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OK +John Arnold and +Ruth Arnold, is this freaky, geeky and parental related enough for you?

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via +Emlyn O'Regan comes this fun little video. This young lady clearly has a future in the Tech industry if she wants it.

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An interesting item for discussion if you hadn't already heard about it.... Knowing how much +John Arnold loves Barbie to start with I can see it having the potential for a most excellent rant. ;-)

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Saw this and thought it deserved some extra exposure. Did +John Arnold​ get around to doing anything special with your Pi, or is it underutilized like ours is (for now)?
Today's blog post is something I am absolutely delighted to be involved in. The Kano Computing Kit is a fabulous package which takes a Raspberry Pi computer and a toolbox of goodies and gives you and your children the power to program your own games and applications. It took our 6 year old 3 hours to begin making changes to his own game of snake, and he's already started to build his own world in Minecraft - what's even better is that tomorrow I will be launching a giveaway where you can win your very own!

#raspberrypi #raspberrypi2 #computing #coding #kanocomputing #kano  

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We've been playing D&D 5e recently - it's very easy to get started with and the emphasis is on story telling rather than complex rules. You can download the basic rules for free and there are lots of resources available. I also remembered reading some articles on Boing Boing about introducing kids to RPGS such as this one http://boingboing.net/2011/03/16/i-turned-my-4-year-o.html - might be worth a try?

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+John Arnold and +Ruth Arnold mentioned Catan Junior on the show. If you were interested, +Wil Wheaton played it (with real kids) on TableTop (see below). As far as games is concerned, Miss M is not much of a gamer, and Master M is too young really. Miss M's favorite game (not a "roll the dice" type) is Pictureka. I keep trying to convince her that Ticket to Ride could be fun... mostly because I enjoy playing the Android version on my 'phone, but so far she remains unconvinced!

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Some would say "about time". On the other hand, isn't it (at least in part) a parent's responsibility to guide their kids in making good choices? Apps like this can allow parents to somewhat delegate that role to a third party, who may have other less desirable goals (i.e. marketing the associated toys, games, licensed clothing etc. to their young impressionable viewers). It's certainly a step in the right direction, but I'd appreciate even more granular controls (the ability to completely disable certain shows, for example, or to limit the number of times a show can be replayed in a month). We recently ran into an issue with Netflix where I suspect one of my in-laws may have let the kids watch something. They wanted to watch it at home, but it was not what I consider appropriate at all, even though it was on Netflix Kids. :-(

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If you aren't already getting the +Humble Bundle information, may I draw your attention to the following Geek/Maker friendly offering (only available for the next 13 days)

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Interesting to discuss on the show

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Should it be illegal to allow kids too much screen time?
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