Lets admit it, we all love technology. Most of us look forward to the latest and greatest phone, app, or computer model. We spend so much of our time online socializing and shopping, learning and creating.
Technology’s not only fun to play with but it also helps us learn in so many ways.
Communication skills- we are able to communicate in ways like never before. Messages that took weeks/months to cross the planet now take seconds.
Collaboration- Its incredibly simple now to be able to work on ideas and projects with others using technology. Sharing and growing ideas to achieve a greater end result can be done with so much more ease.
Social Interaction- Our social lives have boomed since technology has taken an explosive step into our daily lives. Staying connected to the ones we care most about is accessible and nearly effortless.
Technical Skills- With laptops, smart phones, and tablets, learning how to use devices has never been more simple. Kids can navigate with ease and older generations are catching the tech bug in earnest.
Identity- Having an online identity has never been more important. People are connecting for employment, relationships, and socially on a daily basis!
Its such a great time to be a techie!
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4 comments August 11, 2014
Kids Email has been asked to participate in a back to school series. Check out the 45 Days of Back to School Ideas here or at the end of this post.
This blog post is coming from a very personal place today, and any suggestions or opinions in this post are what works best for me as a parent and also what’s worked best for my anxiety prone daughter. Maybe this post will give other parents some insights or ideas on how to treat and help their own child who suffers from anxiety- but mostly anxiety caused by back-to-school time.
Most kids go through times when anxiety is higher than normal. Academic tests or a big game or a performance can set anyone off into a panic ridden frenzy. This is normal. Stress and anxiety are part of development and adult life. Most kids will develop and grow out of their triggers, while some kids display a higher level of anxiety and need a little extra guidance to learn coping strategies.
My daughter has suffered from anxiety ever since she was a baby. We realized her anxiety was getting serious when she’d have night terrors and she wasn’t able to handle small changes in her day; staying up later, small changes in meal times, or maybe a random event. She’s a highly sensitive little girl and has a very difficult time adjusting to change at all, but especially changes in her schedule. While she has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, we treat it as best we can. Trying to stay ahead of her triggers and helping her manage her stress has been a real trial and error. My daughter’s anxiety may be worse than most kids but how we manage it can be done with any level of anxiety.
When back-to-school comes around getting back to a tight schedule takes time. I run a strict schedule during the school year and I’ve noticed my daughter responds well to it. She knows what to expect, when to expect, and where to expect most everything throughout her day, leaving little if any questions. But my daughter does have triggers (things that can set off her anxiety) that sometimes a tight schedule can’t always help with.
Learning what a triggers your child is critical. These triggers may not always be avoided, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t through years of trial and error. My daughter’s triggers have changed as she gets older, so we are constantly adjusting and trying out different techniques. Hey, some things work and some don’t. If it works for me it may not work for you. The most important thing is learning how to work through the anxiety and possibly overcoming the trigger.
A huge trigger we’ve yet to defeat is back-to-school. Here are some things that work for my daughter when she heads out on the morning bus.
1. Missing her loved ones is a trigger for my little girl. Because of this I give her a picture of myself or of the family that she’s able keep in her pocket or in her backpack. When she feels anxious she’s able to look at the picture and see the people who love her the most. This tangible piece of her family has been one of the biggest helps in her anxiety. By the end of the year the picture is usually tattered and torn, but I know it was well worth it.
2. When she leaves for the day I usually say something like “See you soon,” or “I’ll see you in a few hours,” or ” See you in a bit.” I’ve learned that long amounts of time away from home are a trigger for her anxiety, but when I refer to the school day as a shorter period it seems to ease her mind.
3. I try (but its not always perfect) to have an easy morning before she gets on the bus. I have 3 daughters that share a bathroom and sometimes the mornings can get quite hairy- literally. Making the mornings run calm and smooth help not only my anxious daughter, but all the other kids as well. Having breakfast ready, making the kids choose their clothes the night before, making sure backpacks are ready to go the night before, and sticking with a definite schedule makes a huge difference in easing any possible triggers.
4. I always feed my kids breakfast in the morning- and I try to make it as healthy as I can. Having low blood sugar for my daughter can trigger her anxiety. Simple things like toast and eggs, or a ham and egg sandwich keeps her tummy full until lunch time. Protein is key here.
5. I always inform my daughters’ teacher and principal that she is prone to anxiety. I let them know her symptoms (the biggest being an upset stomach) and ask them to let her call me if she’s having a difficult time. I’ve yet to run across any teacher who has been unwilling to help out.
6. My husband and I tell her we love her constantly, give her hugs, and reassure her no matter how often she needs the comfort.
7. My daughter does yoga. This helps her to stay focused on her body for the length of the video, strengthens her balance, and demonstrates calm breathing. THIS HAS HELPED HER SO MUCH. I searched “kids yoga” on youtube and she’s found a couple of series she loves.
8. Sleep, sleep, sleep. Being overly tired is a trigger for my daughter which can make for a very difficult day.
Some days are hectic. Some days are easy. Some days I literally want to give up and never leave my bed. Dealing with an anxious child can bring out feelings I never expected as a parent. Triggers will always be there and while we can’t avoid them all of the time, learning how to cope and see through the anxiety can bring my child strength in herself.
Back -to-school is such a fun time. Hopefully with these easy techniques you can find what works for your child and make the transition from summer to fall a positive and calm one.
Add comment August 8, 2014
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Its so easy to stay connect to loved ones now. We have access to Skype, texting, and social media to keep our family and friends up to date with our crazy lives. Its important to stay in touch with all of our loved ones- and its very crucial to keep our older generations informed of the ever changing technology game.
Make it a goal to educate grandparents and even great grandparents with technology. While it may take some patience, with a few easy steps everyone can be texting and using Skype with ease.
1. Go through the bare bones of the device. Whether its a smart phone or a tablet, make sure the grandparent knows how to turn it on and off, work the volume, and charge it.
2. Make sure they know how to use the app store and manage their apps.
3. While walking them through everything, have them be the ones manipulating the device.
4. Teach them how to use a search engine- and let them know how to be effective on the search engine.
5. Install some games. Teach them how to play-and this is very great for mental health too.
6. Teach them how to use Skype.
7. Make sure they know you will answer any problems or questions they have.
For the simplest device, choose a tablet/smart phone or a laptop with a touch screen. The great thing with the smart phone is its portable, and with loads of apps the smart phone may be the most practical.
With these tips, make sure the grandparent is set up with two valuable items- WiFi and Skype. Reassure them that you are willing to help out with any questions and let the connecting begin!
Add comment August 4, 2014
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Add comment July 31, 2014
Apps are great way to communicate and socialize. With the boom of social media and smart devices, apps have evolved to meet our demanding needs. But in the wrong hands and used in the wrong ways, apps can be an easy way for predators to contact kids.
Smart phones can give kids a false sense of safety when it comes to anonymity. More and more kids are feeling comfortable giving out personal information, giving predators even more access to our children.
Parents need to stay informed and educated in the ever changing app world. Below is a small list of potentially dangerous apps that ever parent should be aware of.
Yik Yak- post anonymously with locals, up to 500 can view. GPS is used and sexually explicit content, vulgar language, and personal attacks are common.
Poof- an app that allows kids to hide an app or apps with a single touch.
SnapChat- allows photos to be seen for 10 seconds then they disappear- but the user can take a screen shot so any photo can and does live forever.
Down- an app that allows the user to categorize their Facebook in terms of “hang out” with or “down to hook up” with.
Whisper- allows to post anonymously and share secrets to locals using the same app, searching for others as close as 1 mile.
Omegle - a video chat that the user doesn’t register for. You are only known as “you” and “stranger” and matches the user to others through common Facebook likes.
Kik Messenger- users can send private messages that parents can’t see. Identifying other users is nearly impossible.
Its a parents responsibility to make sure the apps downloaded on our devices are safe for children. Every brand of phone has settings and locking abilities where you can block certain apps or create a short password in order to download an app. Make sure these safeguards are in place. Apps can be a fun way to socialize so lets make sure our kids are safe and secure in the ones we allow them to use.
2 comments July 28, 2014
Have you ever read a text or an online post and wondered “What does that mean?”
We’re talking about acronyms. They’re EVERYWHERE! And seriously… what do they mean?
Here is a very short list, of a very long list, of techie acronyms. Quiz yourself without cheating and see how you do!
Add comment July 21, 2014