Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

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By Candy Watson

girlcomputerThe number of children targeted in the online attacks is rapidly increasing. Most of the children are suffering from cyber-bullying or they are targeted by the child trafficking mafia. Parents should take the important steps to protect the devices of their children and practice secure computing habits.

Children these days have easy access to the smartphones and internet. Most of the children at the young age of 12 have their own tablets or phones that give them the freedom to use the internet anyway they like. Children ask for a mobile phone on their birthday and not a toy. This situation is really alarming, and parents have to take control. You cannot stop your kid from using the internet when it is available everywhere but here are a few ways that can help you keep your kids safe.

iKeyMnitor Parental Control App

iKeyMnitor is the parental control app that will give you the complete control of what your children are doing online without the need of asking them.

  1. It will allow you to control the apps and games that your children cannot download or use on the internet
  2. You can check their entire browsing history, texts and call logs
  3. You can record all the chats of your children and check their keystrokes while they are texting
  4. It works with all the applications and devices. You can even view and save the images and videos that your children have shared in the album.

Use VPN

It is important that you get a VPN for the devices that are used in your home. Do not allow your children to use the free WiFi in the restaurants or other services available because these can be dangerous. With the help of VPN, you can alter the IP address. No one will be able to reach your child through the VPN. It will also protect you from the encrypted networks so that your information will not be used in any form. You can even get the VPN connected to any smart device that you are using in the home.

Teach your children the basics of security

One of the most important things that you have to do is to teach your children all the basics of security. You have to teach them how to set privacy on all their social accounts and why they should not share the data of their online. Set some rules in the house that includes the time for which your children can use the internet and which types of applications and websites they cannot access. Teach them about the hacker activities and the fake links that are sent to control their device. Make sure that you use Anti-virus software for your devices, so that your information will not be compromised.

Know who they are talking to

There are chances that your children will not show you’re their devices. However, it is important that you find out who they are talking to most of their time. You have to build a positive relationship with your children to assure that they will tell you everything. If you notice that the person they are talking to is wrong for them, you have to make your children understand in a polite and loving way, so that they will understand you. You have to show your children that you care about their protection.

Bottom line

It is important that you respect the privacy of your children but at the same time you should have some control over how they are using the internet because that is the only way you can protect them. It is important that you use all the above-mentioned ways because it will help you keep their online presence safe.

In case you notice that your child is involved with some bad people or in some bad activities you should guide them politely. If you scold or punish your children they will surely go against you as well as they will start hiding things from you. In order to keep them safe, you have to work in the background and assure that you are always there for your kids.

 

 

DOGA Sessions – Yoga With Your Dog

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By Fiona Appleton

walkingdogHave you heard about Doga classes being held in your neighborhood? Are you intrigued by what it is all about and what are the benefits of such sessions?

New yoga form—known as Doga—became popular in last few years. Doga is yoga with your companion pet that helps you connect with your pooch at a deeper level. Doga benefits both the dog and the dog-owner. Doga has meditative effects that calm your nerves and the dog’s anxious behaviors.

Doga is not about fidos imitating your exact poses, but a sense of companionship to provide an extra motivation for you to continue the classes. However, not all pooches are interested entirely, so it’s better to develop positive associations in the Fido’s mind to make his routine.

Here are some of the benefits you can reap after joining Doga classes:

Stronger Bond with Fido:

Yoga with the dog is simply a fun-filled exercise that strengthens the bond between you and your dog. When both of you are involved in a single relaxing activity, the dog feels important and loved, so his anxiety fades away. The exercise makes you mindful of the dog’s body language and, similarly, increases the dog’s focus on your commands.

The dogs relax as the soft music fills up the surrounding space. Moreover, dogs are interested in the pet-massage they get during the session.

Dog’s love to gain your attention will act as a trigger to leave behind unwanted behaviors. You will find him behave more calmly and listen to your commands more attentively as his focus will be enhanced.

Beware of dog poops during the class, especially, if he is suffering from stomach problem. Take the poop bags and pooper scooper to clean up after your dog.

Mind and Body Connectivity:

The mindfulness exercise develops a feeling of connectedness in both the yogi and dogi.  It relaxes the muscles via stretches, and both parties involved feel exhausted yet relaxed.

Deep breathing and relaxing stretches are the crux of Doga sessions. Doga is based on the model of meditating with a close partner to help reduce the sense of solitude. It assists in relaxing dog and you mentally as well as physically.

The meditation together develops awareness in you about the dog’s behavior. It will help you maintain a patient behavior towards the little furball.

Better Social Skills:

As the dog parks create an opportunity for you to socialize with people, doga class will provide you a chance to meet more self-aware and mindful people. If you are not fond of the extroverts, at doga class, you will encounter many introverts or I would say, like-minded people.

Dog parks do not necessarily have well-trained and well-behaved dogs, but doga class is the right place to socialize, for your four-legged. Your pooch may find some well-behaved ‘poochy furrends’ at the doga class. Your dog will remind you daily to visit the yoga class so they can meet some good ‘furrends.’ It might help the pooch improve his behavior by imitating other dogs.

Exhausting Stretches:

The stretches will not just relax your muscles but also exhaust the pooch too.

If you have an obese one, doga class will burn the extra calories without him knowing it and getting hungry too often.

If you want a substitute for daily long walks, join doga classes to enjoy greater benefits. With increased blood circulation, the dog begins to feel calmer and abandon destructive behaviors.

Additionally, daily dog massage will strengthen the bones to prevent injuries, early onset of arthritis, or hip dysplasia.

If the dog has survived a trauma recently, the mind-full exercise will ease the pain and strengthen the muscles again.

Joyful Activity:

In an attempt to imitate you, you will find the pooch making funny poses that will entertain you throughout the class. Their curious spirit is a great distraction from your stress.

The dog enjoys the equal fun at the class because he gets to meet and play with his ‘furrends.’ They get entertained by the playtime they get between sessions.

– Fiona Appleton is a Labrador owner. She is the manager of ultimatehomelife.com which has been developed to help people solve the troubles of pet ownership. She is an active advocate of animal protection campaigns. She wants people to understand that dog-behavior is reflective of our behavior.

Impact Of Dogs On Mental And Physical Health

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By James Shore

dogsilouetteA dog is man’s best friend and best friends can never see you in pain. Latest studies have shown how dogs and cats at offices improve the work performance of employees. Moreover, the strong bonding of man with a dog is known for a long time.

Pets have positive effects on our mind and body health. They help us live life to the optimum and teach us to love unconditionally. Dogs have been known to bring a lot of changes in owner’s life. Dogs can help you improve your mental health in various ways:

Reduced Level of Stress:

Studies conducted by Aaron Katcher, a psychiatrist at Pennsylvania University, and Alan Beck, a psychologist at Purdue University, around 30 years ago measured the physical changes in people who regularly pet their dog. The gestures of care lower the blood pressure, slow down the heart rate, regularize the breathing rate and relax the tension in muscles—which indicate low-stress levels.

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Some studies that were published in Psychosomatic Medicine Journal show the analysis and observations of the researchers and there was seen a reduction in stress hormones, which had better mental health effects. Moreover, petting a dog works way faster than a medicine to reduce stress.

Reduced Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Level:

Pets have positive health effects on their owners by improving the quality of their lives and by reducing the risk of developing various chronic diseases. Studies have shown that pet owners have low blood pressure and cholesterol level in comparison with the non-pet-owners.

Dog owners have to take the pooch for walks, which reduces the risk of stress, anxiety, depression, and hypertension in them. Studies have shown that daily walk routines decrease the risk of chronic diseases.

Reduced Risk of Heart Problems

Pets help reduce the chances of cardiac diseases. A study published in American Journal of Cardiology showed that out of 400 patients who suffered a heart attack, dog owners had greater survival rate than the non-dog-owners.

It is due to a reduction of stress hormones, and an increase in the release of happy hormones while petting the dog that increased the chances of improving the health of dog owners.

Reduced Risk of Depression:

Besides stress, depression and anxiety are growing problems in the present society. Depression is seen as a disease that socially disables you and physically blocks your strengths. It’s a mental disease that puts you at a higher risk of developing cardiac diseases.

Loneliness is the top-most reason behind depression. Dogs are faithful companions that never leave your side. The love you’ll share with the Fido will increase the levels of dopamine, oxytocin, endorphins, and serotonin—the happy hormones. Do you still think there will be some space for depression?

Increased Social Behavior:

Socialization is a positive change in a dog owner’s life that turns it upside-down. The gloomy images in the mind are replaced by happy images and memories.

Social support is necessary for mental health, emotional strength and physical well-being. It creates confidence in the shy and anti-social people.

Dogs create opportunities for the owners to socialize during a walk or a visit to the dog park. It helps them develop a social circle and be more communicative and expressive about themselves. Such social interactions positively impact the human mind by boosting self-esteem and self-confidence. Moreover, depression will only become a “word” in your life’s dictionary.

– James is a part-time dog-trainer and dog behavior consultant with years of experience in dog training and the man behind LabradorTrainingHQ.com. He is interested in finding out fun ways to handle dog behaviors, specifically, Labradors to help dog-owners enjoy their companions at all times.