PARENTAL-CONTROL SOFTWARE

PC Magazine just ran a short review of parental-control software that can block Internet sites with inappropriate content when kids are surfing. The magazine liked Cybersitter 2002, which stops web pages from appearing, as well as filtering POP3 and web-based e-mail, instant messaging, file sharing, and newsgroups. It looks appealing, but this is strictly for what it’s worth – I don’t have any personal experience with any of the programs. […] continued

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HIGH-TECH TOYS IN A SLUMP

Video games are surging (even the PC games sector is rebounding a bit), but other categories of high-tech toys are slumping. Intel put out some cool toys, but is now exiting the market. (Did you ever look at Intel’s microscope that would hook up to a PC? Very hip.) Here’s an article that talks about the sorry state of an industry that ought to be flourishing. […] continued

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PARENTS – BOOK RECOMMENDATION

If you’re giving a gift to a child between 5 and 12 years old, check to see if they’ve got a copy of The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle. When it turned up last year, it instantly earned a spot as one of the all-time best and funniest kids’ books – a guaranteed charmer. […] continued

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CHILDREN’S SOFTWARE

The current selection of kids’ software is pretty uninspiring. The interest in getting computers and Internet connections into classrooms arose from the belief that there would be rich content that would engage kids and trigger their creativity and desire to learn. For the most part, I don’t see it happening. And since the entire computer game industry is in the doldrums, it shouldn’t be surprising that kids’ games are mostly uninspired retreads as well. […] continued

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