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It’s clear that parents and kids don’t understand each other’s Internets Parents and Teens Don't Understand Each Other's Internets Parents and Teens Don't Understand Each Other's Internets There comes a time in every parent's life, when you realize that you're finally out of touch with what kids are "into" these days. Read More . The sites your kids browse, and the games they play, may seem strange and even a little bit alien to you. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t understand it. You just need to know about the right resources.

Today Cool Websites and Apps is pointing out five apps that make being a parent in the Internet age just a little bit easier. We’ve got a site that helps you understand the games being played, and another one that lets you turn their Internet access off. We’ll even talk about making it easier to take a flight with impish young people.

GameHub: Videogame Database for Parents

If you are a non-gaming parent 5 Games to Play with Your Non-Gaming Parents 5 Games to Play with Your Non-Gaming Parents So you want to introduce your parents to video games? Here are a few places to start! Read More , your children’s gaming habits might be a mystery to you. What are they playing? What sort of lessons are these games teaching your kids? Should you be thinking about that?

GameHub is designed to be easy to browse, and gives you an overview of a wide variety of games. There’s a summary of the plot, and you can also check for things like violence, drug usage, and moral choices.

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Unlike similar sites, the write-ups are clearly written by a team with an understanding of gaming. At the same time, however, they also understand what a wide variety of parents might be concerned about, and manage to explain everything in a way that is accessible to non-gaming parents. Take the time to look up a few of the games your kids play: you’ll learn something.

WebCurfew: Limit Your Kid’s Internet Usage

If you try to limit your kids’ Internet usage, only to be ignored, WebCurfew can help. This app lets you control which devices on your network can access the Internet, meaning if someone won’t stay offline you can force the issue.

This isn’t anything you can’t already do, if you know your way around your router 4 Ways to Manage Your Kids' Internet Use With Your Router 4 Ways to Manage Your Kids' Internet Use With Your Router How do you make sure that your kids are actually up in their room sleeping on a school night, and not staying up all night streaming Internet videos? Read More . WebCurfew just makes the process a lot easier, helping you take control of your kids’ Internet usage without the need to dive deep into esoteric settings pages.

The free version gives you the ability to filter content, and to turn Internet access on and off for particular devices. A subscription, starting at $6/month, lets you schedule access times and receive reports of your kids’ usage habits.

VISR: Hands Off Monitoring of Kids’ Social Activities

If your kids are active on social media services like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, you might be concerned for their safety – but may not want to outright spy on them. VISR presents a middle path, monitoring your kids’ social activity but only warning you when something potentially concerning happens.

If the app notices bullying, references to violence or drugs, or late night usage you’ll find out. Otherwise, you won’t hear anything. It’s great if you want an approach that’s less hands-on than around the clock monitoring.

Flying with Kids (iOS, $2): Resources for a Difficult Process

If you’re taking your kid on a plane for the first time, you’re probably nervous. Maybe, in another life, you thought nasty thoughts about parents who don’t control their kids. Or maybe you just don’t know how your kids will react to the experience. Whatever your worries, Flying with Kids can help.

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There are strategies, tips, and even a few distraction tools. Combined it can all make the process go just a little bit more smoothly.

CringeMD: Will Watching This Movie with Your Teens Be Awkward?

This site was initially made for kids to use, to help determine whether it would be weird to watch a given movie with their parents. But that doesn’t mean it can’t work the other way. The setup is simple: just search for a movie. If there is an extended sex scene in the movie, you’ll find out.

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Sex isn’t anything to be ashamed of, of course, but that doesn’t mean it’s fun to watch it in the company of your kids or parents. CringeMD lets you know what’s coming.

What Parenting Apps and Sites Do You Recommend?

Cool Websites and Apps tries to seek out things MakeUseOf is yet to cover, meaning some things we’ve outlined in the past get left out. For example: we’ve talked about the great learning channels on YouTube kids 5 Fantastic Learning Channels on YouTube Kids 5 Fantastic Learning Channels on YouTube Kids YouTube Kids is a mobile app, available for iOS and Android, which curates educational and entertainment content for kids and teens. We pick the top five channels you should catch today. Read More , sites for families dealing with cyberbulling 5 Websites That Help Parents & Children Deal With Bullying Or Cyberbullying 5 Websites That Help Parents & Children Deal With Bullying Or Cyberbullying For years bullying had been thought of as a necessary rite of passage to adulthood. If bullying is a devil’s trait, then we as concerned citizens and parents can play protectors. Educating ourselves about how... Read More , and tips for family safety on Facebook Parents, This Is How You Can Protect Your Kids On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips] Parents, This Is How You Can Protect Your Kids On Facebook [Weekly Facebook Tips] Do you have any idea what your kids do on Facebook? Are you certain they are safe? Find out now. Read More . We could go on and on.

But we’d prefer it if you did.

What apps and sites do you recommend parents look into? Leave your thoughts in the comments below – we’re looking forward to the conversation.

Image Credits:Father and son by Goodluz via Shutterstock

  1. podcastradioapp
    February 21, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Just wanna find a Podcasts app for myself, hope it’s an amazing way to discover, subscribe to, and play your favorite podcast. My must-have point is numerous free audio and video radio podcast in the Featured tab, or browse Top Charts to see what's hot right now. So that I can add favorite radio and podcast to personal stations that stay up to date when new episodes become available. I wanna try PocketCast, RadioLab, any evaluations on CastBox this new podcast app on Google Play? I also hope the podcast can also for kids when story time and for my parents as they would like to listen to the radio with their new smart phone.

    • Justin Pot
      February 21, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      I'm personally a big fan of Player.FM for podcasts on Android, but it's more of a hands-on app than what you're looking for I think. Best of luck in finding something, don't know about CastBox.

  2. Chris B
    February 10, 2016 at 4:51 am

    This is slightly related, but a little more costly than just an app. We really like the Amazon Kindle Kid's edition - specifically the FreeTime app/launcher/ecosystem. Our kids are 3 and 5 and we got each of them one for Christmas. It was easy to set up appropriate content, block things we didn't like (spongebob), and limit their usage. They quickly caught on to navigating and finding things that interested them. They use headphones too. My Saturday mornings are now available for me to sleep in since they just go grab the tablets when they wake up and wait for mom and dad to roll out of bed to make breakfast.

    • Justin Pot
      February 10, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Nice to know about, the filtering system sounds great. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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