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Five Indicators Your Child Is Being Bullied Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Just as an animal is protective of his young so are parents equally protective of their children. However, parents are not able to supervise their children every minute of the day. There are many things that can happen to your child while he or she is out of your sight. Bullying is one of the things that may occur and your child may be scared to let you this is happening. This usually occurs when your child has been intimidated into silence. Knowing this, we have prepared this article to help you identify the 5 indicators your child is being bullied. This will help you to handle your child’s self-imposed silence and decisively address the problem.

1. Unexplainable fear of going to school
A child who is being bullied may be afraid of going to school because he wants to avoid the trauma that will be experienced at the hand of a bully or several bullies. Your child may express a reluctance to participate in extracurricular activities available at his school. He or she may claim a disinterest in becoming involved and prefers to get home immediately after school.

2. Unexplained cuts and bruises
A child who is being bullied may return home with frequent cuts and bruises which cannot be explained. On the other hand, the explanation provided for the cuts may not seem logical and the story may have several gaps. Frequent cuts and scratches is an indicator that something is wrong and should be investigated with the school’s administration.

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3. Unkempt appearance and missing school items
A child who arrives home with torn clothing or missing belongings may be suffering the effects of bullying. Bullies tend to physically harass their victims and forcefully take away items which belong to the victim. This is a way to reinforce the victim’s helplessness and cause the child to be in a constant state of fear.

4. Nightmares or sleeping problems
The trauma that a child experiences when he or she is being bullied may manifest itself in irregular sleep patterns and even nightmares. Some children may be so affected that they start to wet their beds during sleep. While the child is sleeping, he may be reliving the bullying experience and become even more disturbed.

5. Developing strange habits
Since the child who is being bullied wants to avoid confrontation, he or she may seem hesitant or afraid to walk to and from school and take longer routes to get from home to school. Additionally, he or she may not want to take the school bus and find every excuse to use another form of transportation.

Bullying is real and its effects can be detrimental to your child’s physical and mental well-being. Therefore, knowing the signs of bullying is critical for every parent. The 5 indicators your child is being
bullied should help to open your eyes to this challenge of childhood. There are other indicators but the 5 indicators your child is being bullied found in this article will help you on your way to further research.

Five Ways To Keep Your Child Safe Online Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Parenting can be challenging in this technological age. With the introduction of the Internet, people and knowledge have become far more accessible. The world has become much smaller and people are able to communicate with each other across many miles. With this being the case, you will want to take steps to protect your child from getting hurt in cyberspace. This article contains 5 ways to keep your child safe online.

1. Place the computer in a central location in the house
By doing this, you can randomly scrutinize what you child is doing while he is ‘surfing the net’. A child is less likely to visit certain sites when there is constant traffic moving in and out of the room. Periodically, you can glance on the screen or stop to ask your child questions about the site he is visiting. The danger lies in placing computers in their rooms where they can visit any site at will without supervision.

2. Periodically check the browser history
The browser history contains all the sites your child has visited. Therefore, you are able to know if your child has been visiting any undesirable sites by checking the browser. If you realize that information has been deleted from the browser history then this may be an indication that your child has been visiting sites that he does not want you to know about. This is a good time to speak with your child heart to heart.

3. Install Software
There are programs available which can regulate the length of time your child spends on the Internet and when and where they can visit. There are other programs which can block sites and disable pop ups designed to direct people to certain sites. Purchasing software that can remove cookies which have attached themselves to your hard drive is also a good idea.

4. Monitor chat room and social networking activities
It is important for you to know who your child is interacting with when he or she is in a chat room. You can do this by keeping an eye on the line image 46 Five Ways To Keep Your Child Safe Onlineof conversation. If your child wants to use social networking sites, you can use it as an opportunity to help him or her create the social network page. In this way, you will access to your child’s log in information and can monitor their activity.

5. Talk to your child about the dangers of Internet use
While you may try to protect the child at home, it is highly possible that he or she may opt to use computers elsewhere. Therefore, it is vital to speak frankly with your child about responsible Internet use. You will need to reiterate the importance of privacy (not giving out personal details) and adding only friends they know to their social network page. Above all, they should not respond to requests from strangers.

Keeping your child safe is one of the top priorities of parenting. With the advancement of technology, children have become at risk while on the Internet. Therefore, parents will have to become proactive in protecting their children from undesirable material or unwanted advances from strangers online. This article has provided 5 ways to keep your child safe online which should help you to start the process.

5 indicators your child could be on drugs Friday, February 11th, 2011

Drugs. They are high on the list of every parent’s worst fear. Seemingly simple recreational drug use in a teenager or young adult can lead to a life full of trouble, crime, or even prison time. Many parents find themselves worrying that their child or teenager has started using drugs. Statistics that show high levels of drug use among teenagers scare them even more. Fortunately, there are some clear signs that can indicate that your child or teenager may have recently started using drugs.

The first and most powerful indicator that a child may have started using drugs is a sudden personality change. A previously funny and cheerful teenager who has suddenly turned crabby and sullen may have started experimenting with illicit drugs. Likewise a cranky teenager who all of a sudden thinks life is wonderful may be using. If you see a sudden personality change in your child or teenager it may be worth asking what has changed recently in his or her life.

Another indicator of possible drug use is if your child suddenly starts spending time with a different crowd of friends. A teenager who always spent time with “good” kids may suddenly start hanging out with a newer and darker crowd. That teen may have started using drugs and her new friends may be more apt to accept this than her older “good” friends.
If your child’s grades have always been good and suddenly start dropping, then drugs could definitely be a possibility. A child who was always a strong student and suddenly seems to have no interest in studying or doing well in school could be taking drugs or experimenting with other harmful or dangerous behaviors.

If your child is suddenly difficult to reach where he or she was not previously, this could be an indication of something new going on in his or her life. If your child suddenly stops answering his cell phone when he is at a friend’s house after school or starts hiding where he or she is going image 39 5 indicators your child could be on drugsthen this could be a sign that there is something to be concerned about. Most children will understand if you ask them to pick up the phone when you call. However, a child who does not want to tell you where he is going or who he has been with may be trying to hide drug use or another dangerous behavior.

Lastly, a child who is suddenly obsessed with keeping things private may be attempting to hide new drug use. To some extend an interest in privacy is age appropriate for children and teenagers. However, a teen who suddenly starts locking his door all of the time and wanting you to get out of his room may be hiding drug use or something else that he does not want you to see. A sudden obsession with privacy can be an indication that your child is trying to keep something from you. If you notice this or any other possible signs of drug use it may be time to sit down with your child or teenager and ask him what is going on in his life.

Safety Habits for Your Kids This Summer Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

682734982 76400556f4 300x199 Safety Habits for Your Kids This SummerWhen kids are having a great time at the beach or elsewhere, they sometimes don’t realize that they are already thirsty. That can be dangerous especially during the hot summer months, since thirst is not a reliable indicator of dehydration. Kids have a different thirst mechanism from an adult’s. When a child says she is thirsty, she has already lost three to four percent of her body fluids! It is therefore important to let your child drink at least 20 minutes before allowing her to go outdoors. Make sure that she drinks four to eight ounces of liquids for every 15 to 30 minutes of physical activity.

Aside from plain water, let your child drink flavored fluids. Studies show that drinking flavored and salted beverages increases voluntary drinking by 90 percent as compared with water.

When you take your child to the zoo, be careful about what he does while enjoying the animals. If you will allow a child to pet or feed the animals, do not let him munch on finger foods. Most of all; let the child wash his hands thoroughly before you take a break for some snacks. Your child can get contaminated with E. coli even by animals that appear to be healthy.

Teach youngsters to walk facing oncoming traffic and to remember that a car driver cannot always see a child just because the child can see the car!

If your child suffers from summer itching and you have run out of itch cream, you can use ice instead. Wrap an ice cube in a cellophane bag. The cold will numb the senses and remove the sensation of itching.

Monitor the movements of your kids when traveling. Kids are most prone to safety risks when traveling. This is because they are not in a better position to understand what is safe and deal with danger when confronted by such. They may not even be aware that danger is always a possibility in anything he/she does while traveling.

Train your kids to be safe kids. Watch over them when traveling. The best way to do this is to assign a trusted adult to watch over a group of kids.

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