5 Ways To Safeguard Kids’ Devices From Predators

5 Easy Ways To Safeguard Kids' Tech Devices From Predators

New apps pop up almost every day, and *bam* every single one of your kid¹s friends and classmates are using this bright and shiny new toy and… you find out, so is your child. The app looks age appropriate and harmless to you, however 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 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.

 

This information from SNDR.com was shared by permission.  

  

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 Halloween Etiquette Tips And Tricks

10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

It’s time for scary costumes, carving pumpkins, candy and trick or treating.  As Halloween approaches, there are somethings parents and children need to remember.  10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks:

–        Select Appropriate Costumes: Costumes that represent a culture, race, ethnic or religious group or someone with a serious illness, poverty or other hardship, are inappropriate.  Sexually explicit costumes and those mocking LGBT or gender identity encourage negativity. During this election year, our public political figures are certainly on the table; expect to see Clinton and Trump.

 

–        Teach Your Kids Manners: Halloween is a great opportunity to teach your kids manners, such as greeting and thanking each homeowner who gives them candy. Explain to older kids and teenagers that bullying and pushing smaller kids out of the way won’t be tolerated. When they encounter a bowl of candy at the door, make sure they are considerate and only take one or two pieces.  Be sure they respect private property, including homeowner decorations, and don’t leave unwanted candy or wrappers in lawns.

 

–        Age Appropriateness: While many adults enjoy Halloween dress up, remember this is mostly a children’s holiday.  What your teenager might wear, is not a good fit for a first-grade Halloween party.  Gage the costume based on your child’s age, and the age of his or her peers. Even if you think your young child might be able to handle dressing up as Freddy Krueger, it might be too much for his or her friends.

10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

–         Candy Alternatives: Traditional chocolate or sugar-laced candy are always a hit. With more health conscious parents, consider sealed mini bottled water, pre-packaged popcorn, coloring books, pre-packaged healthy snacks, small inexpensive toys, or pens/pencils.

 

–        Respect Neighbors Who Aren’t Participating: By simply turning off the outside lights, this alerts trick or treaters to skip your house and go on to the next.  As an option, consider leaving a bowl of candy by the front door.  Putting the car in the garage may also remove the question of whether someone is home.

 

–        Knock One Time and One Time Only: If no one answers, move on to the next house.  There’s no need to be excessive and knock 10 times. The homeowner might be on an important call or trying to help a baby to sleep. On a related note: know when it’s appropriate to knock. Trick or treating generally starts just before sunset and ends by 9pm.  10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks - Ann Again and again Reviews

–        No Homemade Treats: While it’s a nice thought to want to bake homemade Halloween treats, don’t do it.  Parents have heightened safety concerns for good reason, and will discard these items.  Buy pre-packaged candy from trusted brands like Hershey, M&M, Skittles, Dove, Reese’s.

 

–        Never Arrive Empty Handed: Anyone invited to a Halloween party, does not arrive empty handed.  Bring a small hostess gift such as tea towels, diffuser, candle, coasters, fresh fruit, wine, packaged sweets, or children’s game.

 

–        Office & School Policies: Office culture varies, so be sure to research your workplace policy. Ask a trusted colleague about the ‘unwritten rules.’ Some offices encourage tasteful costumes, while others frown upon the practice.  Education policies vary, so don’t assume children may wear their costumes to school.  In many school districts across the nation, costumes are prohibited for safety reasons. Double check and don’t assume.

 

–         Stay Safe: Younger children should always be accompanied by parents or a designated chaperone. Older children and teens should trick or treat as part of a group.  Never enter someone’s home you don’t know, no matter how nice they seem.  Carry a flashlight and mobile phone.  Follow your intuition and if you have a bad feeling about something, avoid it.

 

(*These tips were shared, with permission, from Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide.)

Dropprice $150 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Dropprice $150 Target Gift Card Giveaway! - Ann Again and again Reviews

Welcome to the Dropprice $150 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

 

How do you feel when you walk into Target?  Does a smile come across your face?  Do you feel like you’re in one of your happy places?  Does a chorus sing “Hallelujah!” in your head?  Well then, this giveaway is for you!  With the holidays on it’s way I’m sure you could put this prize to good use.  Enter today for your chance to win a Dropprice $150 Target Gift Card!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Dropprice $150 Target Gift Card

In today’s promotion for the PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag, it started out at $19.99 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

Dropprice $150 Target Gift Card

 

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $150 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $150 Target Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of this Lunch Bag and you will be entered to win a $150 Target gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 10/17/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

GOOD LUCK!

 

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8 Of The Most Exciting PLAYFul Trends for 2016

 8 Exciting PLAYFul Trends For 2016 - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

Summer is full of activity. There are ways to spend a bundle on outdoor events and activities but that’s not what I’m about.  I’m “Frugal Ann”, always looking for ways to play and have fun without spending a lot (or any!) dollars and cents. There’s an organization dedicated to reminding us the importance of play, and the lessons learned on the playground – Voice of Play.  And you know what’s so great about playgrounds? They’re free! That fits my summer budget perfectly. How about you?

 

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

– Plato

Badminton in the backyard!
Badminton in the backyard!
Voice of Play has compiled a list – 8 of the Most PLAYFul Trends of 2016 – which is filled with great ideas on how to play with your family.  It could be building a fort in your yard (or living room), going for a walk in your neighborhood or discovering a new park.  For us, it’s tree climbing and badminton.  (It can get intense – but still fun!)  More and more educators and parents realize that play is crucial for their kids’ — not just for fun, but because it helps them learn!

 

Katie in her favorite tree

 

I would love for you to share what activities you do with your family!  (And remember, Free is a very good price.)  I live in the Pacific NW – Portland, OR – and that gives our family access to the coast, the mountains and the stunning Columbia Gorge. All we need to do is pack a lunch, pay for gas (unavoidable!) then we’re off!  Are you in an area that’s surrounded by the glory of Mother Nature?  If so, where does your family like to go on day trips?

 

Horseshoes Kathi and Lily Rockaway Beach, OR

 

Do your family a favor and visit the website Voice of Play, and learn more about the 8 PLAYFul Trends of 2016.

 

The post is brought to you by Activate by Bloglovin and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.
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5 Easy Ways to Safeguard Kids’ Tech Devices from Predators

5 Easy Ways To Safeguard Kids' Tech Devices From Predators - Ann Again and again Reviews.com

 

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.

 

This information from SNDR.com was shared by permission.  

  

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. 

Add Vegetables To Your Meal With “Sneaky Mac And Cheese”

Add vegetables to your meal

Are vegetables a bit of a challenge for your kid(s)?  Or you?  They are good for the body and brain, you know that.  Your children have heard it many times and so have you. But, somehow, vegetables are still a challenge during meal times.  Check out the following information on the importance of vegetables in our diet along with a cool recipe – “Sneaky Mac and Cheese”.  Let me know what you think!

Not all Americans have easy access to fresh vegetables. But that shouldn’t stop them from eating these delicious offerings and getting their necessary vitamins and nutrients!  According to the 2016 “Canned Vegetable Nutrients Study” — a dietary analysis of 24,000 Americans conducted by Dr. Marjorie Freedman (of San Jose State University) in association with the CFA — canned food carries nearly identical nutrients to its fresh-cooked counterparts. They are also a cheaper and an easier way to get recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies — which can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.  

Consider this:

*  94% of American adults are not eating enough fruits and vegetables

*  Adults who eat canned produce eat 17% more vegetables and 19% more fruit than those who don’t

*  Adults who eat canned produce consume 7% more dietary fiber and 5% more potassium than those who don’t

*  Canned produce includes low-sodium options and non-GMO veggies like Del Monte Blue Lake Cut Green Beans

These nutritional benefits affect our kids, too:

*  9 in 10 kids don’t eat enough vegetables and 6 in 10 kids don’t eat enough fruit

*  Kids who eat canned produce eat 22% more vegetables and 14% more fruit than those who don’t

*  Kids who eat canned produce consumed more protein, fiber, vitamin A, calcium, and potassium (but less fat)

I’m sure your kid(s) will never believe there’s a vegetable hidden in this creamy, cheesy comfort food. Wholesome, puréed white beans and carrots contribute to the sauce’s creaminess.

 

Sneaky Mac and Cheese - Ann Again and again Reviews

Sneaky Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Ingredients

3 cups College Inn® Fat Free & Lower Sodium Chicken Broth

8 oz. dry pasta, such as whole grain elbows or rotini

1 can (14.5oz.) Del Monte® Sliced Carrots, drained

½ cup milk

1 can (15.5 oz.) white or cannellini beans, drained

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Salt and black pepper, optional

Directions

  1. Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan; add pasta and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook according to package directions, stirring frequently, except DO NOT DRAIN.
  2. Meanwhile, place carrots and milk in a blender; puree until smooth. Add beans to blender; puree until smooth, scraping down sides of blender twice. Stir pureed mixture into pasta until coated. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  3. Stir in cheese and cook until cheese is melted and season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with toppings, as desired.

Optional Toppings:

  • Crumbled cooked bacon
  • Steamed broccoli flowerets
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced green onions

VARIATION:  To make Sneaky Mac & Cheese Muffins, prepare as recipe directs, except line 18 medium muffin cups with paper or foil liners. Spoon about 1/3 cup of prepared mac and cheese into each cup and bake at 350°F until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. 

 

Let me know what you think about this recipe!  What ways do you try to incorporate more vegetables into your child’s (or heck, even your!) diet?

 

(*Disclaimer:  Shared with permission by Cody Pittman – Del Monte Publicist.)

Summer Tech Camp With iD Tech – Special $50 Off Promo Code!

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Do you have children like mine who like to play games on the computer? Maybe have ideas of their own of a “cool” game design or story board? There is a fun Summer camp being held at 80 Universities that will help them learn about computer game design, coding and how to build 3D games that will surely excite them! iD Tech Camp. Special $50 off promo code below! :->

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You have summer camp options. So, what sets iD Tech Camps apart?

At iD Tech Camps, the leader in summer technology education, students ages 7-17 build STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills, while gaining a competitive edge in a fun, summer camp environment.

Over 40 tech courses where students learn to mod and build 3D games with Minecraft, design video games, program with Scratch, code in C /Java, and more. Held at Lewis & Clark, UW, Stanford, and more than 80 prestigious university locations nationwide.

Many courses are selling out and last year more than 3,000 people were left on the waitlist. For help selecting the right course, please contact a Program Advisor at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227. You may also visit iDTech.com or email info@iDTech.com.

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Secret Millionaire's Club – "Grow Your Own Business Challenge" Contest

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Secret Millionaire's Club Contest - "Grow Your Own Business" - Ann Again and again Reviews
Do you have a child that is sparking with new ideas?  Are you hearing “Hey, you know what we should do?”  If so, get your child involved in the national online competition, the Warren Buffett Secret Millionaires Club  – “Grow Your Own Business Challenge”!

Secret Millionaire's Club Contest - "Grow Your Own Business"  - Ann Again and again Reviews

The third year of competition is underway for the Warren Buffett Secret Millionaires Club “Grow Your Own Business Challenge.”  This national online competition, open to kids 7-14, invites our future leaders to create a new business idea.  The competition, sponsored by the Fairholme Foundation to further its mission of improving financial education, launched October 22, 2013 and ends soon on January 31, 2014.

The Secret Millionaires Club is an animated TV series created by A2 Entertainment and airs on the Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, featuring the voice of Warren Buffett as a mentor to a group of kids as they learn important financial and entrepreneurial lessons.

In May 2014, five individuals and three team finalists in the competition will be flown to Omaha, NE to present their winning ideas to Mr. Buffett and a panel of VIP judges. One Grand Prize individual and members of one Grand Prize team will each be awarded $5,000. The finalists will be invited to nominate a teacher who was most inspirational in the process to join them in Omaha and win up to $1,000. For full rules and to enter please visit www.SMCkids.com. A new addition to the final event this year is the University of Miami’s Launch Pad Entrepreneur Team. The team will host a workshop at the event to offer advice and guidance to the finalists.

Last year, almost 4,000 kids from across the country entered the “Grow Your Own Business Challenge.”   Last year’s winners were Matthew Myer from Cincinnati, OH and Team Kidtrepreneur (Kennedy Sabharwal, Sawyer Beeler and Spencer Sabharwal) from Lexington, KY. Their ideas stood out because of their creativity, entrepreneurship and inventiveness.

“I am proud of the difference that Secret Millionaires Club is making in the lives of today’s youth,” says Warren Buffett, CEO Berkshire Hathaway. “The skill set that all of the children who enter the competition are learning is something that they will have and build on for the rest of their lives.”

“The Fairholme Foundation is passionate about helping young adults succeed,” says Bruce Berkowitz, trustee of the Fairholme Foundation. “This program is a great way for us to provide guidance and information to bright and ambitious students to help them on the path to success.”

The Secret Millionaires Club Learn & Earn promotion offers an educational website and on-line materials for educators, parents and volunteers to extend the valuable lessons from Mr. Buffett into the classroom, home and afterschool programs. Girls, Inc., Junior Achievement and 4H are all participating in the program this year.

The “Grow Your Own Business Challenge” is a part of the Secret Millionaires Club Learn and Earn financial literacy promotion, which is sponsored exclusively by the Fairholme Foundation and reaches over 100,000 classrooms and youth organizations with free tools and lessons for teaching good financial habits to youth.
 

In October, the Secret Millionaires Club is also launching the SMC Business in a Box, Secret Millionaires Club DVD Volume 2 and a new book, Secret Millionaires Club: Warren Buffett’s 26 Secrets to Success in the Business of Life, written by Andy and Amy Heyward.

About Fairholme Foundation
The Fairholme Foundation invests in under-valued paths to improving education. Our key: Ignore the crowd by circumventing long-standing roadblocks to progress. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization solely funded by Fairholme Capital Management and its affiliates.

  
About By Kids For Kids

By Kids for Kids® (BKFK®) is a platform that empowers youth invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. BKFK promotes youth social innovation and partners with leading corporations to inspire product development, crucial technology skills, invention, and innovation in young people from 8 to 22. BKFK provides a unique platform for young people to develop, showcase, and commercialize their products, inventions and entrepreneurship. BKFK’s “cycle of innovation” develops critical 21st Century skills in our nation’s youth. The company provides educational resources — curriculum and challenges that promote social change, product development and entrepreneurial endeavors. Learn more: www.bkfk.com.
(*Disclosure:  This information is shared by permission.)