Everyone is Talking
About net neutrality officially ending.
Why do I care?
There are significant changes to the rules of the internet road. The longer-term implications are TBD, but it’s possible some big changes are on the horizon – like your Netflix fees.
Tell me more.
The net neutrality regulations ensured that all traffic on the internet was treated equally. It worked much like telephone regulations in that it prevented providers from blocking or slowing down signals. The repeal removes key regulations and allows for companies like Netflix and Youtube to be assessed additional fees to keep their streaming services going. Which means that additional cost could be passed onto the consumer and binging shows may become a bit more expensive.
Another key change with the repeal – the FCC’s regulation power was stripped and given to the FTC. The biggest concern with that change is that the FTC oversees consumer and competition regulations for all. the. things. Quality oversight to ensure providers aren’t breaking contracts with their customers could be difficult. Additionally, the FTC doesn’t have the same rule-making power as the FCC which may make it a challenge to hold companies accountable for infractions.
For a granular look at these changes, check out CNET’s coverage on the repeal or check out TheSkimm’s quick (easily understandable) refresher on FB.
Everyone is Also Talking About
The royal baby. The Duchess of Cambridge had a little boy at 11 am local time. He weighed 8lbs, 7oz. No word on the name yet.
This royal addition will be fifth in line for the throne after his grandfather Charles, his father William and two older siblings George and Charlotte. The little Prince was born just days before William and Kate’s 7th wedding anniversary on the 29th. Congratulations to them!
In other baby news, it looks like this baby may have a playmate in the form of a new cousin, the rumor mill says Pippa is expecting.
Your Digital Kid
If you’re a streaming family, you’ll want to take full advantage of what your providers are offering. Bookmark these lists from Netflix for easy reference:
- The Best Kids’ Movies on Netflix from Common Sense Media includes the Tinkerbell movies, the Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, Finding Dory, Moana, the Secret Life of Pets, The BFG, the first two High School Musicals, Beauty and the Beast (the new one) and more. We’ve got Chasing Coral on our list – a documentary covering the state of Coral Reefs.
- Paste Magazine lists out the Top 25 Kid TV Shows on Netflix right now including shows to get your science fix like The Magic School Bus, Cosmos: A Space Odyssey and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Also making the cut? Daniel Tiger, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Netflix’s re-make of Danger Mouse.
Summer is coming and the kids will be home every. single. day.
Let that sink in a bit.
If you missed the sign-ups for sleep away camp and/or it was hard to justify the cost with multiple kids to consider, then take a page out of Sharon from Mom of 6’s book. She decided with her family to host camp at home each year. Summer is a good time, in her opinion, to take a less structured approach to daily life and activities. Check out her blog for a great set of resources. Some of our favorites include:
- Putting together a family bucket list to get a feel for what everyone wants to do.
- A Summer chore chart to get the kids engaged in caring for the home. We dig it.
- Adding a backyard zip line and a vegetable garden in the mix making you the coolest mom on the block.
- Sharon offers lists of ideas for ‘field trips’, at-home fun like Karaoke and more.
- Finish up your summer with a gratitude wall featuring photos of all of the fun from the summer.
We’re all about taking a green approach to life, and we love the idea of raising our kids ‘green’ however, we’re not sure we could do what some families are doing and ditch toilet paper. There’s a new product called the ‘family cloth’ on the market. The ‘family cloth’ is used lieu of toilet paper.
We’re definitely passing (#sorrynotsorry), but we aren’t judging if you want to give it a go.
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