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July 2017

Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages

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Summertime is here- which means it’s time to fill the freezer with Popsicle and the backyard pool with water! Looking for ways to keep your children entertained and cooled off both inside and out? Check out these fun indoor and outdoor activities guaranteed to be a hit.

Way too hot outside? Try these activities to ensure your kids remain cool while enjoying their summer.

Make your Own Marshmallow Shooters

This DIY marshmallow shooter is fun for kids of all ages. It’s super easy to make and will keep your kids entertained for hours.

Pipe Cleaner Animals

This is a simple and affordable craft for you and your children to do together. Follow the only instructions to learn how to make 10 different animals, or let your child be creative and come up with their own imaginary animals.

Mason Jar Aquariums

It’s time to bring the ocean indoors with these adorable mini aquariums. You can make these look realistic by adding plants, rocks, and of course, your child’s favorite sea creatures. Just top it off with some blue water and voilà!

Time for some fun in the sun? Try these outdoor activities to keep your kids cooled off and entertained.

Painting with Ice

This activity is perfect for kids to show their artistic side. All you need is food coloring, Popsicle sticks, and some paper.

DIY Sponge Balls

There are a ton of water activities for the summertime, but this one is perfect if you don’t have water toys on hand. Your children will love throwing these around at each other. Try getting a poster board and adding some washable paint to the sponge – they will be able to create a fun splatter design!

DIY Kid Car Wash

Are your child’s outdoor toys a little dirty? We have the perfect solution – a DIY car wash! This is very simple to make and offers another use for the sponge balls from the previous activity.

How to Protect your Children’s Pictures Online

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how-to-protect-your-childrens-pictures-onlineHaving small children means having a world full of firsts– everything from the first day of school to losing their first tooth, sharing your child’s experiences online has become the norm. Because social media is such a huge part of today’s culture, it is hard to imagine not sharing all of your adorable photography memories with friends and family. But it is important to stay up-to-date on the latest technology updates to ensure that your child’s memories stay safe.

Check Your Privacy Settings

Start by examining the privacy settings on your social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Each platform offers their own customizable privacy settings, so get to know your account and understand what your current settings mean. For instance, make sure that your privacy settings on Facebook are set to only share with your friends. This means that only those you request or accept, can see your child’s smiling face. You can even create customizable lists for your albums on Facebook so that you can pick among your “friends” who can view your album.

Oversharing

Too much of a good thing, can be a bad thing. This is true with uploading pictures to social media as well. Constantly uploading pictures, can accidentally reveal a little too much information about your children’s lives. As tempting as it may be now, avoid posting embarrassing pictures of your children on the internet because those images could hang around online for the next 20 years.

Turn Off Your Location Services

When posting your child’s portraits to social media from your phone, make sure that you disable your devices’ location services. When your location services are turned on, your device shares your location along with your photos, making your location public.

If publicizing your location is a concern for you, make sure that you also avoid uploading images of your child with a geo-tag or landmark. This will help you avoid sharing your child’s whereabouts.

Keep Others in Mind

Be conscious of others in your photos. Online privacy is important and keeping children’s images safe is a concern for most parents. So, before posting images of your child and their friends, make sure that you have consent from other parents.

As a parent, it can be easy to fall victim to oversharing. So keep these tips in mind when posting pictures of children online and stay in control of the images and information that you disclose on the internet.