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Google launches Family Safety Center

Google -- along with several partners -- has just unveiled their new Family Safety Center. It's a collection of resources designed to help people better understand things like cyberbullying and abuse, malware, and controlling access to inappropriate/explicit content. The site focuses on information like videos and tips from parents who work at Google -- the only actual "tools" provided are...

HP Gabble is a private, family-friendly video message service

When it comes to video chatting options, you've got the app for the tech-savvy (Skype) and the web app for talking to strangers (Charoulette). But what if you need your privacy, and also don't want to install any desktop software? Gabble is a new web service from HP that tries to fill the void between Skype and Chatroulette. Gabble has Chatroulette's simple web app setup, but with the...

OpenDNS FamilyShield makes it easier to block porn from your kids' computers

OpenDNS is a great service for a number of reasons, and today there's one more. If you're a concerned parent, they're now making it super-easy to block porn from all the computers in your home. The new offering is called FamilyShield, and it's just as easy to get working as the original OpenDNS service. Full instructions are provided on the official site, and they'll walk you through setting...

5 computing resolutions to make for the new year!

The new year is here, and it's time to make some resolutions! I've got plenty of habits that need some reworking, so here's what I've resolved to do in 2010: Back up my important files regularly. I've always sucked at doing this, and it's time to change that. With so many good online options (like Mozy, Backblaze, and Carbonite) and external hard drives being so cheap, there's really no...

Facebook adds private groups for families

As if having your mom on Facebook weren't awkward enough, Facebook has rolled out special groups for families, aimed at getting everyone in your family to join the site. The groups are private, so none of your family activity should end up in your friends' streams, and family members who didn't want to join Facebook might feel comfortable joining for this. Other than the privacy aspect, and the...

Chore Wars makes a boring game out of boring chores

Tired of staring at the dry erase board on the fridge reminding you to take out the trash? Sure, you could sign up for a useful online service to help you and your roommates/family remember whose turn it is to pay the bills. Or you could try to make a game out of it. Chore Wars takes the latter approach and almost kind of sort of succeeds. The web service is designed to resemble a multiplayer...

Get things done around the house with Chore Buster

Forget about pen and paper, its all about family scheduling online with Chore Buster. This online application still isn't going to work any magic, or ensure the kids clean up their mess, but it will help you to stay a little more organized. Signing up with Chore Buster is free, and ad supported. Schedules are emailed out weekly, complete with how often chores have to be done, and how hard they are...

OpMom brings moms together for social networking and more

Moms looking for a neat way to meet other mothers to compare notes and swap stories really ought to check out OpMom.com. A cross between iVillage and MySpace, OpMom -- shorthand for Operation Mom -- bills itself as a social networking and web service site for busy mothers. Though clearly in its infancy, OpMom already has sections filled with reader-submitted recipes, theme party ideas, and...

Cozi, family-ready software

Cozi was created by a group of ex-Microsofties to help address the complex dynamic needs of a family lifestyle nowadays. They created a complete scheduling environment to help families stay productive and on schedule. Cozi is a downloadable PC application that serves as a central location where families can plan, schedule and manage all the things they do in life. There is also a web-based version...

Create a family tree with Geni

Creating a family tree seems like a boring thing to do. Don't get me wrong, its great to know where you've come from, but jotting it down on paper or in a massive, messy Excel document are not that appealing. Enter Geni. Michael Arrington broke the news on this intuitive family tree tool created entirely in Flash last week, and it just launched on Tuesday. Geni is like a living organism that...

JotSpot Family Site

JotSpot has introduced a new twist to the hosted wiki market with JotSpot Family Site, a private wiki service geared specifically toward extended families. JotSpot Family Site provides birthday and event calendars, Google-powered maps, family trees, polls, and a family blog. As someone who has a large extended family, it sounds like a great idea if they can make it easy enough for anyone to use....