5 Easy Ways to Safeguard Kids’ Tech Devices from Predators

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New apps pop up almost every day, and instantly every single one of your kid¹s friends and classmates are using this bright and shiny new toy and, you find out, so is your kid. The app looks age appropriate and harmless, but predators find ways to infiltrate and exploit. Yes, you check your child’s phone, computer or tablet on a regular basis to make sure no inappropriate content is being sent to them. However, there are other steps parents need to take to safeguard their children. See below: 5 easy ways to safeguard kids’ tech devices from predators.

One common mistake parents make is allowing their children to create a username that incorporates their name, information about their age and location or interests. These small pieces of data are enough for a predator to start piecing together a profile of a child and give predators tools that can be used to find more information to manipulate kids. By following these simple guidelines, parents can help make sure online predators are not targeting their children.

  1. Stop Kids from Duplicating Usernames – Just like recycling a password is a bad idea kids should not use the same username to log into different online accounts. Having one common username across accounts just makes it easier for criminals to search for and find details about a child’s life.
  2. Keep Personal Details Private – If an app or website requires kids to fill out a profile do not let them enter personally identifying details like their full name, birthdate, age or address. If they cannot use a site without supplying these details either supply a false answer to the questions or do not allow your child to use that site/app.
  3. Email Addresses and Usernames Do Not Mix – Linking a username with an email address can simplify a predator’s search for personal information. Using trial and error a criminal can add common email providers to a username, run a search and pull up social media accounts and any other sites where an email address was used to create a profile.
  4. Create Unique Email Addresses for Each App/Site – Some email providers including Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo allow users to alter their email address into infinite number of disposable addresses. For example if your child’s email address is shauntips@gmail.com and he/she wants to sign up for a new gaming site you can alter his/her email address just for that site by adding an identifier to it such as shauntips+ABCGamingFun@gmail.com. This keeps your child’s actual email address private and can help stop criminals from being able to track online history simply by searching for an email address.
  5. Stay Vigilant – Regularly checking what apps your child is using and what websites are being visited is the first line of defense. If anything looks suspicious or if you are unsure what something is, ask your child. If he/she cannot explain to your satisfaction what the app is then delete it and block it.

 

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About SNDR

SNDR.com gives parents tools to stay up to date on latest threats. For more information about protecting your security and privacy online, visit: www.sndr.com. SNDR™ is a new app that combines all the ways you already communicate into a single platform. You can text, email, share files and use social media all from one app. And, every message is encrypted and completely secure. 

10 Age Defying Beauty Bites

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Although I use lotions and potions to help my skin look as good as possible, I agree with Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., board certified in family and anti-aging medicine, that beauty really does come from within. There’s no denying the beauty of a those with kindness, love and understanding in their heart. And, we know, that eating well makes you feel better and keeps your physique in top shape as well.  But don’t underestimate the power of certain foods when it comes to beauty and looking youthful.  Read on for 10 Age Defying Beauty Bites.

Keep them guessing your age

1.   Edamame: Collagen, the fibrous protein that keeps skin firm and wrinkle-free, begins to decline in your 20’s.  Eating edamame, a food rich in soy, can help preserve collagen.  Soy contains isoflavones – a natural compound that is capable of exerting estrogen-like effects.

2.   Tart Cherry Juice: Who knew that this tangy drink naturally contains melatonin? Well, it does.  And melatonin promotes sleep.  Beauty sleep – enough said.

3.   Oysters: These shellfish are filled with selenium and zinc, which both possess skin-clearing properties.  Zinc is a trace mineral that is essential for its role in cell growth and cell replication.  Selenium is a dietary mineral that increases your antioxidants levels.  Antioxidants are critical for preventing blocked pores.

4.   Honey: This sweet treat is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts water.  When it comes to your skin, consuming honey helps draw water from the mineral tissues to the surface of the skin, keeping it moisturized, supple and flake-free.

5.   Sweet Potato:  Aside from being delicious, sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A.  Vitamin A prevents hair from becoming dull and lifeless and your scalp dry and flakey – which can result in dandruff.

6. Cantaloupe: Very high in antioxidants, you’ll keep your eye health on point and since it is rich in vitamin C immune health is increased. That means fewer colds leaving you weak and sluggish. Finally this power fruit protects you from free radicals at the cellular level.

7. Brazil Nuts: All you need to eat are 4 of these a day to need the daily requirement. Packed with selenium, Brazil nuts protect skin against age spots and sun damage. Be sure to keep them in the fridge; once shelled they spoil.

8: Roasted Chickpeas: Packed with kaempferol and quercetion two inflammation fighters, chickpeas keep skin looking clear and even. Also as we age our metabolism slows down. Manganese and copper are two minerals that support metabolism at the cellular level.

9. Cucumbers: A cucumber a day keeps cellulite away. Not only are they delicious and packed skin plumping water but, when sliced and rubbed on cellulite prone areas they phytochemicals tighten collagen reducing the visibility of cellulite.

10. Guacamole: You can’t go wrong with avocados, which are great for your blood and bones. Oleic acid, the monounsaturated fat that is good for your heart makes up 59% of it’s total fat. It’s also great for skin and hair.

 

This information was shared by permission.  Please read below for more on Dr. Calapai. 

About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy. Named the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

With over 25 years experience, Dr. Calapai has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM in New York, where he offers health and medical advice. He’s advised Mike TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

He is the author of several E-books: Heavy Metals and Chronic Disease, Reverse Diabetes Forever! Seven Steps to Healthy Blood Sugar, Top Ten Supplements You Can’t Live Without, and Glorious Glutathione. Learn more about Dr. Calapai on his website, www.drcal.net

iPad Mini 32G Giveaway! Thank You StayGo™ – Find Out Faster!

So, dating.  Hmmm… how’s that going for you?  Perhaps you’re in a relationship and you’re not so sure where it’s going. (Have you had the “D.T.R.” talk?  Define The Relationship. Gee, that’s always a fun time – not!) StayGo™ is the only app that uses science and social networking to help you find out faster if you’re wasting time with the wrong person. While you’re downloading this free app scroll down and enter to win an iPad Mini 32G! Good luck in both areas!

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Created by a team of leading relationship science professors, StayGo™ tells you everything you need to know about your relationships, whether you’ve just met your match or you’ve been together for years. The app is free so you have nothing to lose!

Here’s how it works:
Get your SG Score: Tell StayGo all about your current partner(s) and get a scientifically accurate score with grades in twenty different categories so you can predict your chances of a happy future.
Use your SG Tracker: This one-of-a-kind feature tracks the ups and downs of your relationships.  It’s kind of like a Fitbit for your love life!
Ask your SG Peeps: Invite your friends and family to anonymously reveal what they really think of your relationship. Now you can finally know the truth.

 

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Setting up an account is easy. And I found the questions to be insightful and eye-opening in the relationship area. It’s never a bad thing to “fine tune” your relationship, no matter how long you’ve been together!  Don’t you agree?

StayGo is essential for anyone using dating apps like Match, eHarmony, OkCupid, Tinder and Bumble. It reduces the frustration and inefficiency of online dating.

 

Developed by a team of behavioral science professors, the SG Score questionnaire takes about 15 minutes to complete.  Make yourself a nice cup of something tasty and fill out the questionnaire. You have nothing to lose!

 

 

 

Stop wasting time. Make smart decisions about whether to commit or quit. Find out faster.

Now, about this awesome prize!  This iPad Mini 32G is pre-loaded with 10 of some of the best romantic comedies ever made.  It contains:

  • Breakfast At Tiffany’s
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Say Anything
  • Pretty Woman
  • Roxanne
  • Pretty In Pink
  • The Wedding Singer
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • As Good As It Gets

Good luck with your relationship and good luck with the giveaway!

This giveaway available for U.S. entries only. 

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Enter To Win A $100 iTunes Gift Card!

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Can you imagine?!  $100 you get to spend on increasing your music library.  Or, to add to your reading list on your Kindle.  $100 worth of entertainment is yours when you find out you are the lucky winner of the $100 iTunes gift card!  I have quite the “Wish List” and would love to cross off some of those titles. What about you?  What would you do with a $100 iTunes gift card?  Enter today. Good luck!

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Prize: $100 iTunes Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck! (Please email becky@ohmygoshbeck.com with any questions.)

Co-Hosts: Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog // It’s me, debcb! // Foxy’s Domestic Side

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 5/18 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.  Ann Again and again Reviews is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!  This really is a great group and I’d love to see you be a part of it.  Tell her Ann (of Ann Again and again Reviews) sent you! smile for Shopify


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Take The Pledge With Me! Take Back Your Drive!

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I wish I could write words to make this the ultimate post to end the action of texting while driving.

I wish I could find the right combination of words to make those drivers that feel their text message is more important then someone’s life – perhaps their own –  a text that just can’t wait that they just have to send it while they’re driving 3000+ lbs. hunk of metal, I wish I could convince them to stop.  I mean, come on!!! Nothing – No Thing – is THAT IMPORTANT to share, or respond to, that you have to text while you drive.  Take the pledge with me – Take Back Your Drive.

 PULL OVER!!!  Then Text!

 

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There.  Easy peasy. Pull over, then text.  Concentrate on the job at hand – you’re in control of 3000+ lbs. of metal that’s moving.  That’s where a drivers attention should be, on driving. Will you please join me in committing to give up cell phone use – both hand held and hands free – while driving for, at the very least, one week.  It won’t hurt, I promise.  Please visit the site: National Safety Council and sign the pledge. Have children that drive? Sign them up too!

A delayed response to a text won’t hurt however, texting while driving can, and will potentially kill.

The other day a dog darted across the street from in between two parked cars.  If I had been distracted at the wheel I would have hit and killed this poor dog! And I know it would be an experience that I couldn’t forget.  I would play it over and over in my mind. (Do you do that to? Go over scenarios over and over and…  Ugh. It’s exhausting.)

So, are you with me? Yes you are!  Put your phone in your purse/bag. Put your phone away from easy reach.  You’re driving a car, let that be your focus.   Click this link to sign the pledge:  National Safety Council  Thank You!!!

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(*Disclosure:  I was compensated for my participation in sharing this incredibly important message.  My words are my own.  Let’s be safe out there! smile for Shopify)

$200 Whole Foods Gift Card! Enter Today!

 

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Fresh. Healthy. Tasty. Quality.  I believe these words sum up what you find in Whole Foods! smile  However, that quality can come at a price which has brought about the nickname of Whole Foods as “Whole Paycheck“.  Guess what? By entering below you’re closer in getting some help to place your hands on the fresh, healthy, tasty quality of Whole Foods!  Enter today for your chance to win a $200 Whole Foods Gift Card!  (Oh boy, what would I get? They have some great soups. And a nice wine selection as well wink).

GIVEAWAY DETAILS For The $200 Whole Foods Gift Card

Prize: $200 Whole Foods Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 5/6 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!  And good luck in the giveaway!

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Help Save Our Planet – Happy Earth Day!

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In honor of Earth Day, April 22nd (and my sister’s birthday – yay!) I want to share an app that will help reduce our utility bills and our impact on the environment –Homeselfe.  The Homeselfe app is a FREE download which can help us all be a part of a fundamental shift in our culture – to stop taxing our resources which will, in turn, take better care of our planet.  Learn more about this app and check out the tips below. Help Save Our Planet – Happy Earth Day!

Homeselfe is the leading DIY home energy saving app, helping homeowners reduce their utility bills, energy consumption and environmental impact. Homeselfe is a fun, easy, free app that provides a clear path to an energy efficient home with a personalized money saving plan, available rebates, and access to local qualified contractors.

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My Shopping Made Easier #TidyCatsAtCostco

This post is sponsored by Tidy Cats® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I am being compensated to help create awareness of Tidy Cats available in Costco Stores located in the Pacific Northwest but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nestle Purina and Tidy Cats is not responsible for the content of this article. #TidyCatsAtCostco

When I shop I choose stores where I can get the most done in fewer stops. Price and convenience play a big part in my shopping choices that’s why I was so happy that our household’s litter of choice, Tidy Cats®, is now in Portland, OR Costco stores. There are items that make sense to buy in bulk because they are items that you’ll always need; paper products, health supplements (does wine count?) and cat litter. That is, of course, if you have a cat.

Another rainy day. Perfect time to shop at Costco!
Another rainy day. Perfect time to shop at Costco!

But, even if you don’t have a feline lounging around your house and giving you attitude, you’ll find that Tidy Cats litter works really well in other areas of your home!

  • Cat litter is a great deodorizer. You can use it to freshen the smell of your refrigerator in place of baking soda.
  • Make a “cat litter sachet” using cheesecloth, or another slightly open weave fabric, and place it in some stinky shoes to absorb the bad odors.
  • Prevent grease fires at your Bar-B-Que by placing a layer of litter in the bottom of your grill.

You don’t need to be a cat owner to need cat litter.

And now, for those of us in the Pacific Northwest, you have one more item to add to your Costco list. (But hurry! It’s only available for a limited time!) It wasn’t hard to locate Tidy Cats cat litter during my recent trip to Costco.

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Ta Da! Here we have a tower of 42 lbs. boxes of Tidy Cats, ready and waiting for you! My back was a little weak so a very helpful Costco employee “helped me” put it in my cart. (They also helped me put it in my van. Nice.)

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I choose to purchase items in larger containers, this way it reduces waste once the product is empty. Tidy Cats comes in a sturdy box that can be easily recycled, or repurposed! Once empty you could place a plastic liner on the inside then decorate the outside with wallpaper, washi tape or thick wrapping paper, and voila! A pretty container that could be used for anything! Use your imagination. How would you repurpose the sturdy Tidy Cats cat litter container once it’s empty? I’m looking for more ideas. Please share in the comments.

To learn more about Tidy Cats product line, please visit:  http://www.tidycats.com/

You can also join them on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/tidycats/

(*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestle Purina and Tidy Cats. The opinions and text are all mine.)

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