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Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

Babies & Bumps 2015 Recap

We hope you had as much fun as we did

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion

Affordable Style

  By Phoebe Verkouw It’s May…

Mom's Unite

Mom's Unite

Local Mommy Groups

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The Juicing Revolution: Nature’s Real Fast Food

The Juicing Revolution: Nature’s Real Fast Food

Healthy & Tasty

    By Jordan Venema If…

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of Fun!

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of Fun!

Check out the Camp Guide

    By Gayla Grace I…

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Fresh Stories & Good Stuff

Shannon & Raychell’s June Juice Challenge
22 May 2015 20:24

  Edited by Shannon Smith After the article on juicing last month, Raychell and I were inspired to give an all juice cleanse a try. I had been feeling a little run down, not sleeping well, and relying on Dutch Bro [ ... ]

Meet Jordan
22 May 2015 19:56

  Sacramento Parent’s newest writer on moving to Sactown and his non-traditional approach to fatherhood By Michelle McDaid Name: Jordan Venema Children: Cassian, 6 years-old Writer, Jordan Venema is Sacramen [ ... ]

Considering Day Camp?
30 Apr 2015 17:19

  10 Questions to Ask   Fortunately, we live in an area where there are camp options to meet every interest, price range, and schedule throughout Greater Sacramento. Knowing your options, as well as your chi [ ... ]

The Gift of Camp: Skill, Adventure & All Kinds of ...
28 Apr 2015 20:22

    By Gayla Grace I treasure the stories my children tell after arriving home from camp. Their daily adventures include experiences that build character and bond relationships. Every camp has a unique way o [ ... ]

Mom's Unite
28 Apr 2015 19:56

            By Amanda Rinehart When my daughter was born I found myself thrust into a world I didn’t recognize. I could barely take care of myself, and now I was responsi­ble for t [ ... ]

Nature Bracelets
24 Apr 2015 20:04


  By Amanda Rinehart Every summer our family goes on a week-long camping trip to Yosemite. We really enjoy spending quality time in nature. The kids have been every year of their lives—even when my son was 6 wee [ ... ]

A Passion for Thrifted Fashion
24 Apr 2015 16:57

  By Phoebe Verkouw It’s May and spring has officially sprung in Sacramento! As a native Sacramentan growing up in Midtown, I will say that this town undoubtedly has some of the finest spring weather around. An [ ... ]

The Juicing Revolution: Nature’s Real Fast Food
28 Apr 2015 19:04

    By Jordan Venema If you know your food groups and how to count calories, you probably have a better relationship with your food than most. But as essential as food is to our identity—because, well, we  [ ... ]

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Keeping Kids Safe Online

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By Sharon Miller Cindrich

Q: I’d like to monitor my child’s activity online with some kind of parental controlsoftware, but there are so many products on the market– how do I know which is best?

 

When parents think about security, they think about keeping their computer safe, their personal information safe and, most importantly, their kids safe. Parent control software can keep kids from accessing inappropriate content online; it can keep logs of computer activity; it can block or limit chat conversations; it can even allow parents to see what their child is doing from a remote location.

HOW TO PICK A PROGRAM THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU
Choosing a parental control software product is a lot like choosing a car. You’ll need to do a bit of research, and you'll want to consider your family's needs (your kids' ages, the programs and hardware you use, your online activities, etc.) in selecting which features you'll want in your software. Once you know your online safety goals and are familiar with the features available, it will just be a matter of narrowing down your options. 

Check out this list of features as you begin thinking about what you want your parental control software to do, then look for these tools when comparing products:

  • Filter out graphic descriptions or images. No filter is perfect, but many are able to block your family from visiting Web sites or viewing images of sexually graphic content. Most parental control programs, as well as many computer browsers, offer filter features.
  • Monitor your child’s activity online. Monitoring tools can alert parents when kids have visited a Web site without always limiting access, or make a record of Internet activity for parents to review. Some program even allow monitoring from a remote location.
  • Limit your child’s time online. Programs with this feature allow parents to set time limits for kids who like to use the computer or surf the Net. Some programs may also allow parents to determine the time of day a child is allowed to have computer access.
  • Restrict private information. If you’re concerned about your child giving out an address or phone number when they are online, this tool can help prevent a breech of privacy.

If you’re still struggling, check out the GetNetWise Tools at www.getnetwise.org, which allow you to search a database by features to find a program tailored to your family's specific needs.

Remember, even the best parental control software can't do it all. Setting boundaries, supervising use, and regularly checking your computer’s history (press “Ctrl” and “H” on a PC) will help you stay plugged in to what your child is doing online. Also make sure kids understand what is being blocked and why their activity is being monitored, so that you can lay a foundation for healthy conversations and an ongoing dialogue about computer safety.

Sharon Miller Cindrich (www.SharonMillerCindrich.com) is a mother of two. She writes this syndicated column (more info at www.PluggedInParent.com) and is the author of E-Parenting: Keeping Up with your Tech-Savvy Kids and A Smart Girl's Guide to the Internet.