Following our child safety theme for this month, let’s talk about cyber safety for a minute.  As adults, we know the consequences of handing out personal information, but there’s a little more to consider when you allow your little ones screen time.  It only takes a few clicks to be in places they shouldn’t be or share things that could put them at risk.

Here are 5 things to consider if you allow your children to have access to the computer:

  1. Have the computer in a community area of the house so that they are held accountable and you can monitor what is popping up on the screen. Even the most innocent child could find themselves accidentally on a site they shouldn’t be.
  2. Set rules and consequences and make sure your children know exactly what is expected in terms of acceptable uses for the computer. Decide ahead of time if and when you will allow Skype or email to be used so that your children know exactly what you’re comfortable with them doing.
  3. Keep a bookmark folder just for them so there’s no confusion what those acceptable uses are.
  4. Explain why you don’t give out personal information and explain that sharing information, including filling out forms with your address and phone number, is NOT acceptable without permission. When playing online games, give them a pseudo name to use instead of their real name to reinforce that no personal information is given out.
  5. Talk about cyberbullying. It’s not just on the playground anymore, and knowing what it is and how to respond to it could help your children stop it before it becomes an issue down the road. Be a “safe person” that your children can come to if they witness or experience any form of cyberbullying.

That said, if you’ve made it through these 5 steps and still allow your children screen time, here are some great sites below that encourage learning for various ages!  The world wide web can be an amazing source of knowledge and great tool for skill building.  In addition to November being National Child Safety month, November 8th is National Parents as Teachers day, so I encourage you to take a moment tonight after dinner and teach your children something new today!





Sesame Street

PBS Kids

ABC Mouse

Kindergarten/1st grade




Kids Discover

Time for Kids

Cool Math





If you’ve ever uttered the words “Hey Cortana…”, you’re well aware of the other innovative features that Microsoft’s Kinect accessory brings to the world of television and gaming, such as voice command features, automatic recognition, and Skype and Twitch capabilities due to it’s high-quality camera technology. Despite all of these, Microsoft has finally announced the end of Kinect this morning, after several years of trying to perfect and mainstream its use.

When they launched Kinect in 2010 it was considered new and revolutionary technology for the camera to be able to sense depth and interact with its users, even winning them a spot in the Guinness World Records after becoming the fastest-selling consumer device in 2011. The Kinect could recognize bodies in the room and pick out the voice of it’s user over other background noises, making Skype features and gaming communications over  Twitch more reliable and clearer. After tweaking the technology for a couple years, they chose to marry the device with the Xbox One to make it more mainstream. While the device itself wasn’t as popular in the market as they had hoped, the sensor technology has been adopted by other companies to be used in various devices, such as Apples iPhone X, where they shrunk the sensor down and used the same algorithm to enhance it’s Face ID system.

While the death of the Kinect device itself seemed ultimate, the technology behind it is still considered innovative and is being sought out to continue the development of other devices that can use the technology in various forms to bring other new and creative ways for electronics to interact with their surroundings through a natural user interface.


Friday, June 16
The Ranch: Parts 3 & 4 (2017) Netflix

Sunday, June 18
Grantchester: Season 3 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS

Tuesday, June 20
The Bold Type: Season 1 (2016) 9 p.m., Freeform
Queen Sugar: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., OWN
Wrecked: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., TBS

Thursday, June 22
The Mist: Season 1 (2016) 40% 10 p.m., Spike
The Night Shift: Season 4 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC


Friday, June 23
Free Reign: Season 1 (2017) Netflix
GLOW: Season 1 (2017)  Netflix
Playing House: Season 3 (2017) 11 p.m., USA

Sunday, June 25
Power: Season 4 (2017) Starz
Preacher: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., AMC
Prime Suspect: Tennison: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., PBS

Wednesday, June 28
Okja (2017) 83% Netflix
Cleverman: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., Sundance
Younger: Season 3 (2016) 100% 10 p.m., TV Land

Thursday, June 29
Big Brother Season 19 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
Zoo: Season 3 (2017) 10 p.m., CBS

Friday, June 30
Gypsy: Season 1 (2017) Netflix
Killjoys: Season 3 (2017) 8 p.m., SyFy
Masters of Illusion: Season 4 (2017) 8 p.m., CW

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Wednesday, Jul. 5
Snowfall: Season 1 (2017) FX 10 p.m., FX

Sunday, Jul. 9
Candy Crush: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
One Night Only: Alec Baldwin (2017) 10 p.m., Spike

Monday, Jul. 10
Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Season 4 (2017)  8 p.m., CW
Will: Miniseries (2017) 9 p.m., TNT

Tuesday, Jul. 11
The Fosters: Season 5 (2017) 8 p.m., Freeform
The Bold Type: Season 1 (2016) , 9 p.m., Freeform
Still the King: Season 2 (2017) , 10 p.m., CMT
The Hollywood Puppet Sh!t Show: Season 1 (2017) , 10:30 p.m., Fuse

Wednesday, Jul. 12
Salvation: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
Suits: Season 7 (2017) , 9 p.m., USA
I’m Sorry: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., TruTV

Thursday, Jul. 13
Hooten and the Lady: Miniseries (2016) 9 p.m., CW
30 for 30, Season 6, Episode 9: “Mike and the Mad Dog” 8 p.m., ESPN

Sunday, Jul. 16
Game of Thrones: Season 7 (2017)  HBO
The Strain: Season 4 (2017) 10 p.m., FX

Tuesday, Jul. 18
Shooter: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., USA

Friday, Jul. 21
Descendants 2 (2016) 8 p.m., ABC, Disney, DXD, Freeform, Lifetime

Saturday, Jul. 22
Cold Justice: Season 4 (2017) 8 p.m., Oxygen
Syfy Presents Live From Comic-Con: Season 2 (2017) 11 p.m., SyFy

Sunday, Jul. 23
Ballers: Season 3 (2017) 10 p.m., HBO
Insecure: Season 2 (2017) 10:30 p.m., HBO

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Monday, Jul. 24
Midnight, Texas: Season 1 (2016) 10 p.m., NBC
Somewhere Between: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., ABC

Friday, Jul. 28
The Last Tycoon: Season 1 (2016) Amazon



Wednesday, Aug. 2
The Sinner: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., USA

Saturday, Aug. 5
Sharknado 5 (2017) 8 p.m., SyFy

Sunday, Aug. 6
Ray Donovan: Season 5 (2017) 9 p.m., Showtime

Tuesday, Aug. 8
Difficult People: Season 3 (2017) Hulu

Thursday, Aug. 10
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., NBC

Friday, Aug. 18
Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1 (2017)  Netflix

Sunday, Aug. 20
Endeavour: Series 4 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
The Last Ship: Season 4 (2017) 9 p.m., TNT
Episodes (US): Season 5 (2016) 10 p.m., Showtime

Friday, Aug. 25
Disjointed: Season 1 (2016) Netflix
The Tick: Season 1 (2016) 89% Amazon