Washington Family Magazine : September 2014
30 September 2014 washingtonFAMILY.com MAKE YOUTUBE MORE KID-FRIENDLY. YouTube’s Safety Mode hides “most” age-inappropriate videos and (bonus) enables safe search in Google. At the bottom of the YouTube screen, click the box that says “Safety: Off” until it says On. TAME GAMES. The popular game network Steam offers lots of kid-friendly games, but it also sells plenty of games inappropriate for kids. With Steam Family Options, you can help kids find the games that will work for them. GET HIGH-QUALITY, LOW-COST KIDS’ SHOWS WITHOUT CABLE. Online streaming video services such as Hulu Plus and Netflix are offering high-quality, original kids’ shows. Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime offers a safe place for kids’ books, videos and apps. Advantages of streaming: fewer commercials and programs don’t run continuously so kids are more likely to “watch just one.” HELp KIDS FOCUS ON ONE App AT A TIME. iOS offers Apple’s Guided Access feature (found in Settings/General/ Accessibility) to temporarily restrict your device to a single app. To keep kids from reprogramming the whole thing, Android tablets feature a restricted user profile where you can create an environment for each family member. 12HACKS TO HELP MANAGE KIDS’ TECHNOLOGY How to keep up with your kids’ technology? There may not always be an app for that, but there are techie tricks to keep your kids protected in the veritable device-storm we’re all experiencing. Check out these 12 Tech Hacks that are easy enough for parents to use yet sophisticated enough to keep up with the kids! Scan the QR Code to read this on our website with live links – or visit www. washingtonFAMILY.com and click the Tech Hacks link.