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Child Safety Settings

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The latest episode of BBC Click (9 October 2010) note this might be accessible only within the UK had a piece about child online safety, specifically looking at safety settings and dedicated child web browsers. The article ran in the video from 8min 45sec to 12min 30sec.

Areas covered included:

Of course there is the other argument that you should help your children to be careful, astute and discerning about their online activities without having to use these control mechanisms to keep them safe, which will be more beneficial to them in the longer term. However, this route might require greater initial supervision by parents of a child’s online activities.

I’d be interested to know your views, so please leave a comment.

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Written by markuos

October 12, 2010 at 8:28 am

1066 (and all that)

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There is a great history site, called Hands on History, on the BBC covering Norman times. There’s a clickable map that shows up lists of interesting activities across Britain relating to Normans. But of particular interest is the downloads page, which has a host of pdf with things to do with children, including building a Motte and Bailey castle, information sheets with what to look for in Norman churches and castles, and a 1066 Battle of Hastings game for 7-11 year olds to play.

BBC Hands on History downloads page

There’s also a free Normans pull-out timeline to send off for.

Perhaps for the older children there is an online strategy battle game of 1066 from Channel 4.

Cute Cartoon Creation Script

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This is a bit of fun for the kids, two cartoon characters talking the script you input. It’s called Cute Cartoon Creation.

Choose your language, select a couple of characters, a locations backdrop and then write what you want your characters to say. Then away they go. It’s fun.

Written by markuos

April 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Memory Squid Game

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If you want to exercise your memory then this Memory Squid Game will give it a bit of a workout.

You’re given a sequence of words and have to click on them in the televisions. Get one wrong and a bunny gets zapped. Get all of the words to move on to the next level.

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April 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Flags

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With this game, Flags, you have to identify the country represented by the displayed flag from a list of five countries.

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April 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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Electric Box – logic game

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The little grey cells certainly have to work to figure out the logic needed to solve the problems that this rather interesting little game, Electric Box, throws up at you. It demonstrates to children the need with some problems to resolve one solution before working on the next element of the string of problems to develop the entire solution. Fun graphics make the appearance of the game engaging and appealing.

When all the levels have been completed, there is a further dimension to the game, you can turn your talents to creating levels yourself for others to solve. This engages a different thought process, which is good.

There are a couple of other ‘level packs’ of user-generated levels to try your hand at as well.

Written by markuos

April 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Gamequarium

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The Gamequarium is a site that “swims with learning fun”. Drill down the categories to find LOTS of resources for children to use for learning, either independently or supported. I can see myself returning to this site again and again.

Written by markuos

March 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm