Teaching Your Teenager About Internet Safety

Internet safety is an important topic of conversation, especially for parents of teenagers. Teens might not be aware of all of the dangers that lurk on the World Wide Web, particularly on social media websites which are popular amongst today’s generation of young people. Generally, navigating the internet requires good judgement, as well as technology skills, but that isn’t something that kids are born with. I’ve teamed up with a Sixth Form in Hertfordshire to share some advice to parents regarding internet safety.

First of all, it’s worth helping your teen understand that they must think before they post. They need to ask themselves; will this post hurt someone’s feelings? Will this post embarrass me if an adult sees it? Once something has been shared on the internet, it can never be truly removed, especially since phones can easily take screen shots. With that said, teens need to be extremely careful about what they share online and not put anything too personal or private up.

Speak to your teen about child predators and explain that anyone can be hiding behind a screen. You should advise them against starting online relationships with strangers, especially in the romantic sense. What’s more, it’s important to encourage an open and honest atmosphere within your family so that your child is less likely to keep secrets from you. As well as child predators, cyberbullying is another huge threat in the online world and once it starts, it’s hard to escape from. Show your teen how to block people that are being nasty to them to prevent it from continuing.

 

Engagement Cam – Capturing That Special Moment Forever

Once upon a time, the only way to share a moment was to try to tell someone about it, to carefully preserve all those special details in your mind in order to share it with loved ones, friends and later generations. But we now live in times when not only do we want to share with our nearest and dearest, but we also love to share the details of our lives on our social media, on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And when those details happen to also be the most incredible moments of our lives, we want to share them even more.

Celebrities and every day folk alike share images of their weddings, their children and the events that make life so special. Birth announcements come with specially staged images (I’m thinking of you Beyonce), whilst gender reveal videos featuring balloons filled with coloured paper warm the heart. And now, a new technology, Engagement Cam, will help you share that special moment of ‘Will you marry me?’

Engagement Cam is a brilliant innovation, a tiny camera concealed in a wedding ring box, that captures the moment of proposal for posterity. It records the proposal and the instant reactions so that you can share these with your loved ones, and, maybe one day, your own children. And of course, you can also share the moment on your social media if you so wish.

The engagement cam’s hidden camera can record up to 15 minutes of footage at just the touch of a button – it is non intrusive and will not spoil the romance of the proposal, it will merely capture it. It has an inbuilt microphone to pick up the responses, and you do not have to worry about the battery running out – fully charged it will last for one hour.  You can then download the footage to your computer, either to view and save, or to share.

If you want to buy the camera, the current cost is £400, but you can rent the Engagement Cam for two weeks for £200. Two weeks will give you time to plan your proposal, and to choose a different day if something does come up to put it off for a day or two. There is an option to rent for longer if required, and the postage to return the camera and editing of your footage is free.

Your wedding proposal is one of the most glorious, romantic moments in your life, one that you want to preserve and cherish forever. Engagement Cam allows you to do just that, true romance in a small package.

The Benefits Of A Website For Your Small Business

So you have started up your own small business, and things are going well. You have established your niche, are slowly building up a loyal clientele, and you are beginning to achieve the targets you set out with. The only thing is, that this is all a little slower than you would have wanted and you are looking for ways to speed up the process, and get your name and brand out there. A question would be – do you have a website?

Why A Website?

A Facebook page for your business is great, but it cannot reach the numbers that a good quality website can. Getting your brand out there on the national, European or even worldwide stage is all about getting it seen and making it accessible to the masses. A website does this, giving you a web presence that can be accessed from just about anywhere, with the potential to reach thousands of new customers and clients.

But I Wouldn’t Know Where To Start.

If you think that a website would be a great idea for your start up,consider quality website builders. If that is not an option for you, there are companies out there who will create a bespoke website that totally meets your needs and that of your business, creating a design that reflects the aims of your brand. Silky Ocean Studio is one such company that has created a wide and diverse range of sites for both businesses and individuals including hair salons, actors and building services. They can then also maintain and update your website each month, leaving you with one less job to do. Click here to find out more about their services.

Mobile Friendly

These days it is all about the phone, and most websites can also easily be converted to an app that can be downloaded and used anytime, anyplace and anywhere. Even the most basic of sites can be made mobile friendly with the addition of a plugin, and this can mean that those who live for their technology can have your brand at the tip of their fingers.

Advantages Of Having A Website

You may just have a small shop or office where you run your business from, but having a website means that your business does not have to run 9-5 hours. It can be accessible 24 hours a day, welcoming new and potential customers all the time.

Your site can also say a lot about your business and can be used to promote your brand in other ways, for instance, a blog is a great way to introduce new product lines when they are in the production stages. You can also allow customers to add reviews and testimonials, and can encourage them to leave them online in order to improve your standing on Trustpilot and Google.

Finally, if your brand begins to spread its wings and grow, you can offer your services online. This can be through an online shop, or by offering online quotes for your services.

The Online world is right now, and the future. If you are not harnessing its potential, you could be seriously stunting your business growth.