Thinking About Internet Safety for Your Kids

 

Do you have a child above the age of 5 or so? If you do, then I am going to assume that they either beg to use your laptop and iPad or maybe even have one of their own.

If that is the case, then you are probably worried about your kids accidentally coming across something that is way too “adult” for them online, or even more seriously, possibly running into an internet predator. In this blog we are going to go over some simple ways that you can help protect your kids online, because let’s face it, you can’t watch them every single second – especially if you have more than one child.

 

 

First off, one of the easiest things that you can do for your kids to keep them safe is to turn on Google’s SafeSearch. SafeSearch is a Google search feature that surprisingly, many parents don’t know about. Google created the filter for parents to exclude adult websites and content from Google Search results. This feature helps to remove potentially harmful material appearing when searching the web. Google does state however, that no filter is 100% accurate, and they provide an online form to submit any websites that may get past their filter. This simple tool can prevent kids from trying to do an image search for “Lego” and end up getting the many results for “Legs”, some of which can be on the racy side. Here’s how to turn on the Google SafeSearch, it only takes a second!

1. Visit the Google Search Settings page at http://www.google.com/preferences.
2. In the “SafeSearch filters” section, check the “Filter explicit results” box.
3. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page.

Unfortunately, sometimes kids run into trouble online that have nothing to do with accidentally running across adult-themed websites. Next up are some tips to help keep your kids from running into any “bad apples” online that spoil the internet fun for everyone.

 

  • Keep computers in a central place. It makes it easier to keep an eye on kid’s online activities. In addition to being able to make sure that your kids aren’t going onto any adult websites, it can help foster bonding as well, because if your computer is in a centrally located position such as the kitchen it’s easy to check in on your kids and see what they are up to, and possibly join them in their fun.

 

  • Monitor your children’s online activities. If you have young children, we recommend browsing the internet with them. For older children you could talk about what kinds of websites they can visit and what isn’t appropriate for them to view. You can also check the browser history to find out where your kids have been. If you are worried that your kids might not obey your wishes and go onto adult websites on purpose you can always install a computer monitoring program such as “Net Nanny”.

 

  • Teach Internet safety. Children need to know how to use the Internet safely and responsibly when they’re on their own. If you start when they are very young, and enforce safety rules every single time they use the computer it will become just a part of their daily life and not a “punishment”.

 

  • Protect your passwords. Teach children never to give out their passwords and to make a habit of unclicking “remember me” settings on public computers. Also, even though it might make life a little more difficult, try and use different passwords for different websites instead of re-using passwords.

 

  • Beware of online communication to strangers. Teach your children not to arrange face to face meetings with people they meet online, and not to share personal information with anyone online. Also, take the following as a good rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t say it to someone in person, don’t text it, email it, message it, or post it as a comment on someone’s webpage. Please also tell pre-teens and teens that even if someone says that they are another kid just like them, it doesn’t make it true.

I hope this article has given you some ideas about how to keep your kids safe when they are online. And remember – the part about not revealing personal information online applies to everyone, not just kids!

If you are in the market to get your child (or yourself) a new computer or iPad, check out DealDash. They have all types of items in many different categories there, check out the Electronics & Computer section. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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Nab Yourself a Nabi Jr. on DealDash

Kids love electronics, it’s a fact of life. Instead of letting them use your expensive adult tablet, how about nabbing them a Nabi Jr?

There’s a lot of talk these days about making learning fun, so that kids actually want to participate. The world around us is changing so quickly, when I was in Kindergarten in the mid-1980s the most academic thing that we did was learn our numbers and colors. However, now with a child in Kindergarten myself I see that there are clear, very specific core fundamentals a child must master in order to succeed in Kindergarten. The kids need to grasp these reading, writing and math concepts before entering elementary school. My son was really struggling last year, so much that he had to repeat Kindergarten this year, and I believe that it was because he didn’t learn these core skills in Preschool that he really needed for Kindergarten.

 

Luckily, the Nabi Jr. tablet that I want to talk about today was designed as a tool, not as a toy. Nabi Jr. is powered by a dual-core processor, including 4GB storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and rotating front and back camera. The operating system is Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is really easy to use. The Nabi Jr. also comes pre-loaded with Wings First Steps, which are  age-appropriate lessons that help your child master skill sets and build core fundamentals in math, reading and writing. Parents can check progress with N-Site, a program that allows parents to monitor time spent, skill gains and also to identify trouble spots. Do you have a kid who is reluctant to help around the house? Even the most stubborn kids can learn to be responsible and make good choices with Nabi Coins, Chore List and Treasure Box.

In case you’re curious what Nabi Coins are, Nabi Coins is a parent-managed virtual currency that teaches children how to save, earn and spend money. Nabi Coins can be earned when your child completes lessons in the Wings Learning System or finishes their chores in the Chore List program. Your child can use their Nabi Coins to buy stuff in Treasure Box. Pretty cool, right? The Treasure Box is basically an app store where kids can use their hard earned Nabi Coins to purchase new music, movies, games, and more.

If you would like to introduce your kids to a Nabi, head on over to DealDash and check out the upcoming Nabi auctions. If you see one you are interested in, go ahead and hit the blue “Alert Me” button and DealDash will send you a quick email when one becomes available. Good luck and happy bidding everyone, set your Bid Buddies and go out and enjoy the beautiful summer weather!

 

Apples to Apples

I don’t know about you, but every single person I know over the age of about 5 has an Apple product of some sort. They are SO popular. Let me tell you why.

Apple has been around longer than I have been alive – they were founded on (no fooling!)  April 1, 1976, which is 39 years ago! When thinking of founding members, most people just think of Steve & Steve (Jobs and Wozniak), but there was actually a third founding member named Ronald Wayne. Their first product was called the Apple 1,  which went on sale in July of 1976 and was market-priced at $666.66 ($2,763 in 2015 dollars, adjusted for inflation). Since then, of course, Apple has released countless products. I’ll give you a quick run-down on some of the most popular ones that are currently available. 

 

iPhone. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the newest phones that Apple has released. The 6 Plus has a huge 5.5-inch (diagonal) Retina HD display screen that is 1920-by-1080 resolution. Some other great features are an 8MP iSight camera with Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, and optical image stabilization, an A8 chip with M8 motion co-processor, and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor – which I have on my phone, and it’s amazing! I absolutely love being able to just swipe my finger and my phone unlocks without me having to type in a password. And when my kids are bigger, well, no one is going to be able to guess Mom’s password!

 

iPad. There are a few different iPads that are currently out, but I will go with my favorite- the iPad Mini 3 64GB with WiFi. I recently got this iPad for my 7 year old son and he loves it. It has so many cool features like the Touch ID fingerprint sensor (so his little sister can’t use it!), a 7.9-inch Retina display, a powerful A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, an iSight camera, a FaceTime HD camera, and so many game apps on the Apple App store, a lot of them for free or less than $3. These iPad Minis are so cute and so portable. My regular iPad doesn’t fit easily into my purse, so when I think I will need an iPad on the go – I go with the iPad Mini. 

 

iPod. As with the iPad there are many different types of iPod, so I will go with the one that I am the most familiar with, the 32GB iPod Touch . I think that one of the coolest feature on this iPod is the  5 MP iSight camera. It lets you shoot photos and high-definition videos on the go. No need to bring your clunky camera or camcorder, the iPod 32GB has you covered. Some other nice features include the iTunes radio with streaming music, a 4″ retina display, and Airdrop Control Center. This iPod holds so much music I don’t know if I will ever end up filling mine all the way up. It’s also great for storing and reading all of your Ebooks and reading them with the iBooks or Kindle App from the Apple App store.

 

DealDash has all of these awesome Apple products up for auction regularly. Additionally, DealDash also has countless accessories like cases, chargers, and more! Head on over there and check out all of the great Apple products that DealDash has on offer today!