Blog Posts

Here's a collection of the blog posts I've written in the last few years.

8 Tips on Digital Back-to-School Prep

As summer break ends to make way for the return of the school year, parents are scrambling to get their young ones ready. For parents in the digital age, back-to-school prep goes beyond filling out medical forms and buying school supplies. Families need to also get their tech lives in order in anticipation of the new school year. Here’s our checklist on how to digitally prepare for back to school. About a week or two before the first day of school, start getting your kids to bed early. If thei

Tips for Creating Digital Boundaries for Your Kids

The internet is practically a way of life for children, many of whom have been exposed to a digital device almost their whole lives. However, as familiar as today’s kids are with being online, many are unaware of the potential dangers and of general etiquette in digital life. A monster task for today’s parents is teaching children how to safely and responsibly navigate digital space. We’ve provided a quick guide below with the top three tips highlighted in the above graphic. Owning a smartphon

How to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

July 12th is National Summer Learning Day, created by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to raise awareness of summer learning loss (AKA “summer slide”). This is a phenomenon in which school children forget some (ok, maybe a lot) of what they’d learned throughout the school year during summer break. Recently expanded by the NSLA to cover the whole week of July 8-13, National Summer Learning Day invites families, education leaders, and child experts to work together and ensure kids a

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

June is National Internet Safety Month. Passed by Congress in 2005, Internet Safety Month raises awareness of online safety, particularly for children. It’s notable that it takes place at the start of summer vacation, a time when parents should arguably be the most vigilant when it comes to managing their kids’ online activity. In previous decades, children spent their summer days hopping between grassy yards, local swimming holes, hanging out at the mall and at times, watching too much TV. Now

How to Deal with School Stress at the End of the Year

Many children across the country are excitedly counting the days until summer break. They’ll be bidding adieu to homework and classes for the next 8-12 weeks as they travel, lounge around the house, or attend summer camp. However, for some kids the last few weeks of school can be extremely stressful due to a number of factors that range from final class projects to concerns in leaving a beloved teacher. This can be a lot to handle for young minds and bodies, so it’s important for children to le

The Link Between Social Media and FOMO in Teenagers

It may be hard to accept for some people, but we can’t be everywhere at once. Sometimes multiple events will happen at the same time, and we’d have to choose which one to attend. Other times we won’t be invited to certain gatherings or outings. While many people accept this and move on, others may become consumed by this knowledge and develop FOMO—Fear Of Missing Out. FOMO refers to the anxiety and discomfort someone feels when they think they’re missing out on fun experiences. It’s normal to f

Mother’s Day Musings from Securly Moms

In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we asked our moms in the office to share their experiences and thoughts about being a mother, and the challenges of raising children in the tech era. How has working at Securly changed your outlook on internet safety at home? Becky: I see tremendous value in having good digital citizenship conversations with your children starting in elementary school, and with clear guidelines on internet use at home while they are young. Add in their school’s use of Filt

Why Teens Are Attracted to Dangerous Viral Challenges

Teenagers are notorious for engaging in reckless behavior, and probably have been doing so since humans first walked the earth. It wouldn’t be surprising to learn of prehistoric teens taunting wooly mammoths. However, the rise of social media has inadvertently elevated risk-taking, in the form of viral challenges. Participating in these dangerous viral challenges have led some teens to hospitalization, disfigurement, and even death. Let’s explore why teens often get involved in these viral chal

How to Properly Introduce Technology to Your Kids

In our modern, tech-infused society, it seems like children are practically born with a smartphone in their hands. How many of us have seen toddlers sitting in their strollers casually tapping and swiping on their parents’ digital devices like pros? How many tweens are walking around with their own smartphones? Let’s face it: tech is here to stay, and parents are responsible for deciding how and when to introduce their children to it.

Technology Tips for Parents During Spring Break

Just when you thought the holidays are a distant memory here comes spring break, another long stretch in which you’ll have to find a way to keep your kids busy while they’re home from school. Although some people travel during spring break, many families opt to stay close to home for various reasons. If you are planning on such a “staycation” with your kids, be careful. It can be very easy to waste the day away by turning on the TV or handing over your tablet for several hours.

IPL Photofacial and Fractional Laser Treatments

The effects of aging are the most visible on your face. Wrinkles, age spots, and sagginess appear. Sun damage and acne scars may also emerge. The result is that you look older, more tired, and less vibrant than you really feel. Fortunately, while aging is inevitable, you can do something to slow it down. This article will discuss two methods of skin repair—IPL photofacial and fractional laser treatments. Ultimately, the right treatment for you depends on what issues need to be addressed.

Easy, Quick Valentine’s Chocolate Bites Recipe

When it comes to Valentine’s Day presents chocolate reigns supreme, according to a 2017 Statista article. Instead of buying yet another heart-shaped box for your beloved, this year why not do something special and make him/her the sweet treats from scratch? Maybe some Valentine’s chocolate bites? Trust us it’ll be more meaningful that way, and you can customize the goodies with their favorite types of chocolate and fillings.

Beauty Tips to Prepare for New Year’s Eve

Christmas is a time to think about others. Buying presents, sending greeting cards, traveling to see family—those are heartwarming activities we do for our loved ones. However, New Year’s Eve is a different story. New Year’s Eve is a time to CELEBRATE! It’s not too early to start prepping for the biggest party of the year. In between your Christmas shopping, squeeze some time in to get yourself a cute outfit, killer shoes, and sexy ‘do. But none of that matters if you don’t have healthy, glowing skin.

Differences between Elderly Caregiver Roles

When we think of elderly caregivers, we often picture nurses working in hospitals or assisted living facilities. But the truth is that you don’t need a nursing degree to become an elderly caregiver. In fact, in some cases, all you need is a high school diploma and some training. Caring for the elderly is a rewarding, but challenging experience. It’s not a career choice one should decide upon a whim. Before you decide to go down the path of elderly caregiving, first ask yourself these questions.
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