Does you teenager play Xbox? Duh. A better question is, when doesn’t your teenager play Xbox?
As a parent, we were cautious about allowing our teen boys to have an Xbox Live account. The thought of having complete strangers having audio conversations with our boys was a bit unnerving. I’ll pause here to allow you think dwell on potential of this technology for a moment…
Yeah, pretty scary.
We dealt with it by setting some rules. When we first got an Xbox Live account we did not allow them to have audio headphones. This means they could play live but could not have conversations with anyone. We then progressed in allowing our older son to use an audio headset with the stipulation we was only allowed to play with groups of friends he knew. Believe it or not this worked pretty well. And we know and therefore has a certain degree of trust in his choice of friends. We also know all our boy’s friends’ parents.
We got it all figured out (not really) until now.
Now parents have to deal with Microsoft’s new Xbox technology SmartGlass.
To add to your nightmare, Xbox will add video capabilities to you child’s late night gaming activities! Oh joy!
(Now you have been able to video chat on Xbox prior to SmartGlass and there is much more to this SmartGlass technology than just video sharing – like accessing the web! I’ll save that for another post.)
But here is the biggie. Your precious little tike’s, Xbox Live account will not only be able to connect with other video SmartGlass account, it will be able to connect to Microsoft Windows 8 accounts!
Now not just gaming nerds and teen boys will be able to video chat with your son, now you have desktop weirdos to deal with too!
Please be cautious parents. Our job is getting more difficult everyday!
And we thought dealing with texting was difficult!