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Hitting the Web This Summer – Tips For Protecting Your Kids and Computer

Let’s face it, our kids are addicted to technology like never before. Computers are a way of life for them. It’s how they get they music, videos, pictures, stay in touch with friends, play games and just about everything else.

Kids are fearless and will always act first and worry about the consequences later. And that includes their computer habits. Downloading programs or games without understanding the fine print that goes along with these types of activities.

A lot of “free” computer downloads are loaded with a ton of bad or just plain annoying junk. So here are a few things you can do to help ease your computer trouble down the road without cutting your kids off from the family computer.

  • Educate them about the potential pitfalls of free downloads – remember the old saying, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch”, well it’s true in the computer age. A program is free because someone is paying the developer to add their spyware/ad ware into the free download and then getting it on your computer.
  • Make sure you antivirus software is up to date and is setup to scan in real time. As your kids browse or get email, these antivirus programs will scan the webpage or email for these piggyback programs and warn you.
  • If you don’t have antivirus software on your computer, stop right where you are, and make a small investment to get your self protected. Better to spend about fifty bucks of software, than a couple of hundred later on cleaning you computer up.
  • Monitor your kids online activity. There are several software titles that will let you know what they’re doing, who they’re chatting with and where they’ve been. Remember, this are just ways to help protect them from many online threats and people looking to prey on children.
  • If you need to, get professional help getting your computer protected. Professional computer technicians can provide you with several options to help keep your computer and your family safe and it doesn’t cost as much as you might think.

Online computer use should be fun, informative and safe. Don’t allow the bad elements online keep you and your family from enjoying the internet. Find a professional computer technician to help you stay protected and your computer will perform better, you’ll have peace of mind and save a lot of money in the long run.

Girl Games and Games for Boys

Children like computer games as much as you do. Even if they are very young, or even if they are older they are all attracted with this kind of entertainment. There is nothing wrong with that. If you will allow your child or children to get in contact with the computer from an early age they will be more skillful when they will get older and they will really needed. The main thing that you should do is to be really careful when you choose their games. You shouldn’t live them in front of the computer by themselves. This is an activity that should be controlled by parents so children will not over do it so they will not play games that are not that appropriate for their age. Internet can be a dangerous thing for young children if they are not supervised.

There are games created especially for girls and for boys as well. For now lets talk about girls games. For them is quite easy to find games. They are not usually violent, they have mostly pink colors and they are related to dolls or house activities. You can find cooking games, dressing games, Barbie games, Bratz games and many others as well. They can do the manicure to little princesses, do their hair, dress them and undress them. They can learn how to cook pizza, and other stuff. Beside these there are also educational games like puzzles, decorating, painting and others. You can try games like Dancing Penguins, Perfect Wedding cake, Hamster Restaurant, Sparkle Pixie, Nail DIY, Long Hair Princess and many others.

You can find also a large range of games for boys. They won’t dress up any doll. They want to be small heroes, or they want to save the princess. Also boys are more competitive than girls are, so racing games, hunting games, shooting ones and strategy ones are more appropriate for them. There is not a bad thing to be competitive in life, so you should develop this side of theirs. They can also play educational games like puzzles, if they are not with pink ponies on them. So you can go for games like Canyon Race, Sonic Blox, The Fisher, Battleships, Pinch Hitter, Ice Race, Space Race, Ghost Castle and many others.

Media Addiction Quiz for Teens: Do TV, Video Games and Computers Run Your Life?

Welcome to “The Media Generation”

Teens are spending so much time watching TV and playing with their computer and video games that the Kaiser Family Foundation has dubbed this generation “The Media Generation.”

The recent study found that children aged 8-18 were watching TV, playing video games, on their computers, and listening to music for a total of 6 hours and 23 minutes EVERY DAY! Many kids were doing two or more activities at once. Most of this time is still spent watching TV. Kids spent almost four hours every day watching TV. With so much time in front of TV and other media, perhaps Kaiser should have labeled it “The Media-Addicted Generation.”

What excess TV, video game, and computer use may be doing to you

How much time you spend in front of a TV, video, and computer screen is important, because these activities have been linked to obesity, attention problems (like ADHD), and poor grades. Violent content may condition you to accept violence in your life. The sexual content of many popular shows and games may encourage you to experiment before you are ready. The TV can act as a depressant, stifle your creativity, encourage conformity, and simply waste your valuable time.

Find out if you are part of “The Media-Addicted Generation”:

1. Does your family have more than one TV set? Yes [] No []

2. Are you in front of a screen for more than 2 hours per day?Yes [] No []

3. Do you sometimes have trouble getting TV or video game

jingles “out of your head”? Yes [] No []

4. Is there a TV/video game/computer playing in your

home much or all of the time? Yes [] No []

5. Do you have a TV, video game, and/or computer in your

bedroom? Yes [] No []

6. Is it easy for you to turn off the TV/video game in the

middle of a favorite show/game? Yes [] No []

7. Do you ever rush home, ditching friends and family, to

catch a favorite TV show, play video games, or go on the

computer? Yes [] No []

8. Do you frequently eat meals while in front of the TV,

video games, or computer? Yes [] No []

9. Have you ever caught yourself unintentionally mimicking

a TV or video game character? Yes [] No []

10. Do you talk to and play with your friends more than you

watch TV, play games, and play with computers? Yes [] No []

11. Can you turn off the TV, computer, and video games OFF

right now and leave them off for three days? Yes [] No []

12. Do you ever mindlessly surf through TV channels or

the internet? Yes [] No []

13. Do you need TV, video game, or a computer to relax after

a rough day? Yes [] No []

14. Do you feel edgy, anxious, or “not right” if there is no TV,

video game, or a computer playing? Yes [] No []

15. Do you watch TV, play video games, and/or play on the

computer more than spend time with your family? Yes [] No []

16. Do you ever watch the TV, play video games, or surf

the internet longer than you intend to? Yes [] No []

17. Do you feel spend too much time with TV, video games,

or computer? Yes [] No []

18. Have you missed a special event with friends or family

because you were watching a TV program? Yes [] No []

19. Have you ever tried to quit watching TV, playing video

games, or going on computer, but were unsuccessful? Yes [] No []

20. Do you have difficulty limiting the time you watch TV,

play video games, or go on the computer? Yes [] No []

*Note: Time spent on the computer for homework purposes does not count:

To calculate your score:

For all questions, except for #6, #10, and #11, give yourself 1 point for every “Yes” answer and 0 points for every “No”. For questions #6, #10, and #11 give yourself 0 points for every “Yes”, answer and 1 point for every “No”. Add your total.

Your total: ____________

Scoring:

0-6: Great! Your TV, computer, and video games are not in control of your life. You are. But keep an eye on how much time you spend with these activities to make sure an addiction does not sneak up on you.

7-14: You are moderately addicted to your TV, video games, or computer. Maybe all of them. The good news is that with a little effort, a list of fun non-screen activities, and a reasonable schedule you should be able to keep your addiction under control. “The TV-FREE System” also helps you create a schedule that keeps you busy with fun, goal-centered activities. Follow your dreams instead of staring at a screen..

15-20: Oh dear. You probably have a serious addiction problem. You may need to take extreme steps, including getting rid of your TV or video games, to get in control of your time. Start with the device which squanders the most of your time. The good news is “The TV-FREE System” was designed to help even the most serious addict, and can be used for video game, or computer addiction as well.

Life is too short to “watch” it go by.