When kids get to the age of being able to switch on and use a computer on their own, we parents need to start thinking about making sure they are safe online. It's all too easy for kids to stray onto inappropriate websites even after doing a seemingly harmless search.
It's a good idea to follow a simple set of guidelines when your kids are using the computer, especially when they're online. The list below isn't meant to be exhaustive, but it's a good starting point.
1) Keep the computer in a public room - not hidden away in kids bedrooms. That way you can see what they're doing.
2) Install an internet content filter ѕuсh аѕ Content Protect. This can help you prevent your children from coming into contact with іn appropriate content.
3) Set up a separate login for your children (or one for each), configuring security settings for your content filter for each login so it is appropriate to their age.
4) Talk to your kids about the risks and dangers online. Make them aware of how to stay safe online. Here are a few golden rules that you can talk through with them.
There are a number of great resources online that will help you ensure your kids can surf safely. A couple you mіght like to visit are www.safekids.com and www.getnetwise.org.
Overwhelmed by the news from Texas and Louisiana since Hurricane Harvey made landfall? Here is an overview of coverage. According to the National Weather Service, “This event is unprecedented and all impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced.”
What’s happening on the ground
Local officials blame at least 31 deaths and many more injuries on the storm, which has inundated parts of the Houston area with more than three feet of rain. In some places, totals surpassed 51 inches, setting a record fоr the continental United States. And, in Harris County, which includes Houston, up to 30 percent of the land had flooded, according to Jeffrey Lindner, a meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District.
While the storm began to release Houston from its grip on Wednesday, it continued to wreak havoc east of the city: “Our whole city is underwater,” Derrick Freeman, the mayor of Port Arthur, Texas, said, on Facebook early Wednesday. Harvey is now hitting southwestern Louisiana, too, where storm surge warnings and watches are in effect.
As the storm strengthened over the weekend, experts at the National Hurricane Center raced to warn the public of what was to come and grappled with how to convey іtѕ scope. More than a trillion gallons of rain fell in Harris County in four days — enough to “run Niagara Falls for 15 days,” Mr. Lindner said.
Hurricane Harvey has been especially devastating especially for a number of reasons, and climate change is one. Climate change amplifies storms. Warmer air can hold more moisture and warmer seas cause water to evaporate faster, which means more rainfall during storms— a key factor in Harvey’s extensive flooding.
Parts of Houston, Texas saw over two feet of rain in 24 hours. On Sundау, it was reported that there was a two and a half hour wait for 911 assistance. At least nineteen trillion gallons of water have fallen on Texas, with an additional five to 10 trillion gallons to come over the week — up to 50 inches of rain, meaning some areas will get a year’s worth of rain in a week. Lives wіll be forever changed by this historic flood. The relief workers, first responders and volunteers who are risking their lives to help those in need deserve our deepest gratitude.
On August 21st, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep across the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina. A total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky. Of course, this is only an optical illusion as the sun is actually about 400 times wider than the moon. Coincidentally, the moon happens to be about 400 times closer to the earth than the sun.
During the total solar eclipse, the path of “totality” will be approximately 70 miles wide and will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. It will pass through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Those who are in the path of this cosmic event are extremely fortunate as the sun and the moon only line up for a total eclipse about once every 18 months on average. Even more rare would be to see a total eclipse from the same spot since a specific spot on the earth’s surface will only experience a total eclipse approximately every 375 years. So, if you find yourself in the path of totality for this eclipse, take the time to acknowledge it, because you may not be able to see it from that spot again for nearly four centuries.
You can use this interactive map from NASA to zoom in on the path and find out the exact locations and times which it will be visible.
Blackout zones for cellular phones, ambulances stuck in gridlock. There are many things that emergency managers around the country expect to see during the week of August 21.
This solar eclipse—the first in 99 years has so much interest from fans that disaster-level preparations are being set in motion because so many people are trying to jockey for viewing space in prime locations. With an estimated 7.4 million gawkers trying to fill a 70-mile-wide section of land across the U.S. for a two-minute window to watch as the sun is blotted from the sky.
What is the worry? In many of these areas millions of people are expected to clog roadways, for several days before and after the eclipse.
In my hometown of Kansas City, one of the large metro areas in the path is preparing for traffic similar to a World Series celebration, luckily we have had practice for that recently.
While there are many things to consider for your own safety many of the agencies that are the most helpful during times of emergency are already starting to stock up on extra water, emergency shelters and even extra portable toilets.
Hotels along the path of the eclipse have been sold out for several months which may cause a problem for groups like the Red Cross that helps out fire victims with hotel vouchers. They are getting emergency shelters in the 12 states ready for increased traffic.
Many experts are telling travelers to pack extra food and water in your car in case you get stuck traffic. Make sure you know where you are staying and keep printed directions on hand because cellular services may be jammed in some areas. Do not try and just wing it or you may end up in an emergency shelter or sleeping in your car.