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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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    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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    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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    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.

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    Building Puzzles: A United Family

    It is so easy for loved ones to encounter argument after argument, disagreement after disagreement, when one of the pack is arrested. However, this is not the time for that. As much as possible, avoid arguments and disagreements, and instead find the opportunities to band together and show a more united and supportive front than ever before. Would you be so surprised at how one person’s arrest can have the power to bring everyone closer together, possibly even friends and family who are nearly estranged?

    Learning that a loved one is arrested leaves a heavy and disheartening feeling like no other. They let you down, but maybe you feel you let them down. You do not know what he or she is thinking as he or she sits in jail. You are trying to figure out how you can help and really make a difference for your loved one.

    Well, that difference is found when you and all others come together to rally support for your troubled one. You each have a different piece of the puzzle, and together, it will show the whole picture. Together, you all will get through this difficult time.

    The first, and perhaps one of the most important steps, is to contact Redlands Bail Bond Store. We will help bail your loved one out of jail, and we will be there with you for each step of the bail bond process. It is a very simple and straight-forward process that you will find incredibly affordable and very ideal. Chat with a professional about your case today.

    We have an online chat portal, or you can call us at 866-736-6977 .