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Children are using devices at earlier ages and it’s difficult to know how much time and what type of interaction children should have with tablets and cell phones.
» Kids & Technology
» Timber Town gets a gym!
» Watch TV for Less
» Tech Tip: Windows XP Support






Tablets and smart phones can be wonderful tools for children to learn and communicate. Even so, experts advise parents to limit the amount of time children spend with devices.

 

“In a supervised environment, children as young as four or five are able to engage in learning activities using smart phones and tablets of all kinds,” says Jeannie Galindo, supervisor of instructional technology for the Manatee County School District in Florida. “In an unsupervised environment, I wouldn't recommend a smart phone or tablet purchase for a child until at least between the ages of 11 and 13.”

Recommendations:
» Parents should be very involved in their child’s experience with electronic devices, especially at a young age.
» Talk with your child as he/she tries out a new app, asking questions about the game and pointing out different aspects of the content.
» Don’t underestimate the learning power of reading a book with your child or spending time exploring the outdoors. For example, allow your child to take photos of bugs with your iPhone, then going online together to read more about the insects in the images they capture.
» Limit screen time:
- 30 minutes per session for a four to five year old
- One hour per session for a six to seven year old
- Use the “20-20-20” rule”: every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away

Sources:
When to Introduce Your Child to a Smartphone or Table
The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind


Timber Town Gets a Gym
There's a new fitness option in Estacada

Tired of driving to Sandy or Clackamas to get fit and be healthy? Now there’s a new option: Timber Town Fitness opening soon in Estacada. Located next to Subway at 321 SE Hwy, Timber Town offers a complete fitness experience including treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights, showers and a group exercise room. Visit their website at www.timbertownfitness.com. You can also follow them on Facebook to stay updated on the latest news and promotions at the gym! Call 503-630-LIFT (5438) for more information.

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Windows XP Support Ending in 2014:What You Need to Know

Continuing to use Windows XP
could increase your risk of getting hacked
 
Originally launched in 2001, XP was Microsoft’s most successful operating system (OS). On April 8, 2014 Microsoft ended support for this OS version. Microsoft announced they would no longer offer support, updates or security patches for Windows XP. What does this mean for you the consumer?

Most of us subscribe to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra when it comes to our computers. However in this case-we believe it is important that all of our customers are made aware of this potential vulnerability.

Some experts suggest upgrading to a newer OS version if your existing computer is less than 3 years old. If it is older than that, you may be better off just buying a new one. Here’s a link to Microsoft’s website that explains more about this change.
Not a fan of Windows 8.1? You can purchase computers and tablets with Windows 7 on it, this version will look and feel more like Windows XP. Doing nothing is not a good choice, Microsoft estimates you are, “five times more vulnerable to security risks and viruses, which means you could get hacked and have your personal information stolen five times more vulnerable to security risks.”

If you have questions about this article or your computer, our friendly help desk is available Mon-Fri 6am-8pm, Saturday 8am-8pm and Sundays from 9am-5pm. We also offer PC repair in our Estacada office and may be able to assist you with upgrading your OS version. Reliance Connects Technical Support line can be reached at 503-630-8909 or via email at support@rconnects.com.
 
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