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Online Parental Controls Keep Kids Safe

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

When did parent’s become spineless? When did parents lay down to the whims and will of their children, for fear of offending them. Why is it so much more important these days to be a friend to your child? When did parents stop being parents? (Let’s not hurt our child’s feelings by invading their privacy, that could damage and scar them for life.)

Want an example of not having parental control? Just look to the parents of Harris and Klebold, the Columbine High School students in Colorado, who murdered 12 of their fellow students and one teacher, before taking their own lives. Their parents turned a blind eye to the doors padlocked, from the outside to the boy’s rooms, where inside was bomb making equipment, video diaries, written diaries, guns and their computers. Their parents did not question or monitor anything the boys were doing, inside their rooms and on social media sites, on their computer, since this would have invaded their child’s privacy.
Isn’t part of parenting to nurture, encourage and especially to watch your child grow. Let me emphasize the watch part. I am by no means trying to suggest that every child who goes on the internet is trying to make a bomb, or has the intention of blowing up their school. But with the ease, that information can be accessed, on the internet, it is not difficult to stumble onto and into unwanted websites, even when you are not looking for them. Somehow, even if you are (as an example) searching for a recipe for “cream puffs” your computer will pull up web sites for “puffy nipples”. Not exactly the kind of plate you want to be serving, at the Sunday family breakfast—although I still have never figured out what ingredients a Spotted Dick contains.
Although on line predators are a concern and with the entertainment value of “To Catch a Predator” with Chris Hansen, this aspect of unwanted on line contact has made parents more aware. But, it’s not just the pervert predator, in a darkened basement wearing a trench coat, trolling the internet for young boys and girls that parents need to be aware. Kids on the internet can easily stumble onto websites that contain adult oriented material, with a click of a button. What started out as a school project for English class some afternoon can suddenly turn into an education in biology and the mating habits of the sick and twisted.
So what can parents do? First off, become a parent to your kids. Who is in charge? Second, don’t be afraid to monitor what your kids are doing on line. Get familiar with your computer and how the internet works. Kids spend hours on the computer and are savvy to the inner and outer workings of how programs function. With the amount of information on line, parents can go online to learn from websites, video tutorials, and like minded parent groups. Especially find out what your child is doing on social media sites, such as Facebook and My Space.
If you find your child is spending a lot of time on line, you better find a way to put parental controls on what they are doing. Several add on programs compile a url blacklist that will block unwanted and undesirable websites, from your child. If nothing else, put a time limit on their computer use, take the computer out of their room and move it to a more visible location, in the house where you can readily view what they are doing. You could also learn how to unlock an iPhone 5 from AT&T. It may not seem like much, but if parents are not proactive in what their kids are doing, kids will easily access websites that parents do not want them viewing.

 


Businesses Helping Businesses- a Sponsership Idea

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

If given the opportunity to help a smaller business would a large business do so? What if doing so meant an increase in the big company’s sales/profits? That’s a horse of a different color, now, isn’t it?

How Does This Work and Who’s Idea Was It?

Once upon a time a marketing coaching company invited a bunch of larger businesses opportunity’s to sponsor an exclusive VIP retreat. They offered comprehensive packages with varying levels of commitment. One lucky sponsor (the one investing the most cash) would be awarded the title of “Platinum Sponsor.” Whereas, smaller sponsors would have their name and logo on signage, websites advertising the event, newsletters and would receive complimentary tickets; the Platinum sponsor would be named exclusive sponsor along with countless other advertising propaganda. All attendees at the event would receive a resource directory complete with all the names of the sponsors and their products.

And Who Exactly Will Attend This Event?

The business coaching company and would invite 150 entrepreneurs and small business representatives to a lavish Los Angeles resort. With a network of attendees, and widespread media attention, the benefits to each sponsor would be limitless. The coaching company promised that the attendees of the VIP event would be a looking for the services and products offered by the sponsors and that these attendees would be a qualified group of buyers. With the widespread exposure and exclusive attendees, the event promised to be advantageous to all who sponsored.

MARKETING IDEAS: Printed Plastic Bags

This particular business person had a good idea. Along with her team, she provided entrepreneurs and small businesses the opportunity to improve their business while working less and earning more. Her claim to fame was that she could market your business to people who would pay premium prices, who value your expertise and would tell all their wealthy friends about you. Clearly, this was very high end and upscale; but it’s working for her and the coaching business she founded.

Looking for sponsorship ideas?


Get Your Kindergartener Ready For School

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

It’s time for your baby to start kindergarten; honestly, where has the time gone? It’s an emotional moment for you, as a parent, seeing your child start school on their own for the first time, but it is also an exciting time for your child as well. Make it really special for them by getting them a personalized backpack that they will be proud to use and proud to show off to all their friends at school. There are a lot of ideas online of backpacks for sale, and a lot of ideas for making personalized backpacks for kids as well. Browse through these websites with your child, and ask him what they want their backpack to look like. It will get them excited and looking forward to their first day of Kindergarten.

Picking The Perfect Backpack

Buying personalized backpacks for kids is a fun way to help them gear up for school, and is also an easy way for them to tell which backpack is theirs when they retrieve it at the end of the school day. It is also easy to figure out which one is theirs if it happens to make its way into the lost and found. And picking the perfect backpack is easy when you add a touch of personalization, because your child will be happy that they had a little say in what they wanted their backpack to look like. After you find out what your child likes, buy it for them and tell them that it’s on its way. Or pick one out together at a store that sells various styles and designs of backpacks. If you happen to be the crafty type, you can make your own customized personalization from the craft store. This is a great way to save money and it will make your child feel really special that you took the time to make it for them.

Find the perfect first day outfit at www.totsetter.com.

Once they have their very own personalized backpack, they can get packed and ready for their big day.  Take a picture to remember the day forever.


Are You Teaching Your Child to Save?

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

When I was a kid, my dad always told me “Save your pennies, son; you might need them for a rainy day.” I didn’t quite understand what rain had to do with saving change at the time, but of course I later came to understand what he meant. It’s important to teach children how to save money. Most kids have things taken care of for them; they don’t have to work, they have clothes, costumes for kids and food bought for them, they don’t have to worry about paying the mortgage or rent and food is always there. This makes young children think this is how it will be until they grow up, go to college, get a job and then the money will start rolling in and they’ll be fine. Unfortunately, we know this is not how it works!

Gift of Saving

One way to help kids get started saving is to give them a gift of a savings account. You can take them to the bank, let them see what goes on there and have a bank officer help show them how a savings account works. They’ll perhaps get a little passbook or a bank card they will have to be responsible for. Tell them they can take any amount of money and put it into their savings account. Show them how interest will accrue if they leave the money in there. Giving a child a savings account at an early age will help give them a sense of responsibility and if nurtured, the savings account can grow substantially and give them a real advantage when they finally get out on their own.

What Goes Around Comes Around

Getting your child to understand the benefits of saving money at an early age will help them understand the value of a dollar and also instill a responsibility of commitment by regularly depositing money in their savings account. When they are finally old enough to obtain a checking account, they can use money in their savings account to start it. What more could you ask for?


Children Need a Clean School Environment

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

When the safety of America is threatened by foreign invaders, the U.S. military is ready with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  When a town needs protection against crime, we have the men and women of law enforcement with the city Police and the county Sheriffs.  When the cleanliness of a school is threatened by germs, we have the fine men and women of the…..custodial staff?  Janitor’s, yes, janitors!

 

Salute The Masters of Environmental Engineering

School janitors are the least recognized, for the job they do.  But let’s face it.  A school janitor has their eyes and ears on the school. They are armed not with rifles and grenades, but with spray bottles, mops and a closet full of janitorial supplies to clean and disinfect. They are the ones keeping kids safe from germs.  And, who will be the first not to recognize that children are just walking germ factories.  When was the last time you did not see a child eat something they shouldn’t.  When have you not seen them sneeze or cough, without covering their mouth.  They will stick their hands in their mouth and with their fingers covered with saliva touch whatever available surface there is in sight.  They go to the bathroom, without washing their hands.  Their noses run, and they wipe it on their sleeves or on their hands and touch other children or other surfaces. Oh, and lets not forget vomiting.  Kids will not only vomit for distance, they will have a volume capacity spewing out of them that adults would not think possible.

 

Duties Of A Domestic Hygienist

Janitors must have at the ready any kind of cleaning instrument or cleaning supplies they might need to keep school environments as free from germs as possible.  They must clean sinks, toilets, urinals, floors (refinishing, polishing, sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, buffing, vacuuming), empty out garbage cans, restock restroom supplies (toilet paper, paper toilets, feminine hygiene products, air fresheners), clean windows and mirrors, clean tables and chairs, sanitizatize everything, and much more.  These are the men and women on the front lines of keeping kids safe, from the spread of germs, in the schools.  We owe them a debt of gratitude. And if you just can’t stand to send your children to public school, look into a home school curriculum.