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With the proliferation of affordable tablets nowadays come thousands of applications that make life easier and more fun. Moms like me find household budgeting and scheduling with apps that provide faster computations and timely reminders. Our day-to-day life is definitely made more manageable with the myriad of downloadable applications available today. Much more popular than these useful apps though are games that can be downloaded or played online.
Admittedly, our entire household are hooked on a few of these games. Even our young son Sean has a couple of favourites games he loves to play on our iPad. Some parents will want to shield their children from computer games; however, we found some educational sites that offer fun learning games which made us reconsider banning computer use for Sean. Also, computers have become an integral part of modern education and we want our son to be adept in its use as well.
Whatever online games your family are playing, make sure that they are age-appropriate. Toddlers and preschoolers can take advantage of learning applications that teach basic reading, math, and reasoning. Among the best sites for young children are Nick Jr Playtime, Fisher-Price Online, ABCmouse and Starfall. These sites have a wide variety of entertaining games that make learning real fun.
Gradeschoolers and teens can find plenty of fun games in websites of their fave television shows like Nick.com
or DisneyChannel.com. Those who are in tune with their creative side will enjoy Seqplay and girls who have a flair for fashion will love KiddoNet Fashion & Makeup. Those who want to challenge their intellects can go to Readers Digest website for some brain games.
Moms like me can take a break from running the household and managing our careers with games like Farmville, Social City and online bingo or casino sites. There are some online gaming sites like binguez that even allow us to chat with other players online which is actually a great way to keep in touch with friends who also do not get a chance to go out often. If you do join gaming sites with stakes, do keep in mind though that these are merely for entertainment and not for growing your finances.
Playing computer games can be both educational and entertaining for everyone in the family. However, it is important to set rules and security measures for everyone to follow. We can get caught up with the games that we could end up playing all day if we do not set restrictions. Rules may vary from family to family but should include a set duration of play time, list of parent-approved game sites, and disclosure of kids’ passwords and usernames to parents.
If you have young children at home who play games online, it would be wise to install child protection software, such as Cybersitter, to prevent them from accessing gaming sites that are for adults only, i.e. those that involve stakes with real money. Also, never allow your computer to save your passwords for those sites lest a child accidentally clicks on a link to the site.