Saturday, August 20, 2016

#SPONSORED: Online Safety Tips For Transitioning From Summer To The New School Year

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program, I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular Customer for 15+ years.



OK~ A new school year is upon us and families are scrambling as to how they will keep their kiddos safe online. The simplest solution that I can suggest is the Parent/Child Agreement that U.S. Cellular offers. The learning experience for students is evolving as more schools are opting for electronic textbooks and adopting technology like tablets and smartphones as learning tools. There’s an uptick in inquiries about data usage, family plans and new devices at this time of year as students prepare to enter classes where they can bring their own device or use tablets rather than books. Your local U.S. Cellular store associates can offer solutions that will work best for your and your family.

In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, respondents said the average age of children getting their own cellphone from a parent is 11, whereas five years ago this age was 14. That same survey showed that safety was the primary reason. The appropriate time varies from family to family, and parents can be challenged with how best to introduce their child to their first phone. Again, most importantly, have the conversation with your kids. Being safe and smart online do go hand in hand.
Most importantly, make sure you take the time to set up your child’s phone to ensure they only have access to phone features and apps that are appropriate for their age. There are apps available that help parents monitor their child’s mobile web usage and allow parents to block certain websites and restrict the downloading of applications. The good news is that 72 percent of parents surveyed do have rules about their kids’ cellphone use. This is a HUGE step in the right direction!

Do you have a teen driver in the house? U.S. Cellular’s Vehicle Monitoring System is a device that can be installed in your teen’s car. Parents can use the app on their 4G LTE iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S7 or any tablet, to check a vehicle’s location on a map, as well as decipher engine codes to be aware of any mechanical issues. You’ll know where your teenager is at any time of day, and whether the car needs servicing like an oil change.

Several changes are happening in class rooms across the country as well.Tablets are being used in the classroom in a variety of ways. Access to e-books, learning apps, online educational videos and the Internet can all enhance the learning experience. With reliable mobile access to the Internet on a high-speed network through U.S. Cellular, teachers and students can effectively harness the full capability of this technology…in the classroom, at home, on the bus, between practices or anywhere.

All of this technology continues to move fast, but it's an exciting time to be a student, as there are so many fun ways that kids can learn. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one tool to help your student stay up to date with classroom activities and more. I know that when I was in school, many years ago, it was a great feeling to have a brand new text book in hand. Today, it's all about the technology and the tablets in hand.

Be safe and smart online and offline during the 2016-17 school year. You and your family can have an amazing year of learning, building friendships and exploring new opportunities unlike ever before. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I Worked In The 80's And I Survived


OK~ Just a couple days ago I observed a discussion blow up on social media. It's no secret that there is a shortage of employees in our workforce today Here in North Iowa we have signs up all over that state, "Help Wanted." It appears that our area of the country is not alone. One restaurant in the Twin Cities is now closed two days a week, due to lack of employees. How did we get to this point?

Problem #1: Now, in regards to this restaurant being closed someone chimed in with, "What can they expect? They want these teens to work nights and weekend?" I wanted to scream at the person making this comment. By the time I was in high school, in the 1980's; I was walking beans in the summertime, working on 4-H projects, getting animals ready to show at the fair, and working a part time job in a local business, which did include evenings and weekends all year long. When are our teens of today supposed to work if they don't work nights and weekends?

For whatever reason teens are now led to believe that it's the "misfits" that are working. Don't even get me going on the labeling thing. When teens have a job, they not only learn financial responsibility but they also learn how to work with others.



I worked in the 80's and I survived! I not only worked nights and weekends, I quite often ended the school day and drove directly to my part time job. School got out at 3:30 and I was at work by 3:45 p.m.. Our local mall closed at 9, so I was home by 9:30 p.m.. When I had an extra-curricular activity going on, my employer honored those activities and gave me the time off. Later on, I would end up managing a store and let me tell you this- The busiest teens were my BEST employees! And in my adult life, I also see this. If I want something done, I call up the busiest person I know. The benefit of working, is showing our kids that busy is ok, as this is teaching them how to balance life. As a busy adult, I know this to be true.

So, why are we making excuses for everything today, and I mean everything? If there's one big change I've noticed at our local grocery store, it's the fact that there are fewer teens working, as there are several folks of retired age greeting me. Many of these adults are working a second job, which got me thinking... Some of these adults also have teens that do not have a job, let alone, have a desire to find a job. I wonder how those teens will function once the real world hits?

There are teens working today, but in the grand scheme of things, a LOT of them are not being encouraged to. I know the 80's were a long time ago, but what changed? We still have bills to pay, clothes to buy, school supplies to purchase, and general living expenses. The last I checked, money did not fall off trees.

I'd love to hear your take on this...... Enlighten me as to why parents would not encourage their teens to work on the weekends and evenings. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?



Friday, August 12, 2016

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Tips For Managing Social Media and Smart Phones With Your Family In The New School Year

OK~ With a new school year upon us, I thought I'd share my top tips to help you and your family handle some of the technology issues that will be tossed your way during the new school year. Have open conversations with your kids and read this parent/child agreement with your kids, this will open the communication lines. With schools using social media to send out more information, you will want to pay attention to social media. Here you will find timely information, as well as tips to help your kids get the most out of the school year.



FOLDER WITH ALL PASSWORDS

Have a folder that has all the passwords to all of the social media accounts in your household. Yes, this may be a big file, but it's better to be safe than sorry. I have personally seen way too many Facebook accounts where parents have given their tweens free range and found conversations through private messages that were not good. Be a smart parent and know who your kids are chatting with online. You can be "that" parent! This, in my opinion, is not helicopter parenting, it's being smart.

BASKET FOR PHONES IN THE KITCHEN

Set a time, each evening, where all cell phones head to a basket that includes a charging station. Start this from day 1, as in the day you hand your child a cell phone to use. If kids don't know any different, they will place their phones here nightly. This will give them a full charge for the following day and you can be assured that they will be able to call you after school for a ride home.



DO NOT TEXT YOUR KIDS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

I cannot tell you how many times I have had conversations with educators, in regards to parents and texting. Kids have no reason to be texting throughout the school day. If parents need to message their kids, in regards to transportation after or before school, wait until the end of the school day or call the office at the school. There are staff at schools that are able to manage calls and transportation issues from parents. Better yet, discuss your child's after school transportation needs before the school day is underway.

Smart phones are a great educational tool. If your kids' teachers have assignments and projects that involve using smart phones, be sure you understand the assignment. There are several fun, educational apps and experiences for you and your family to use. Be smart and use your cell phones wisely and you will have a great year!

Do you and your family have rules that you follow when it comes to the use of smart phones in your home? If so... I'd love to hear what you are doing to encourage online safety. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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