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Net Nanny Family Protection Pass

apps, GEAR By February 7, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

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Keep your family safe online. Get great savings on Net Nanny products! The Family Protection Pass is a software bundle for families with Android devices and Mac and Windows computers.  In essence, you get the award-winning security of Net Nanny on all devices in your home—for one low price.

Customers may choose Net Nanny 7 for Windows, Net Nanny 3 for Mac, and/or Net Nanny for Android.

The Family Protection Pass is available in two options:

*    10-licenses for USD $79.99 *

*    15-licenses for USD $99.99 *

* This is an exclusive offer and can’t be combined with other offers.

And, with each Family Protection Pass, you’ll also get a free, one-year license of Net Nanny Social ($19.99 value).  With Net Nanny Social, parents can monitor a teen’s friends, pictures, and comments on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn.

In addition, users of Net Nanny Windows, Mac, and Android can use one web-based Net Nanny Admin console to control user settings and to view reports for all protected devices.  Management of three versions of Net Nanny is now integrated to make things simple for busy parents.

Existing customers that paid more than $79.99 for all existing licenses combined will get a free upgrade to the 10-license Pass (prorated for the time remaining on those current licenses).  Such Customers should call 1-800-485-4008 (Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mountain) for assistance with the free upgrade.

Existing customers that paid less than $79.99 for all existing licenses combined will get the value of the remainder of the license subscriptions as credit toward the purchase of the 10- or 15-license Pass subscription.  Such Customers may login to their Net Nanny account (My Account) to initiate the upgrade process.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Balancing Technology Use as a Parent

FAM, health, LIVE, rest By September 9, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

As a writer for the Tech Timeout Challenge by life insurance provider Foresters, I made a huge commitment as summer began.  I set off to up the ante and do a full week without technology with the whole family.  Over the summer, how hard could it be?  It was hard.  And I am embarrassed to say that we did not succeed.  We lasted 3 days.  But in the process we did accomplish the original intent of the program.  We sat as a family for a minimum of an hour a day for the whole summer, talking, playing board games and playing in the sand.  The art of balancing technology use as a parent proved far more challenging than I expected. 

Tech TimeoutI invested in bocce and croquet.  We inherited a bunch of board games from a neighbor and in their attempt to make mommy a ‘Princess’, the boys built me numerous castles made of Lego.

So half of me feels incredible – I bonded with the kids, we talked more as a family and I realized that taking away the tech from my kids wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.  But the other half is ashamed.  Is it society or the high standards I place on myself that make me feel like that?  Not sure.  Perhaps tasking myself with the elimination of tech while I run a tech business with little time off is unrealistic.  Perhaps the tech is my security blanket that allows me to hide when necessary or collect my thoughts when I go through a difficult parenting situation. Using technology

As part of our tech timeout and summer plans, I took my boys on a train to Portland.  My husband was away for three weeks climbing Kilimanjaro and I was having a magical time.  I taught them Crazy 8’s and Old Maid.  Upon arrival we went walkabout.  In a generic corner grocery we stopped to collect fruit, chips (it was vacation) and water.  But then my 7 year-old went down an aisle and there, at eye-level, were at least 15 different pornographic magazines.  We all stopped in our tracks.  He began to cry as the lady behind the counter yelled for him not to go down that aisle.  I became the lioness mother, being strict with her for having no signage or warnings.  We left and I didn’t know what to say.

So I turned to my ‘tribe’.  Which happens to only be accessible online.  I facebooked my son’s teacher to ask how to handle it.  I reached out to another friend to vent.  I texted my husband in Tanzania in hopes that he may be in a freakish serviceable area.  And I put the boys to bed and held them tight and it became intensely apparent that the world we live in is a different one.  It is a world where tech can and should be controlled, but I’m not sure it can be removed.

I was with a few ‘Big Bang Theory’ types this week and we all reached for our phones.  One mentioned that his grandmother would be laughing at us texting, but he also said that our brief sojourn into the keyboards was for the purpose of extending out interactions, increasing the size of our village and working to bring more folks to join us in person.  He had a point.

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So what are my thoughts on our tech timeout?

1.  We’re on devices too much and unless there are limits we can slide into constant use.
2.  My kids get riled up by tech, and yet when it’s gone for a time they don’t notice.  They become more creative, role-play and use boredom to expand their horizons.
3.  To ask of myself to give up all tech for a week was unrealistic given my job, and I realized that women often set the bar very high for ourselves and feel like failures if we don’t succeed.  Moderation and instincts should be given preference.
4.  Placing more importance on sitting around a table and playing actual ‘games’ and talking brought me back to childhood and gave the whole family pure joy.  We’ll be sticking with the games and also making sure the technology never creeps into dinners or restaurants when we are bonding as a family.
5.  Technology can be used to educate your kids and research their questions or find fun things to do in person with them. 

Tech isn’t the devil.  But it can also be useless and addictive.  I think the real challenge as families is to use it for good – to broaden our village instead of shrinking it.

Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by life insurance provider Foresters, but the opinions and images are my own. For more information, visit www.techtimeout.com.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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HP Touchsmart

GEAR, tech By October 10, 2011 Tags: , , , No Comments

So I got this amazing all-in-one computer dropped to my door for a test.  And usually?  Tests are kind of hard.  Sure – it’s great to see the new technology, but it’s real work to do a good review of something, and we don’t usually get compensated for tests.

I told the kids that it was ‘theirs’ for the summer at my office, and I was hoping to get work done as they played… Cha-ching.  The nanny money saved was so worth the test!!  And the kids learned!  Starfall.com and the touchable-apps built into the HP technology were lifesavers, and by September my oldest knew his alphabet. Cold.  The youngest doesn’t quite get the ‘mouse’ concept, and when he realized he could simply touch the screen and select, move and slide?  He was so proud, and learned so much faster.

I needed to participate in a webcast discussion for a client, but was with the kids.  Expecting to use my iPad, I sat down for lunch and used colouring books to occupy the monkeys.  In the end?  I couldn’t get flash on the iPad, so I ran to the office and did everything on the HP Touchsmart.  Impressive.  The screen is huge and the picture was perfect.  We spent many a day watching movies on the screen as I worked as well.  The cd rom drive (upgradable to Blu Ray) is built right into the unit, and the speakers were amazing.

The screen is so huge!  My husband (an English Soccer/football fan) came to the office and watched Sir Alex Ferguson speak on his upcoming match against Chelsea.  We clicked the full screen version and my hubby (who has a 50 inch at home) .. (TV) was very impressed with the resolution.  The base is even removable in case you want to use it on a wall mount.  The other great part?  The screen tilts from 5 degrees forward to 50 degrees back.  Amazing for a low kids’ table, or a home office.

In the end?  They learned.  They played.  I got work done, and.. I was able to do stuff on this machine that I couldn’t on my existing technology.  Nice.

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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