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Science Fairs & Internet Safety
March 23, 2011
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I'm still laughing out loud while reading Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina.  How about you? I never could successfully multi-task, and now that a noted scientist says the brain is not good at it, I find myself feeling vindicated in my one-thing-at-a-time workstyle.

I had to put down Brain Rules to read A Strange Stirring, the Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz for my book club. It "illuminates the dilemmas and discontents of our mothers and grandmothers, placing our current anxieties about work, marriage and parenting in a new light."  We have members from their 20's to 60's so this discussion will be interesting and wide ranging.  Where are you --Dads, Moms, Grandparents-- on the feminist movement spectrum?  How's it affecting (or not) you?

At SantaCruzParent.com we are continuously receiving information helpful for parenting.  We don't grow up taking notes on parenting, in fact we're pretty centered on ourselves during that process and so most of us arrive on the parenting threshold with a smattering of ideas about the skills and techniques required to raise children.  Today's featured event, Triple P Parenting, is free, powerful and helpful. Triple P Parenting is brought to you by United Way of Santa Cruz County and First 5 Santa Cruz County.  Browse through our entire calendar and you will find parenting support for every age from babies to teens.  Below, we've included an update on keeping children safe on the internet.

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  Suki's Blog: Science Inspirations

(Site Photos) SukiRedHead_138.jpgWe had another year of the ups and downs of the county science fair, and I can once again say that this is a great experience for kids.

It can be a little hard on the parents.

Here are my pro's and con's of the science fair.

Pro Con
1. This is a whole-child learning experience. Most schools these days don’t give kids projects that require long term, independent, in-depth work the way a science fair project does. 1. This experience is a whole-child stress test. Beware that you are signing up for leading a child through what may be his own personal hell.
2. A successful science fair project teaches planning on a level most kids don’t have to do in their daily lives. 2. You may find out that your child’s planning abilities are, let’s say, about as developed as her ability to remember to pick up her dirty socks. Last-minute, late-night board glue-ings are a common topic of conversation between parents standing outside during judging.
3. Science fairs nurture a child’s exposure to a topic in science longterm. Even if the project only takes a day, writing the report, making the board, setting up at the fair, and doing the interview all weave together to make this a solid, deep learning experience 3. Science fairs take a huge commitment from child and parent. Most kids love doing experiments, but actually taking the notes, writing the report, and getting the board done are difficult to manage. Most parents can resist the temptation to just finish the project themselves, but some (clearly, judging from what appears at the fair) just can’t stand it.
4. The science fair is real. So many other experiences kids have don’t have real-life consequences and the ability to follow through as an adult would. 4. If you have more than one participant, you are likely to find out just how real the science fair is. Last year, one of my children got an award and the other didn’t. This year, ditto. The only good outcome is that it’s a different child this year! This is a real exercise in filial love.
5. Science fairs offer a sense of community to kids who might feel isolated at their schools. If your child is a science-y kid, chances are s/he’s felt out of place at school. The science fair is a place where he is normal, and where he can invite other non-science-y kids in to take part in something he loves. 5. If you love science, some of the work you’ll see at the science fair might give you pause. The scientific method is not necessarily understood by a certain number of the participants, and you have to remind yourself that this is a learning experience!
6. Science fairs nurture ideas and inspire kids. One of these days I’ll remember to take notes about all the cool ideas my kids come up with while cruising the aisles looking at everyone else’s work. 6. If your child’s project goes badly, you might find her deflated rather than pumped up. Get ready to do some pumping.
7. Science fairs place a value on intellectual activity, which helps cancel out a popular culture that places little value on deep thought and hard work. 7. Your child may, in fact, decide that listening to Justin Bieber is more fulfilling than the science fair.
8. Science fair projects are largely parent-led activities done at home, which offers a great bonding experience for parent and child. 8. Science fair projects are largely parent-led activities done at home, which offers a great chance for parent and child to tear each other’s hair out and issue curses while swearing never, ever to enter the science fair again.
 
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The internet is amazing but it is also becoming more and more of a problem for kids and teens. Parents need to take the time to set up house rules and to educate themselves and their children about using the internet, emailing and texting. There are more and more social networking sites popping up and it is very easy for kids to set up their own account without parents being aware.

Social networking which consists of online communities can be fun, however most of these sites were set up for adults and actually have age restrictions. Nevertheless some children are using them and many parents are allowing it. A problem is that they are a potential venue for cyber-bullying.  Children feel safe saying things when they are in front of their computer that they would not say in person. They need to learn and use verbal, face to face communication when dealing with difficult issues. The internet and texting are not the way to work things out.

Many teens also forget that there are other people watching their pages... potential employers, teachers, other parents... Once their text or photo is posted, there is no taking it back. The imagethey create of themselves can cost them in the future. There are many situations where employers have not hired individuals after looking at their Facebook page.   Children have been suspended because of photos posted of them drinking or smoking.

Parents have a right to monitor everything their children are doing online, with email and texting. It is not about invading privacy. It is about keeping children safe. 

KID SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

  • Webkinz and Club Penguin are the popular sites for young kids and they do a great job with creating protective settings however parents should still stay tuned in when their children are logged on.

ADULT / TEEN SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

  • (Icons/Graphics) ThumbsDown.jpgChatroulette - One of the newer websites that randomly pairs users for video chatting.You do NOT want your teen on this site. Users go to the website, click "play," enable their webcam, and then they are connected to a randomly selected stranger. At any time, you can click "next" and you'll be connected to another random stranger—and on and on. 
  • (Icons/Graphics) ThumbsDown.jpgFormspring It lets you open an account and allows your anonymous audience - usually your classmates - to communicate with brutal honesty.  Their SAFETY INFO page > 
  • Windows Live Spaces
  • Facebook - This is a online community site that can be fairly safe if used correctly with privacy settings and kids RESPECTING their peers and the type of content they post.  Their SAFETY INFO page >
  • YouTube - There are some very entertaining and even informative videos that can be found. The issue here is filtering out what kids are watching or posting themselves. Great article >  Their SAFETY INFO page >
  • MySpace - This is an online community site that is popular among teens. Their SAFETY INFO page >
  • Flickr - Great article >
  • Twitter - Twitter is a way for users to share short updates with one another via a tweet post that is under 140 characters. By default, your Twitter profile is public and all your updates can be seen by anyone. You can control who sees your Twitter messages by selecting the "Protect my Updates" box in the Settings area. Your profile becomes private and only approved followers can see your updates. Otherwise, anyone can read your updates, without your permission. 

INTERNET & SOCIAL NETWORK SAFETY GUIDELINES

  1. Educate yourself and your child about cyber bullying. This is a serious issue. 
  2. Educate yourself about the site - Consider setting up your own account so you can monitor their activity. 
  3. Communicate with your children. Find out if they already have accounts set up. Discuss your concerns.
  4. Set your own house rules for using the internet, cell phones, email, etc.
  5. Ensure your kids follow the age limits on the social networking site.
  6. Encourage them to ONLY communicate with people that they actually know.
  7. Ensure that they are not using their full names when they set up accounts.
  8. Ensure that they are not posting a lot of personal information that would make them more vulnerable to predators (ie: school name, friends names, neighborhood, etc.)
  9. Ensure that they are using the privacy settings so that less users have access to their information.
  10. Monitor the types of photos and video they are loading. Are they appropriate? Are they giving out information about your child because of things that may be in the photo (ie: school name, street signs, etc.)
  11. Cancel your child's account. If you feel they are not following the house rules, you can contact the social network site and ask them to terminate the account.
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