Guest Blogger: Cute Geek – How to overcome internet dangers for teens

How to overcome internet dangers for teens

How to overcome internet dangers for teens

Nothing has ever gathered press, education and entertainment better than the Internet. It is essential for our children to use the advanced technology, but it is also important to remember the possible online dangers the World Wide Web has to present for our kids.

According to the latest research, modern kids age 7-17 spend around 4 hours a day online with 80% of this time via smartphones. The extreme popularity of mobile use led to appearance of parental controls. Parents have mixed opinions about such technologies, while there are those who think that it is tortuous to monitor their children, others say that they can trust their children but they cannot trust all the Internet users. So, you can make up your mind, we created a list of possible online dangers and ways to overcome them with and without parental controls.

Cyberbullying. Online bullying is the same as traditional bullying but conversely to traditional tit doesn’t stop in high school. Children are being bullied in social media, IM chats like Viber and WhatsApp and with a help of simple texting. It wouldn’t be such a big deal if it didn’t affect kids to the fullest. The cases of teen cyberbullying have lead to serious psychological problems, social isolation and in case with Cora Delille – committing suicide.

Online predators. No one can deny the progressing problem of hidden online predators. The internet is a perfect platform to meet new people or even fall in love, but there are those who will do all it takes to manipulate your child into misgiving online relationship and sometimes even convince to meet offline. Just think about it: 83 % of child victims willingly meet their offenders in a real life.

Sexting. You can say that there is nothing wrong with sexting. “Teens should be teens” and their interest in an opposite sex is logical and understandable. Unfortunately, it goes beyond endurance of flirting in texting. Kids age 10-17 are exchanging partially nude/nude pictures and videos, with 70% of the pictures appearing on the Internet pages after they break up. Nearly 1 in 5 kids who receive sexually explicit images and videos share it with someone else.

  • As a parent you have two options: you can talk to your child, ask what he/she knows about online dangers. This will help you understand which side your child is on and what are the problems you will have to deal with.
  • The second option is to download parental controls on your child’s phone to monitor online activity remotely. You can view all SMS, call logs, videos and photos downloaded, track real-time GPS location of your child and block 18+ content.
  • The third option is to use a celebrity card. Kids are always following their idols, luckily, there are many teen celebrities like Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and others who stand against cyberbullying and other cyber dangers. Showing their example can help your children overcome online problems like online bullying, sexting and many more.

At the end of the day, it is up to you how to react to cyber dangers the only thing you cannot do is ignore it.

Cute Geek is an author of”How to overcome internet dangers for teens”. She takes an active part in anti-bullying campaign and is currently working as a contributor to http://pumpic.com/android-parental-monitoring.html

Craftsy

Guest Blogger: Reema – What to Do When You End Up Picking the Wrong Paint Color

What to Do When You End Up Picking the Wrong Paint Color

What to Do When You End Up Picking the Wrong Paint Color

So you have recently redesigned your home or you have just bought a new one and had the walls painted professionally. The only problem is that the color ended up a shade lighter, heavier, darker, or brighter than you expected. In this article, we will share four tips on how to correct this and help correct the situation before it is too late.

1. Return it to the store or have it exchanged.

Painting is just like baking as it involves a lot of mixing. However, when you are painting with only a single color, the best way to do is to test it in a small patch. When you realize that the paint color is not right, you can easily take it back to the store where you bought the paint and ask if they can offer an exchange. In some cases, they can provide some aid to add tint and alter the color to reach your desired shade.

2. Consider adding other paint colors.

If the store management does not allow returns or exchanges, the next advisable move is to add white paint to lighten or black paint to darken the existing color. Sometimes, it’s not only black and white paint that can rectify the problem. Adding a different hue of the same color can also do the trick. If the paint color ended up being too bright of an orange, you can add a color that is closer to brown to deepen.

3. Change the room lighting.

The worst thing that can happen is realizing the wrong paint color only after the entire walls of the room are completely painted—and you have budget constraints. Repainting the room is not an option, but you can instead change the room lighting to adjust the color effect. Paint colors may look different depending on how light bounces against the wall.

You can install dimmer switches to your lights to tone down the brightness of the paint color. On the other hand, adding brighter light fixtures either on the side tables or hanging down from the ceiling will make the room become instantly brighter when the paint looked too dark.

In addition, it is important to note that the entrance of light through the windows of rooms differ in sizes. Big windows will reflect more light, while small ones will tend to pop out less sunshine. You may want to take a look in this perspective as well visiting homes for ready occupancy such as those condominiums for sale along EDSA.

4. Think of accessories.

When you don’t have the option to repaint the walls, room accessories can also help to make the paint color look brighter or darker as you desire. For instance, you can choose to add cushions, rugs and throw pillows that complement the room color to create more visual interest. To make sure that you get the right shade of the accessories this time, apply the same paint color on a small piece of cardboard and take it to the shops with you. You can also bring a sample of the fabric. Then, check if the items will match whether put indoor or outdoor and see the effect that natural lighting does before purchasing.

Conclusion

There are times that even careful planning produces an unexpected result. Discovering that the perfect paint color you have picked out in the hardware or paint store did not turn out the way you wanted is sad news. But there is not much to worry. When you are armed with creative troubleshooting techniques, you can overcome color mishaps and treat the paint color problem.

Author Bio:
Yyanna Reema Marquez is a student- writer based in Manila, Philippines. She is a student of Interior Design and love to explore places that offers extraordinary experience. Connect with her on Twitter

Craftsy

White Chicken Chili Recipe

White Chicken Chili Recipe

White Chicken Chili Recipe

I love most soups, unless they have mushrooms or beans in them, and that pretty much cancels out traditional chili’s. However, this chili recipe solves everything! :) Even when removing the beans, this is still a hearty dish. The leftovers are very good, but it does get thicker the second time around. A solution? Put it over pasta. :) ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 c diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 c whole milk
  • 7 oz diced green chilies
  • 11 oz tomatillos, diced
  • 2 c cooked chicken
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 c chicken broth
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Add oil to a large stockpot over medium-high heat; saute onions until translucent (about 7 minutes).
  • Stir in garlic and butter; when the butter is melted, whisk in flour.
  • Cook for three minutes, then whisk in milk until smooth.
  • When no lumps remain add in chilies, tomatillos, chicken, cumin, and cayenne.
  • Stir to combine and allow to cook for 1 minute; then add in chicken broth.
  • Add salt to taste and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes or until broth thickens and becomes thick and gravy-like in consistency.
  • Top with your favorite chili toppings (cheese, sour cream, and chopped green onion).

source: http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/01/11/white-chicken-chili-perfect-snow-day-meal/

Craftsy

Save on Cleaning Costs with These 4 Great Tips

Save on Cleaning Costs with These 4 Great Tips

Save on Cleaning Costs with These 4 Great Tips

Everyone dreams of owning a clean home. And why not? We spend so much time indoors and if we want to be safe and healthy, having a clean home is an absolute must.

If you dream of having a clean home but are unable to realize your dream because you’re unable to bear the cleaning costs, you’ve come to the right place! Having a clean home doesn’t require you to spend all your life savings; you can be the proud owner of a clean and healthy home by doing a few things right.

Listed here are some great tips to help you save on cleaning costs.

Plan before Spending

If you buy cleaning supplies without budgeting, you’re sure to buy things that you don’t need. Track how much money you’ve spent on cleaning supplies over the past few months. Ask yourself if you really needed all that stuff. Consider how much money you can spend each month on cleaning supplies and see what items you can do without purchasing.

Spend Wisely

You don’t need to buy everything you think you need. For example if you think you need to buy a steam cleaner, you don’t have to go out and purchase one! See if you can borrow a steam cleaner from a loved one or a neighbor. You might also be able to rent one! If none of that is possible, you may want to jointly purchase a steam cleaner with someone else who does.

In addition to this, try to re-use and recycle items. Use old newspapers to wipe down windows and mirrors, cotton rags and cloths instead of paper towels, old toothbrushes in place of grout-cleaning brushes, etc.

When it comes to buying cleaning solutions, don’t always fall for brands. Try purchasing store-brands; you will notice that they work just as well as the big brands. So you get the work done without spending a fortune!

Further, use coupons to your advantage so you can get items at a discounted price. Sign up for newsletters or check out the Sunday newspaper for deals. Do take a look at manufacturer websites for printable coupons. Also try out free samples of cleaning products or cleaning services to cut down costs. Note that you can get great deals at discount warehouses and dollar stores.

When it comes to buying upholstered furniture, upholstery fabrics, or clothes, invest in quality stuff. It will be expensive, but you’ll benefit in the long run. Most importantly, buy fabrics that can be easily cared for. Buying items that need special care will mean buying expensive cleaning products and spending money for upkeep.

Make Your Own Cleaners

Making your own cleaning solutions is very simple. What’s more, home-made cleaners are just as effective as the store-bought ones and cost a lot less! You only need to stock up on some basic supplies like lemon juice, white vinegar, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, ammonia, and washing soap to make your own cleaners.

  • A mixture of equal parts of water and vinegar is all you need to get rid of dirt, hard water deposits, and soap scum. You can also use this solution to clean your hardwood flooring.
  • Vinegar is also a natural deodorizer and will eliminate bad odors instead of simply masking them like store-bought air fresheners. Add your favorite essential oil to the mixture if you want your house to smell fragrant.
  • Fill the vinegar and water mixture in a spray bottle and use it to wipe down countertops, backsplash areas, and the cooking range. You can also spray the mixture on a soft cloth and wipe down the insides of your microwave. For tough stains, fill a shallow bowl with this mixture and microwave on high for a minute. The vapors will make cleaning away the stains easier.
  • Lemon juice or undiluted vinegar can be used on tough stains. The latter can clean showerheads clogged with mineral deposits and can soften clothes by eliminating detergent residue. Undiluted vinegar can also be used to get rid of toilet bowl stains.
  • Baking soda can remove stains and grime just as well as vinegar. Further, it has natural deodorizing properties and a mild abrasive action to make your scouring job easier.
  • Rubbing alcohol can be used on mirrors, windows, chrome fixtures, and hard-surface ceramic tiles instead of commercial glass and window cleaners.
  • Ammonia can be used on tough stains that don’t budge even after using undiluted vinegar. You can use it to wipe down windows too.

Change Some Habits

Yes, you can save on cleaning-related expenses if you change some habits! For example, if you think maintaining your carpet is getting expensive, implement a ‘no shoe’ rule in your house. Remove your shoes outside the house and have all the people in your house follow the rule. Do set up a sign at the entrance for guests.

Additionally, aim to clean up stains and messes immediately. Carpet or upholstery stains can be easily dealt with using simple home-made cleaning solutions if you act fast. Allowing the stains to sit might require you to use expensive solutions and also put in more effort to get the carpet or fabric look spotless.

Maintaining your home by setting up a cleaning schedule will surely help you save money in the long run!

Conclusion

No longer do you have to worry about spending on cleaning! With the tips given here, you’ll be able to keep your home clean and healthy without spending excessively.

Craftsy

Contributor: Brooke – Cute Earrings for Mother’s Day

Cute Earrings for Mother’s Day

It is always so much fun to come Join Jess as a guest contributor.
I am coming over from Artistic Endeavors 101.
Today I wanted to share another quick pair of earrings.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner.
You could make enough pairs for all the special mother figures and grandmothers in your life in an evening.

Cute Earrings for Mother's Day

Pick up some Sculpey polymer clay in any colors you like.

Cute Earrings for Mother's Day

You will also need:

  • A toaster oven used for clay only
  • A can or cylinder to roll out the clay
  • Piece of plastic or Plexiglas devoted to clay to roll the clay onto
  • Clay butterfly shape cutter (you can use a cookie cutter or a special butterfly cutter tool)
  • You can also find cutter shapes in the cake decorating aisle of your favorite craft store.
  • jump rings
  • Earring wires
  • Stampers of your choice
  • StazOn ink pad in Jet Black
  • toothpick

Cute Earrings for Mother's Day

Condition your clay.
Do this by breaking off a small piece and squeeze and roll it in your hands until it becomes soft and pliable.
Roll the clay out to an even thickness that you like.
Use your cutter shape to cut out 2 butterfly shapes.
If they do not cut cleanly, you can use the toothpick while it is still on your piece of Plexiglas to clean up the edges.
You can either ink your stamper or just press it a little harder in the clay to make an impression without ink.
Poke a hole into each flower for the jump ring.

Cute Earrings for Mother's Day

Follow manufacturer’s directions for baking in the toaster oven.

Cute Earrings for Mother's Day

Once the pieces are cool, add jump rings and earring wires.
Viola!
An easy pair of earrings….
In an evening, you could make enough for every special woman you know.
Wouldn’t each of them be thrilled to receive a handmade gift created just for her?

Cute Earrings for Mother's Day

For easy clean up, wipe hands with baby wipes before washing them.
I hope you give them a try.
Head over to www.artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com for more great tutorials.

Craftsy