Parental Controls in Online Gaming

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What are Parental Controls in Online Gaming?

Parental controls in online gaming are software and tools that allow parents to set controls on their children’s online gaming platforms like Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, etc. They are designed to help protect children from such kind of content, which is not suitable for their mental health. These controls can be used in many ways, e.g. to help ensure that your children access only age-appropriate games, to set usage times, and to monitor activity, etc. It allows the parents to have an eye on their children’s online gaming activities like where they are spending their money and time.

How Microsoft Helps in Parental Controls

Microsoft helps the parents in Parental Controls in different ways. It not only has a family plan about it but also provides some different controls on every game it offers. It has many parental control plans for child health care. Microsoft owns the XBOX brand.  Some of the major Microsoft family features are as follows:

  • Set screen time limits
  • Set app and game limits
  • Require kids to ask a parent before buying any stuff
  • Set age limits
  • View child’s activity report
  • Have a fund account for your child

How Sony Helps in Parental Controls

Sony offers parents Parental Controls in different ways. It also has a family management tools where you can assign roles to yourself, other adult family members and child family members under the age of 18.

Sony’s Parental Controls allows you to:

  • Restrict your child’s access to the PlayStation web browser
  • You can set monthly spending limits to specify how much children can spend at the PlayStation store each month
  • Set up layers of pass code protection, allowing you to disable guest logins and prevent changes to parental control settings.
  • Set age restrictions for Games, Blu-Ray Discs and DVDs
  • Disable Chat, messaging and content sharing

How Fortnite helps in Parental Controls

Fortnite is one of the highly-rated games in the world and a huge part of its massive fan base are children. To let your kids enjoy their childhood with these amazing games without inappropriate content, Fortnite also provides parental controls. Fortnite is a multiplayer game, which implies your children may wind up playing with complete outsiders notwithstanding their companions.

You can disable all in-application buys on your kid’s iPhone and iPad* through its settings. You can even keep unknown individuals from seeing your kid’s in-game name. In addition to controls designed to prevent your child from interacting with unknown people, parental control likewise allows you to view time spent playing on a daily or weekly basis to monitor how much time your child is sinking into the game.

* Please note that as of August 2020, Fortnite isn’t available via iOS. View more details here:  https://www.epicgames.com/site/en-US/free-fortnite-faq

How Roblox helps in Parental Controls

Roblox is an online video game that energizes inventiveness and correspondence between players, of all ages. There is no age limit for playing Roblox, which implies that gamers will conceivably be connecting with others in various age gatherings and witness content that might not be appropriate for their mental health. Roblox offers various extraordinary highlights that permit guardians to restrict who their children cooperate with while yet giving them an opportunity on the stage. In this screen-centered world, kids love gaming and guardians should attempt to make a solid screen time balance as video gaming has both advantages and disadvantages.

As a feature of Family Zone’s numerous useful highlights, they can block Roblox from your youngsters’ gadgets, without obstructing different games they might be permitted to play. The absence of control (despite language filters) in the visit highlight and transferred client content leaves kids in danger of openness to a stressful scope of unseemly grown-up substance, harassing, and misuse.

I also have my own avatar in Roblox and will join in my childs gaming sessions. This is a good way to monitor their activity in Roblox and to also spend time with them playing the many games that Roblox has to offer.

How Nintendo helps in Parental Controls

Just like the Nintendo 3DS parental controls before it, the Nintendo Switch’s parental controls empower a parent to limit their youngster’s time or primarily screen what they have been utilizing it for. Here area unit a little of its elementary highlights:

  • Keep a watch on playtime – set screen limits
  • Decide that game they will play – you will set custom choices based upon the age of your child
  • Customize online options – Limit sharing of in-game text or pictures per game, limit the flexibility to post screenshots to social media

Microsoft Family Plan

The Microsoft family plan is the best plan for parental control. It not only ensures the children’s mental health but also finds the location of children if they are apart from their family by Microsoft family map. It also filters out all the appropriate games according to the age of users so that they can play the games that are relevant for their growing health. It limits the screen time of device usage. It also provides the weekly report of children’s activity and shows the screen time of their device usage.

  • Set screen limits

Learn how to set screen time limits on your child or family member’s Xbox and Windows devices. See how much time they have left for the day, give them more time, or decide time’s up. You can set limits on https://family.microsoft.com or the Family Safety app.

  • Set app and game limits

On the off chance that your child is investing an excess of energy in certain applications or games, you can draw certain lines on that application or game to assist them with accomplishing a good arrangement. Application and game cutoff points are accessible on Windows 10 and Xbox gadgets, alongside Android gadgets with Microsoft Family Safety, introduced.

When you set a boundary, that cutoff will work across the entirety of their gadgets. (For example, if you give them two hours on YouTube, they can spend a total of two hours on YouTube across Windows 10, Xbox, and Android.) Always allowed games will appear in the apps and games card. If you get a request for your kid or relative to download an application or game that is over their age limit, it will show up in the allowed section.

  • Require kids to ask a parent before buying any stuff

You can set up a family member’s account to require adult approval for the things they want to buy in the Microsoft Store—except for what they get with gift cards or money in their Microsoft account. Only organizers will be able to approve. Parents should get an email or any message whenever the child tries to buy any stuff from online gaming websites or apps. Therefore, parents should know that what kind of stuff their children are using or buying to use. This will help the parents to be updated about their children’s activities and will know what their children are currently doing.

  • Set age limits

XBOX also provides an age limit for everyone to play by setting the age limits and other settings on the family settings group, it will provide its users a more comfortable and reliable platform. The user will only be able to see the games according to his/her age. Other games will be filtered out. This will help the parents to be more satisfied with the health of their child and do not have to keep a parent’s control on their children every time they use it.

  • View Child’s activity report

When you add your child to your family group and turn on activity reporting, you will get weekly activity report emails that show you a summary of their activity on Microsoft Edge and Windows 10, Xbox, and Android devices that have Microsoft Family Safety installed. The reports include games and apps they used websites they visited, terms they searched for on search engines like Bing, and how much screen time they had.

You can also view activity reports and turn the setting on or off from the web or in the Microsoft Family Safety app. Along with the activity report, you will also be able to see the screen time of your child’s devices. For a breakdown of your child’s overall time spent on each of their devices, the Screen time section indicates when and for how long your child used their devices throughout the week. You will see a list of how much time they spent on their devices overall by each day, and how much time they spent on each device during the entire week.

  • Have a fund account for your child

Microsoft allows you to fund an account for your child, avoiding the need to store a credit card. You can share the benefits of a single Xbox Live Gold subscription with anyone who uses your Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S console. This feature does not allow others to buy content while using the credit card that’s linked to your subscription. If you are concerned about access to your profile and billing information, ensure that, everyone who uses your console signs in with their own Xbox profile. Following are ways to prevent unauthorized purchases and changes to your Xbox profile and Microsoft account:

  1. Create and manage a passkey for your XBOX Console
  2. Require a passkey for purchases on your XBOX One Console
  3. Make a profile for everyone who uses your console
  4. Control your payment info
  5. Add money to your child’s Microsoft account
  6. Manage kids in your Microsoft family group by using the Xbox Family Settings app and set limits on how much kids can spend in the Microsoft store
  7. Turn on Ask a parent
  8. Sign out when you’re done using your console. 
  9. Add a guest account.

How to activate Microsoft family safety parental control in Windows 10

To set the most recent Windows Parental Controls and Microsoft Family Safety features, both parent and child need to have a Microsoft Account.

The following steps are only applicable if the child logs into the Microsoft account:

  • Select Start and choose Settings to launch the Windows Settings app.
  • Select Accounts.
  • In the left pane, select Family & Other Users.
  • Select Add a Family Member if your child does not have a separate account on your device. This step launches a Microsoft Account wizard.
  • Select Add a Child the either enter your child’s email address or select The Person I Want To Add Doesn’t Have An Email Address.
  • Read the information offered (what you see here depends on what you selected in Step 5), and choose Close.

Conclusion

Families have responsibilities and duties of taking precautions for their children to balance their physical as well as mental health. The Parental Control feature in online gaming effectively prevents children’s attempts to access unwanted content of games that are inappropriate for their age and can cause serious mental issues. Of course, only parents can decide which categories of games are off-limits to their children.

Online gaming is here to stay, but it has a lot of disadvantages. Parents should set up parental controls and monitor their children’s online behavior. As a parent, I make sure my child’s online experience is monitored closely. I have enabled the following parental controls on my child’s devices and I figured other people would find this information to be helpful.

Happy Gaming!
– Demetrius

 

Laptop Repair: DC PowerJack replacement

Laptop Repair: Dell Precision 5510 DC PowerJack replacement

This Dell Precision 5510 needed a new DC Powerjack after some wear and tear from over the years. After using my multi-meter I determined that the battery was not getting enough charge because the DC jack was just too damaged to make a good connection to charge the battery.

This type of repair should only be attempt by experienced techs with proper tools.

Here are some pictures below of my work:


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What is HTML5?

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What is HTML5?

We will need to understand what HTML is.  The acronym HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language.  This markup language is what makes it possible to find documents on the web.

  • The markup language is made up of a set of markup tags
  • HTML markup tags describes the content of different documents
  • Each HTML tag describes different document content

HTML is used to describe the content and structure of documents on the world wide web and HTML5 is the fifth version of the HTML code standard.  Your web page is really made of three codes, The HTML code which creates the framework, JAVA scripts which gives the instructions and CSS, Cascading Style Sheets which deals with the way the content is presented.

 

About HTML5

This new version HTML5, is set to help users of online documents do a wide range of manipulations without the need for uploading specific software such as plug-ins.  The HTML5 allows you to build complicated applications since it carries out functions easily and simply, including animation, apps, movies and music.

Also important to know, is that HTML5 is not copyrighted, so there is no need to pay any fees to use it.  It can work on any platform including Smart TV, Tablets, Smartphone, Ultrabook or Notebook, providing of course, that your instrument supports HTML5.

The professional can use HTML5 to write applications for the web that identify where your site is located on the web, that is geolocation, as well as to deliver on extremely high quality graphics and high definition videos.

Browser Support

Currently, all the well-established browsers support HTML5 including Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Mobile Safari, Internet Explorer and some Android browsers.  There may be differences in what each browsers supports so some further study is needed for the browsers that you use.  Research has shown that Firefox supports the widest range of HTML5 features with Chrome coming a close second. Most browsers, however, cover a bit more than the HTML5 basics.

Advanced Features

API integration has allowed HTML5 to be able to provide the following advanced features making it possible for more intricate and sophisticated JAVA script coding of consistent high quality.

 

HTML5 generally makes it easier for browsers and web developers to comply with the same codes in providing a better experience to web users.

WordPress, Shopify, Drupal, etc: How to build an ECommerce website

I gave this presentation for the “eCommerce Sales and Marketing:Strategic Uses of Social Media Tools to Sell Your Product(s) and Market Your Business!”  sponsored by the Delaware Economic Development Office.

You can view the presentation here: http://prezi.com/vtkfr3cvdis6/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share 

You can download a .PDF version of the Presentation by clicking this link

WordPress, Shopify, Drupal, etc: How do I get started selling online, what’s required and what are my options?

What is E-Commerce?

e-com·merce
ˈēˌkämərs/
noun
noun: ecommerce
1. commercial transactions conducted electronically on the Internet.

Commercial Transactions include: B2B , B2C, mobile payments, utilities, in-app purchases, etc. Basically, anything that involves the exchange of money, over the Web.

This video gives a great explanation on how E-Commerce works:
 
 

How do I get Started Selling Online?

Your checklist for getting started on creating an eCommerce Website:

Choose a Product or Service to sell:

Do some brainstorming. If you would like to sell a product, go to www.alibaba.com and find someone who can help make your dream a reality. If you provide a Service, start with a Website that showcases your Portfolio of work, include a Quote Request form and look into ways to get your customers to pay you, on-line.

Choose where you want to sell your Product or Service:

Selling Products on-line means that you do in fact have the World at your fingertips and your customers can & will come from all over the World, to your Website (with Marketing in place, of course). Selling Services online is a bit different, mainly because your Service area will be limited. It’s important to determine a Target Market though, to make the most out of your Marketing $$$. There’s no sense in advertising a Plumbing business in California, that’s based in Delaware (unless, you can subcontract in other areas, this is common for IT and Web businesses).

Get set up on an on-line marketplace and/or build your own Website:

Most consumers will go to the Web first, to research your business and the competition. Do not discount the power of having a strong Web Presence.

Tips for a solid E-Commerce Website:

1. Have your Address, Phone # and Email Address / Contact form, very visible. Make it easy to reach you
2. Good Photos: A picture is worth a thousand words
3. Include a Video
4. Have engaging Product Descriptions
5. Simple Registration Process
6. Quick & Easy Checkout
7. Respond to Customer Service requests, quickly
8. Start an email subscriber list
9. Clearly state policies and terms, earn your Website visitors trust
10. BONUS: Experiment during the Holiday seasons with colors, design elements, etc
11. BONUS, BONUS: Offer coupons. Who doesn’t like getting a deal?

What are my Website options?

1. Online Marketplace like eBay, Amazon, Etsy (artists and crafts)
2. Build your own Website: WordPress, Shopify, etc

While you have the option to choose the DIY option, I suggest you still hire a Web Expert to help build your Website and help you market your Products or Services. Like you would hire a Contractor to build your physical store front, hiring a Web Expert to build your Website puts you into a professionals hands.

What’s required to sell online?

1. Product / Inventory List that’s organized to include “product attributes” such as “size” , “package-type”, “weight”, Color (“blue”), etc. An organized spreadsheet from Excel or QuickBooks would do fine.
2. Shopping Cart Software. There are TONS of options out there (show graphic of all shopping cart software). I suggest using WordPress or Shopify.
3. Shipping acct with Fedex, USPS, or UPS
4. Merchant acct with PayPal, your Bank, Merchant Processor, etc
5. Secure connection via a SSL Certificate, for secure transmission of credit / debit card information
6. You must know your Sales Tax rate, if you live in a State that charges Sales Tax and you have a physical presence in that State.
7. Analytics to track Website visitors, terms used to find your Website, etc. You need to know how and why people landed on your Website. Even better, knowing how and why they purchased from your Website.
8. A Marketing campaign. How do people know about your Products or Services, if they haven’t heard about you? Social Media, Print Advertising, Commercials, etc. You have to Market your business.
9. Privacy Policy & Terms and Conditions. The Privacy Policy outlines how your customers data will be stored and used, while they have an account on your Website. Terms & Conditions are rules which one must agree to abide by in order to use a service.
10. FAITH. You gotta have it. Success doesn’t happen overnight.

What’s next?

E-commerce can be a very rewarding venture, but you cannot make money overnight. It is important to do a lot of research, ask questions, work hard and make business decisions based on facts learned from research. Don’t rely on “gut” feelings, do the leg work. Put in the time to experiment to see what does, and doesn’t work.