Tag: kids

14
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

PS4 update lets parents decide which games kids can and can’t chat in

Sony is giving the PlayStation 4 one more big update before the PS5 arrives, and it’s particularly good news for parents. A version 8.00 update releasing today makes multiple additions, including simpler and more adaptable parental controls. Limits on communication and viewing user-made content are now lumped together to make it “easier for parents to understand.” Crucially, kids can now ask for permission to use communications in specific games — you can make an exception if you know a young one will be talking to friends.

Not everything is positive. The 8.00 update removes user-made events and the creation of private communities. You can still use private communities that already exist, but they’ll clearly dwindle without the option to make more. Sony hasn’t explained the move, but we’ve asked for comment.

There are more additions that might offset that decision. Party and Messages are now more closely connected, with a new interface that uses the same groups for party voice chats and messages. Two-factor authentication finally supports third-party authenticator apps during activation as well as sign-ins across PS4, mobile apps and the web. And you can finally mute all mics from the Quick Menu — you don’t have to wade through menus (if your headset doesn’t have a mute switch) just to take a quick break from the action.

Sony is also updating its Remote Play apps for phones and computers to enable PS5 connections, although that clearly won’t be useful until the new console’s November 12th debut.

You might not want to rush to update to 8.00 when there are reports (albeit a handful) of party and friend issues. We’ve asked Sony about those as well. Even so, it’s hard not to be at least a bit sentimental about this update. While there will likely be other revisions, this

11
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Joe Kelly’s kids are winning the internet with their matching onesies (Photo)

Joe Kelly’s kids are winning the internet with their matching onesies.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly won the internet when he hilariously made a pouting face at the Houston Astro’s after ending their inning. That pouty face is seen on t-shirts, murals in the city, and on pretty much the hearts of every Dodgers fan. Now, his adorable children are creating their own buzz with custom onesies they wore to a recent playoff game.

The photo was shared by Kelly’s wife, Ashley, who is in the MLB bubble with Joes and their children Crue and Blake for the Dodgers NLDS and now their NLCS appearances which start on Monday in Arlington, TX.

Joe Kelly is the Dodgers unsung hero

Kelly has been somewhat of a hero for the team as he seemingly stood up to the Astros who everyone pretty much hates since the cheating scandal was revealed. They may

07
Oct
2020
Posted in computer

How a Swiss computer game is teaching kids to defeat Covid-19

CoronaQuest was developed by the canton of Vaud Canton of Vaud

The Swiss-developed CoronaQuest computer game is helping pupils in Switzerland and abroad protect themselves – and face their fears over the coronavirus.

This content was published on October 7, 2020 – 10:00

The educational game, launched by canton Vaud in May for pupils aged 4-16, has been played 342,000 times globally (end of September figures). It now exists in 11 languages.

“I introduced my 5-year-old son to it and we’ve played the first two levels,” said Julien Schekter, head of communication at the canton’s Department of Training, Youth and Culture, who also led the game development team.

Schekter said there was a surge of interest in computer games at the peak of the coronavirus crisis. This led to the development of a number of educational games in which heroes wear masks and socially distance. But as far as he

04
Oct
2020
Posted in programming

Ignite your kid’s love of programming for 50% off at codeSpark

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codeSpark

It’s true that it’s almost never too early to help your kids learn to code. codeSpark is an app that teaches the rudiments of programming to kids starting as young as 5 years old thanks to a wealth of games and activities that don’t even require reading skills. For the month of October, you can start a subscription to codeSpark Academy for 50% off — $5 for the first month — when you use promo code TREAT50

codeSpark is available for Android and iOS devices and plays great on a tablet, but you can also sign into the academy in any web browser. It includes over 1000 activities, and every game teaches fundamental coding concepts, which can help them grasp the logic of programming, math and reading skills. codeSpark says that the activities have been carefully designed with gender-neutral characters and an interface that doesn’t require any reading, so it’s great even for very young kids.

As they progress, kids can use codeSpark Academy to design and build their own interactive games that they can play and share with others. And you get regular email updates that keep you informed about what your kids have done and what skills they’re learning.

October is a good time to sign up for a trial. Not only is the first month just $5, but there are special Halloween-themed activities sprinkled through the app as well. 


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