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10 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe From Online Predators

Give technology a bedtime.

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

The world wide web is a wonderland of information and entertainment. And it's great for kids when used mindfully and with adult supervision.

But it can also be an unsafe environment for kids to navigate on their own, including from online predators who are savvy in preying on children.     

After hearing about worrisome scenarios of children and the internet,...

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Live Streaming 101: What Parents Should Know

While live streaming services like YouNow have been around for a while, many other apps have started incorporating live streaming features as well.

Facebook has Facebook Live, Tumblr has partnered with YouNow to incorporate streaming features directly into the app, and YouTube now allows videos to be streamed live as well (no editing required).

Children and adults often use these and other apps to communicate with others and play games, so it’s important for you to understand the...

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Tips for Nontoxic Kitchen Utensils

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by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Cooking utensils and disposable eating utensils are often made of plastic, and sometimes vinyl (among the most toxic types of plastic). These materials may contaminate your diet with toxic chemicals as well as contaminate our environment during their manufacturing and even after you discard them. 

Plastic utensils typically contain or involve toxic chemicals such as benzene, BPA, chlorine, dioxins, and...

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Does social media make us feel more disconnected and socially isolated?

Forcing connections in the offline world can lead to some of the truest connections.

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Social media and other internet-based arenas are popular communities among adults, teenagers, and middle schoolers. These online platforms are popular ways to connect with friends, family, and classmates.

Ironically, while it connects us like never before, it can also increase feelings of anxiety and isolation—sometimes...

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What is a healing space?

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

An environment—like in our homes, schools, and workspaces—can be designed to support therapeutic effects. Evidence has found that many hospital patients can enjoy better recovery than those in spaces without healing elements.

And many of these healing elements can be applied to our daily lives.

Optimal Healing Environment (OHE), a term coined in 2004 by the Samueli Institute, is used to describe a healthcare...

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Does Our Selfie Culture Foster Narcissism?

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Selfies—self-portrait photos taken by one’s smartphone—is a modern phenomenon.

 

24+ billion

estimated number of selfies that were posted on Google's servers in one year (Google 2016)

93+ million

estimated number of "selfies" taken each day by just Android users (Silicon Valley Business Journal 2014)

 

Cell phone accessories—selfie mirrors and lighting—are available to improve...

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Helping Kids Reap the Mental and Physical Benefits of Exercise

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Digital screens and other technologies have made it more challenging for parents to get their kids to exercise.  

The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that the majority of kids spend almost 7 hours per day engaged with some kind of technology. However, with a little ingenuity, parents can help their kids reap the many benefits of movement.

Exercise is Essential in Mental, Emotional, and Physical...

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Support Retailers Leading The Way towards Safer Household Products

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families works hard to protect us from toxic chemicals by fighting to strengthen laws, working with retailers to phase out hazardous chemicals from the marketplace, and educating the public about how to protect our families from toxic chemicals. 

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals—including parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities,...

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Should Parents Ban Cell Phone Use for Kids?

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Cell phones can often feel like an appendage of ours. The average consumer is estimated to check his or her smartphone 47x a day, and those ages 18 to 24 check their phones 86x a day, according to Deloitte's 2017 Global Mobile Consumer Survey: U.S. edition.

What about our kids? 

According to an article published on CNN in August 2018, 95% of teens in the United States have smartphones now, which is a 20%...

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Nonstick Teflon Cookware: Health Risks?

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Convenience is more important than ever before as our lives have become more hectic than ever. As a result, cooking, soaking dishes, and scouring pans have become low priority. But when we do prepare our own meals, nonstick pots, pans, and cookware are popular household products that offer lots of convenience.

However, are you aware of the health risks associated with nonstick Teflon coating? 

What makes...

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