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.
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.
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.
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.
Instead of buying a tablet specifically made for children, you can save money buy sharing your iPad with your kids. There are only a few things that you need to do to make your iPad safe for them.
In How To Make Your iPad Safe For Your Kids To Use, you will learn how to setup parental controls that will allow you prevent your kids from doing anything you don't want, such as installing apps, browsing the Internet, using using the camera, and more. You will also learn about kid safe browsers, if you would like your children to have safe access to the Internet. And there are recommendation for iPad cases that will keep your iPad safe from your kids.
YouTube is has many valuable videos for children, teens and the whole family. The difficult part is finding the quality videos among the millions of videos on the site. Most videos on YouTube are part of a channel, so when I wanted to recommend videos for families I wrote about 10 YouTube Channels For Kids and Teens. The article also shows you how to turn on the YouTube safety option.
Pinterest has gone from being a photo scrap-booking tool to a social networking tool for marketing. It has reached a point that many people don't even think to create a Pinterest account for themselves if they have nothing to promote.
Pinterest still has all the same benefits for all users that it always did. One you have an account you can use Pinterest to find ideas and advice, organize your family, and have fun and relive memories. Check out How To Use Pinterest For Ideas, Organization and Fun for a primer on how to use Pinterest on what you can do for yourself and your family.
How much do you know about video games? If your kids are gamers, or will be soon, you should know the basics of video games so that you can keep your kids safe and find games appropriate for them to play.
You can learn about the types of video games, game platforms, video game ratings, parental controls, educational video games and other benefits of video games in the Parents Guide to Video Games. You will also see why it's a good idea to play video games with your kids sometimes.
When looking for the best books for your children or teens, often the best places to get recommendations are websites. There are many book recommendation websites, written for parents, to help them find great books for their young kids and tweens. Teen book websites are best used by your teens themselves.
One of the best features of these websites are that they do not only look for good books, but they choose books to recommend that will instill a love of reading in your kids. You should find that in 8 Book Recommendation Websites for Children, Teens and Tweens. The hope is that the books they read are so special that they can't wait to read more.
Your teen has decided to start blogging. That is wonderful. There are many benefits of blogging for teens, not least of which is that all that time spent writing will do wonders for their writing skills. However, you want to make sure that they have considered other issues such as safety and privacy.
Parents need to give their teens a few practical tips to remind them how public blogging is, what the consequences can be and what they can do to protect themselves. You can also give them a few blogging tips on platforms to use, editing, copyright and more. You can find all of these tips at 10 Blogging Tips Parents Should Give New Teen Bloggers. Good luck with your teens' blogs. I'd love to see them.