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Christina Tynan-Wood

Columnist, freelance writer

Portland, Oregon

Christina Tynan-Wood

I have been covering technology since before Bill met Melinda and you met Google. I currently write the Family Tech column in Family Circle magazine and the Deal Seeker column at Yahoo! Tech. I also write about education, parenting, and many other topics for many other publications. Clients include Greatschools.org, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, This Old House Magazine, USA Weekend, PC Magazine, PC World, Jaguar, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many others.

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More Gifts for Dads and Grads

Did you see the tech gift guide I wrote with my husband, Dan Tynan, in the June issue? There are lots of great tech gifts in it. But that story contains only a fraction of the cool gear we wanted to include. Here are some more ideas. Is your grad old enough to take over his own cell phone plan?
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Is Your Teen’s Online Reputation Keeping Him from Finding a Job?

My son and all his friends are looking for summer jobs. And since all the job applications – for Target, Starbucks, and fast food places – are online, I’m sure a lot of pre-screening of applicants happens on Google. From a teenager’s point of view (as far as I can tell) the online job application is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
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Watching My Kids from Far, Far Away

I was in a flurry of preparation for a trip to Europe. I had a million things to do. And I was worrying about leaving my 14-year-old daughter Ava home alone for a night while I was gone. Ava assured me she was excited about getting some “alone time.”. But she’s my baby. I was fretting. In the midst of this, I took a call from some folks at Vivint, a home security company.
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A Modern Way to Label Your Belongings

My son is a notorious loser of things. And as he gets older, the things he owns and could potentially lose get more expensive: Cell phones, tablets, computers, high-priced text books. My husband isn’t much better at keeping track of his keys or wallet. And, though I never have, I would hate to lose my purse.

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