Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Protect young web surfers from unwanted attention

Guidelines for young web surfers
Help your child choose a screen name or e-mail address that does not reveal anything personal about the child — age, sex, hobbies, what school they go to, where they live and like to play, etc. And of course, avoid suggestive names such as "happygirl" which could attract predators.
Keep any computers connected to the Internet out of kids' rooms and put them in a central location, such as the family room.

Talk with your child often about what they do online and who they talk to. Better yet, join your children as they surf the Internet. Taking an interest in what your child or teen does online doesn't necessarily mean a lack of trust: just as you're interested in their "real world" friends, you might want to show an interest in their "net friends".

Be sure to use one of the available software products designed to protect your computer from the online dangers. As every family is different, no one software or technology solution is going to suit everyone.

Here are a few suggestions for how you might use technology to help protect your kids as they navigate the Internet:

Install antivirus and anti-malware software on your computer and keep it up to date. We can help you take this step to protect your computer. For further guidance, click here.

Use parental control software to check into your kids' Internet usage. This may give you a better idea of the kinds of choices they're making online. Here's how to do this.

And finally, some useful and fun ways to use the Net together as parent and child:
Get together as a family and plan some clear Net surfing rules that everyone needs to follow at your place (kids’ friends included). You can use the rules, curfews and guidelines template as a basis for your Net rules – print the template out once you’re done and display it next to the computer for all to read.

If you use the computer alongside your children sometimes, it not only gives you a chance to see what sites they visit, but also spend fun time with your kids. They’ll feel very important when they help you to update the family calendar or event calendar, and will love planning a baby announcement if there’s another little one arriving soon. While you’re on a roll, they might just be persuaded to work on their homework planner, too!

The responsibilities that come along with parenthood are endless. There's feeding, washing and reading the same book about bunnies over and over to a child. Plus, making enough money to provide food, shelter and coveted designer jeans; changing nappies(or finding someone else who will); and surviving 100 years of back-chat.

There is no foolproof way to protect your children online but as in the real world, there are precautions that families can take in the online world to reduce the chances of children encountering dangerous or unsuitable material, and ensure they have a safe and fun experience surfing the web.

How to stay slim in the face of money woes.

Is The Economy Making You Fat?

When 31-year-old Stephanie Keaton couldn't find a job last winter, she didn't freak out--not visibly, at least. But as the months went on and she remained unemployed, the registered nurse, who lives in Queens, N.Y., found herself heading to the fridge each time she thought about her bleak financial situation

"Several of my clients have confessed they're binging because they're stressed about money. It's a quick pick-me-up, but the end result is weight gain," says Tanya Zuckerbrot, R.D., a dietitian in private practice in New York City.

But reaching for something healthy may be easier said than done. Sociologists, food policy experts and economists have long noted that in most areas of the country, processed food such as candy bars, microwave burritos and ramen noodles is often cheaper than healthy fare. In fact, some fast-food restaurants, like McDonald's, have actually come out ahead in the downturn.
Let's face it," says Zuckerbrot, "a box of mac and cheese will set you back a lot less than fresh fruit and vegetables. And when you go to a burger joint, a salad with grilled chicken costs twice as much as a value meal."

Your view matters the majority

Everybody has their own opinion.There are a vast amount people who don't speak their thoughts.Everybody thinks differently.
sometimes we feel the need to go by other people's views in order to make us feel better. And sometimes, we make the mistake to listen to the wrong people to express their opinions about ourselves.

Presume somebody comes up to you and says, "Wow, I really like your style.

She could be saying that because she feels better to you or possibly she is in a supersonic good mood, and you are the first person to come along at that time

First of all, we cannot read other people's minds.People these days have a lot of problems. And they let their problems go to their minds. Somebody can say to you, "You're ugly." But their mind can be on perhaps losing their jobs, having money problems and other insecurities. They could even find you to be intimidating. Many people say bad things out of jealousy and insecurity about themselves. Or maybe they feel threatened or angry. There are just too many people in this world and only one of you. So try not to let other people and their bad views get to you.