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What Kind of Video Games Is Your Child Playing?

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Parenting is not an easy task, but at least school is there to take the kids away for a few hours each day. That helps. However, summer is now here and the kids are free from school for the season. It can be tough for parents to figure out how to keep their kids busy and entertained over the summer.

Nowadays, many kids are easily entertained with a video game of some sort. Luckily, there are plenty of games to choose from to keep the kiddies entertained. However, a parent needs to make sure that the game their kid is playing is appropriate for them. Some parents don’t realize that there is a way to determine what is in a game without having to play it.

How to Rate a Game

Video games come in all sorts of “shapes and sizes.” There truly is something for everyone, so long as they are willing to look for the right game. One of the ways that people can tell what is in a game, aside from reading the back of the box, is to look at the rating system. Every single game in the United States has a rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).

The ESRB is tasked with providing consumers with the information to determine what kind of audience the game is made for. The ESRB examines a game and determines if its content is meant more for kids, or adults. Once a decision has been decided on for a game, the game receives a letter rating.

While some people may be confused by the letter system used for rating video games, it is actually pretty straightforward. The following letters can be used for ratings:

  • EC – EC stands for early childhood and are usually meant as educational games for very young kids. This rating isn’t used much in most games.
  • E – E stands for everyone, meaning that the game is suitable for all ages. An E game can contain minimal cartoon, fantasy, mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language. Games like Pokémon fall into this category.
  • E10+ – E10+ stands for everyone age ten and up. These games can contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes. Minecraft falls into this category.
  • T – T stands for teen, meaning the game is meant for anyone 13 and older. These games can contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language. The popular battle royal style game Fortnite falls into this category.
  • M – M stands for mature, meaning a player should be 17 or older to buy or play the game. These games contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language. Any first-person shooter (FPS) game, like Call of Duty, typically fits into this category.
  • AO – AO stands for adults only, meaning a person should be 18 or older to play the game. Admittedly, this rating is very rarely used. These games can contain prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.
  • RP – RP stands for rating pending, meaning the game hasn’t gotten an official rating yet. This is usually seen on adds for games long before their official release and therefore will never be on a game once it is available to purchase.
  • More information can be found on the ESRB website, as well as a helpful lookup tool, here.

    Be Wary of Loot Boxes

    Another thing a parent should be wary of in their child’s games, are loot boxes. Loot boxes are highly controversial at the moment with many people debating whether or not they constitute gambling.

    Loot boxes typically work as follows: A player acquires a box in game, sometimes by earning, though usually through purchasing the box with real world money. The player then opens the box is given a random in-game reward. If a player didn’t get the reward they wanted, they can always purchase another loot box to try again. This can very quickly add up to a lot of money.

    Some popular games that include loot boxes include:

    • Apex Legends
    • Counter-Strike
    • FIFA
    • Fortnite
    • Overwatch
    • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
    • Star Wars Battlefront 2

    Due to these questionable practices, many governments around the world are weighing in on whether or not loot boxes count as gambling. Until governments can come to any sort of decision on this front, parents should pay attention to games with these, as kids have been known to use their parent’s credit cards to buy a lot of these loot boxes.

    Pay Close Attention

    Video games can be a great way to keep a child entertained this summer, so long as a parent is aware of what games their letting their child play. When a parent buys a game for their child, they need to make sure that the game is appropriate. If they don’t want their child seeing anything super violent, then M rated games are out of the picture. No cartoon violence, then T games are out as well. E and E10+ games are usually a safe bet for young children.

    Unfortunately, if a parent wants to avoid games with loot boxes, they are going to have to a look a little more closely at the rating box on the game’s case. Loot boxes themselves don’t currently affect a game’s rating with the ESRB, however they should be listed next to the games rating under the category of in-game purchases.

    Do you have a favorite child appropriate game? If so, share it in the comments below and help other parents find a good game for their child this summer.

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    Falsely Reporting a Crime

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    Just like it is a crime to falsely dial 9-1-1, it is also a crime to falsely report a crime in California. It is one thing to be innocently mistaken that a crime is taking, has taken, or is about to take place. In this case, the person reporting the false crime may not be charged because they were misled. However, it is another thing to purposely report a crime that you know for a fact never happened.

    There are many reasons a person would want to falsely report a crime, including getting revenge on someone they are mad at, to scare someone or make them feel threatened, to do a prank, or trying to make a profit from another individual because of a fake kidnapping, for instance.


    Anyone who falsely reports a crime to the police, the grand jury, a prosecutor, and 9-1-1 operators can be charged with a misdemeanor. If the charge ends up with a conviction, the person will pay up to a $1,000 fine and spend up to 6 months in jail.


    When deciding what the exact punishment will be, the judge will consider if and how others were affected by the false report, whether they have a prior criminal history, and their intentions behind filing the false report.

    As with any situation, each false report will be treated differently. Some are given more leeway than others, depending on the circumstances. All reports of crime are taken seriously to start out, but if it turns out to be a false report, then that is where problems for the person who made the report begin to arise. By investigating the false report, police exhaust their energy, resources, and time when they could have been attending to more serious situations and helping others who really are in need of assistance. A person who purposely delays real emergencies will be punished.

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    The Ultimate Law at Redlands Bail Bond Store

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    The laws in California are constantly changing but the “law” for Redlands Bail Bond Store does not. The law, or rule, at Redlands Bail Bond Store has remained the same since our company’s inception 30 years ago:

    It is the mission of our company to provide each of our valued clients with fast, confidential, and courteous service. We believe in the right to bail and that a person is innocent until proven guilty. We also believe each person has the right to a fair and speedy trial, and has the right to be represented by an attorney.

    That is our company’s mission statement, one we have not deterred from.

    Redlands Bail Bond Store will work with anyone who needs our bail bond services in California. It does not matter what their financial situation is, we will always find a way to help out.

    If you ever need to bail your loved one out of jail, put your faith in Redlands Bail Bond Store. We will get the job done quickly, affordably, and confidentially.

    We can be reached anytime, both online and at 866-736-6977 .

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    Did You Know: The Police Need a Warrant to Search Your Cell Phone?

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    In the broadest answer as to whether the police need a warrant to search your cell phone in California, the answer is yes, they need a warrant unless you give your consent. Technically, the police cannot even look at the screen without a warrant, even if they press the button to turn it off.

    Cell phones are a major part of our everyday lives now. We have text messages, GPS data, emails, and phone calls on there. Many people keep sensitive information entrusted on their phones. People are very private about their cell phones, even if there is no passcode to unlock it. People often do not want others looking over their shoulder, nor do they want to be that person just peeking over at the person next to them. It is a common-courtesy privacy thing, really.

    So call it a major win for well, everyone. The police need a warrant to search your cell phone.

    If you or a loved one wind up arrested because of evidence found on your cell phone or not, you may be eligible to post bail. This will be decided at your arraignment. If you are eligible for bail, have someone on your behalf reach out to us, Redlands Bail Bond Store.

    You can talk to us online or at 866-736-6977.

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    Are You a Wanted Person?

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    Knowing that the police are going to, or want to, arrest you is one thing, but not knowing if they are on the lookout for you is a scary thought. You genuinely do not know this information, or it has not crossed your mind that you are doing something wrong.

    Redlands Bail Bond Store can do a free, anonymous search for you through the current arrest warrants. We hope a search turns up negative, but if there is a record for your arrest, we can discuss bail bond options before you turn yourself in. Trust us, having a bail bond plan makes things easier and faster.

    To get in touch with a bail agent from Redlands Bail Bond Store, please open a chat room online, or pick up the phone and dial 866-736-6977.

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    I’ll Be Home for Christmas

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    Tell your family that you will be home for Christmas and make sure you keep that promise. If you are going to need some help from Redlands Bail Bond Store, we will be there for you.

    If you find yourself arrested, you will more than likely be eligible to post bail. The amount you have to pay for bail will depend on the crime you are being accused of, any criminal history you might already have, your financial ability to pay for bail, and the ties you have to the community. The amount you pay can also be dependent on whether you decide to pay cash bail, 100% of the bail amount, or pay for a bail bond from Redlands Bail Bond Store, 10% of the bail amount. Obviously, the latter is the more ideal choice, not just for cost but for more flexibility as well. Make sure to speak with a bail agent from Redlands Bail Bond Store to get all the details and all your questions answered.

    There is no reason you should miss Christmas, not if you, and Redlands Bail Bond Store, can help it. You made a promise to the family that you would be there, and you are going to keep it, even if you need our help.

    Redlands Bail Bond Store can be reached 24/7 online, or at 866-736-6977 .

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    What Are My Rights When Protesting?

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    America has seen days of protests since Donald Trump became the President Elect on November 9, 2016. Americans have the right to assemble and protest, but then why are some people getting arrested? What are the boundaries? Here is what you might want to know in case you, or a loved one, ever plan to attend a protest:

    • What you say at a protest, even if controversial, is your right and the First Amendment will protect you on this. The police cannot arrest you based on what you say. However, there may be rules and restrictions, particularly for groups. For example, a group may require a permit to use sound amplifiers in public spaces for their protests. If they have that permit, they can say what they want.
    • Protests take place in public areas like the streets. If it is on private property, the homeowner can set rules. If those rules are violated, he or she has the right to ask you to leave. If you do not leave, you may be arrested for trespassing.
    • Police will always show up at protests to ensure safety. If they approach you, do not argue or obstruct their business. Basically, act as you would if they pulled you over on any other day; you do not want to give them any trouble.
    • If the police arrest you at a protest, do your best not to resist, even if you believe it is an unjust arrest. You can fight this later.
    • You can photograph or record a protest, but if you are on private property, the owner may set rules. If the police ask to see your content, you can deny them and they will need a warrant. They are also not allowed to delete your content.

    Protests are supposed to be kept peaceful, non-violent. When violence happens, it becomes a riot and the police will take appropriate actions.

    If you, or someone you know, is ever arrested at a protest and needs to be bailed out of jail, please contact Redlands Bail Bond Store. You were merely exercising your right to free speech and assembly. Now let us help you exercise your right to bail!

    Contact Redlands Bail Bond Store at 866-736-6977

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    This Is A Gift That Shouldn’t Wait Until Christmas

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    The holidays are approaching and every year the issue of gift giving comes about. “I should have started planning months ago!” and “This person is the hardest to shop for!” and “I always get this person the same, predictable gifts each year…” are nonstop. This year though, there may be something so generous and thoughtful you can do. It’s not a material gift, but it certainly is quite the gesture that the receiver will be forever grateful for. But this gift idea will only apply to a select group of people. You can give it as an early gift now, or anytime until Christmas for when you’re given the green light.

    The gift is a bail bond, and the green light is the moment you learn your loved one has been arrested and granted release upon bail.

    While still much more affordable than cash bail, bail bonds can still be rather pricey; after all, it’s something no one is ever prepared to pay for because it’s not like they know their loved one will be arrested some day. But your troubled loved one might need your help to get out of jail. And knowing you and how much you care for this person, you’re not going to turn your back to them.

    So, we say, use this as your “gift” to this person this holiday season. How’s that for something new and thoughtful?

    Redlands Bail Bond Store can help you with this “gift” of a bail bond and they will make sure your loved one gets it sooner rather than later (in this case, waiting until Christmas morning to get it isn’t ideal).

    Talk to a representative now for bail bond details either online or by calling 866-736-6977 .

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    Redlands Bail Bond Store’ Excellent Customer Service – Unrivaled

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    The best people are those who understand the importance of good customer service on both the consumer’s side but also the company’s side. And when it’s centered around situations where someone’s life is quite literally in your hands, then you know you’re outstanding.

    Redlands Bail Bond Store for example holds the lives of defendants in their hands, figuratively speaking. Many defendants and their loved ones rely on the professionals at Redlands Bail Bond Store to help bail them out of jail. Redlands Bail Bond Store always delivers that satisfaction, with excellence.

    “My experience with Redlands Bail Bond Store was perfect. I never thought this type of company still exists. They are really sincere.”

    “Thank you for all the help during a very stressful time. Everyone was very professional and helpful. The agent was very good at explaining everything and answering all of my questions.”

    “They were very helpful and understanding. It was a great experience that exceeded my expectations.”

    “I called several bail bond offices and Alexa was the only one that took the call as if I was the only customer. She truly took her time to explain everything to me.”

    These are just a handful of reviews Redlands Bail Bond Store has received from clients over its 28 years of experience. The quality of service at Redlands Bail Bond Store is truly unrivaled, and you will not be disappointed with going in this direction with this company.

    Don’t worry – no matter what, we’ll always take your call, no matter how many other clients we have! Get a free consultation for yourself and see in greater detail how reliable and responsive this company is.

    They can be reached both online and at 866-736-6977 .

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    You Should Use Redlands Bail Bond Store, a Company That You Can Rely On

    If someone you care about has found him or herself in trouble with the law and has been placed behind bars, show him or her that you still care. Rescue your friend or family member from jail with help from the amazing bail agents at Redlands Bail Bond Store. Our talented bail agents have rescued thousands of people from jail, which means they can help you and your loved one too.

    When your loved one’s well-being is hanging in the balance, you need someone you can rely on to help you. We are a family-owned bail bonds company that has been helping our clients rescue the ones they care most about since 1987. We have years of knowledge and experience that helps us, help you. You can count on our bail agents to always be there for you.

    At Redlands Bail Bond Store, we have offices located in cities all over California, so there will always be a local bail agent close by who can assist you. Our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can always get ahold of them when you need bail help. As soon as you find out that a friend or family member has been arrested, get in touch with one of our bail agents.

    Our bail agents are ready and waiting to help, call now at 866-736-6977 .


    A Real Bail Agent Will Always Be There for Our Clients

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    When you call Redlands Bail Bond Store, a real person will always answer the phone. We know our clients are in a stressful situation, and forcing them to deal with electronic receptionists would just make it worse. That is why we do not use them, you will always be greeted by a real person at Redlands Bail Bond Store.

    Our bail agents will answer the phone and begin working for you right away. All they need to get the bail bonds process started is your loved one’s name, birthday, and the county where he or she was arrested. Our bail agents will be able to use that small amount of information to locate your loved one in the county jail system.

    When you are trying to bail someone important in your life out of jail, you need reliable help. At Redlands Bail Bond Store, that is what you get. Our bail agents are some of the best in California, and they can help you get your loved one out of jail in no time. Do not wait another minute, talk to one of our amazing bail agents today.

    Consultations with bail agent from Redlands Bail Bond Store are free, so Chat With Us or call 866-736-6977 now.