the URL “DadThisIsHowTwitterWorks.com” isn’t taken.

The go-to example for an out-of-touch Luddite who suffers a nervous breakdown before she can find the back button is “your mom.” And it’s a stereotype that needs to be snuffed out.

The pervasiveness of the “even your mom” myth is particularly surprising given that women are the savviest social networkers and web users around. Female Internet users are 6 percent more likely than the average online adult to have at least one social networking profile, while men are 7 percent less likely, according to a recent Nielsen study. According to a 2010 comScore report, women spend 8 percent more time online than their male counterparts — and those active Internet users aren’t just teens.

Women older than 55 spend an average of nearly 300 minutes a month on social networking sites. Men their age averaged less than 200 minutes a month doing the same.

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Is Refusing to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance “Disorderly Conduct”?

By: ebusinessmom Category: Miscellaneous

You know what…I really don’t know what to say about this one. What do you think? Is refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance “Disorderly Conduct?”

A Pennsylvania eighth-grade student and her mother won a battle after challenging school officials’ position that students must stand during the Pledge of Allegiance or else be punished for “disorderly conduct.”

Carolyn Raja sued the Brownsville Area School District on behalf of her 13-year-old daughter (known in court documents as “N.B.), who was admonished by her teacher, Jessica VanMeter, after she refused to get out of her classroom seat during the Pledge of Allegiance.

The school’s principal, Vincent Nesser, backed the disciplinary actions of the teacher, telling Raja that he expected all students to recite the pledge.

The school does not have a written rule or policy requiring students to participate in the daily pledge.
On the morning of May 1, the ACLU sued the school district on behalf of the Rajas and by the afternoon the district had backed down. District solicitor James Davis acknowledged that N.B. had a “constitutionally protected right” not to stand.

In 1943 the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, affirmed the right First Amendment right of students to refuse to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or to salute the American flag.

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