This Week’s Buzz on the Internet- 11 September 2017

Internet Buzz #1 – Stranger Danger 

As parents, we have to be extra cautious nowadays. The Internet has raised the level of accessibility and threatened the privacy of our children. We found this article which lists down five steps for a child to remember, when it comes to stranger danger. These include: having a safe word, and doing away with personalised items.

 

Internet Buzz #2 – Why kids should never let go of Lego 

Lego has always held a special place in our playroom, and we hope they’ll always stay there. These blocks encourage imaginative play and teach kids to be patient when building, even when they reconstruct based on their imaginations.

According to the New York Post, a 2014 survey found that 62 per cent of children under 12 use touch screens often or very often, whereas only 49 per cent use any kind of construction toys or blocks. According to a Common Sense Media study from 2013, children ages 5 to 8 (prime Lego playing years) spend about 2 ½ hours a day on screens. Since they’re in school for seven-plus hours and asleep for about 10, this doesn’t leave a lot of time for building anything with those magical plastic blocks.

We think it’s a shame that there’s been a dip in sales, but we definitely won’t be trading in our Lego sets or blocks any time soon.  It’s always good to have some around so that kids have that much more interaction than just with their screens.

As Naomi Riley, the author of this post mentions, “A company with such a longstanding connection to multiple generations is not going to disappear any time soon, but sometimes kids and parents need to be reminded of life’s simple toys.”

We truly hope Lego doesn’t lose out on their battle against other tech-advanced toys. We had so much fun with Lego and we’re sure our kids will too.

 

Internet Buzz #3 – Halloween movie list with the family

Halloween is just around the corner, and we’ve found the perfect list of movies that you can watch with the kids leading up to the spooky occasion or even on Halloween night itself. Some of our own favourites are on the list, including Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters and Gremlins! If you’ve done your 80s spooky movie marathon, share your favourite 90s horror flicks so we can add to our list! We already have three we can think of – Hocus Pocus, The Witches and the Addams Family. What say you, what would you recommend?

 

Internet Buzz #4 – 10 Things that make mums lose it

This list we just had to share, just because. Here’s to a stress-free weekend everybody and you’ve got this! Roll your eyes and have a giggle with us.

 

Internet Buzz #5 – We need to talk to boys about their body image too

We’re happy that there are so many articles on educating our little girls about their body image. However, it’s been tough for us to come across tips on how to speak to our little boys about this delicate yet important topic.

Luckily, in a recent blog post titled A Message To Mothers of Boys, dietitian Amy Reed talks about the importance of raising sons who have a healthy body image and are respectful of other people’s body sizes and food choices too.

Sally Kuzemchek shares the advice outlined in Reeds posting about teaching boys body-positive messages for themselves and others. One which we feel is extremely important: when your kids are describing a friend, make sure to ask questions that aren’t related to their looks. Ask questions like, “Is he funny?”, “Is she good at math?”, “What books does she like to read?”. In return, when you’re describing someone to your son, talk about characteristics of their personality instead of their body.

We truly appreciate Kuzemchek’s article and hope you will too.

 

Internet Buzz #5 – Children’s books that teach the importance of non-conformity

We love how Amanda Pena from Huffington Post has selected a list of books that’ll teach children to feel comfortable in their own skin.

Building your child’s confidence isn’t always easy in parenting, so we’re glad these authors are able to convey their message eloquently and creatively.

Check out this list which includes ‘Red, a Crayons Story,’ by Michael Hall, as well as, ‘I don’t want to be a Frog,’ by Dave Petty.

 

Internet Buzz #6 – Upcard : The App that allows nonverbal kids to communicate

Royden James created Upcard so that his autistic son could communicate with him.

“One of the more heartbreaking frustrations is when you can clearly see that your child has something to say to you,” says Royden James in this article.  “Something they want, but the words just don’t come. It’s like you can see in their eyes that they are hoping you can just know.”

Based on the picture exchange communication system (PECS),  which was developed for learners with cognitive, physical and communication challenges, Upcard is made up of “picture cards” that users can place in sequences to form simple statements and requests.

For James, the app has been a game changer. He loves how it has helped his son communicate with others and helped him to articulate his thoughts.

For parents eager to try Upcard, it’s free both on iOS and Android.

 

Compiled by Elyza Noordeen

We hope you enjoyed this week’s internet buzz as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Make sure to drop us an email at makchic@popdigital.my if you come across anything share-worthy.

 

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