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What Documents Do You Need To Post Bail?

What Documents Do You Need To Post Bail?

What Documents Do You Need To Post Bail?

When it comes to bail, most people are a bit of a loss. After all, no one ever really plans on needing bail, and therefore no one ever talks about it. This leaves people lost and confused when they suddenly find themselves needing bail. Luckily, there are professionals available to help at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare.

One of the more common questions our bail agents receive is what documents do clients need to post bail?

  • AN OFFICIAL I.D. – This one is pretty self-explanatory. Whenever a lot of money is involved, companies need to be sure that person they are talking to is exactly who they claim to be. This helps thwart any sort of identity theft. All we need to see is some form of official I.D., such as a driver’s license.
  • PROOF OF RESIDENCE – This will prove that you are a California resident. This kind of proof can easily be given by showing a utility bill with your home address on it.
  • PROOF OF INCOME – Lastly, we will need to see that you can truly afford your loved one’s bail bond. This can easily be accomplished with a pay stub or bank statement.

If a person has these documents ready to go when they talk to a bail agent, they will be able to speed up the bail process, thus getting their loved one out of jail quicker.

Bail may seem intimidating and scary, but it is actually easy, provided you come to David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare for help. Our agents are available 24/7 to get your loved one out of jail as quickly as possible. With us by your side, you will have nothing to worry about.

Do you want a FREE bail bond consultation? If so, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Getting Out Of Jail Is Easy With Us On Your Side

Getting Out Of Jail Is Easy With Us On Your Side

Getting Out Of Jail Is Easy With Us On Your Side

One of the last things anyone wants to do is get arrested. When a person gets arrested, they are tossed into a concrete cell and locked behind iron bars. The person loses their ability to go wherever they want whenever they want. This is why everyone wants to get out of jail as soon as they are put into jail.

While many people assume posting bail is difficult, it is actually easy with the right help. All a person has to do is talk to one of the professional bail agents here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville.

Our bail agents are some of the best in the state. They have years of training behind them. They will be there to answer your questions whenever you need them.

At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville, we understand how important it is for people to rescue their loved ones from jail. That is why our bail agents work around the clock to secure their client’s release from jail. When you come to us for help, you get nothing but the best. Our agents will not rest until they’ve secured your loved one’s release from jail.

Aside from being available 24/7, our agents also work with their clients to make the bail bond more affordable. We create personalized payment plans for all of our clients. This breaks up the cost of the bail bond and spreads it out over several months. This makes the bail much more affordable for clients while still allowing them to post bail that day.

We provide our clients with the following:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

Getting out of jail is easier than people realize. All you have to do is contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville. For over 30 years we have helped Californians deal with bail. Let us do the same for you. You can count on us to help you get through this. We promise, we won’t let you down.

What are you waiting for? To get started today, just call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Porterville at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Be Careful Meeting People From The Internet In Real Life

Be Careful Meeting People From The Internet In Real Life

Be Careful Meeting People From The Internet In Real Life

Over the last few years, the internet has become an almost integral part of people’s everyday lives. Most people can’t go a day without going online for one reason or another. The internet has allowed people to do a whole lot without ever leaving their homes, such as shopping or communicating with people.

As detached as the internet allows a person to be, there are times where people chose to meet with others they met online. Usually it is to buy or sell something, but sometimes it is because the people decided they wanted to meet face to face. As harmless as this may sound, it can actually be very dangerous to meet someone new for the first time, even if the people have been talking online. The fact of the matter is, a person never knows for sure who he may be meeting.

The Internet Isn’t Always Truthful

When it comes to the internet, there is a lot of anonymity. No one ever knows for sure who they are dealing with since no one ever sees the other’s real face. They may not even get the other person’s real name. Even though a person may claim to be someone online, doesn’t mean it is true.

Anyone, good or bad, can be found online. This is why it is so important for people to keep personal information, name, address, and phone number, to themselves. They should also keep all of their online accounts set to private. Doing so can reduce the chances of something bad happening.

Still, there are times when people from the internet decide to meet in person, for one reason or another.

Choose A Safe Meeting Location

The most common reason why internet people meet in real life is when one is selling something to the other person. Unfortunately, what should be a harmless interaction can turn dangerous, or even deadly, for one of the people involved. This is usually due to the fact that one person is not who they claimed to be, and is just trying to lure the other into a trap of some sort.

In order to avoid being taken advantage of, and avoid any harm, a person needs to play it safe when meeting with an online buyer or seller. One of the simplest ways to do that is to choose the right meeting place. A person should never invite an online seller or buyer to their house, and likewise, they should never agree to meet someone at their house.

The best places to meet are in public, during broad daylight, with lots of witnesses close by. This way, if the other person tries to pull anything, there will be people close by who can help out. One of the best places to meet people from online, is at a local sheriff’s or police station. In fact, some stations have begun designating areas in their parking lots specifically for this reason. This helps ensure everyone’s safety.

A criminal would have to be very brazen to try to pull anything. Plus, setting up a meeting here is also a good way to weed out people who are trying to pull some sort of scam or criminal activity, since they won’t like the idea of meeting at a police station. If anyone ever tries to disagree with meeting at a police station, they should probably be avoided. After all, it is in both party’s best interest to meet in a safe place, and it doesn’t get much safer than right outside a police station.

Another good idea is to bring a buddy, someone trusted. This again just adds an extra witness to everything, and further reduces the chances of something bad happening. If a person can’t find someone else to bring with them, because their loved one’s are busy, then they should at least tell a trusted loved one everything about the planned meeting. This includes:

  • Time of meeting.
  • Location.
  • Reason for meeting.
  • All information on the person they are meeting with.

This way, if something goes wrong, someone else should know about it.

Stay Safe When Buying From Someone Online

When it comes to buying stuff online from people rather than retailers, it is always best to exercise some caution. No one wants to get scammed. Taking the proper steps, like meeting near a police station, can prevent something bad from helping, thereby allowing the person to go about their day without worry.

Hopefully you’ve never had a bad experience when buying an item online, but maybe you have a weird or memorable one. In the comments below, tell us about your weirdest or most memorable experience of buying something from someone online.

 

Could Banning Facial Recognition Become The New Norm?

Could Banning Facial Recognition Become The New Norm?

Could Banning Facial Recognition Become The New Norm?

Today’s modern world has a lot of technology that at one point had simply been considered science fiction. Things such as ear buds, video calls, and mobile phones were just cool, out of this world ideas when they were first depicted in books and movies. Nowadays, they are a part of everyday life for most individuals. While many of these things are welcomed with open arms, some technologies are a bit invasive.

One such example of invasive tech would be facial recognition. With cameras everywhere, law enforcement agencies are able to use this kind of technology to locate people of interest in cases and bring them into justice. However, these electronic eyes are always watching, and this causes some concern amongst some people. That is why one U.S. city is considering banning the use of this technology, or at the very least, limiting its uses.

San Francisco May Be The First To Ban Facial Recognition

The city of San Francisco is no stranger when it comes to creating new laws in uncharted territory. The city has been doing this for years now, and is currently considering a ban on facial recognition technology due to its invasive nature. The current proposed law would prohibit the San Francisco police from using the software, but not affect businesses or people from using the software. It also would not prevent the software from being used at San Francisco International Airport or the Port of San Francisco.

While facial recognition technology is an incredibly helpful tool, especially for law enforcement agencies, it is also very invasive. Essentially, any camera out there in the world can be used to locate a single person. This is very helpful for manhunts, but can be dangerous if used by people with less than honest intentions. According to the New York Times, there is a fifty percent chance that a person’s face is already in a law enforcement’s database by the time they reach adulthood.

Another problem comes from a recent study published by MIT Media Lab. The study found that the facial recognition software tended to make mistakes with identifying a person’s gender if they were female or had darker skin.

It is the possible invasion of privacy and large room for error that gives some people cause for concern. However, while some people are against the technology, they do recognize its practical uses. This leads to some people supporting some sort of limitations on the technology, instead of an outright ban. This way, it can be used as needed, or allowed to come back once the tech has a better success rate.

What This Could Mean For The Rest Of The Country

Other cities and states, such as nearby Oakland and even Massachusetts, have also considered placing bans on facial recognition technology. It is safe to assume that they, along with other locations, will be paying close attention to San Francisco. Depending on how things go there, they may copy the ban or make alterations to better suite their needs or beliefs.

There is no denying that facial recognition software has many benefits, especially in the law enforcement field. The technology can help officers locate wanted criminals, or track down missing children. This is a very powerful tool. However, its strength comes at the cost of privacy. This technology looks at everyone, whether they want it to or not, and once they are in the facial recognition database, they likely earn’t getting out of it, if they ever even realize that they are there. That is what scares some people, and causes them to look for some sort of restrictions on the technology.

What do you think of facial recognition software?

Is it a helpful tool for police officers, or is it too invasive to a person’s privacy? Is San Francisco right in the idea that the tech should be outright banned, or should they do something a little less permanent? Should other cities and states follow suite? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Scammers Using Earthquakes To Run Cons

Scammers Using Earthquakes To Run Cons

Scammers Using Earthquakes To Run Cons

Californians are well aware of the fact that by living in California, they are choosing to live with earthquakes. This is an easy commitment to make with how infrequently large quakes happen. However, once a decent sized earthquake rumbles through, people begin to second guess their decision.

This is what is happening for many Californians, especially Southern Californians, after the Fourth of July earthquake in Ridgecrest After that shaking, and the continual shaking that has been hitting the area since, many people are on edge. Everyone is anxious that an even bigger earthquake will strike and cause a whole lot of destruction.

While most people are stressing over the looming threat of another earthquake, scammers are busy scheming.

How The Scam Works

When it comes to conning people, scammers love to play off of people’s emotions. One of the favorite emotions that scammers love to manipulate in victims is fear. When people are scared, they are more likely to panic and make bad decisions. Scammers use this to take advantage of their victims.

With all of the earthquake hysteria right now, scammers are taking advantage of it. In Orange County, officials are warning of scammers who are calling houses, claiming to be officials of some sort, and warning of a major earthquake coming. The stammer attempts to convince the resident to get out of their house.

In some instances, this seems to be a prank, in others it seems to be an attempt at burglary. The scammers are trying to get the house empty so they can get inside and steal some valuables. Officials warn that if a person receives a call like this, they should ignore it and report the incident and phone number to the authorities.

How Emergency Warnings Are Issued

When it comes to officials warning the general populace about disasters, there are only certain methods they use. Those methods include:

  • The Emergency Broadcast System.
  • Wireless emergency alerts.
  • Through designated paps.
  • Through county or city websites.

Government agencies never contact individuals directly, especially not in the event that an earthquake has struck.

It is also important to remember that there is currently no accurate way to predict when an earthquake will strike. All current methods of warning only activate once an earthquake strikes can only warn of incoming shaking.

Stay Calm & Be Prepared

With the recent earthquakes striking Ridgecrest, everyone is on edge in California. However, that is no reason to let yourself get scammed. Now, more than ever, it is important for everyone to keep a level head and not give into panic. Staying calm can help a person make good decisions and avoid getting scammed.

As far as the earthquakes go, the best a person can do is be prepared. This means having enough food and water stored away to last every person in the house for three days. Plus there should be medical supplies, pet food if the person owns pets, and activities to keep kids entertained and busy. For a more complete list of what should be in an emergency kit, click here.

What is the craziest scam someone has ever tried to pull on you?

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Bail Your Loved One Out This Summer

Bail Your Loved One Out This Summer

Bail Your Loved One Out This Summer

No one likes losing their freedom, especially during the summer. Summer time is meant to be spent with family and friends having as much fun as possible. No one wants to miss out on that. Due to that fact, no one likes to get arrested. Getting arrested means getting locked away in jail and not being able to spend time with the people that you care about.

If you have a loved one who recently got arrested and you want him or her to be able to have fun this summer, try posting his or her bail. While this may sound difficult or expensive, it can actually be cheap and easy with David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare.

For over 30 years we have helped Californians deal with bail. Let us help you too.

At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare, our bonds only cost 10% of the bail. This means you get a 90% discount just by coming to us for help. On top of that, you get to work with professional bail agents. Our agents have years of training and experience with bail. They know everything about the bail process and know how to make it easier for you.

Our bail agents will walk you through each step of the bail bond process, answering your questions as you go. You will never be left in the dark. They will always be there to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). You won’t have to face this alone, which can make bailing someone out of jail a whole lot easier.

When you use our services, you get:

  • 24/7 Bail Bond Service
  • FREE Consultation
  • 20% Discount
  • Phone approvals
  • 0% Interest Payment Plans
  • No Hidden Fees
  • No Collateral with Working Co-Signer
  • Se habla Español

When it comes to taking care of clients, no other bail bond company works harder than David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare. We understand how miserable an arrest can be, especially in the summer. Let us help you remedy the situation. We can get your loved one out of jail easily, at an affordable price. All you have to do is talk to one of our caring bail agents.

Don’t waste another second. Call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Tulare today at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now for a free consultation.

 

Bail Is More Affordable Than You Think

Bail Is More Affordable Than You Think

Bail Is More Affordable Than You Think

Bail is not a topic that most people want to discuss. Talking about it means that either they think someone they know will get arrested, or someone has been arrested. Neither one is something people want to think about or admit to. Unfortunately, sometimes people get arrested. If it is someone that you care about, then you are going to want to help them post bail.

Here in California, bail can be ridiculously expensive. The average bail in the state costs several thousands of dollars, meaning most people can’t afford to post bail. At least, they can’t afford it on their own. However, with the right help, bailing someone out of jail can be easy and affordable.

When you come to David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia for help, we will provide you with everything you need to get through the bail process quickly, easily, and affordably. For starters, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. The means that if your loved one’s bail is set at $20,000, then it will only cost $2,000.

In addition to get a 90% discount just by coming to us, our clients also get a personalized payment plans. These plans break up the bail bond total cost and spread it out over several months, thereby reducing the amount needed to pay for the bond each month.

Another benefit for coming to David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia for help is that clients can get co-signers to help pay for the bond. The co-signers share responsibility for the bail bond and work together to make sure it is paid for on time. We even offer discounts for co-signers who meet just one of the following requirements:

  • Is a member of the military.
  • Is a member of AARP.
  • Is a member of a union.
  • Is a homeowner.
  • Has a private attorney.

If you or one of the co-signers meet one of those requirements, you qualify for an extra 20% discount on the price of the bail bond.

Bailing someone out of jail may seem like a difficult endeavor due to the high cost of the bail, but it isn’t. You just need to get the right help. The best bail help here in California is at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. We provide our clients with affordable bail bonds, payment plans, and even discounts for those who qualify.

For a FREE bail bond consultation, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Talk To An Agent Now to chat.

 

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Fire Season Arrives In California With Summer

Summer is here, and for most people this means it’s time for parties, vacations, and trips. Everyone has their own to enjoy summer. While the season is great for relaxing, one aspect of this time of year can be incredibly stressful. As the temperatures rise in California, wildfires become more prominent across the state.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and become more threatening in warm, dry, and windy conditions. During the summer, California dries out under the intense heat, thereby increasing the risks of wildfires. All it takes is one small spark to ignite a massive blaze that can burn through everything in its path.

Just looking at how bad last year’s wildfires were, it is easy to see how important it is for a person to be prepared for wildfires. This is especially true during the summer months.

Prepping A Home For Wildfires

A person can prepare for in a number of ways from prepping their home for a fire, and preparing their family on how to respond to a potential danger. Both ways are very important, and preparing in both areas can make a huge difference. Preparation can mean the difference between life and death.

When it comes to defending a house, homeowners should create defendable space between their home and the rest of the yard. This means creating ten feet of clearance between a home and any vegetation. It also means removing dead vegetation, leaves and branches, from the yard. Dead plant material is more flammable than living plants, and can pose a higher risk of catching fire. Dead leaves should also be removed from rain gutters and out from under porches.

Keep lawns maintained and watered as dry grass can be incredibly flammable. Mow lawns in the morning when they are damp with dew. This makes it less likely that a spark from the mower could start a fire.

Place metal netting over ducts, eaves, and under patios to prevent embers and dry debris from getting inside. Replace missing or broken roof tiles regularly to prevent embers from reaching the wooden roofing beneath the tiles.

Keeping The Family Prepared

When it comes to prepping the family for emergencies, a lot of it falls to storing emergency supplies, creating a plan, and practicing the plan. Experts recommend having at least two emergency exit plans for every room in a building. Every person in a family should know these plans, as well as where to meet in the event of separation. Practicing these plans regularly can help a person memorize, which means they will be less likely to panic and forget them in the event of an emergency.

Emergency supplies should be stored in a safe, yet easily, accessible area that every family knows about. When it comes to wildfire prep, an emergency kit should contain any current medications needed by each family member, including pets. Important documents, such as birth certificates, deeds, and insurance paperwork, should be kept in a safe, fireproof area. Fireproof safes are great, but they are not perfect. The safe itself may not burn, but sometimes the papers inside can still ignite if temperatures get hot enough.

Stay Safe & Prepared This Summer

In the event of a wildfire, always follow the advice of emergency personnel. They know best. If told to evacuate by firefighters or police officers, people should listen. If they don’t, they could become trapped in their home. This is bad for two reasons:

  1. No one wants to be trapped anywhere near a wildfire. Emergency crews may attempt a rescue, but there is no guarantee they will get there in time.
  2. Emergency personnel will need to be diverted from fighting the blaze to attempt to rescue the trapped individual(s). That means less people fighting the fire, which is bad for everyone.

Wildfires are incredibly dangerous, and can be very scary when they approach a person’s home. Unfortunately, they are just a part of life in California during the summer and fall. Luckily, there are steps a person can take to help protect their homes and ensure the safety of their families.

What are some of the ways that you have prepared your home for wildfires?

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How Are You Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer?

How Are You Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer?

How Are You Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer?

Summer is here. For kids, this is the best time of the year, second only to Christmas time. Summer means no school and the freedom to do whatever they want. For parents, summer isn’t as exciting. Adults still have to work, but now the kids are home while are off making a living. Kids can get into all kinds of mischief if left unsupervised and bored for extended periods of time. This leaves parents with a bit of a dilemma.

When it comes to keeping kids entertained over the summer, many parents have a tough time. After all, they aren’t teachers and many do have to go to work. Even if a parent is a stay at home parent, summer can be tough. Those eight hours of school really keep children busy. Plus there is the fact that many of the fun things that are advertised on TV are very expensive, and most people do not have that kind of money. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep kids entertained over summer break without breaking the bank.

How To Keep Kids Entertained

Keep kids busy is no simple task, which is something parents figure out very quickly when their kids get any extended break from school. Kind of makes you think teachers should get paid more, doesn’t it? Regardless, with school out for summer, it is up to the parent to keep their child entertained, or at the very least, busy until school starts up again in fall. Here are a few, simple and affordable ideas on how to keep your kids busy this summer:

  1. CHORE CHARTS
    A quick and simple way to keep kids, maybe not so much entertained, but busy, would be to institute a chore chart. They might not appreciate it, but it can be helpful for the parent and beneficial for the child in the long run. Chores help teach children about responsibility, and can be a great way for them to earn some money that they can then spend on things they want.
  2. THE LIBRARY
    A good entertainment option would be to take the kids to the library once a week. Most public libraries have summer reading programs that can give more reasons for kids to read books. Just be sure to let the child pick out books that are age appropriate, but interesting to them. You want them to keep reading, and not get discouraged by big, complicated words. Reading is a great way to spend away hours upon hours of the summer.
  3. CAMP
    One option would be sending kids to summer camp, which can be a great adventure for the child. However, summer camp can be a bit expensive. There is always the cheaper alternative of day camp. Day camps are great ways to keep kids entertained during the day without sending them away for extended periods.
  4. BOARD GAMES
    Board games can be another way to keep children entertained over the summer. There are so many different games out there, that there is one for everyone. Plus, many modern games teach skills like teamwork, resource management, critical thinking, and strategy. Plus, with their replay-ability board games can be a very good investment.
  5. BE BORED
    Lastly, one of the best things that you can do is just let your child be bored. As bad as that may sound, being bored can actually be a good thing. Many studies have found that boredom leads to creativity. This is more important now more than ever since there are so many devices out there to help us alleviate boredom. Kids don’t actually have a lot of time to be bored nowadays, so letting them be bored from time to time is actually a good thing. It can lead to more creativity in your child.

Don’t Stress, Just Have Fun

While keeping kids entertained over the summer can be a tough job, it is possible to do without spending boatloads of money on extravagant outings. Following some of the above ideas can be great ways to keep kids entertained and/or busy this summer without straining your bank account.

While a parent may feel the need to make sure their child is entertained for the entirety of the summer break, it is important to realize that not only is that not possible, especially for working parents, but it is unrealistic. Boredom happens to everyone, and can often lead to great new ideas. So don’t worry too much if your child isn’t entertained 24/7, it can lead to some creative new ideas.

Do you have any cheap and affordable ways that you keep your kid(s) entertained during summer break?

If so, share them in the comments below and help out other parents.

 

What Kind Of Video Games Is Your Child Playing?

What Kind Of Video Games Is Your Child Playing?

What Kind Of Video Games Is Your Child Playing?

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 – 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 – 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+ – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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, 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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