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TECH-SAFE HOME WEBINAR

With social distancing and “un-schooling” our kids are at home and online a lot! Internet safety has never been as important as it is today!

We will help you make your home a TECH-SAFE HOME!

Knights’ Quest will hold the TECH-SAFE HOME WEBINAR on Saturday, August 15, to educate and equip parents on the dangers and defenses for building a safer high-tech, 21st Century home.

This 4-part webinar is presented in 2 sessions:

Session 1: 9:30 Central Time

  • Introduction
  • First Steps to a TECH-SAFE HOME

Session 2: 11:00 Central Time

  • Deeper Defenses
  • The Dangers of Pornography & Predators

Each session will last approximately 1 hour and requires separate registrations. The cost is $20US per Session.

Register NOW!

The GOTOWEBINAR platform will be used via your browser. Viewing the webinar on a small screen is not recommended.

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THINGS TO DO WHILE STUCK AT HOME!

With so many of us stuck at home for who knows how long I wanted to share this list of ideas that you and your family can attack while our Nation deals with this virus!

Here is the list, in PDF format! Click on the image or the DOWNLOAD button, below. Then print it out! The 3rd page has room to add your own ideas! Make some of them family projects!

Remember, none of this is catching God by surprise!

Buddy

The TECH-SAFE Winter 2020 Check-Up!

With Winter here and all of us staying indoors a lot more (except for those lucky folks in Florida and Southern California) the kids are indoors even more. So, it’s is a great time to do a “check up” on your TECH-SAFE HOME!

To help you, I’ve created the “Winter 2020 TECH-SAFE Check-Up” check list. You can download it here.

Use this list as a guide for thoroughly going through your home’s devices and accounts. Of course, each family is different, and not all items will apply to all families.

So, download the Checklist and fine tune your TECH-SAFE HOME!


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Parental Controls Review: Circle Home Plus

CIRCLE HOME PLUS is a combined hardware/software approach to parental controls that builds upon the previous CIRCLE WITH DISNEY product that came out in 2015. This new system improves functionality and addresses compatibility issues that the earlier product had with some routers and gateways.

The CIRCLE HOME PLUS system provides the following parental control features:

  • Location Services
  • Assignment of individual profiles
  • Assignment of specific devices to specific profiles
  • Usage reporting
  • Content filtering
  • Bedtime Controls
  • Time limits
  • Off Time (no internet access)
  • History
  • And the ability to PAUSE the Internet….remotely!

Let’s take a deeper look at CIRCLE HOME PLUS!

Continue reading Parental Controls Review: Circle Home Plus

NEW: Knights’ Quest Ministries’ Social Media App Quick Reference Guide 2019 is available for download!

Click the link to the left to download!

We’ve created a new Quick Reference Guide for social media apps. It provides a quick description and assessment of risk for children for roughly 40 popular social media apps used by children. Obviously it does not include every app!

Please feel free to share the file with friends and family!

Apple’s “Ask To Buy”: What Parents Need To Know

Controlling what apps your child uses is an important part of modern parenting. For those families where both parents and kids are using Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, & iPod) Apple has provided a feature called “Ask to Buy”!

Let us take a look at this very useful feature!

Remember:

  • An Apple ID is required for each person you wish to add to “Apple Family” and they must be signed into iCloud and iTunes
  • Have an iOS device with iOS 8 or later, or a Mac computer running YOSEMITE or later.
  • Android or Windows Phone users cannot be part or an Apple family

Continue reading Apple’s “Ask To Buy”: What Parents Need To Know

Sorry, TUMBLR Still Has Porn….

In late 2018 TUMBLR made the news by saying that it was going to remove all adult content, including images/videos with nudity or explicit sex, from the entire site. It seems that a significant number of the micro-blogs that TUMBLR facilitated contained adult material and there were no practical methods to restrict access.

Many parents and others who work to keep their children from inappropriate material cheered this announcement although others maintained a “wait-and-see” attitude. Fans of pornography were devastated and/or outraged.

So, how did that pan out?

Continue reading Sorry, TUMBLR Still Has Porn….

Parental Controls Review: NETGEAR + Circle with Disney

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NETGEAR + CIRCLE WITH DISNEY is an outstanding suite of parental control tools for parents who want to protect their children online, at home, or on the go! Previously, Knights’ Quest has primarily recommended using OpenDNS and built-in parental controls like Apple’s SCREEN TIME feature.

The problems were:

  • Not all devices had adequate, or even marginal, built-in parental controls.
  • OpenDNS only worked in your home.

There were other solutions, but they either were cumbersome, not widely deployed, or required violating a device’s security (i.e. Jailbreaking & Rooting).

Let’s take a quick look at NETGEAR + Circle With Disney (referred to as Circle from here on out) and see what all parents can do!

NOTE:
(Oct 2019) While there are many NETGEAR + Circle With Disney products on the market, Circle has stopped supporting the apps and has launched CIRCLE HOME PLUS. Current users of the NETGEAR systems still have functionality, but the NETGEAR and original CIRCLE WITH DISNEY no longer allow new subscriptions. You can read my review of this new system HERE.

Continue reading Parental Controls Review: NETGEAR + Circle with Disney

BEFORE SANTA COMES……. Part II: Game Consoles & Game Ratings

Face it!  Some of us were born TOO SOON!

Kids today have awesome game systems to play.  Many of us, though, grew up feeding quarters into arcade games like PONG, ASTEROIDS, MISSILE COMMAND, and PAC MAN.  Other spent hundreds of hours playing STREET FIGHTER II, MORTAL KOMBAT, MARVEL VS CAPCOM, DONKEY KONG COUNTRY, and others at the arcade or (later) on early consoles.

Well, soon Santa will be delivering hundreds of thousands of shiny new PLAYSTATION 4, XBOX ONE, Nintendo SWITCH consoles, as well as handheld systems!  And this doesn’t include all the games that will be in stockings!

Unfortunately, as with all technologies, game consoles deliver content designed for people of  many ages and beliefs.  This requires parents to determine what is and isn’t appropriate for their family members based upon family beliefs, children’s ages, and children’s maturity levels & behaviors.

So, whether it’s your family’s first console, or 15th, let’s look at Game Ratings before getting the chimney ready for Santa to arrive!

Continue reading BEFORE SANTA COMES……. Part II: Game Consoles & Game Ratings

The Impact of Cell Phones on Life

I came across this video on Facebook this morning and wanted to share it with all of my blog readers.

It is NOT a “bash the Millennials” video.  If anything, it serves as a reproach to the generation that raised them.  Instead it is a discussion of how several factors, including technology (especially cell phones and social media) have impacted the Millennial generation in terms of happiness, relationships, and job satisfaction.

Watch it, now, and then read on.

The impact of technology on mental health is becoming more and more apparent.  Consider the impact that this gentleman was discussing in terms depression and happiness.  Then, look at the new reports that reveal that suicide rates since 1999 have increased by 30% in America.

30%!!!!

Not surprisingly, this time period also saw the rise in personal technology and communications, from the early days of AOL Instant Messenger to today’s numerous social media apps.  In fact, studies are linking the rise in teen depression and suicide to the rise of smart phone use, as discussed here.

One of the most important points that this gentleman makes is that we do not have age limits on technologies that are doing the exact same things to our brains that alcohol, nicotine, and drugs do.

This is why my guidelines for phones and persona tech are:

If children MUST have a phone (and there are valid reasons why they may) then only give them a phone, not a mobile computer.  There are still flip-phones for sale.  If a child does have have a smart phone parents should  disable/delete social media and web access.  No, the child won’t like it, but that’s parenting….

It is crucial to set strong boundaries as to when and where phones/tablets may be used by children and youth!  Consider these rules in the home:

  • For elementary age children, only allow them access to the phone/tablet WHEN THEY NEED IT, such as when they are away from home/family.  This age group should not carry a phone around like a wallet, 24/7.  Nothing should be distracting them from typical non-electronic play and activities (This applies to game systems as well.)
  • For middle school age children, set specific time limits and other controls on the phones, forcing them to have to interact in person, rather than through social media and chat.
  • High school students should have broader time limits, but should still have controls that limit access to social media and inappropriate content.
  • All phones (including Mom’s and Dad’s) should be charged in a central location, not in bedrooms.
  • If you feel that you need a phone in your bedroom for emergencies, get a “regular” phone.  Such service may be part of your cable bundle, anyway.

Sit down to discuss why these rules are important with your spouse/co-parent, and with your children.

We’ll talk more about this  in 2019, but keep this in mind as you plan your Christmas giving to your children.

And remember the Jurassic Park Rule:

“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should!”

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