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Spooky Fun: No-Carve Pumpkins

Spooky Fun: No-Carve Pumpkins

Ready to decorate for Halloween? The kids will love helping with these DIY no-carve pumpkin projects that minimize mess and maximize fun! Thank you to Deborah at www.SuperMoms360.com for sharing her i . . .

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DIY Funko POP! Costume

DIY Funko POP! Costume

Looking for a creative Halloween costume to accommodate a stroller or wheelchair? Have fun designing and making a Funko POP! costume. Use everyday clothing to create a POP! character that fits your . . .

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7 Tips to Overcome Fear of the Dark

7 Tips to Overcome Fear of the Dark

Avoid ideas like "monster spray" which only affirm in a child's mind that monsters are real and need to be "sprayed away."  - Berkley James, pediatric sleep consultant  Fear of the dark i . . .

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Things to Do in Julian

Things to Do in Julian

Family Fun in Julian The beauty of historic Julian (a gold mining town just 60 miles northeast of San Diego) is that many attractions are within walking distance of each other. It’s the perfect fami . . .

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San Diego Robotics Programs for Kids

San Diego Robotics Programs for Kids

Discover STEM in Youth Robotics Many parents encourage kids to pursue STEM-related careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and youth robotics programs offer one such option. Along with l . . .

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Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Art with Alyssa: Skull Craft for Dia de los Muertos

Create a beautiful calavera (skull, in English) to celebrate Mexico’s Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Traditionally, skulls are created out of sugar or clay, elaborately decorated and place . . .

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Top Five Websites You’ve Never Heard Of That Your Kids Are On

Websites your kids are on that you may not knowOnline harassment via social networks, video sharing sites and forums has become a real concern. It’s important to be aware of the latest Internet trends among teens because this is the world in which kids live and interact. Some of the most popular sites can be potentially dangerous to children and teenagers. Parents should do their best to create an open dialogue with their child about Internet safety, and add these sites to their watch lists. SafetyWeb.com has compiled this list of the top five sites your kids may be visiting:
 
Formspring
This is a social networking site in which users can anonymously post comments about other people. In essence, it is an open invitation for insults and gossip. Formspring is a breeding ground for cyberbullying and has been linked to a case on Long Island where 17-year-old Alexis Pilkington committed suicide. Due to the site’s anonymity, it can be particularly cruel and fall below parental radar.

Chat Roulette
This is a social networking site in which users are randomly matched with strangers around the world to engage in webcam-based conversations. According to a March 2010 survey conducted by RJMetrics, 13 percent of its users are either nude or appear to be engaging in a lewd act. Celebrities like Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have all admitted publicly that they’ve tried site. Parents should be aware of a similar, popular site called Omegle.

Stickam
Stickam is a site that features live-streaming video, audio, images and video chat. With over 4 million members and content from networks like MTV, G4 and CBS, the site seems to be reputable, however, kids can easily access inappropriate content and sexual predators are abound. In October of 2009, The New York Times reported 3 predator arrests linked to the site.

4chan
4chan is a digital bulletin board in which users can anonymously post comments and share images. The site made headlines in 2008 when one of its members allegedly hacked into then-Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s email account. 4chan’s members also organized an “attack” against YouTube by posting hundreds of sexually explicit videos within a short period of time. Along with teen gossip site StickyDrama, 4chan is also credited with the recent popularity of Jessi Slaughter, the 11 year old girl who endured extreme forms of cyberbullying after posting a slew of emotional YouTube videos.

Foursquare
This is a location-based game in which users identify where they’re located in return for virtual badges like “Mayor” and “Super Mayor.” Foursquare (and a similar site called Gowalla) are apps that are primarily accessed via cell phones. They can be addictive and dangerous, since your kids could be revealing their physical locations to strangers. If your child is on a family phone plan, you can set up restrictions to disable their cell phones from downloading any apps like this one.

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Diana Dozier is a freelance writer.

 

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