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Nintendo Warns the 3DS Is Not for Preschoolers

Nintendo 3DS Aqua Blue Final Hardware

Children under age 6 should not use a forthcoming portable 3D video game player because it could permanently damage their eyesight, its manufacturer warned.

The Japanese company Nintendo plans to introduce its 3DS player in Japan in late February, with launches in the U.S. and other markets soon after.

Nintendo has posted a warning against use of the device in 3D mode by children younger than 6,  stating "a potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes."

Nintendo indicated that the danger lies in the fact that the neural processing that underlies eyesight is still developing in young children.

As a result, the company suggested, the delivery of different artificial images to the left and right eye — as all 3D video systems do — could be harmful to proper eyesight development.

Nintendo states the device can be switched to a 2D mode that should be safe for children.

The game company also recommended that adult 3DS users take breaks every 30 minutes when playing 3D games.

Users of current 3D systems that play on home television screens have reported nausea as well as eyestrain after prolonged usage.

Nintendo and other manufacturers currently recommend that users take regular breaks from these games, although the new warning is the first to suggest a 30-minute playtime limit.

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Cooking Dash 3 Thrills and Spills Review

image Last night, I excitedly installed the pre-release of the new Cooking Dash 3 Thrills and Spills.  I’ve played a few casual games in my time, but haven’t delved into them lately.  If you have played previous Diner Dash games, you will remember Flo & her Grandma as the main characters.  They are back again, yet this time Flo and her friends are teenagers. 

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Featured Article from WomenGamers.com – Part II

WomenGamers.com features articles on women in gaming, how to break into the gaming industry, and gaming reviews.  Gaming has been a stereotypical male activity, but studies have shown that over half of online gamers are women.  This growing trend has changed the way we look at raising children.  Gaming mothers face different challenges but in the same token have new and exciting opportunities. 

Atari from WomenGamers.com talks about these challenges in her article “Gaming with a Newborn.”

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Internet and Email Safety

image With the use of computers and the internet comes certain threats. If you are going to be active on the internet or in email or even if you will be only somewhat active when accessing email and the internet you should take steps to protect yourself. Two of the biggest threats right now are Virus’s and Identity/Account Theft. Below are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself.

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Featured Article from Women Gamers.com

wg-logosmall WomenGamers.com features articles on women in gaming, how to break into the gaming industry, and gaming reviews.  Gaming has been a stereotypical male activity, but studies have shown that over half of online gamers are women.  This growing trend has changed the way we look at raising children.  Gaming mothers face different challenges but in the same token have new and exciting opportunities. 

Atari from WomenGamers.com talks about these challenges in her article “Gamer Mom to Be.”

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Satisfy the Gaming Need

 My three year old has become a game addict.  I know. . .all the statistics and parenting classes would not approve if they saw the depths this child will endure to do some gaming.  Some families are heavily into sports, others are engulfed in fishing or outdoor sports, while our family loves computers.  The Internet and games to be more precise.  The problem lies in the fickle mentality of a three year old.  An online browser game can be challenging and tiring to a young end-user.  The rants of  "I want a Batman game," or "I need a DIFFERENT game," are constantly being demanded.

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Found a new place to shop!

I ran across a site called Clever Cuties, which sells apparel for geeks and nerds.  There are several places to find geeky gear like this, but I was really impressed with the site layout, additional features, and the artwork on the apparel is really geeky cute!

The “My Mom’s a Geek” t-shirt seems to fit Geeky Moms.com really well, don’t you think?

Clevercuties.com…not an affiliate but a really fun place to do some virtual shopping.

Best Practices to Teach Basic Computer Movement – Part One

It takes a lot of effort and time to teach a young child how to use a mouse or keyboard.  It takes even longer to get them comfortable enough to maneuver through a GUI with little effort.  Yet, once your toddler or young child becomes comfortable at this level, the amount of actual intervention on your part decreases immensely.  The goal is not to get them an interactive babysitter but to give them independent computer skills which will build them a strong foundation for their future.  Children of today will never remember a time when computers or the Internet did not play a predominate role in their lives. (Unless of course they grow up sheltered from modern technology.)  These kids excluded, the geeky child is engulfed by technology. 

 

The future of computers is fuzzy but one thing is certain:  they will never go away.  With that promising thought in mind, let’s get our children off on the right track and give them the tools to empower their lives with an open and ready to learn attitude.

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TLSBooks.com

My daughter came to my office with me after her dance class this morning.  We had such a great time!  I scooted a chair up to my desk, opened up her juice box, and then printed off gobs of worksheets for her to complete.  I used the site TLSBooks.com to print the worksheets.  I am excited to have found the site.  The site description says there are thousands of worksheets & color sheets for free, and they aren’t kidding!  Not only are they free, but they are very good quality.  The site categorizes by age group and then into different subjects.  I’m very impressed by the site.  Usually if you are looking for worksheets, you run into websites with loads of pop-ups and links hidden within ads.  TLSBooks.com is free of ads and no signing up.  Check it out and let your printer go wild!

Strawberry Girl’s Dreamsicle

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 New Recipe from My Little Geek

  This drink is good for evening get-togethers and movie nights.  My little girl came up with all the ingredients.  You will need a blender or a smoothie maker.  In this example, we use a blender.

 

  Strawberry Girl’s Dreamsicle

3 scoops of ice cream

1/4 cup of sugar

2 cups of milk

1/4 cup ice (a few cubes or crushed)

1 cup of Strawberry milk mix

 

Blend until smooth.  Serves 3.

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