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. 

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Turn on Restricted Mode in YouTube for safer searching

Kids love YouTube. For some unknown reason they can spend countless hours watching people play video games or open Shopkins packs... and what's with those surprise eggs?! There is an insane amount of content on YouTube that I would argue should not been seen by adults, let alone kids. To that effect, let's talk about some ways to make YouTube safer for kids. 

In this post, we are going to look at Restricted Mode. According to YouTube, "Restricted Mode hides videos that may contain inappropriate content that is flagged by users and other signals". 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

What parents should know about Fortnite Battle Royale

If you have children at home, chances are they have asked you if they can play Fortnite Battle Royale. Unless you are a nerdy parent like myself, you might not know what it is and if it's okay for your little one's eyes. With this post I hope to provide you with some information on the game and help you decide whether it is appropriate for your kiddos. I have given each category below a rating. The higher the value, the higher the risk to your child.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Set up a child account on PlayStation to manage content, play time and spending

We love video games in our house (let me edit this to say the kids and I love them, my wife doesn't care for much other than Tetris). I actually play a few hours a week once everyone else is in bed and while games like Call of Duty are fun to me, I do not believe they are appropriate for young eyes. In order to prevent my kids from stumbling upon something they shouldn't, or buying apps and add-ons in the PSN store with my hard-earned money, I decided to set up a separate account for the kids so that I could apply age restrictions to games and prevent purchases in the store. 

The steps below will walk you through that process and make sure your kids are safe for those moments when you turn your head. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Protect your PlayStation Network account from being taken over

**This is a must for any and all PlayStation owners**

Did you know that PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts get hacked all the time? I read posts on forums and Reddit almost daily of people losing access to their PSN account due to weak passwords, phishing schemes or other hacks. Luckily, Sony has taken a step in the right direction by adding tools to help protect your account which includes your personal information and access to your credit card.

To help prevent someone from accessing your account, you can enable 2-Step Verification.  With 2-Step verification, any time someone logs into your account, they will need to enter a verification code that is sent via text message to your mobile device. If they do not have the code they cannot log in. Seems like a no brainer if you ask me, especially if your credit card information is tied to your PSN account or you use the same password on multiple sites (a big no-no in my house...just ask my wife).

Follow the steps below to help keep unwanted pests out of your PSN.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Set up a child account in Windows 10 to restrict and monitor what your kid sees and does

In our house, the kids only have access to a computer that is set up in the family room. My wife and I chose this purposely, so that we always have an eye on what they are doing. Our children do not have TVs or tablets in their rooms either, as a way to limit unnecessary screen time.

As any parent knows though, things happen and for the moments we can't be right there beside them, it is best to have some tools in place to keep children safe.

In this post we are going to walk through the steps of setting up an child account in Windows. This type of account allows you to set restrictions on web sites, apps, and purchases and will even email you a weekly summary of your child's activity.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

How to restrict TV shows and movies across your entire Netflix account

In the last post we showed you how to restrict the content on a profile in Netflix. Now we are going to show you how to take that one step further so that your kids cannot access content they shouldn't see on any other profile.

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