Parental Geekery episode 17 – Tech things parents should know

by on March 9, 2013

parental geekeryWe open with a classic Blackadder moment, for no reason other than we like it and wanted to share.

In our show today we work through the Sunday Times’ list of 14 tech things that parents should know. We’re working off the list published over on Bernie Goldbach’s blog as it was impossible to get hold of a copy of the original source. We work our way through the list, and then throw in our own suggestions at the end.

On the way we talk about the following:





DropBox (please be aware this is an affiliate link, and if you sign up using it then both you and Ruth will get an additional 500mb storage)

John’s photos on flickr

Photoshop Touch (again!) – available on both iOS and Android


The episode of Security Now where Steve Gibson assesses how secure LastPass is




Microsoft Security Essentials


VLC Player

We’ve been playing the Wreck-it Ralph game on iOS, and John’s managed to watch The Hobbit at last.

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Richard J Foster March 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm

As far as password managers are concerned, I also quite like KeePass ( It’s Open Source (GPL) so if you are of a technical bent you can even check the implementation. It’s available as a Portable application ( FTW!) and has also been ported to a lot of different devices including iOS, Android, Blackberry (!) and Windows Phone 7.


Rob... March 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

For browsing on our kid’s iPhone/iPod Touches, we disable YouTube and Safari for them and have installed Mobicip ( It’s great. For $10 per year, it emails us a report once a week with a list of all the URLs that the kids have visited.



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