Smart TVs

What it is
With the steady battle for the top spot in your living room, there’s no shortage of smart TVs on the market, from just about every television manufacturer. Much like mobile phones are no longer used just for making phone calls, TVs aren’t just for watching TV anymore. Nowadays, TVs will actually make suggestions based on your viewing habits, and can actually determine reasonably accurately what your favorite shows are.

Plus, more and more TVs are actually allowing users not only to watch TV but also to play apps, use social networking, and even shop on Amazon.

What it does
No matter what make or model of smart TV you buy, this most likely is the most advanced TV you’ve ever brought into your home. For example, most of them have services like Netflix either built in or readily downloadable. Once you get it all set up and connected to your home internet, you quickly find out just how advanced the TVs of today are.

From checking the weather to facebooking with your friends, smart TVs take multitasking to the next level. Some TVs will only allow for a handful of standard, built-in apps, while others will allow for you to download a whole slew of apps to fit your lifestyle.

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Kid Appeal/Pitfalls
There probably isn’t a huge demand among kids for a smart TV—not yet, anyway. Chances are, you already have a decent TV, but if you’re already hunting for a new TV, odds are you’re going to end up with a smart one. Seeing as there are so many makes and models out there on the market, most TVs will have some form of parental controls. Even if it’s just a PIN code locking certain features, something is better than nothing.

But as we mention in other reviews, with apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime, it’s important for parents to recognize the potential dangers those can bring if left unsupervised. We are huge Netflix and Amazon Prime fans for our own kids and families, but we make sure to use them within safe, guided parameters.

Some smart TVs are shipped with web browsers, Google search capabilities, and other internet-enabled features, so before you buy a specific TV, make sure it has some way to block or restrict this browser. Even if you’ve had the chat about internet safety with your kids, accidents can still happen. Prevent them with proper Parental Control.

What’s Good?
Smart TVs are the future, and they’re here to stay. The’ve only been around for a couple years and are already becoming standard, and as they grow in popularity, more and more companies will bring better menus, better apps, and (hopefully) greater parental control.

What’s the verdict?
We’re excited for the future of smart TVs and are looking forward to future developments and changes. We do, however, caution parents to make sure the TV they pick out for their family has some sort of parental control.

It needs to be said, you must go in and set these parental controls up yourself, if your TV has them. If not, you’re giving your family potential wide open un-monitored access to the internet.