How to Keep Kids Safer While Gaming
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If your kids are like mine, they LOVE gaming. They'd game all day (and night) if we let them.
Of course we know screen time should to be limited. They need fresh air and exercise. They have school and homework. They need to be kids and run around and play with siblings and friends in real life!
When it's gaming time, I'm happy to indulge because I know it's a true passion for them. But I don't especially want to sit there watching them play, monitoring every moment of their screen time. Do you??
Did you know 50% of kids who play video games have encountered online predators or cyberbullying? Shocking right?! More than 19 million American children have suffered from bullying or harassment in online multiplayer games. Terrified yet??
So how do we keep kids safer while gaming?
Kidas. That's how!
Kidas is an amazing software that helps monitor and analyze your child's in-game activity with 24/7 in-game voice and text scanning. They e-mail you a weekly report alerting you to any potential red-flags, from cyberbullying and hate speech to scams and predatory behavior. Or in my case, thankfully, letting you know all looks good and you have nothing to worry about (yet). I love that it's not only looking out for dangers, but also helping me get a better idea of the hours spent gaming and what times of day my kiddo is playing. I mean, how else would I know if he was secretly waking at 3am to play Roblox? HA! Thankfully, he's not... yet... Here's the most recent report we got from Kidas:
Very basically put, Kidas' proprietary technology has been trained on thousands of cases of real life cyberbullying and online predation, so it knows what words and phrases are cause for alarm. It helps parents monitor their kids' gaming activity in a non-hovering way. Don't worry - you're not spying. No need to be secretive about it. Let them know you installed it and what it will (and won't) be doing.
Kidas has a great FAQ section on their website - the top section is geared toward parents, and the next section is geared toward kids, answering questions they might have about it such as "Will my parents hear or see my conversations??" (Spoiler alert: no, we won't, and we don't need to - Kidas will be watching out for red-flag words and phrases for us).
It's a super quick download and installation (Windows-run computers only, even works on my son's ancient Windows 7 PC; not available for Chromebook or tablets). Seriously, just a couple of minutes. It currently works monitoring 75+ of the most popular games, including Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox, World of Warcraft, Candy Crush, The Sms 4, and Adopt Me. They add games to their list frequently, and you're encouraged to message them with a request if your child is playing a game not currently on their radar.
They have a free 30-day trial and after that it's just $6/month or $60/year, with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. I mean, we've paid more for a coffee, am I right!? This is a DEAL!
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today and don't forget to use code USJAPANFAM10 to get 10% off!!
11/12/2021 01:32:28 pm
This is an awesome option for keeping kids safe while they game! There are so many ways that our kids are vulnerable that we don't even think of. This is a wonderful resource. Thanks for sharing!
11/13/2021 12:01:37 pm
This is awesome. It is definitely important for parents to make sure that their kids are safe when doing gaming online for sure.
11/13/2021 12:08:11 pm
This is so great! its very important to keep kids safe!! online can be so scary some times
11/13/2021 11:34:49 pm
Keeping this in mind when my kiddo starts gaming online. So helpful
11/14/2021 08:37:01 am
This gives security that my kids will be safe during gaming! Thank you for letting me know about Kidas :)
11/14/2021 09:37:07 am
This is a must have if your kiddos are gamer! I’ll be recommending this software to my friends who’s kids are gamers.
11/25/2021 07:19:38 am
Oh wow! This is something I definitely will look into, because my kid is definitely a gamer lol!
12/3/2021 11:30:07 am
This is an essential resource for every parent whose kids do gaming. What a great innovation.
1/23/2022 05:10:58 pm
Kidas sounds great! My grandchildren love playing games like Roblox and Minecraft, so it would be really helpful to have Kidas monitoring things and keeping them safe.
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