Monday, 16 April 2018

How to set a screen time limit on your iPad or iPhone


In a previous post, we talked about the process of setting up the parental controls on an iPad or iPhone so that it would be suitable for child use. Today I am going to walk you through how to lock an iOS device to a specific app and apply a screen time limit. This is all done through a setting called Guided Access.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Roblox recommendations for kids by kids

In earlier posts we broke down what Roblox is and the steps parents can take to protect their kids. Now it is time to get into the good stuff, the actual games!


The following is a list of recommended Roblox games, curated by the those who know best, kids! We will be adding to this list as the recommendations come in, so make sure to check back from time to time.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

How to disable Voice Chat in Fortnite



Earlier we shared a post breaking down what parents should know about Fortnite. As noted in that post, the online interaction can leave your child exposed to some language you may not want your child to hear. Luckily Fortnite has an option in the menu that allows you to disable voice chat all together and keep your child's ears free from the toxic chat that accompanies most online games. 

Saturday, 7 April 2018

How to turn off online communication in Roblox


Ten year old me wishes Roblox existed when I was a kid. Growing up as a computer and gaming nerd, I would have died for a game that let me create my own games within it and share them with the world. People have created games where you deliver pizzas, work at McDonald's, play hide and seek or save the world from zombies. The endless possibilities are why my kids love it and why I worry about what and who they are being exposed to along the way.

The Roblox Corporation is actually pretty active in trying to control the content that appears and have strict rules and guidelines that must be followed. With that said some things do sneak through and the open communication can expose a child to vulgar language, cyber bullying, and more. A quick Google search can show you what kind of disturbing things kids have been exposed too through this game.

Thankfully there are some steps you can take to remove that risk. By adding a parent email, setting up a PIN and adjusting a couple settings we can remove the online interaction with others and filter the games available to only those curated by Roblox themselves.

Friday, 6 April 2018

What parents should know about Roblox



All three of my kids love Roblox and all three of them use it to play completely different games. My oldest likes to play adventure games and mazes, my daughter loves playing a game where you are a parent and have to adopt a child while my youngest likes to try and deliver pizzas but really just rides around on a mo-ped driving in circles. It is cool to know that all these games were designed by others, such a creative outlet for people of all ages. It is a robust platform that can provide your child endless fun but there are a couple things you as a parent should be aware of prior to use.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Require a password on all purchases in the PlayStation Store


It is going to happen, sooner or later your child is going to get caught up in the moment of a game and buy something online with your credit card. It happened to our family last year in the Google Play Store (side note they were super friendly and refunded the purchases without issue) and it recently happened to another family I know two weeks ago with Fortnite through the PlayStation Store.  

It sucks but it happens. While moments like this are a great talking point to our children about money, responsibility and consequences, there are things we can do as parents to prevent them from getting into the situations in the first place. In this post, I am going to walk you through the steps needed to require that your password be entered on all digital purchases on PlayStation. This includes the browser based store and the PlayStation Store on the PS4 itself. 

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

How to set up Parental Controls on your child's iPad and iPhone


So, you just got a new iPhone or iPad to replace your current one and decided that instead of just throwing the old device in a drawer, you are going to hand it down to one of your children. You are happy with your new toy and the child is happy with theirs (side note - new tech day is always the best day in my opinion)!

Before handing over that iPad, did you think about setting up some limitations to help keep the kiddos out of trouble? Probably not and neither did we. My wife and I learned a hard lesson about this last year and I don't want you to make the same mistakes that we did. In this post we are going to go through the controls available to you on your iPhone and iPad that will allow your child to have fun and be safe at the same time. 

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