Ah, that time of year! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far. For me it’s been pretty busy, and you may have noticed fewer posts than usual. So while I haven’t had time to write-up a new review or article this week there is still helpful information to share. Whether you are tablet shopping for the kids, wondering about parental controls on the new gaming systems, or looking for kid-safe browsers for iPods, iPads, and iPhone, I’ve got you covered.
Last year I wrote an article “Best New Tablets for Kids and Families”. While some of the considerations are the same, the chart of new tablets is not up-to-date. What’s new in 2012 may not be what’s best for 2013! So here’s an article from Kids Privacy. Author Anne Livingston has a great resource for choosing a tablet this holiday season.
Another resource is from Consumer Reports, “How to choose the best tablet for your child”.
For those families updating their gaming system this holiday season, don’t forget to set the parental controls. Modern day gaming consoles offer more than just video games. Did you know that you can integrate Skype on Xbox? And browse the internet from PlayStation 4? If you want to limit some of these functions, read these instructions from Yoursphere for Parents.
And if you’re going for a Wii system, their support page has a “Parent’s information” link for each product.
Kid Safe Browser update
I’ve updated my listing of Kid-safe browsers for iPod touch, iPad and iPhone. Now that iOS7 includes parental controls in the way of content filtering, there may be less of a need for these browsers. But not all devices can upgrade to iOS7. And some of these browsers offer other features such as e-mail reports of web activity at an additional (but not too expensive) cost.