Tips For Keeping Kids Safe Online

The proliferation of social media, online gaming, online forums and cell phone usage have given today’s children technological access never dreamed of just a generation ago. Children now have access to a staggering amount of online content, people and information. With these advances, parents now have even more challenges when it comes to keeping their children safe and happy. They want them safe from predators and happy in the sense that they are free from online bullying. Both of these concerns are foremost in the minds of parents as their kids create Facebook pages, play online games, and text incessantly.

Here is a rundown of some of the top threats to your children’s well-being. In a constantly connected world, knowing where the danger lies is the first step in prevention and safety.

Predatory Adults

According to enough.org, there are currently over 600,000 Registered Sex Offenders in the US and more than four percent of all children, while online, will be exposed to some form of suggestive solicitation from an adult. Naïve or rebellious children could fall prey to these online predators.

Peer Bullying

The media has covered some high-profile cases of teen suicide and online bullying in the last couple of years. According to some statistics from the US Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 52% of students report being cyber bullied at some time, while 25% report repeated bullying via their cell phones or social media profiles (statisticbrain.com).

Inappropriate Content

Pornography and inappropriate content is everywhere on the internet. According to Alexa.com, four of the top twenty sites with the highest web traffic are pornographic in nature. When you consider what often comes up in a search engine when entering a seemingly innocuous search, or the amount of inappropriate spam emails you receive, it’s not hard to see why this is such an issue with keeping kids insulated from inappropriate content.

Narcissism and Compulsion

Children, and especially teens, are hyper-aware of social status and image. This mindset can lead to unhealthy amounts of time on such social media sites as Twitter or Facebook. Kids get caught up in trying to be constantly aware, connected and interacting online in the hopes that they will gain acceptance or be more popular.

Secrecy

Further data from the US Department of Health states that only 52% of teens exposed to bullying or inappropriate solicitation, report the incidents to their parents. There are no numbers on exposure to inappropriate content but it is probably a safe bet that a lot of those incidents go unreported as well.

All of these threats are very real and, considering the amount of time children spend online, could present themselves on a daily basis. Here are some tips to help keep your kids safe, while bridging the gap between parental monitoring and proper education for your children.

• Kids must “friend” their parents on Facebook and allow them to be “followed” on Twitter. As teens get older, parents are certain to receive pushback but this is a surefire way to see what your kids are posting and what is being said about them. It is a fine line between monitoring and interference, so caution is advised.

• Do not let kids create their own personal email addresses until they reach a more mature, responsible age. Any account being created online, should be linked to the parents email. This will not only let you monitor what sites your children are registering for but will usually require that you authorize usage and provide you with time to either discuss any concerns with your children or deny the request.

• Make sure that your kids are educated on what’s appropriate to post online and that they never provide contact information or post inappropriate or suggestive pictures of themselves. In today’s world of social media, kids can be their own worst enemy. They shouldn’t post anything online that they wouldn’t want on a billboard, as this is essentially what online posts are. And removing or controlling content on the internet once it’s out there, is not a simple matter.

• Young adults tend to want to add as many other peers as possible to their social media circles. But the reality is that many of these “friends” are not vested in your child’s best interest and oftentimes become a source for ridicule or cyber bullying. Make sure your kids only accept requests from friends they know and trust.

• Strict rules and guidelines need to be set forth and agreed upon prior to allowing kids to go online. These rules and guidelines should also be revisited often as your children’s online experience grows. You should set limits on what’s acceptable, limit the amount of time spent online and make them understand what you will and will not accept in terms of behavior.

• Children are by nature naïve, curious and trusting. This is dangerous. So monitor your children’s activities. Review their browsing history through the browser tools. You can also purchase programs that will enhance your monitoring capabilities.

• Set your parental controls on your computer. Every operating system and browser has a set of parental controls. You should be certain to set the appropriate limits or settings for each. You can also adjust the settings on Google and the other search engines to be strict, ensuring that only appropriate content is returned regardless of the search.

Educating yourselves and your children is ultimately the most important step you can take. Sit down with your kids and set ground rules. Revisit those ground rules every time your kids get a new device, create a social media account, or register for an online gaming. Parents have the unenviable task of walking the fine line between building trust and keeping kids safe. Applying a combination of education, guidance and monitoring should help.

Experience the Natural Splendor of Attractions in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur is also known as Tatanagar. It is located in a hilly region of Jharkhand in India. The place was founded by Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata, the one responsible for bringing the city to preserving its natural splendor. The well-planned city of Jamshedpur attracts many tourists along with their bountiful nature and serene environment.

Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park is a 200 acre land with a zoo, lake, rose garden and amusement park. It is a gift by Tata Steel to the people of Jamshedpur in the year 1958. This place is among the favorite spots of cyclists, joggers and anglers.

Trimmed Ashok trees, fountains, beautiful Mughal Garden and uncaged animals are famous attractions of Tata Steel Zoological Park. Children can enjoy rides such as derby riding, caterpillar, 75-meter slide, cars and rolling till at this Jubilee Amusement Park. The abundant green surroundings are the main attractions that present tourists with several great opportunities.

Dimna Lake

Dimna Lake was constructed by Tata Steel 8 miles from Jamshedpur. The artificial reservoir is located at the foot of Dalma Hill, fulfilling the water needs of the people. Water sports like jet skiing, water scooting and rowing are the favorite activities here at Dimna Lake. It is also near the Dalma Wild Life Sanctuary. The place is best visited during the months of November to February.

Tata Steel Zoological Park

The park lies beside Jubilee Park having a beautiful lake, wooded area, Safari Park and a Nature Education Center. It was established by the TATAs. This center is just a walk or boat ride away, showcasing animals that can roam freely. Visitors come here to see the migratory birds flying during the winter season.

Rivers Meet

Rivers Meet is referred to as Domohani. It is the convergence of the two rivers namely the Kharkai and the Subarnarekha. Rivers Meet is situated at the North-West point, offering a unique experience to most tourists. Picnic spots, green fields and tall trees add to the abundant scenic beauty of the river. The heavenly paradise of Rivers Meet is a place to rejuvenate the body and soul. It is an ideal weekend getaway for the family as well as for friends who love being with nature.

Dalma Hills

Dalma Hills is located at the north part of Subarnarenkha, stretching about 16 km from east to west. It can also be reached with just a 13 km distance from Jamshedpur. Dalma Hills has exotic forests and large wildlife reserve such as wild elephants.

The Wildlife Sanctuary houses endangered and extraordinary species like tigers, barking deers, leopards, porcupines and sloth beers. The place enables tourists to explore the natural habitats of these animals.

Trekking and mountain climbing is the best thing to do for adventurers. Another attraction is the Lord Shiva Temple. Many devotees visit this shrine during festive occasions to ask for eternal and divine blessings.

The serene environment of Dalma Hills can relieve stress from the daily busy life of the city. It is one of the remarkable attractions that captivate and enchant its visitors.

Hudco Lake

Hudco Lake is an ideal picnic spot having manmade lakes and artificial waterfalls. It gives a panoramic view of enchanting landscapes. Hudco is snuggled in the hilly terrain of Telco Colony. The Sumant Mulgaonkar Park is another tourist interest perfect for nature lovers. Hudco Lake is a famous tourist destination accessible from all parts of Jamshedpur.

Sir Dorabji Tata Park

Sri Dorabji Tata Park lies near Keenan Stadium. It derives its name from Sri Dorabji Tata, one of the pioneers of Tata Iron Steel Company. The place hosts a flower show annually during the month of December. The park is delighted with flower beds, manicured lawns and illuminated fountains. The fresh ambiance rejuvenates local inhabitants and visitors with added energy and vigor.

Jamshedpur’s natural splendor showcases attractions that delight every person who visits the place. You can never go wrong in visiting the entire city. It is truly a display of spectacular topography that can be remembered for a lifetime.

10 Fun Things To Do In Atlanta

Atlanta Georgia is a traveler’s paradise. If you are planning for a trip to Atlanta then make sure you visit the top 10 attractions in Atlanta. Although there are many fun things to do in Atlanta but the top 10 things to do are given below:-

1- Atlanta History Center – It is one of Southeast’s largest history museums featuring teo historic houses namely- the 1928 Swan House and the Tullie Smith Farm. Besides these the Margaret Mitchell House comes under the operation of the History Center. The the Kenan Research Center is a place worth seeing in the museum.

2- Georgia Aquarium – The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium which covers an area of 13 acres and is home to thousands of animals. You would be amazed to hear that this Aquarium holds more than 8 million gallons of fresh and salt water for the survival of ocean life that lives within it.

3- Piedmont Park – If you a nature lover and want to start your day healthy by jogging then you can take a stroll in this park. The park features picnic facilities,tennis courts, playgrounds, dog park etc. The famous Atlanta Jazz festival is held here.

4- Underground Atlanta – If you want a unique shopping experience then this is the place you should explore. It has numerous retail shops,gift shops,restaurant,food joint and entertainment hubs.

5- World of Cola Atlanta – As the name suggests itself,this place would give a total idea about the history and uniqueness of the Cola Company. You can experience thrilling 4-D movie, “In Search of the Secret Formula”, with 3-D glasses plus moving seats.

6- Atlanta Zoo – If you love seeing the wild animals in the midst of nature then you can give a try at the Zoo Atlanta. The Zoo has more than 100 animals in it and is the home to giant Pandas. The Zoo’s newest attraction is the Trader’s Alley. It also inspires us for the preservation of wildlife through a unique combination of education and outdoor family fun.

7- The Center for Puppetry Arts’ – If you have children to accompany you in your trip to Atlanta then you should definitely visit the center for Puppetry Arts. It provides an entertainment and educational source to the children as well as for the general audience pular Xperimental Puppetry Theater. There’s something for everyone!

8- Atlanta Botanical Garden – The plant lovers would really like this place. It features beautiful plant collections and spectacular exhibitions. The attraction of the botanical gardens is the carnivorous plant which you can see and enjoy.

9- Georgia Dome – It is the largest domed stadium in the world. It is the home of the Atlanta Falcons and site of two Super Bowls. All the sports lovers would surely give a try to this one.

10- Atlanta Opera – The highest standards of Opera are presented in the Atlanta Opera. Both musical and theatrical performances are held here. It also works to attract the finest national,international and regional singers, conductors, stage directors and designers.

Morally Stunted

As a parent and an educator I wonder about the moral health of today’s kids. I love them and I enjoy them, but so many children have encountered situations and circumstances beyond their age and level of understanding that it is frightening. With movies and television filled with suggestive words and actions and abrasive language that addles my ears or video games filled with violent acts against people, animals, and a multitude of inanimate objects, I wonder where sensitivity is headed. Will we become a system of automatons with our morals stunted based on a lack of personal love and a sense of interconnectedness with people, nature, and the Universe itself?

In several schools that I have visited, reading walls adorn the hallway. When a child reads 10 or 20 or 100 books, his/her name goes up and then paces along the wall throughout the year to reach a stellar reading goal. While encouraging kids to read, I also know that this process also encourages kids (and their parents) to lie. It is easy to pretend read and then coerce a quick signature from a parent onto a paper so that “evidence” of reading can be delivered and reading progress duly noted. While one week a busy parent might fall for this scheme, when it recurs week after week the child comes to believe that honesty is overrated and that success on a wall is far more important. Ask just about any child about a similar reading set and I bet you will receive the honest answer about not having actually read with myriad reasons why not to follow and justify this untruthful behavior.

Working with eighth graders for many years we usually completed a unit on moral development. Adolescents are very curious about lies and deceit, honesty, and truth and how these grow or do not grow over time. They wonder why little liars become big liars, why little criminal peers later end up in jail. Their examination of right and wrong is generally straightforward and pure – not all of course as some really do have a criminal mindset at a tender age, usually fostered by examples from home. Inevitably these students explain cheating as copying but then they wander from my definition of copying. They explain with complete honesty of heart that copying an English assignment is wrong as that is stealing words but that copying a math assignment is just fine as that is only numbers. Regardless of background information I shared or worked to explain, they would not budge. Cheating had multiple levels and degrees of intensity and reasons for doing it or not doing it. Every year I expected a moral shift to cheating as cheating but it never occurred.

From the math cheating (or not cheating, depending on your definition), we moved to traffic signals. I am sure you are familiar with the story of the stop sign in the middle of nowhere. While crossing a deserted section of the country, you come to a four-way intersection with stop signs. With the area flat and unobstructed views in all directions, do you have an obligation to stop and obey the sign even though it is unnecessary and seemingly silly or do you drive on through, ignoring the sign because it appears to be useless? Is there a moral responsibility to obey the law even when it seems to be senseless and unwarranted? You can only imagine the lively discussion and explanations. While the thrill of each class’s responses cannot be replicated to share here, I encourage you to find a group of adolescents and engage in this conversation. A mind-awakening for all is definitely in store.

Are kids of today morally stunted? Do they care less about other humans and animals than generations of the past? Are we unwittingly creating a self-centered society where “me” counts for more than “we”? I guess if you watch advertisement and political wrangling you realize that these are the examples we are setting, where disinformation is more highly valued than the truth. It becomes evident that our example of honesty and sincerity must come into play if we really want to assure ourselves of morally strong adults in the future.

Natural Crystalline Gold Specimens

Few people know that gold actually forms crystals in nature. While the beauty of natural gold is widely appreciated by both prospectors and mineral collectors, the pinnacle of beautiful natural gold specimens are the spectacular crystalline forms. As a result, these specimens of golden scales, plates, ribbons and crystals are normally saved and treasured. Unfortunately, the natural growth conditions that form most gold deposits only rarely create these very attractive specimens.

At most mines, native gold is more normally found in the form of irregular masses and blobs in quartz or sulfide veins, or as impregnations in the country rock adjacent to mineralized fissures. In fact in most modern mines the gold is in the form of very tiny particles, too small to easily see with the unaided eye. In placer gravels, the wear of the erosion process means gold normally is pounded into the outwardly rounded forms of scales, grains, slugs, and nuggets. While large alluvial nuggets are beautiful and valuable in their own right, the crystalline forms are still the ones most highly valued. In fact, the value of crystalline gold in an attractive matrix specimen can exceed the intrinsic metal value of the gold by a factor of 10 to 100 fold in some cases.

Although gold only rarely shows its attractive crystalline forms, where the geologic conditions are favorable, as in cavities or other locations where growth and expansion is not hindered by a lack of space, gold obeys the natural laws of its crystal growth and crystallizes in various isometric (cubic) forms. This partly explains the rarity of fine crystalline gold specimens. This is because open voids are uncommon in and of themselves. Normally, the walls of the cavity limit the lines of crystal growth, or growth is cut off by the concurrent growth of another mineral, such as calcite or quartz. Often any voids that do exist are later filled with quartz or other materials, including clays.

In addition, large single crystal growth requires stable conditions that support slow growth – at least growth slow enough to lead to the formation of a few large crystals rather than millions of tiny ones. Faster growth will support the development microscopic pieces or at least mossy and dendritic forms. Gold crystallizes in the isometric system, and usually forms crude octahedrons, but specimens showing dodecahedrons, cubes and trapezohedrons are also found. Crystals are rarely perfect, and are normally irregular, sometimes exhibiting unusual wiry, reticulated or dendritic shapes. Many forms also show some sort of distortion of the crystal, some with extreme distortion. Crystal twinning is common in gold.

Between the combined effects of all the different crystal forms, twinning and a range of possible crystal distortions, gold can found a very large variety of crystalline forms, all of which have their own attractive appearance. The number of potential combinations is so large that all the possible combinations are hard to fathom. Beautiful wire forms are found in a number of locations, with one of the most famous locations being Farncomb Hill in the Breckenridge District of Colorado (beautiful leaf and other forms are found there as well).

Many of the dendritic forms are also beautiful, and one of the most beautiful dendritic forms of gold are the herring bone style dendrites, with some of the finest examples of this being the “chevron” gold of northern Nevada. California produces some specimens of ribbons and sheet gold, some with attractive crystal patterns on their surface, and these are also highly sought after.