Internet Safety for You and Your Child

The internet has truly shrunk the world. With Ebay and Amazon, we can buy and sell goods at discounts from any country. Chat rooms and social media have opened the door to new relationships with people on other continents. Yet these same advantages also pose dangers to our children, who have greater access to the Internet through electronics. Never before has so much been so available to us and at the same time given people so much access to our families.

Father with daughter playing on digital tablet. Selective focus on the child's finger.

The Internet is a great place for Cyber stalkers to lure victims. It provides anonymity for criminals looking for opportunity.  In chat rooms, a 42 year old man can pose at a 15 year old boy. But I have good news!! You have tools to empower your child to spot predators and flee their traps.

Here are some Action Steps for Parents you can take to keep your child safe on the internet:

1. Be informed! There are many books and websites available on the subject. Don’t be afraid! Knowledge replaces fear with strength and confidence.

2. Keep lines of communication open with your children. Besides being good parenting, open communication enables your child to come to you if they are concerned about anything they encounter on the internet.  f they know you will listen, your children are more likely to come to you for support and answers about situations they are uncomfortable with.

3. Watch the clock. Limit the amount of time your children are on the internet, just like you do the TV or the phone. Moderation helps them become a well rounded individual. Plus, when you are together, you will really want them to be present with you and not in some “other world”.

4.  Monitor activity. Check in on your children while they are on the internet. If they are under 16, you can insist they be in a common area when they are on their electronics.  Awareness is the first step to prevention or intervention, if necessary.

Action Steps for Children

1. Help your child pick a screen name that will attract the kind of friends your child would like.

2. Tell your child only to send photos with your permission.

3. Tell your child that if he encounter inappropriate or offensive messages, never respond to them.

4. Make sure your child knows to never give anyone personal information or passwords online. While this makes sense to us, telling someone online the kind of car your family has or discussing personal problems on the internet, can reveal to a predator how to find your child.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of actions to take. This blog is meant to empower you to protect your children while they explore the wonderful world of the internet. Feel free to watch our video about internet safety at http://bit.ly/1iiaJOu

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What to Do In Del Rio

Sip a glass of locally made wine. Hike through ancient limestone canyons. Swim in the cool and clear waters of a stunning lake or browse an art gallery fully stocked with works made by Texan artists. These are just a few of the things to do in Del Rio, a quaint border town. From stunning natural areas to fascinating art galleries, there’s much to enjoy about Del Rio. Get your adventure in Del Rio started.

1. Visit the oldest Winery in Texas
Val Verde Winery
    Sip a glass of locally made wine. Hike through ancient limestone canyons. Swim in the cool and clear waters of a stunning lake or browse an art gallery fully stocked with works made by Texan artists. These are just a few of the things to do in Del Rio, a quaint border town. From stunning natural areas to fascinating art galleries, there’s much to enjoy about Del Rio. Get your adventure in Del Rio started.
2. Experience Lake Amistad 
    Lake Amistad, the third largest lake in the state that is known as one of the best balakess fishing spot in Texas. The lake’s clear blue water is fully stocked with other types of fish, including stripers and yellow catfish. Fishing can be done anywhere outside of the lake’s harbors and designated swimming areas on the US and Mexican side of the border. Before you load up your tackle box and head out to the lake, you should be aware that Texas and Mexico require fishing permits, both of which you can buy on the Texas side of the border.
3. Cool off in San Felipe Springs
    San Felipe Springs, has been an alluring oasis since Spanish explorers san_felipe_creek_walkand missionaries found their way into Texas in the 17th century. Today, it’s a popular place to escape the heat for locals and visitors alike. The most popular swimming holes in Del Rio are Horseshoe Park, Lions Park, and Blue Lake, all of which are on the eastern side of town near the San Felipe Country Club. If you find yourself in Del Rio and you’re looking to escape the summer heat, there’s no better way to do it than by swimming in the pristine waters of San Felipe Springs.
4. Walk on Del Rio’s Artistic Side
    There are numerous art galleries full of unique paintings, sculptures, and photography that you can explore. This includes the Del Rio Council for the Arts at the Firehous0art1e Gallery, a public arts facility that has two distinct galleries housed within the town’s original firehouse and city hall. Casa de La Cultura, situated on Del Rio’s south side, showcases works created by artists from around the state of Texas in its gallery. Finally, the Lee Bunch Studio Gallery displays, and sells, oil paintings, hand-painted China, and more. You can visit these art galleries in Del Rio on your own or during Del Rio’s artwalk, which takes place the first Friday of every month.
5. Check out Ancient Cave Paintings
    Although there are several caves that have spectacular examples of cave paintings, Panther Cave may be the most eye-catching. A 10-foot-long painting of a red panther adorns the rear wall of the cave, but even that is just of one of hundreds of motifs tha00t can be found here. Parida Cave, is another impressive site for cave paintings. Along with all the ancient art, Parida Cave offers great views of the Rio Grande River and it surroundings.
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7 Perfect Mother’s Day Gifts for the Traveling Mom

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we thought we’d offer some cool ideas for gifts. Mom will love you for thinking about her like this!

Start out with an unusual Mother’s Day card.

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This card will keep Mom laughing and let her know you care.  See etsy.com

 

 

 

 

Tea from around the WorldTeas for mom to relax with

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/tea-from-around-the-world-set

Help Mom enjoy a world of flavor without ever leaving the comfort of her favorite chair. This international set of teas is a great way to help her sit down and relax on her special day.

 

 

Coffee Candle

If your mom loves coffee and candles, then this is the perfect gift for her. These candles are made of soy wax, so they are smokeless. Go to http://thescentedbean.com to order.coffee candle

 

Jewelry

Every woman loves jewelry, and this line of jewelry is inexpensive and very stylish. And the good news is… all the jewelry is just $5! Make Mom feel special Order this piece by going to this website.

 

 

 

 

Swiss Army Card

Mom’s not the knife carrying type? No problem! She can have all the tools she needs in case. It’s the size of a credit card. And that means you’ll be able to pack in all the functionality you need for your everyday adventures and carry them in your wallet as you move through life. for the mom on the go. Swiss Army Card for Traveling Mom

 

 

 

 

Flavor Infusing Water Bottle

When Mom is on the go, water is important for her. This cool gift lets her choose her flavorings and create her own flavored water, and keeps her hydrated.23267_meds

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/flavor-infuser-water-bottle

 

 

 

Yoga Mat

Lots of moms are turning to yoga for health and relaxation. And mats from La Vie Boheme will have your mom in her mindful place in no time. Check out the website for other designs.This colorful yoga mat helps mom relax at night.

http://laviebohemeyoga.com/products/avanti-yoga-mat-1

 

 

 

No matter what you choose, make sure Mom knows how special she is.

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