published Friday, September 30th, 2011

THE STRIP: News and notes

THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME

Editor's NOTE: Barry Courter has a 22-year-old son who recently graduated from college and a 17-year-old daughter who is a senior in high school.

Q: Dad, I started a new job or a new class, and it's kind of overwhelming. I don't know if I'll ever understand it. What should I do?

A: Remember that everybody was new there once and they survived. The main thing is to not be afraid, or too proud, to ask questions. Raise your hand and let someone know you need help. It's better to do it early than to get further behind.

-- By Barry Courter

STAY INVOLVED WITH KIDS ONLINE

Q: What is a good way to get involved with my child's online life?

A: One way to get involved with your child online is to take them someplace fun or interesting online that you've found, instead of the other way around. Start when they're young to introduce them to kid-friendly sites you find valuable. For example, Linkopedia (www.linkopedia.com) lets you choose from among dozens of catg, games and activities, coloring, crafts, songs and animal sites. Or, search on the term "kid-friendly sites" to find age-appropriate destinations. At Whyville (www.whyville.net), for example, a child can create a cartoon character and play a game in the cafeteria that teaches good nutrition. If the character eats fattening, high-calorie foods, the child will see the effects as the character becomes overweight and unhealthy and may be advised to see the Whyville nutritionist.

TOP 10 GAMES

Game Informer Magazine ranks the top games for October.

  1. "Gears of War 3," Xbox 360.

  2. "Rage," PS3, Xbox 360, PC.

  3. "NBA 2K12," PS3, Xbox 360.

  4. "FIFA 12," PS3, Xbox 360.

  5. "NHL 12," PS3, Xbox 360.

  6. "The ICO/Shadow of the Colossus Collection," PS3.

  7. "Deus Ex: Human Revolution," PS3, Xbox 360, PC.

  8. "Dark Souls ," PS3.

  9. "Dead Island," PS3, Xbox 360, PC.

  10. "Driver: San Francisco," PS3, Xbox 360.

TRAVEL SAFE

Forgetful travelers, don't lose another cell phone. The Zomm is a wireless , vibrates and sounds an alarm if you walk away from your phone or iPad2. You attach it to your keychain, backpack or purse. The Bluetooth-enabled gadget sounds the alert if you venture about 30 feet or more from the phone. It also can dial 9-1-1, act as a speakerphone and a panic alert device. The knock on this product is that it has to be charged frequently, just like your phone. ($79.99 at www.zomm.com.)

-- McClatchy Newspapers

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