Part II of a multi-post series. You can find Part I HERE.
One thing that is certain about Christmas: A ton of video games are destined for Santa’s gift sack!
The game industry knows this and plans the release of games, game systems, and accessories with an eye to the end of the year. That’s why we just saw Sony release the Playstation Pro, and why Microsoft released their new XBOX ONE S machines a couple of months ago.
So, parents, what dangers to your kids lurk in this part of the electronics industry? What do you need to consider before getting that new game, or game system?
WOW! Halloween is past and the early Black Friday sales are in play! Time to start planning!
As parents are shopping they have to consider how they will keep their kids safe from inappropriate materials and media, and from predators. What should parents be aware of, and what actions are needed to protect kids from inappropriate material…and more?
In this 4-part series we will look at what parents need to know about protecting kids who use:
– Game Consoles
– Video Games
– Streaming TV
– Parental Controls
– and more!
If you have been in the civilized world (and connected to the Internet) in the past week you have probably heard about all of the ruckus that Nintendo’s new game, POKÉMON GO!, is creating! In just the first few days, POKÉMON GO! has thrown CANDY CRUSH off the top of the app pile, and (as of July 13, 2016) had over 21-MILLION peak users in the United States, alone! The frenzy also hit Wall Street and, in the first week of release, Nintendo’s stock price jumped, adding $7.5-BILLION to the firm’s market value.
POKÉMON GO! has produced millions of happy Pokémon fans who have long awaited the fun it brings, but there are also a number of unintended consequences, risks, and outright dangers that parents need to know about.
Kids and iPhones! Those little handheld computers are both convenient and a problem, and problems are what parents worry about the most: Sexting, social media, shooting inappropriate photos/videos, downloading undesired media, bullying. And they should.
In the past year (2015-2016) courts have ruled that parents may be held legally responsible and considered legally negligent due to children’s activities online when the parents are aware that a child’s online activities may be injurious or are in need of correction (BOSTON et al. v. ATHEARN et al., Georgia Court of Appeals). In addition, purchases made online, especially in-app purchases, can blow the family budget. So, if parents are on the hook, what do they do?
Lots of young females like Tumblr, the “superblog” platform. In fact, recent Pew Research indicates that 23% of teen girls use Tumblr compared to only 5% of boys. It’s popular because very easy to set up your own blog and add content. Plus, it is easy to find other people’s content on their blogs and add their content to your blog. It has social features such as “liking” and “following”. Tumblr is a well-designed platform for expressing yourself.
Well, Mother Nature may not know that yet, in some parts of the country, but Spring is definitely here, and many of us have lots of Spring projects to get our homes and lawns ready for the rest of the year.
This is also a good time to do some digital Spring cleaning, too. Let’s see what a TECH-SAFE HOME™ needs!
“Pornography? I don’t worry about that. I only have girls!”
That’s what a mom told me a 3-4 years ago when I mentioned what I do to educate and equip parents to keep kids safe online. She was assuming things were like they were in her day, when almost all the consumers of porn were male.
So, why should we be surprised when our kids try to hide stuff from us, especially inappropriate material from the Internet, like pornography? The problem is, they have ‘way more tools for hiding than we did. In my day a teen might hide a Playboy underneath his mattress or in his closet. Today, kids can hide files on hard drives, USB drives, camera/tablet memory cards, and on phones and tablets, themselves.
When hiding files on phones and tablets they are using apps that are called “vaults”, “photo vaults”, or “file vaults”. These are apps that parents need to know about, so let’s take a look.
I get regular inquiries from pastors, counselors, spouses, and parents about pornography use and addiction. Often I am asked: “What are the signs of pornography addiction?”
Though hotly debated, the scientific evidence is increasing that shows pornography addiction is a real addiction…and problem. The physiological changes in the brains of those who consume large amounts of pornography are being found to mirror those founds in drug addicts and alcoholics, especially in the part of the brain called The Reward Center.