Using Your Phone as a Source of Entertainment for Your Kids

We tend to associate smartphones with adults. The majority of over eighteens own one of their own and chances are that you are either reading this article on one right now, or have one in your pocket or nearby. While we may use our phones for professional purposes (responding to emails), social purposes (catching up with friends), or sheer procrastination (scrolling through the explore page of our Instagram feeds), it’s important to remember that smartphones can prove extremely beneficial for little ones too! While you might not want to purchase one of these expensive devices for your little ones to use independently quite yet,

Ensuring It Is Always Connected

Phones aren’t much use if they constantly lose signal or are unable to make use of mobile data. So make sure that you sign up to a reliable provider like Freedompop phones, who will be able to ensure that your little ones can engage with any of the following recommendations as and when they grow bored throughout the day!

Online Videos

The web is awash with media that is appropriate for your little ones. Whether they want to watch their favourite cartoons, sing along to the latest kids’ chart song, or – you will be able to find the content online through some sort of video streaming service. Perhaps the most popular is Youtube. This can be accessed easily through your web browser, but you’re generally better off downloading the app, so that everything can be accessed more readily and easily. If you’re willing to pay a small sum of money monthly, you can even skip its notorious pre-video ads. Just remember to make use of parental controls, which can prevent your little ones from accessing unsuitable or age inappropriate content.

Photographs

Once kids can recognise themselves in the mirror, they are likely to become increasingly interested in taking pictures of themselves with you, siblings, pets, and pretty much anyone or anything else they adore. They’re growing up as part of the selfie generation! They’re bound to find hours of fun using your phone’s camera. Consider allowing them to use fun apps like snapchat to take and save pictures too! They’re bound to enjoy the different novelty filters they can try out. Just make sure they don’t send pictures around to your whole contact list!

Games

Phones have had games for a long time. But we have come a long way from simple classics like Tetris and Snake. Nowadays, there are seemingly endless different games down there that can be downloaded for your little ones to try out and play. Again, be a little cautious. Some will allow you to carry out in-app purchases and may charge your card directly. Ensure that protective settings are on or that your card is not connected to your account when letting your kids play games on your phone.

As you can see, your smartphone can provide your children with a whole lot of entertainment!

And if you really want to show off, check out this guide on how to mount a projector!

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Embracing Being Online: 5 Places Technology Benefits Your Family

Most parents around the world feel like their children spend a lot of time playing with tablets, smartphones and computers. There just isn’t any way of escaping the fact that technology now plays a part in everyday life for a family. The impact on the family isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because there are so many ways that technology enhances our lives.

The internet and the devices that you can use it on have given families a way to game together, play together and learn together in a way that hasn’t been possible before. Families are communicating better due to the upgrades in technology and are able to stay in touch no matter where they are in the world. Children are including their parents in games such as https://www.finalfantasyxvapp.com/ and getting them up to speed in the newest games online. There are so many advances that technology has brought to families everywhere, and here are where you can find some of those advances in your home:

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Work. Families are able to connect better when parents have the choice to work from home. The flexibility that is on offer for families because of being able to work from home means that parents are missing out on school events less and less. Remote connections make it easier to stay with family instead of heading to the office every day. When work hours are erratic, it’s better to know that you can still be in touch with your children and partner no matter where you are.

Education. One of the best ways to stay close to your kids is to learn together. Whether you are using a device to teach your young ones to read, or you want to show your kids the various places around the world and their history, technology can let you do that. Digital libraries, maps, encyclopaedias online – they’re all available to be used from the handheld device in your hand.

Development. You may not like seeing your kids using tablets all the time, but video games can teach them problem solving and dexterity. E-books can help them to learn about the world around them in an interactive way. Blogs and vlogs can help them to develop social skills and learn to listen to others.

Gaming. Not only do you get a chance to bond as a family and learn to connect together, gaming can help your children learn to focus, to pay attention to detail. It can also inspire them to be involved in computing and want to learn coding for later in life. Maybe they see a future career in the gaming industry.

Entertainment. Technology gives us instant access to movies, TV shows and music on demand. Online apps like Netflix that you connect to your television can really help those Saturday movie nights become so much better than ever before.

Technology has a place in family life, so don’t forget to include it as part of your regular family life. Make it normal and fun!

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3 Ways You Can Actually Make Money From Playing Games

Parents are often telling their kids how much a waste of time video games are. Even though attitudes are changing and they’re becoming more mainstream, people still don’t always consider it a worthwhile way of spending time. After all, it’s not a skill that you can use in later life to make money, or is it? The idea of earning money from playing games isn’t just resigned to the dreams of teenagers, it’s actually a reality. Here are just some of the ways that you can make money from playing video games.

Live Streaming

Ten years ago, if you’d told people that there would be people all over the world logging on to a site to watch other people play video games, they’d say you were mad. But now that’s a reality and there is a lot of money to be made from it. There are live streamers on Youtube and Twitch that are making literally millions, just because people love to watch them play games. If you can build a big enough following, you’ll be able to monetize it with adverts on your videos. On sites like Twitch, a dedicated video game streaming service, you can also take donations from your fans. If you create a loyal fanbase, you’d be surprised how much money you can make from donations. If you’re going to try your hand at streaming, you’ll need a few things. Firstly, a good internet connection; people aren’t going to watch for long. You need something to set you apart from the rest of the streamers out there as well, otherwise you won’t get many followers. It takes a while to build your popularity but even if you don’t make it big, you can make a decent amount of money every month just from playing games.

Casino Games

Winning money is another great way to get video games to pay. There are all sorts of games that you can play for money online, casino games are a great one. You can find a great online casino at livedealer.org where you can play roulette, blackjack or poker all from the comfort of your own home. If you’re good, you can make a little money while you play. Just remember that there are a lot of risks involved and you should limit your playing.

Esports

Esports is one of the fastest growing sports in the world right now with people winning millions in prizes at video game competitions. Chances are, you’re probably not good enough to get into the big competitions that are going to make you mega rich but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn a bit of money from esports. There are plenty of smaller competitions which still offer decent prize money. The best way to get into it is to first identify what games you’re best at (usually just the ones you play the most of). Have a look online and see if you can find any teams to join, there should be plenty of new ones popping up as the popularity of the sport continues to skyrocket.

You’re probably not going to make millions from playing video games but you can definitely earn a little bit extra on the side.

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5 Ways Parents Can Introduce Their Kids to Coding

CODING – A GOOD CAREER OPTION?

Coding is fast gaining popularity with more parents wanting their kids to get into it, and why not? It’s a great career filled opportunities and good money. HTML, Java, CSS, etc., sound so complicated and to imagine that young minds that work with seems so absurd, right? But due to help from YouTube, coding camps, websites, it’s quite possible.

When your kid learns to code, he/ she is basically learning how to speak and write in a computer’s language. This language (code) will help them build websites, video games, applications, etc. A little complicated but very interesting.

INTRODUCING YOUR KIDS TO THE WORLD OF CODING

Here are some ways using which you can get your child interested in coding and experience the joy of programming.

  1. Explain Coding as Simply as You Can

Don’t we like to know what any course or business is about before we actually dip our fingers into it? In the same manner, your kids would also want to know about coding. Now, you’ll have to explain the world of coding is really simple terms so that they can get a gist of it. Remember to make it sound as fascinating as you can for the little mind.

You can tell them about how it’s like telling the computer what they’d want it to do, how they’d want it to done. Or something around the lines of them being the boss and their computer being the employee. Just things like this can help in catching their attention.

  1. Purchase Coding Games and Toys for Them

Every kid loves to play games or with toys. Here, half of your battle is already won. The games are designed in such a manner that kids, from just four- years old can understand and play them. There are different games and toys related to coding, for different age groups. Robot Turtles, Dash & Dots, etc. are great examples of such games.

In the world of video games, traditional board games and toys still haven’t lost their appeal, and in our case, are really effective in making a child interested in coding.

  1. Coding Books Should Find its Place on Their Study

There are such amazing books on coding available in the market right now that will leave you amazed! Appropriate for children above the age of seven, these books explain everything code in a very efficient and understandable manner. They contain information, little tests, tricks, etc., which can really help your child understand code better.

“Coding for kids should be introduced as young as possible. Not only does it teach skills that will be immediately relevant in tomorrow’s job market, it helps strengthen skills in a number of corollary areas such as math, reading, spelling, and problem-solving. Later on it will help kids develop skills in geometry, trigonometry, statistics, data analysis, physics, and more.” according to David Dodge, CEO of Codakid

  1. Bring in the Big Guns – Robots

There is a huge chance that the aforementioned steps might backfire. But you don’t need to lose hope. Kids find robots really interesting and often have a lot of questions about this ‘not-breathing-but-realistic’ device.

When your kids start asking about their functioning then you can relate it to code. This will surely make them listen. Best part? There are tiny, cheaper robots available in the market.

  1. Get Them an Inexpensive Computer for Them to Practice On

If your kid shows interest and wants to learn more about coding, then he’ll definitely want to practice it. You don’t need to splurge on a computer, you can opt for the inexpensive variety and install an operating system in it. They can teach themselves programming language on it, by watching videos/following steps on website blogs, etc.

Every parent wants the best for the child and there’s nothing wrong with trying to generate their interest in coding. That being said, if your child doesn’t develop interest then they shouldn’t be forced to do what they don’t want to. But, if they fall in love with it? Mission accomplished.

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