Forget Snapchat, Facebook, or even Instagram. Teens these days are often connecting with friends online by gaming together on their Xboxes and I find the key to good communication for them is a great gaming headset for teens. So my almost-teen son has spent a ton of time shopping and saving and shopping some more for the perfect, top-rated gaming headset — within his budget. (With summer here, I’m sure there will be a little more gaming time in our near future. I’m okay with that.) His main requirements: The headset has to be comfortable, the mic can’t lag, and...Read More
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What parents need to know about the Roblox app, a Minecraft alternative that makes it easy for kids to chat with strangers. Eep.
You might have heard about the app Roblox, a multi-player Minecraft alternative that’s making the news because kids are unknowingly chatting with adult strangers. And getting propositioned. Just read what sort of chats this dad discovered his son was getting. Gross. Related: What parents need to know about Whisper app What’s the deal with the Roblox app? Turns out, it’s a pretty widely-known app that’s popular with Minecraft-loving kids because it’s so similar to the original game, allowing kids to create worlds and interact with other kids (or so they think). But, when I asked my 12-year old daughter about it,...Read More
My kids are obsessed with Aphmau, the hugely popular YouTuber, Vlogger, designer — and mom, by the way — who creates the Minecraft roleplay videos they devour like I used to watch, oh, Captain Caveman. I happened to click on the Aphmau Maker Shop link from her Twitter profile while my kids were over my shoulder, and that was the end of that. They are now obsessed with her kitty backpacks — and the knowledge that Maker Shop has tons of items designed by popular gamers and vloggers. And by popular, I mean you may not recognize their names and characters, but your tweens and teens...Read More
Lately we’ve seen some really cool tech innovations that are inspiring the little artists in our house. While we’re still big fans of crayons and paper around here as our go-to art supply, I love how that their creativity can carry over into screen time, too. If your kids are into drawing and painting too, you’ll want to check out these three cool tech art toys that might take their work to a whole new level. CMT is an rstyle affiliate Coco Color Stylus and Apps Like most moms, I try to limit my kids’ screen time. So coloring in...Read More
Of course I’ve heard about Minecraft. How could I not? The crazy best-selling, square-loving video game is practically everywhere and has been for years now. I also knew the super skinny basics on Minecraft: It’s all about virtual, 3-D worlds engineered by players using square blocks. Like building with LEGOs, but on a screen, and square. Plus, there’s a dude named Steve, a cute, friendly pig of some sort and some semi-cute, totally un-friendly zombies. But that was kind of where my knowledge ended. Now, as a mother of a 6.5-year-old kid, I knew I’d need to know more about Minecraft...Read More
Honestly, haven’t we all rocked out to an air guitar at some point in our lives? (Or maybe this morning in the shower — ahem.) Pretending to be Lenny Kravitz or Joan Jett shredding the axe and professing our love for rock ‘n’ roll out loud got a little less fake and a lot more fun when Guitar Hero stepped to the video game stage 10 years ago. Now, here comes Guitar Hero Live, a newer version of the hit music rhythm game to kick things up a few chords. And just in time for a rockin’ family holiday gift if...Read More
Sponsored Message: An educational gaming system from VTech that turns screen time into learning time
This is a sponsored message from VTech Today’s preschoolers are a far more digitally connected and savvy group than we ever were, and now a new system from VTech is channeling that screen time interest and transforming it into an opportunity for learning. The InnoTV is an educational, TV-connected gaming system that brings tech and education together in a whole new way, for kids 3 to 8. – Don’t miss an exclusive giveaway for our readers below – The affordable system comes with a wireless controller and four age-appropriate single-player games, all developed with the help of educators to align with Common Core standard in language arts,...Read More
For years, my kids have collected LEGO Minifigures which they love to play with while building with their LEGO bricks. So, it was with great excitement when they learned that LEGO has come out with a brand new game that puts their beloved Minifigures into the online world as well. Related: Are LEGO Friends good for girls? LEGO Minifigures Online is a multi-platform game for kids small and big, that reminds me of the LEGO Wii games we have piled up next to our television set. As in those games, in LMO players move Minifigure characters from scene to scene, following clues, battling bad guys, and...Read More
Okay procrastinators. It may be a little late to order something awesome online for Father’s Day…or maybe not! Check for shipping options for some of these cool geeky gifts for your favorite gamer, or just bookmark it for future gift ideas. There are always birthdays, holidays, graduations, and anniversaries. Should you be the type of couple who celebrates your anniversary with an intimate game of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Turns out this control freak tee has nothing to do with dominance over the TV remote, but a proficiency in all gaming systems. So fun. The custom video game controllers are so...Read More
If you’re always looking for the newest, coolest toys for your kids, we think you’re going to want to know about the introduction of the wildly cool Disney Playmation this fall, because mamas? This could be a category changer. If it does everything it’s supposed to do, it will be a really impressive hybrid toy for kids 6 and up that combines Bluetooth, the Cloud, motion sensors as well as wearable technology, allowing kids to experience fantastic creative play that brings their imagined and digital stories to life. How’s that for every hot-button technology word all in one description? Related: Disney Infinity, and 17 other...Read More
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