Sunday, July 15th, 2018 by Gina Thompson
Back in the day, an unexpected bill racked up by your kids was most likely something like a broken window after a game of cricket gone wrong. As technology became a bigger part of daily life, it became important for parents to sit down and have a chat with their kids about using a mobile phone responsibly so they didn’t make calls to premium numbers or use tons of excess data.
Fast forward to today and microtransactions in games are becoming a serious problem. They’ve been a common pest in mobile games for a few years now, but thanks to the massive popularity of “free to play” games such as Fortnite, more parents are learning about them the hard way.
Fortnite is a battle royale shooter game that made waves when it was released on mobile devices, making it extremely accessible. After all, most kids are more likely to have a mobile phone than a certain gaming console or gaming PC. Fortnite doesn’t cost money to start playing, but a number of in-game items such as different costumes for your character to wear cost V-Bucks, which are actually bought with real-world cash. A quick Google search will show you there’s already dozens of stories of kids blowing hundreds of dollars on the in-game currency.
Fortnite isn’t the only game to have a big microtransaction problem and mobile phones aren’t the only device you may need to lock down to stop kids racking up a bill on supposedly “free” games. To help you (and your wallet!) we’ve put together a guide on how to stop kids making purchases in games across a range of devices including mobiles, tablets and gaming consoles. Just follow these steps for some peace of mind that your littles ones won’t be making any in-game purchases, by accident or otherwise.
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 by Erin Kavanagh
Did you know that the human brain is capable of 1,016 processes per second, making it more powerful than a computer? Or that the average brain is believed to generate up to 50,000 thoughts per day?
Millennials aged 18 to 34 have been found to be more forgetful than Baby Boomers, meaning they’re more likely to forget where they put their keys than their parents! Our brains are amazing but just as we exercise our bodies, it’s important to exercise them to keep them sharp, performing at their best, and on top of where those keys are.
October 13th was Train your Brain Day so we’ve put together some apps and brain training games to get you thinking so you don’t get brain fried!.