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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Take a Break Tuesdays: Online Fun

I've decided to start a series for Tuesdays called Take A Break Tuesdays: Online Fun as there are so many fun online games for kids that I want to share with you!

For starters, some news: Now that my daughter is almost old enough to join Facebook, they are developing technology that will allow children under 13 to have Facebook accounts. Of course, now that my daughter is so close to the prize, she thinks it is very unfair! We have struggled in this area as so many of her friends who are NOT 13 have been on Facebook for years. You do have to fill in your birth date, so I'm not sure how kids are getting around that one short of fibbing, but we have stood our ground! My oldest had her account waiting to be set up on her 13th birthday, and my younger will follow suit. Facebook does say the new technology will require parent supervision. Uh, okay. I guess we will just have to wait and see what the requirements are. 

Even more exciting is that Nintendo is unveiling a new social and content network called Miiverse. Though it's not clear what this new addition to Wii U does, I know at least one kid that's pretty excited about it. My youngest told me all about how much fun Pokemon online games are, and I didn't even realize there was such a thing! I was under the impression that you still needed an actual game inserted into your 3DS. Not so, my daughter tells me. Her only disappointment with the online game is that you can only participate for one hour a day. Yay!! That's my favorite part! I love when companies limit the amount of screen time kids can have. After all, there are other things they can do, like (shudder) get outside and play!!

If your kiddos aren't aware of Pokemon Online, check it out and let us know what you think!

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