Saturday, 3 November 2012

Please Safety is Important to Our Children


Okay I cannot stress enough how easy kids can access the internet.  They are smart and learn fast.  If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or even babysitter please read the links I have under Internet Safety Links on the left of this page.

Kids today know that most people use passwords that are familiar, pets names, birthdays etc.  Do not use phrases like mycomputer, youcantbehere etc.  Use a password that is a combination of #s and letters in no special order, something that doesn’t make sense is the best.  If you can’t remember it write it down in 1 place where the kids will not find it, don’t put it in your phone never a good idea.

On your computer there is “User Accounts” in the control panel, it is best to set up one for the kids so they never have access to your account.  Make sure the account has restricted access and that nothing can be changed without your password, including downloading and deleting history.

There is also one thing you must do and you may need someone to do it for you, if you don’t think you can.  When you turn on a computer it gives you the option to start in safe mode or access start up menu.  Make sure that it is set up so that you cannot enter this without a password. Don’t use the same password you have on your user account. Older computers and even newer ones do not have a password set for this.  You must set one, kids soon learn they can change things such as passwords and remove restrictions this way.

Kids are not afraid of computers and can learn fast what they can do on them.  Most adults are not that confident.  Also install a parental control program.  Many internet providers offer them but do your homework and get the right one for you and the kids.

Here is some helpful information I got from http://www.opp.ca

INTERNET SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS

Create a list of Internet house rules with your teens.(and young children as well)
You should include the kinds/types of sites that are off limit.
Keep Internet-connected computers in an open area and out of your teens' bedrooms
Talk to them about their online friends and activities just as you would about their other activities.
Know which chat rooms or message boards your teens visit, and whom they talk to.
Encourage them to use monitored chat rooms.
Talk to your teens about their Instant Messaging list and make sure they're not talking to strangers.
Insist that they tell you first if they want to meet an "online friend." It is potentially dangerous for this meeting to take place unsupervised.
Teach your teens never to give out personal information without your permission when using e-mail, chat rooms or instant messaging, filling out registration forms and personal profiles, and entering online contests.
Encourage your teens to come to you if they find messages that make them feel uncomfortable or threatened. (Stay calm. If you "freak out" they won't turn to you for help when they need it.)
Talk to your teenagers about online pornography and direct them to good sites about health and sexuality.
Insist they stay in public chat room areas.
Help protect them from spam. Tell your teens not to give out their e-mail address online, not to respond to junk mail, and to use e-mail filters.
Be aware of the Web sites that your teens frequent, and make sure the sites don't contain personal photos and information or offensive content.
Teach your kids responsible online behaviour. File-sharing and taking text, images or artwork may infringe on copyright laws.
Talk to them about ethical behaviour. They should not be using the Internet to spread gossip, bully or threaten others.
Make sure your teens check with you before making financial transactions online.
Discuss gambling and its potential risks and remind your teens that it is illegal for them to gamble online.
Ensure your computer is properly protected by using/installing up-to-date security patches, current anti-virus software and a firewall to protect it from intrusions (hackers).
Always delete unknown email attachments without opening them. They can contain destructive viruses.
Always virus scan all files that are downloaded to your computer for viruses, even those from known persons.
Signs your child might at risk online
Your child spends large amounts of time online, especially at night
Your child accesses pornography on the computer
Your child receives phone calls from unknown individuals
Your child is making long distance calls to numbers you do not recognize
Your child receives mail/gifts/packages from someone you don’t know
Your child turns computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen when you enter the room
Your child becomes withdrawn from the family
Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else.


Here are some more helpful sites and will add them to the Internet Safety Links on the left of my page.

 http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca  (Internet Safety Tips for Parents) this site includes these addresses.
For more information:
Cyber Safety - Whats That?
Dealing with Internet Abuses and Hazards http://www.cln.org/spam.html#Risks
Internet Awareness for Parents                                                  
Libraries and Internet Toolkit for Parents and Children


http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs110/1102652988615/archive/1111402295265.html                                                         Enough is Enough, WRAP (White Ribbon Against Pornography) October 28 – November 4, 2012

I hope these sites will be helpful.  We must protect our children!!!

This smile from

Thanks for visiting and I hope this was helpful!
Alice M

Friday, 2 November 2012

It is not acceptable!


By now you realize I don’t like bullying in any form, abuse, (mental and physical) and violence.

Today I want to share thought that a lot of people don’t seem to realize.

Well the thing is I don’t share anything that I believe will hurt someone.  Sure I see those pictures on Facebook and from emails with people from Wal-Mart or some other public place but I never forward or share them, I don’t believe it is fair to them or their family.  I also don’t leave anything on my wall or anywhere if I believe it will hurt someone to read it, especially lies.  It is bad enough when someone hurts you or your loved ones, but worse when someone you don’t know allows hurtful things and lies to be visible for everyone to see.  It hurts those involved to know that it is there.  It is like announcing to the world that you agree with bully and believe all the lies.

I believe that promoting such actions just makes it harder to stop the bullying (the bully will see it as sign you believe it is ok what they are doing).  People talk all the time of how they believe abuse is wrong but allow the abusive statements or pictures to remain or even spread it.  On Facebook I usually report the pictures or statements as offensive and in some cases abusive.  With emails I just delete them.

What I am trying to say is that we must practice this daily, everyone, or kids will see it and believe this behavior is acceptable.  It is not acceptable!  Just like gossiping or telling lies, someone is getting hurt.

Well that is it for now; I just needed to let that out.  I wish people would realize that what they say and do (and not do) affects others.

Thanks for listening, will be back later,
Alice M
alicem@fortheloveofalicesfamily.com

just saw a great movie!


You have to see this movie. It is from 2011 but it has some great learning opportunities for children and adults as well.   It is informative and shows you how one small thing, one small mistake, can change your world in a second.  

I like the fact that it points out how it is possible for young people to get access to the internet and how stupid mistakes can cause real damage and real pain to others.  It shows you what can happen when you don’t think first.  The two responsible for getting the ball rolling did not realize what damage could be done.

My advice is to watch this with the young people in your life.  It is a great starting point for a great conversation.  Gives you a chance to communicate with these young people and show them what can happen.  Also you will get an idea on how these young people really feel about what is going on around them.  It may seem far-fetched at some points but reality is stranger than fiction.  So I recommend it highly for the whole family.

The movie is from 2011 called “Cyberbully” starring Emily Osment and Kay Panabaker.

Cyberbully (An ABC Movie)


To me it is one of the best ways to approach children about bullying, the dangers of following the crowd and the internet.  

Check to see if it is playing on TV in your area or maybe rent.  Plus while I was looking up the movie I even found a “CYBERBULLY Conversation Starter” kit.  Click the link to download the conversation kit. J 


Here is the site for movie information.  http://abcfamily.go.com/movies/cyberbully/

Well time for me to go.  Hope you can catch the movie!

Thanks for your time,
Alice M
alicem@fortheloveofalicesfamily.com

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Cats can make you Smile :)


Today I want to share some things I found.  I know they have been out for a while but there are those who have never seen them before.  I found some videos that are very creative and will make you laugh.  Of course they involve cats.

The first one I found a while back it is called “N2 the Talking Cat” (with friend Kona) It is so nice to see people finding a way to make others smile while playing with their cat(s).  Now I never watched them in order but they are truly funny, really love them.  Here are a couple videos and will post N2 sites after the videos.  One of my favorites is:  




and seeing Kona play in N2 the Talking Cat S1 Ep 4!
There is one with her playing with a sock, Hilarious!!!!! 


N2 the Talking Cat sites:  http://www.n2thetalkingcat.com/ ,https://www.youtube.com/user/VersaBC  and you can find 

Today I also found Simon's Cat, which is an animated series about a cat.  Very creative and obviously the creator is very well acquainted with cats.  I have watched a few of them, and I will save some, allowing me to watch more when I really need a good laugh.  J  This was the first one I saw and I watched about 5 more.  :}  this is the first one I watched:  


Simon's Cat 'Cat Man Do'





This is Simon's Cat site:  www.simonscat.com



Now here are some of the new kitties at the Cat Adoption Centre (please share someone in my area my see them and adopt one), I even got a couple videos of them playing. :)



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I took this one sideways thought I could turn it, but I couldn't :(
But these to cats are laying not fighting, the black one is Sienna, the one I posted here before, she is about 8 months old.


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Here are some of the kittens playing plus some stills.

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This is Sienna again.  J







Well it is time for me to go right now.  Will be back later.  :)

Thanks for visiting,
Alice M





Wednesday, 31 October 2012

For Ming, we will miss you!

Hi everyone this is for Ming, my mother's cat who left us this morning to join my mother at the age of approx. 18 yrs.  Bye Bye Ming. L














My beautiful mother left us April 24, 2011 (Easter Sunday) at the age of 71 years young.



Bye Bye I love both of you!

Alice M
alicem@fortheloveofalicesfamily.com

still trying to change the world :)


Well hello again! 

Today’s topic is a little different.  Today I want to talk about how humans treat their fellow humans.

Now we are supposed to be the highest form of life on this planet but I don’t know how we got this far.  The things we do to each other are appalling.  If we are so evolved how can we do, what we do to each other?

I could list many things here but I will just name a few. 

In the name of Religion we have waged war killing and maiming unknown numbers of adults and children alike. 

In the name of Love people have killed their family’s and/or themselves.

 In the name of Fear one race murder and enslaves another.  Men beat up women, women beat up mean, and some beat up children.

In the name of Money companies have knowingly build faulty buildings, equipment etc.  Some have even put products on the market knowing the dangers these might cause to their customers.

In the name of Power they have lied, cheated, mislead and even killed to stay where they are.

Now if you were a being looking down on us, whether it is God or an alien, what do you suppose they think of us?  It can’t be good.  I am a human and trust me I don’t think very high of us, the human race.

In the wild most animals treat their own kind with respect.  They only kill (normally) for food or to protect their young.  In the wild they have the excuse of only the strong will survive and breed.  We are not animals as “evolved” beings we have no need for survival of the fittest.  The fact we can think and create allows all the right to survive.  The weakest physical person you know may also be the smartest or the most creative or even the most compassionate person you know.  So why do we treat each other so badly?

Maybe first we should learn to treat the people around us with respect.  We should treat everyone the way we want to be treated.

Here are examples I see round me, we don't need to act or treat others like this:
Why when you walk in to a store or business it seems like they are always trying to convince you to buy something you already said you didn't want?    Or a sales person says no pressure you’re not obliged to buy or sign anything?    Or you go to a doctor and he/she says you need this operation but then gets mad you want a second opinion?

One of the most common I see is blackmail, not the kind you see on TV(although I see this on there too), but the kind you see around you, we learn it at a young age, like:  Well if you don’t get this now, I can’t offer you this deal tomorrow.  Or if you say that about me I will say that about you.  Or if you don’t cover my shift for me, don’t expect me to ever cover you when you need it.  And another common one guilt trip:  if you don’t do this for me, I will lose - raise/job/car, put whatever you like at the end of that statement.  My favorite peeve is customers in a store like a dryer cleaner or drug store or restaurant who say to the people serving them, why isn't it ready, or it took to long or you never have enough or any at all, I will not come back. Why say that to the person serving you? think before you speak it probably is not their fault, what you said was to hurt them and make you feel superior.

This is terrible, how can we teach children to do unto others, as you wish done unto you, when they are learning this?  Or expect countries to get along when we can’t even get along with our friends, family, and workmates without bullying or mistreating them?

What will it take to get people to see what is in front of them.  We have to stop this behavior in ourselves and others.  Don’t let people take advantage of you or those around you. Stand up to them.  Show them that no matter what, you know what they are doing is wrong.  If enough do it maybe we can change things.

It takes a lot of little choices to change the world, each choice against this behavior is a chance for the future.

Take a look around you the next couple of days (sadly it might not take longer than a day) see if you see what I see.  It might surprise you.

Well I never like to end on serious so here is something to make you smile:







and these I got from  animalsilove 
(you could spend all day looking at the pictures here!)



Thanks TC for showing me the site I got these from!



 These are from:



Thank you drope by again:)
Alice M
alicem@fortheloveofalicesfamily.com

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Just a Short Note:


Hello again!   

This is going to be short.  Can’t seem to get the right words today to describe how I feel.  With the weather (which has already claimed lives) including one poor sole in Toronto, Ontario who was hit by a Staples sign, and reading about the animals at Marineland that are not being looked after the way they should be.  But I don't see articles about them fixing anything only plans for changing laws.



Than seeing this article:



Seems to me I just read about them killing wolves because they where blamed for killing cattle.  If they have problems with population control why don't they put the wolves somewhere that has plenty of food.  (wolves-slaughtered-in-combined-hunts)

Everywhere I look tonight I see such bad news. :(  

But I did find some nice things to share.  









So will be back later, come back soon.

Alice M

alicem@fortheloveofalicesfamily.com




                                                                                  

Monday, 29 October 2012

I'm a cat... no wait, now I'm a bunny.

Ok put this here for all my none Google friends.  :)


This is really cute!  I love it!!

thanks for visiting!

Alice M

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Halloween Dance and the Wicked Witch (My Sister *_*)

Check it out, My sister the Witch!! LOLOLOL

These are uncut or altered.
You might want to turn down the volume it was a load dance.

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And this one once she disappears the rest is just fog. :) 


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And some pictures too.














Well I hope you enjoyed them!!

Okay back later!
Alice M

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