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Category: Tutorials

How to Set Parental Controls on Kindle Fire HD

How to Set Parental Controls on Kindle Fire HD

| April 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Amazon’s Kindle isn’t just for reading your favorite author’s newest novel anymore. The new Kindle Fire HD can do anything a laptop or tablet can do. This means, if you have children who use the Kindle, you should know how to enable its parental control settings so that your child can have an age-appropriate experience. […]

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iOS 7 Parental Controls iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

iOS 7 Parental Controls iPad, iPhone, & iPod Touch

| April 2, 2014 | Comments (2)

If you’re considering buying your child an iOS device or have already given them one, consider enabling some, or all, of the Parental Controls so that your child can have an age-appropriate experience. The iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch are all amazing devices, yet they don’t come out-of-the box family-friendly ready, which they need to […]

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How to Set Up Xbox One Parental Controls

How to Set Up Xbox One Parental Controls

| November 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Xbox One has some serious potential in terms of being an all-in-one entertainment center for your family. It can access the Internet, initiate Skype calls, connect to social networks, and even sync with your cable box so that you can browse live TV on the fly. And like the PlayStation 4 (parental controls guide […]

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How to Set Up PlayStation 4 Parental Controls

How to Set Up PlayStation 4 Parental Controls

| November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

If you plan on picking up the new PlayStation 4 for the family this holiday season, your family is in for a treat, but you may want to consider setting some restrictions before you gift wrap it, especially if you have children or even young teens in the house. Games like Killzone, Call of Duty: […]

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How to Set Up Safe Web Browsing on iOS7

How to Set Up Safe Web Browsing on iOS7

| October 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

If you subscribe to Yoursphere for Parents, then you know how much I advocate for Apple products in your home (and mine!) I’ve written time and time again about the parental controls that Apple offers through the Restriction settings of the iPhone, iPod and iPad. These have always been great tools for helping your child […]

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How to Set Netflix Parental Controls

| July 25, 2013 | Comments (9)

Parents, if your family’s like mine, then they enjoy Netflix at home and on-the-go. While there are a number of quality shows, and a section devoted specifically to kids, know that your child or younger teen can still access adult content, some of which is rated TV-MA. The great thing about Netflix is they make it […]

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Everything Parents Need to Know About the iPod Touch

Everything Parents Need to Know About the iPod Touch

| March 13, 2013 | Comments (1)

The iPod Touch is a great device that can be used to help ease children into smartphone ownership. It has the same touch based interface and operating system as the iPhone, but without the ability to access data anywhere, and as a result the iPod Touch has less of the headaches associated with smartphone ownership. […]

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How to Find Age-Appropriate Apps for Your Kids

How to Find Age-Appropriate Apps for Your Kids

| February 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

A big question that parents want answered is: How do I find age-appropriate apps for my kids? There are rating systems for movies (MPAA) and video games (ESRB), which are great tools for parents when deciding if the content is appropriate for their child, but there still isn’t a universal rating system for mobile applications. […]

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Five Online Safety New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Family

Five Online Safety New Year’s Resolutions for You and Your Family

| January 17, 2013 | Comments (2)

When you think about New Year resolutions, you normally think about people setting personal goals, like exercising more, eating healthier or finding a new job – but what about resolutions that the whole family can benefit from? When it comes to digital safety and privacy, most families probably have a number of things that they […]

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Facebook’s New Privacy Settings

Facebook’s New Privacy Settings

| January 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

In response to recent criticism, Facebook has added new privacy settings and made them easier to access. The new settings give users more security options for who can view content that’s on their profile. In a nutshell, the new privacy settings address tagging, blocking events, blocking apps, and setting visibility restrictions to the public and […]

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How to Make the Kindle Fire Safe and Age-Appropriate for Your Child

How to Make the Kindle Fire Safe and Age-Appropriate for Your Child

| December 18, 2012 | Comments (14)

As far as tablets go, the new Kindle Fire is one of the best family-friendly values out there. The 7-inch version retails for $174 and is a great e-reader and entertainment tablet that the whole family can enjoy, granted the right safeguards are in place. In order to give your child a rich, age-appropriate experience […]

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How to Set Up Parental Controls on the Wii U

How to Set Up Parental Controls on the Wii U

| December 13, 2012 | Comments (1)

Nintendo has consistently been one of the best family- friendly video game console makers. Additionally, their video game lineup is much more family-friendly than Microsoft’s or Sony’s, they offer some of the most comprehensive parental controls available and their handheld game devices have limited Internet access, which means your children can play online with their […]

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How to Set Windows 8 Family Safety

How to Set Windows 8 Family Safety

| December 4, 2012 | Comments (5)

The Parental Controls in Windows 8, now called Family Safety, can be used to filter websites, set time limits on computer use, monitor and restrict apps purchased from the Windows Store and send activity reports via e-mail to parents–the latter of the two being the biggest improvements between 7 and 8. For those of you […]

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Disabling In-App Purchases on iOS and Android Devices

Disabling In-App Purchases on iOS and Android Devices

| August 16, 2012 | Comments (46)

In-app purchases can pose one of the biggest headaches for parents whose children have smartphones or tablets. If you assigned your credit card to your child’s smartphone, you probably didn’t give it much thought. By why would you? They don’t have their own credit card, so it only made sense. But what parents usually don’t […]

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Technology Agreement – Helping Your Child Follow Your Rules for a Safe Digital Experience

Technology Agreement – Helping Your Child Follow Your Rules for a Safe Digital Experience

| April 27, 2012 | Comments (6)

If you know me or visit this website regularly, you already know that I’m a mom of five.  I speak to you from a standpoint of practicality, experience and expertise. You know that the editorial team here at Yoursphere Media, Inc. is dedicated to providing practical, easy-to-understand, family-friendly solutions that allow the entire family to […]

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Eliminate the Temptation – Best Ways to Prevent Your Teen from Texting While Driving

Eliminate the Temptation – Best Ways to Prevent Your Teen from Texting While Driving

| April 25, 2012 | Comments (4)

The recent and tragic case of the 17-year-old young man from Northern California who, while texting and driving, plowed into a family of three while they were riding bikes, killing the father and 9-year-old daughter, left me hyper-aware. Hyper-aware because that young man could’ve been one of my own sons; hyper-aware because in the bicycle-friendly […]

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How to Delete That Unwanted Google+ Profile of Your Child

How to Delete That Unwanted Google+ Profile of Your Child

| March 30, 2012 | Comments (2)

The other day my son asked if he could have a YouTube account of his own. He enjoys listening to music and watching the sports videos on the site. He’s 13 now so I said yes. While the intention was for me to help him create his account, he jumped right in and suddenly he […]

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Internet Cookies – What They Are and How to Block Them

Internet Cookies – What They Are and How to Block Them

| March 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

If you’re like most parents, the first time you heard of Internet cookies you probably wondered to yourself, ‘what the heck are cookies?’ Well, simply put, cookies are small, often encrypted (protected) text-only files that reside on your web browser or computer’s memory. In a nutshell, cookies are used to make your web-browsing experience a […]

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How to Easily Block Ads on Your Child’s Computer

How to Easily Block Ads on Your Child’s Computer

| March 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

The idea of ad companies and marketing firms having an “online profile” of your child based on their web browsing habits is of definite concern. Unfortunately, this isn’t just an idea; it’s a reality. In fact, it’s how companies like Google and Yahoo! make money. One of the key methods used to collect this data […]

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Instagram – Is It Okay for Kids? What Parents Need to Know

Instagram – Is It Okay for Kids? What Parents Need to Know

| February 8, 2012 | Comments (349)

In many ways, and without reinventing the wheel, Instagram is changing the way people share photos with each other. The mobile app, which is only available on the iPhone, is steadily growing in popularity among the kid and teen crowds, causing parents to take notice and ask, what exactly is Instagram, and is there anything […]

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Screen Retriever Review and Installation Guide

Screen Retriever Review and Installation Guide

| January 17, 2012 | Comments (2)

As a parent, I always want to know where my children are, who they’re hanging out with, and what they’re doing. I like to try and give them a balance between freedom and safety, let them grow and mature yet still make sure they don’t do anything that has the potential to harm them. This […]

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