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Sony “Clean Versions” Initiative Provides Family-Friendlier Movies

Sony Clean VersionsSony Pictures announced a “Clean Version Initiative” that will allow customers to purchase the edited-for-television versions of their movies.

24 films are included in the initial release and are currently available on iTunes, Vudu, and Fandango Now:

  • 50 First Dates
  • Battle Of The Year
  • Big Daddy
  • Captain Phillips
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
  • Easy A
  • Elysium
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters II
  • Goosebumps
  • Grown Ups
  • Grown Ups 2
  • Hancock
  • Inferno
  • Moneyball
  • Pixels
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Man 2
  • Spider-Man 3
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Step Brothers
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
  • White House Down

This is all pre-existing content that has been edited for general audiences. It’s possible Sony is doing this because more and more people are only getting their entertainment online and not via broadcast television.

Clear Play and VidAngel have been providing similar “family-friendlier” content for a few years now. Clear Play seems to have avoided litigation but VidAngel is currently involved in a lawsuit with major studios and has had to stop their streaming service.

Find out more about Sony’s “Clean Version Initiative” by visiting their website.

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Setting Parental Controls for Kindle Fire HD [Video]

Kindle Fire Parental Controls
Keeping track of how to set parental controls on various devices can feel like a full-time job. Fortunately, there are videos from great companies like Covenant Eyes that can help you stay on top of things.

This video shows how to set parental controls on the Kindle Fire HD. It also has some great tips for communicating with your kids about device ownership and responsibility.

The steps for doing this can be found below: Continue Reading →

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Nintendo Switch Parental Controls In-Depth Look [Video]

YouTuber Nate the Ape recorded a walk-thru of the Nintendo Switch Parental Controls. If you have one or you’re planning to get one this video is a must-watch!

The Nintendo Switch parental controls are very robust but they do provide more flexibility than other systems. Some of the features include:

  • Time Limits from 15 to 90 minutes.
  • Suspending game-play once time limits expire.
  • Limiting games based on ESRB ratings.
  • Reports on usage including time played per game.
  • Restricting access to chat and other online activity.

The one thing I haven’t seen yet is whether or not there is a countdown or warning for the time limit. Suspending a game mid-play cna prevent it from saving correctly and kids could lose their progress. While I’m all for time limits on gaming, it’s important not to frustrate our children with these settings.

A 5 minutes warning and/or a grace period could give your kids time to save their progress and not “lose it” when the system suspends their game.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Nintendo Switch Initial Reaction and Other News – WHS 205

Nintendo Switch Initial Reaction and Other News


The Nintendo Switch console will be released in less than a month. While the system isn’t really something parents would consider educational, it’s possible some homeschoolers out there who like gaming will be getting the system.

Response has been mixed from the gaming community and I thought I’d share my thoughts as well as give an overview of the parental controls that will be available for the Nintendo Switch. Continue Reading →

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