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Apple’s App Rating System Explained and Google Family Link- WHS 207

Apple App Rating System Google Family Link

More and more, companies are finally starting to realize that parents want a way to let their children safely use digital devices.

Apple and Google have been providing app ratings similar to the ESRB ratings for video games for years now but what do those ratings mean?

In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I take a look at the Apple app rating system and give a brief overview of Google’s new parental control feature: Family Link. Continue Reading →

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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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Super Mario Run Initial Reaction

I downloaded Super Mario Run yesterday and played it a bit.

If your kids are fans of Mario and running games, they’re going to want you to buy Super Mario Run.

About Super Mario Run

A new kind of Mario game that you can play with one hand.

In this game, Mario constantly moves forward through the courses while you use a variety of jumps to navigate. Mario will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal. the day it was available.

Cost: Free to download, $9.99 to unlock all levels.
Rated: 4+
Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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New 7-inch Kindle Fire Unboxing

feature-kids-heroI recently purchased 2 5th generation Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon. Here’s a quick unboxing I did live on Periscope last night.

Product Details

  • Beautiful 7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor.
  • Rear and front-facing cameras.
  • 8 GB of internal storage.
  • Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices.
  • Add a microSD card for up to 128 GB of additional storage.
  • Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching videos, and listening to music

First Impressions

My initial impressions are positive. It’s much faster than the older model and the new FireOS include great features like parental controls and user profiles which are missing from the iPad and iOS. Restoring from backups of older devices was really easy. The power button, volume toggle, headphone jack, and USB port are all at the top of the device. The cover for the microSD card seems a little flimsy but if you’re not opening and closing it constantly it should be OK. A full review will be coming soon.

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10 Battery Saving Tips When You’re Van-Schooling – WHS 163

The homeschooling year has started for many. That means long days sitting around the kitchen table reading books and listening to mom or dad lecture about Algebra or World History.

Maybe that’s the way thing go in your house but my family is out of the house a lot. That means having to do school work in the van sometimes. Maybe the kids can catch up on some reading or do math drills with one of the Kindle Fire tablets.

If your family is like ours you may find yourself running out of power for all of those devices if you’re out of the house for a few hours. That may lead to multiple devices needing to be charged at the same time. Here are 10 Battery Saving Tips When You’re Van-Schooling that will settle squabbles over the power outlets in your van.
10 Battery Saving Tips When You're Van-Schooling

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