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Protecting Your Family From Digital Dangers

*Collaborative post.

Today’s kids are growing up in a digital world. While digital technology can often have its benefits, it’s important to also be wary of the dangers it can pose to your family. Here are just some of the biggest digital dangers and how you can protect your family from them.

 

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Addiction

It’s easy to become addicted to digital technology – especially now that phones, TVs and games consoles all of internet access. Some families can spend all their time staring at screens and never really socialising with each other. This can have a major impact on family relationships as well as leading to depression and anxiety.

There are also physical health problems that can develop from spending too much time using digital technology. The idea that people get ‘square eyes’ is an old wives’ tale, however a lot of people can get eye strain and headaches from staring at a screen for too long, as well as finding it hard to get to sleep (staring at a bright screen before bed can sometimes trick our brains into thinking that it’s still daytime, preventing us from producing melatonin).

Limiting screen time is the best way to prevent addiction. If the whole family spends a lot of their time staring at screens, it could be time to introduce a screen-free hour each day. This could help to encourage time spent together as a family or time spent pursuing other interests that don’t involve digital technology.

Some kids may protest to this, in which case you may have to take measures such as turning off the wi-fi for an hour per day or even confiscating devices. Alternatively, you may be able to use parental controls on devices to put a limit on screen time. If you don’t feel such measures are needed you could simply set rewards for not spending so much time on devices.

Digital addiction is something that can often be prevented in kids by taking action early. Many of us are guilty of giving out kids a smartphone or tablet as a distraction tool, but this shouldn’t become a regular habit to the point that screens replace toys. You may also want to be careful of giving kids their own phone or tablet too early – or only letting them have these devices an hour or two a day at first.

 

Fraud and theft

Digital technology has also become a new tool for criminals. While most criminals target businesses, everyday people and homes can also get targeted. Using details acquired online, criminals can hack into accounts or even plan burglaries. Such details can often be given away by kids who are generally less wary of the consequences.

The importance of online privacy is something that should be taught to kids – especially as they start buying things online themselves or using social media. Teach kids what they should and shouldn’t share on online (i.e. no financial details or passwords) and teach them to use privacy settings. You should also encourage them to only use only trusted websites (there are security programmes that can alert you when a site is not trusted).

The likes of this Borgata online privacy guide could be worth reading if you’re not sure yourself of what measures you should be taking. Many people for instance are unaware of certain fundamentals like cookies and SSL certificates.

 

Bullying

Bullying has now also moved online and can be a big danger to kids – particularly teenagers who are old enough to use social media. Online bullying tactics can include posting horrible comments about people, sharing embarrassing photos or videos or constantly harassing people on messenger platforms.

Not all kids are victims of online bullying and it can be hard to prevent, however you may be able to warn kids about it simply by talking about it and by teaching them how to react when it starts to take place. This could include immediately telling parents or teachers about a bullying problem or blocking people on social media platforms.

The threat of online bullying can also be reduced by discouraging addiction of digital technology. It’s much easier for kids to get away from online bullying if they’re able to turn off from it, whether it be not going on social media or not using certain devices.

The likes of this Understood online bullying guide are worth reading for more strategies on how to spot online bullying and stop it. You can also find many counselling services online for kids that are being bullied online and for the parents dealing with this issue.

 

Online predators

The web has also unfortunately become a common place for sexual predators to locate and target children. If your kids are going to use digital devices without your supervision, it’s important that you warn them about predators and how to prevent contact with them.

A good lesson to teach – which applies to the real world too – is to not talk to strangers. Predators will often try to connect to children through online games and apps, so try to persuade your kids not to talk to strangers on these platforms. As for when your kids start using social media, tell them to never accept friend requests from people they don’t know. Alternatively, you could teach your kids to come to you if a stranger is sending them messages – this way you can check the messages to determine whether you think they are worthy of concern.

This Bark guide could be worth reading for more information on how to protect your kids from online predators. Parental controls on some devices may be able to help prevent contact with these individuals as well as preventing your kids from accessing graphic content.

 

 

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Where to get blog post ideas

Many people wonder how I get to write blog posts almost everyday. Apart from the fact that I love writing and it comes naturally to me. I have created a lifestyle spot here on Fashion and Style Police that allows me pretty write about anything I want. From fashion and beauty, to travel and parenting. Having a lifestyle blog gives me that creative freedom to write whatever I want t write about, and that means I have more content on the blog to publish.

Inspiration is everywhere when it comes to looking for blog post ideas. I never have to look for ideas for my blog to be honest. Ideas are everywhere. From what I observe when out and about, to the shows I watch on TV or books I get to read on my Amazon Kindle. I am never out to ideas. The way I see it is different. If you spend time living, you will never run out of ideas, but if your focus is blog post content, then you may struggle.

 

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Here are some ways you could get blog post ideas depending on your niche –

 

Review Posts

Reviewing products or services you have experienced is also a great idea. I love reading and writing product reviews. I never buy a new product or go somewhere new without first googling about reviews about the product or place. Review posts are very helpful and Google loves them. I try to publish at least 1 review post a week and I am never in search of what to review because they are right in front of me.

 

Outfit Posts

If you are into fashion and style, publishing outfit posts is a great idea. I have not published a new outfit post for ages now for many reasons. But I will be back and better in a bit so look out for some interesting content.

 

Makeup tutorial

Makeup tutorials are popular on YouTube but you can also blog about them with steps and great photography. If you are into makeup, this will be a great creative outlet for you.

 

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Parenting tips

Every parent has a story and a unique journey that many will find useful, so if you love writing and you are a parent, sharing your unique story will help many. That is the whole idea behind parent blogs and networks, but that doesn’t mean your blog has to be a parent blog for you to write about parenting. You can incorporate parenting blog posts alongside other niches like travel, health, and even fashion.

This is one area I plan to write more about in the Kids Section Category on the blog. I feel like I have so much to share and it has been a neglected category for some months now, but it will be revived soon with useful; hacks and tips.

 

General

Like I sad, you can write about pretty much what you want as along as it ties in with your message/brand. I love reading lifestyle blogs as the varied content keeps me engrossed. I get bored really quickly so a tight niche blog is my cup of tea.

 

Where do you find blog post ideas?

 

How to lose weight fast with lifestyle changes

There are many ways to lose weight fast. A quick google search will bring multiple ways on how to lose weight fast with lifestyle changes. Some of these ways may not be your cup of tea or may not work for you. If you are struggling to shed off some weight, it is wise to play around with various lifestyle changes until you find what works for you and your body best.

 

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Here are some ways you may lose weight fast with lifestyle changes –

 

Work on your diet

The first step when it comes to losing weight is to work on your diet. Watching what you eat and eating a balanced healthy diet is the fastest way to lose weight fast. Cutting back on sugars and starchy foods (carbohydrates) will help you massively. Reducing the sugary and starchy foods you eat will reduce your hunger levels which will in turn reduce your weight eventually. Also instead of burning carbohydrates for energy, your body starts to feed off stored fat.

Make sure your diet includes more protein and vegetables. Some great examples are –

Tomatoes

Cucumber

Fish

Meat

Seafood

Spinach

Broccoli

 

Working on your diet is one very important lifestyle change you should make if you want to lose weight.

 

Stay active

You need to stay active so you lose weight and to keep it off. You don’t have to go to a gym to stay active. Going for walks help. Jogging/running is a great way to spend tome outdoors and exercise at the same time. You could also join a dance club to get moving or have your own dance session at home if you prefer that. There are lots of YouTube videos available to help you on that.

Staying active is so very important. Getting out and about everyday, even if it is just for a few minutes helps your mental and physical health.

 

 

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Eat your food slowly

Believe it or not, eating your food slowly helps you lose weight. This is one tip I was pleased to discover because I eat slowly naturally. That could be one reason why I manage to keep the weight off. Eating your food slowly helps you feel full quicker which will discourage overeating.

 

Drink more water

Research has shown that drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before having a meal will increase weight loss in about 3 months. So if you are struggling with excess weight and have tried every trick in the book, you should try this one.

 

Get a good night’s sleep

Research has proved that sleeping well can help you lose weight. Poor sleep is now strongly linked to obesity so ensure you are getting the right amount of sleep. This is yet another reason to make sure you are sleeping enough. Most adults need around 7/8 hours of good sleep. Poor sleep can lead to many other health problems so getting a good night’s sleep is very important.

 

Do you have any tried and tested tips to share for anyone dealing with weight gain?

 

 

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