Tuesday April 22, 2014
Buying games for your kids was fairly costly until recently. Most video games cost at least $40 and the average board game is about $15. However, with the popularity of mobile apps, you rarely have to spend more than $4 for a fun game that can be played anywhere. You don't need to buy your kids their own mobile devices. You can download the apps to your phone or tablet and let your kids play on them. See 10 Fun Mobile App Games for Kids for some great recommendations on apps your kids are sure to enjoy.
Friday April 18, 2014
While Sesame Street has always done an amazing job teaching young children to understand difficult subjects, they have now moved to trying to help them overcome difficult challenges. In a collaboration with the Committee for Children, they have created the Little Children, Big Challenges Initiative. The goal of the initiative to give caregivers and children the tools to learn resilience and persevere through both big and small challenges.
In Sesame Street Initiative Helps Children Overcome Challenges, you will learn more about Little Children, Big Challenges and find links to the multimedia tools created to help learn resilience. Whether you child is facing big challenges such as dealing with divorce, or everyday challenges, there are tools to help.
Thursday April 10, 2014
When Microsoft came out with the Windows 8 operating system, many drastic changes were made to Windows. One of the smaller changes, but a great one for parents, was the new Family Safety settings and website. Parents now have more control and options than ever before to keep their kids safe on Windows computers. Please go to Family Safety Tools in Windows 8: How to Monitor, Limit and Restrict Your Child's Computer Activity to learn all your options to keep your children safe and how to implement them. As your kids age, all limits or restrictions can easily be changed.
Tuesday April 8, 2014
Media streaming devices allow you to watch TV and movies from services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus (depending on the device) on you televison, instead of your computer. They also let you watch other services like YouTube, WWE, listen to Pandora or Spotify, and play app type games. The reason why these media streaming devices are especially important for families is that parents should be watching TV and movies with their kids and playing games together. That can be less than comfortable on a laptop. However, on a large den television set, the entire family can all watch or play together.
The market for media streaming devices just got more crowded when Amazon entered it with its Amazon Fire TV. That, along with the Roku 3, Apple TV and Google Chromecast are the leading streamers on the market. In Choosing The Best Media Streaming Device For Your Family, I described each of them and compared and recommended the devices that I feel are your best choices. I am sure that you and your family will enjoy your digital media streamer as much a my family enjoys ours.