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.

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