We just can’t get enough watermelon around our house this summer! Partly because it is so delicious and partly because it is so nutritious! Click here to find out some of watermelon’s nutrition benefits. And because my kids love popsicles, and their mom doesn’t love all the added sugar and artificial dyes in them – we make a lot of our own. This is our newest recipe combing the refreshing sweet taste of watermelon, with the bright tart flavor of kiwi.
This might be the easiest recipe you ever follow. Blend watermelon. Pour into your mold and let it freeze for a bit. Blend kiwi. Pour into molds on top of the watermelon layer. We use the Zoku pop maker to make all of our popsicles. It is seriously amazing. If you haven’t tried one, I would highly suggest you do. If you think it is a bit too sour for your kids, just add a touch of honey when you blend.
And a little while later you have beautiful tasty super nutritious pops awaiting your hot little kidlets.
Children grow up fast. Sometimes it feels like yesterday when junior just learned to crawl, and today he or she is going online to check out the latest homework assignment or chat with a friend through a new app.
While parents and caregivers may not be as tech savvy as young people today, there are certain things that we do know about how to stay safe in real life – and those same rules apply to life online. You don’t have to know how to video-call, send a text, or chat online to know how to keep your children safe in our digital world.
Follow these tips:
• Talk about safety and the unknown: Inform your child about the risks of opening emails or texts from senders they don’t know, or what to do if a stranger contacts them. Discuss different scenarios and possible reactions. For example, if they get a text saying they should follow a link to collect a prize, tell your child to simply delete the message.
• Make password protection a priority. Children need to understand that their online information will be better protected if they use passwords. They should use different passwords for different sites and they should change them regularly. Make passwords strong (eight characters or more and a variety of letters, numbers and special characters), and never share them with anyone.
• Choose usernames for games and accounts that don’t reveal personal details about your child such as their location, what school they go to, their age or their full name.
• Check your anti-spy and anti-virus software. Make sure your computer is fully loaded and up to date with this protection. New laptops often come with anti-virus software on a trial basis. Be sure to renew it or install new software when the trial period ends.
• Make sure files and apps from the Internet are from a trusted source.
• Emphasize the importance of protecting mobile devices. The first thing anyone should do with a new mobile device is activate a passcode. Talk to your kids about this, and the importance of protecting the device itself. A device that gets into the wrong hands could result in videos or pictures being posted online by someone else in your child’s name.
• Remind kids that what they post on the Internet is not always private. Once something is posted online, you no longer have control over it. It can be forwarded, copied and pasted, manipulated, printed out or saved – it can remain online, in some form, potentially forever.
• Teach your kids to think before they click. It can take only seconds to snap a photo and post it to the Internet, or to post a comment. But it can be nearly impossible to permanently delete that comment or photo once it’s posted. They should only post things that they would be comfortable with the whole world seeing.
Protect while you connect. More information is available online at GetCyberSafe.ca.
Being a parent in today’s world isn’t easy. With social media now a part of everyday life you’re likely to feel overly secure online. The threats don’t seem real. The horror stories you hear are likely to be chalked up to sensationalist reporting and a “that couldn’t happen to me” mentality.
Regardless of where you stand on the spectrum of online security we’ve compiled the top 5 things you should never be posting online, regardless of how comfortable you feel. You’ll thank us later.
Partial or fully nude photos of children. Sorry, we know those pictures of Jr., in the bathtub with his yellow rubber ducky are likely too cute for words, but there are a lot of unstable people out there who could steal the picture and use it for less than honorable purposes. We’ve heard stories of baby pictures being stolen and used by desperate women who claimed they were their children.
Your address and/or phone number. This may seem like a given, however, you would be surprised at the amount of people willing to post their address on their Facebook page. People don’t really use the post and if someone needs your address they’ll more than likely e-mail or text you for it. And please, heed this rule doubly if you Facebook or other social media accounts are public.
Vacation plans. Even if you’re planning an incredible vacation at a 5 star resort on your own private island spare the rest of the social media world from hearing about it. Not only will you avoid looking like a total braggart, but you’ll also protect your home from potential invasion. Telling people you’ll be out of town on a specific date is like inviting them to walk in and take whatever they want.
Possible passwords. Yes, your cat fluffy is adorable and everyone loves the pictures you post of her…daily. The problem is that anybody who knows how obsessed you are with fluffy could try a variety of password combinations that include her name and likely guess your password within a few tries. Save yourself the hassle and avoid hinting at your password.
Anything you don’t wants shared. It sounds like common sense, but it turns out common sense isn’t so, well, common. As you determine what you share online consider whether it’s something you would want your boss to see or even worse… your parents and children.
Kids look forward to summer vacation more than any other part of the year. They imagine themselves taking awesome vacations, hanging out with friends, and staying up late during weekday sleepovers. The problem, however, is that while children get to enjoy these things they also seem to forget about the importance of learning.
Kids Social Network is dedicated to ensuring children learn throughout the year regardless of whether they’re in school or on vacation. Our interactive games, learning library, and law enforcement monitored chat rooms ensure your children are safely entertained and educated.
Don’t let summer time dissolve all your children have learned throughout their school year. Instead give them the opportunity to have fun and learn.
Kids Social Network allows them to safely chat with friends and learn. Even a half hour a day playing our educational games could make a difference in how well your child retains their current knowledge. Discover more about our free version here.
In the age of technology, work, and little league games the family dinner seems to have taken a back seat to other “priorities” in life. More and more families are content running through a fast food drive thru to quickly grab dinner before heading to ballet or basketball practice, instead of enjoying a meal together at the dinner table.
Family dinners, while they seem to be dying, need to be revived. They’re incredibly important for several reasons.
Health | Family dinners are exponentially more healthy than meals eaten at fast food restaurants. For the health of your family we encourage you to eat home cooked meals. While cooking at home can be difficult, there are several meals that can be made ahead of the time, frozen, and reheated within 30 minutes.
Bonding | There’s a philosophy that believes the best bonding occurs over delicious food and drink. We believe quality bonding can occur over a meal with your children. Ask them open-ended questions about their day, friends, and school. You’ll be surprised at what they’re willing to share.
Exposure | Use family time to expose your children to new foods, particularly vegetables. Make it fun and get creative. The more variety children are exposed to the less picky they will be as adults.
Kids Social Network is often referred to as a Facebook for kids. The reason is obvious. We provide a safe online space for children under 18 to interact, share photos, learn, and play games without the threat of online predators.
To ensure your children are safe on our social network all interaction is monitored by law enforcement.
While it may be the 21st century we still think kids need to be kids. At the same time they need to be taught to use technology in a positive, productive manner. Kids Social Network does just that . We give children the opportunity to interact with peers around the world, learn new skills through our video library, and practice using technology all in a safe zone. For premium subscribers we even offer a lockdown browser, which allows you as a parent to control which website your children visit and automatically blogs adult content and language.
If you’re interested in learning more about what Kids Social Network can offer your children and family visit this page.