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4 Devices That Will Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Considering buying new technology for your kids this holiday season?  You’ll want to check out these 4 devices that will help keep your kids safe online!

Getting Your Kids New Technology for The Holidays?

4 Devices That Will Keep Your Kids Safe Online

 

Hey Everyone!

It’s hard to believe we’re at the start of another Holiday Season.  If you’re a parent who is thinking of purchasing a new Apple or Android smartphone or tablet, then you probably want to set up parental controls and content filtering on the device to prevent your child from being exposed to undesirable content on the Internet. Smart devices make great gifts, but there are things on the Internet that I’m sure you don’t want your kids to see.

There are many web sites promoting violence, hate, and pornography. There is also the threat of online predators and cyber bullies. You can’t supervise every moment that they’re surfing the Web.  With the help of parental control devices, you can filter out unwanted content, limit screen time, and in some cases, monitor social media accounts. Before you get your kid a smart device for the holidays, consider these devices:

Kurio Brand of Products 

From tablets to smartphones to smartwatches, Kurio has you covered.  With devices that offer your kids the flexibility to play games, watch video, make their own movies and create documents with Microsoft Office. Parents get the peace of mind with Kurio products because these devices have built in parental controls that allow you to control what apps your kids use and what places they visit on the Internet. Our boys have Kurio tablets and they enjoy them.

Kindle Fire Kids Addition 

 Everyone loves Kindle Fire and now Amazon has their Kid’s addition Fire.  The latest version of the Fire promises robust parental controls while still offering your kids the flexibility to download the hottest apps. The tablet comes with a protective case that keeps it safe if your child drops it.  Amazon also offers 2 worry free guarantees.  Your kid damages the tablet, they will replace it for free.

Circle with Disney 

Circle easily connects to your home wi-fi and allows you to control all of your kid’s connected devices. Once it’s installed, you can limit screen time, filter content, and set a bedtime for every device in the home.  The accompanying app, allows you to create unique profiles for each of your children.

TeenSafe 

 The app made by parents for parents.  TeenSafe offers comprehensive coverage for your kid’s devices.  It allows you to monitor such things such as social media interactions, phone messages, text messages and even their location. If your teen gets out of line and isn’t using their phone or tablet appropriately, you can block everything except basic features.

Check Your Devices Settings

If you don’t want to shell out extra money for child safe devices or for parental control apps, you can manually modify your smart devices to keep your kids safe.

Android Parental Controls 

Android devices allow you to set up restricted profiles to limit what content your kids can access.  To set up one, do the following:  First, open the Settings menu of your device, then Scroll down and tap “Users”, then tap ‘Add a restricted user profile’, next name the profile., finally select apps to enable for the profile, finally,

iOS Parental Controls 

You can use restrictions as parental control on iOS devices. To set up Restrictions on your iPhone, touch “Settings,” choose “General,” and then select “Restrictions.” You’ll be prompted for a PIN that gives you access to enable or disable “Restrictions.” There you can turn off any features you want — for example, Siri. Then scroll down to the section “Allowed Content.” This is the place to choose individual limits on what types of content can be downloaded

Parents, apps and technology can protect your kids from a lot of the harmful stuff out there, but parental control can’t catch everything. You ultimately have to be the one who makes sure they are staying safe on the Internet. The biggest threat on the Internet today is parents that do not get involved in their children’s use of technology. Put your hands on your kid’s devices to verify they are being responsible with them.  Never allow devices to stay in kid’s rooms overnight and put limits on daily technology use.  30 mins a day is the recommended use.

How else can you keep up with the latest tech tips and cyber security alerts?

Subscribe to my YouTube channel ‘Burton Kelso’. There are hundreds of videos designed to help you get the most out of the technology you use in your home or business.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com


6 Apps to Make Your Holiday Shopping Stress-Free

Tis the season for long lines and crowds of people… But holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stress-full!  Check out these 6 Apps from our tech expert, Burton, that are sure help make your holiday shopping stress-free!

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6 Apps to Make Your Holiday Shopping Stress-Free

I’ve never done the whole Black Friday shopping in KC. I’ve always spent the day after Thanksgiving helping people with their technology. So, I’ve never had the pleasure of standing in line after midnight to fight large crowds trying to get the best bargain on the hottest holiday gifts. Thanks to technology, days of standing in line and fighting crowds may be a thing of the past.  There are some handy apps that can help you find the best deals on the gifts you plan on purchasing this Holiday season.  Here are my recommendations for the best apps to make your holiday shopping in Kansas City easier.

#1 The Coupons App 

This app gives you coupons and online promo codes from over 100,000 retailers. You can search for deals from stores and get notifications when they become available.  You will also get reminders when your saved coupons are about to expire.

#2 Shopular 

Shopular is an app that provides news on deals and coupons based on your location. Downloading the app also puts you in contact with the Shopular community which allows you to swap savings tips.

#3 ShopSavvy

Shop Savvy will keep you up to date with the best deals at a wide range of popular stores.  The app allows you to use your smartphone as a barcode reader to check the prices on products.  Once you you’ve scanned this items in, you can save them to a wish list which will monitor when the price drops.

#4 Flipp 

This app allows you to skip scanning the newspaper advertisements and allows you to get them directly on your smartphone or tablet. You can have access to the circulars from over 800 stores.

#5 Santa’s Bag

Santa’s Bag is a great app that allows you to set and manage budgets for the gifts you are purchasing.  You can also create an archive of gifts so you can keep track of what gifts you’ve purchased for members of your family.

#6 Store Apps 

Once you decide where you’re shopping on Black Friday, download that store’s app. These generally include features such as coupons and customer reviews of products. Some retailers have added maps to their app so shoppers know exactly where Black Friday deals will be located within the store.

How will you shop this year? Will you brave the crowds in the store or will you use technology to do your shopping?

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Want to keep up with the latest tech tips and cyber security alerts? Subscribe to my YouTube channel ‘Burton Kelso’ There are hundreds of videos designed to help you get the most out of the technology you use in your home or business.

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com


4 Free Apps to Keep Your Kids Safe While Trick or Treating This Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner.  Many of you can remember going out on your own as a child to collect candy from people in the neighborhood. Trick or Treating is a fun experience, but unfortunately there are some scary things that can happen out there … and I’m not just talking about kids in scary costumes.  Our Tech expert, Burton, shares some great free apps that can help you keep your kids safe while they’re out trick or treating.  Take a look…

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4 Free Apps to Keep Your Kids Safe

While Trick or Treating This Halloween

Many parents are reluctant letting their kids trick or treat alone because of what could happen and even if you’re going trick-or-treating with them, what happens if you get separated? Does your child want to go on their own this year to venture out to get candy but you don’t know how to protect them?  Want to be able to locate your child if you get separated from them? Fear not. Like everything else out there, you can find an app for that.  Here are four of my favorite apps that you can use to keep track of your kids while they are out and about  conjuring up some scares and collecting treats.

Life360.

This app has been around for a while and has many useful features that can help parents keep track of their kids. It’s best feature is the crime alerts feature which allows you to keep your kids safe by knowing about areas high in crime hotspots on the map. You can view details of theft, burglary, vandalism, and registered sex offenders in your neighborhood and the neighborhood your kids are trick or treating in.

Glympse.

This app allow you to know your kids location in real time.  You can request the location of your child while they are out, or they have the option to freely send their location to you.  These updates can come in the form of a text message, email or on Facebook or Twitter.  You can also modify the app to send you constant updates while they are out so you will always know where they are.

FamilyTracker. 

This is another location sharing app that allows you to keep track of your kids.  It’s best feature is “bread crumb” feature that allow you to see every step they take as the are trick or treating.

FBI Child ID. 

This is is a must have app. In the unfortunate event that your child goes missing halloween night, you can use it as a tool to help authorities find your child.  Download this app and keep it updated with pictures and vital information of all of your children just in case one of your children wanders off.  Having this information handy saves vital time if you do need to report your child missing. It also contains important information on how to proceed if your child goes missing.

Halloween can be a fun time for your family,  but remember to take extra safety precautions. Its a good idea to label family contacts as ICE (In Case of Emergency) and sending a flashlight with your child.  Also encourage them to travel in groups as there is safety in numbers. Happy Halloween!

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com


3 Apps That Will Help You Explore the Outdoors

Take your next outdoor adventure to the next level with these 3 apps that will help you explore the outdoors!

3 Apps That Will Help You Explore the Outdoors

Looking for a great way to get you and family outside to explore your community and to make some new adventures? Download an app! My boys love their devices.  Finding new ways to allow them to enjoy technology and get them in out of the house is a challenge. Enrolling them in sports is great, but it fun to have experiences the entire family can enjoy. Here are my three favorite apps that will help you and your family get you out and about:

SkyView

This has my go to app for years when helping my boys see the constellations in the night sky. Skyview turns your device into a a virtual telescope allowing you to identify planets, nebula, moon phases and more.

Geocaching

This app allows you to Join the world’s largest treasure hunt which started in 2000. With the app you can Search for hidden containers within your community or hide your own message or trinket for others to find.

PokemonGo

The hype about This app has died down, but you can deny the fact that this a great game in the fact you have to leave your home to play it. When you explore the world around you, you can discover new Pokemon, search for helpful items and take on gym leaders.

Before you download any app, be sure you are downloading it from a safe, trusted source, and that it is the correct version. Sometimes, if a game is popular, fake versions are released to the public that designed to steal your data. Always use the official app store. Apple devices use the Apple App Store, Android devices use Google Play Store. Check the app rating and reviews. Reading the reviews will let you know if an app is legitimate or not.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

 

Burton Kelso is the Chief Tech Expert at Integral. They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He regularly appears as a guest tech correspondent on ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS on shows such as Kansas City Live, Better Kansas City, FOX 4 Morning Show, offering viewers easy tips on technology, Internet lifestyle, Internet security and gadgets. You can find Burton on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and watch great tech tip videos on his YouTube channel. He can be reached at 888-256-0829 or email at burton@integralcomputerconsultants.com