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KidDesktop is a kid friendly Windows desktop alternative providing a safe PC learning experience without allowing access to inappropriate files, programs, or Internet content. This blog provides information parents and teachers can use to help children get the most out of their computer experience, including updated information about KidDesktop and reviews of kids’ websites and kid friendly YouTube videos.

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Music to Fly By

I was so excited to see that Christylez Bacon performed at Reagan National Airport last week!

I wrote about Christylez a year and a half ago after the kids and I saw him at Wolf Trap’s Theater in the Woods, and we were all blown away by his talent!  Apparently this performance is part of a new, lunchtime concert series at Reagan National and Dulles airports, in recognition of Black History Month.  Check out the photos here and here – by Mark Gail for The Washington Post — and the article.  Yay, Christylez, and how lucky for anyone traveling through National that day!

Anyone see this performance?!?!

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National TV Turnoff Week!

This week — April 19-25, 2010 — is National TV Turn-Off Week, now known as Digital Detox Week!  (Brought to you by the folks at AdBusters.)

The idea is for adults and kids alike to cut down on not just television but screen-time in general.  You know the drill: spend more family time, go to the library, take a walk, throw a ball, play pick-up b-ball, do a puzzle, read a book, talk to one another, etc.

Naturally, hard-core hockey fans will be disappointed to realize that Digital Detox Week comes during the NHL playoffs (Go AvsGo Caps!).  Similarly, most of us won’t be able to tell our bosses that we can’t get any work done because we’re keeping our computers, smart phones, and blackberries turned off.

So, I see this week as less of a “do or die” threat and more of an opportunity.  When it’s possible to partake in a non-electronic activity — with the kids, with a loved one, by yourself — do it!  When you don’t think it’s possible to entirely eliminate all use of electronics, try to use your computer to get your work done while cutting back the Facebook habit.  (Yes, I’m talking to myself here!)

Interestingly, it’s often easiest for kids to forsake the television, the computer, the Wii, and the DS.  So let’s follow their lead and just have fun!

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2009, Here we Are!

Everyone seems to be reflecting back on the past year and looking ahead to the new year, so I figured I should join in the fun!  (No top ten list, I promise…)

The past year has been very exciting for us, what with officially launching KidDesktop and seeing our hard work come to fruition.  Although we occasionally wish our launch hadn’t coincided with the current economic downturn, we are dedicated to making lemonade out of lemons.  We know KidDesktop is a fantastic product.  We regularly see how our own kids enjoy it, and we love both the protection it affords them on the Internet as well as the protection it provides for our computer.  We are also excited by the press KidDesktop has received, and we really appreciate our customers who have purchased it, told their friends about KidDesktop, and especially those who have purchased it again as gifts.  Thanks, Everyone, for all of your support!

In 2009, we hope to continue improving KidDesktop, as well as to continue publicizing this wonderful software.  On the improving point: we have worked really hard to put together a simple, safe, and easy-to-use product.  If you experience ANY problems, please let us know.  We are dedicated to supporting our customers and to continuing to make every child and every parent’s KidDesktop experience a positive one!  And, on the publicity point: we know that happy customers are our best form of advertising.  So please continue to tell your friends and family about us, and if you know of a magazine, blog, list-serve, or other publication where we should plug KidDesktop, please let us know!  You can always contact us at support@kiddesktop.com.

Thanks again, and happy New Year!

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