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Zombies Invade the World

Yes! There is a worldwide outbreak—of zombies. Germans calls these shuffling, bent creatures “Smombies,” a word made by joining two words: zombie and smartphones. Smombies are the people you see walking around with their eyes on their smartphones and not on the road ahead.

Each year, hordes of people are hurt by bumping into objects, falling into pools and getting hit by bikes and vehicles.

Innocent drivers who can’t avoid these zombies suffer from the trauma of hurting others. Older and disabled people walking down the street don’t move fast enough to avoid zombies and are commonly bumped and injured.

And this isn’t just taking place in your neighborhood. Zombies are a problem around the world.

In Seoul, South Korea, the city’s transportation department put up signs that show people using smartphones walking into cars. The signs are meant to remind people how dangerous walking can be when they don’t pay attention. The problem is that people must look up from their smartphones to see the signs.

Germany officials put bright strips of LED lights right in the sidewalk. This was done to keep people from walking into city trains. These lights have also been used in sidewalks in the Netherlands. Many people don’t like this idea, because it makes zombies feel that they don’t have to pay attention to the world around them.

In Austria, officials put airbags around lampposts to keep zombie tourists from smashing into them as they walk through the streets looking at their phones.

The city of Chongqing in southwest China has tried to solve this problem by making two walking lanes. One is for people who are not using smartphones as they walk. The other is for people walking with their heads down.

Honolulu, Hawaii, has passed a law making it illegal to enter a crosswalk while you are looking at your smartphone. People who step out into traffic with their eyes on their phone face huge fines.

Because of all the traffic accidents caused by zombies with their phones, Brazil has older ladies helping young smartphone addicts cross the street safely.

All around the world, zombies—or smombies, if you prefer–put themselves and other people in danger. You can help stop the invasion. Remember this: a smartphone weighs about 4 ounces. A car can weigh about 80,000 ounces. When they hit each other, who do you think will win?

Now, look up.

Yes! There is a worldwide outbreak—of zombies. Germans calls these shuffling, bent creatures “Smombies,” a word made by joining two words: zombie and smartphones. Smombies are the people you see walking around with their eyes on their smartphones and not on the road ahead.

Each year, hordes of people are hurt by bumping into objects, falling into pools and getting hit by bikes and vehicles.

Innocent drivers who can’t avoid these zombies suffer from the trauma of hurting others. Older and disabled people walking down the street don’t move fast enough to avoid zombies and are commonly bumped and injured.

And this isn’t just taking place in your neighborhood. Zombies are a problem around the world.

In Seoul, South Korea, the city’s transportation department put up signs that show people using smartphones walking into cars. The signs are meant to remind people how dangerous walking can be when they don’t pay attention. The problem is that people must look up from their smartphones to see the signs.

Germany officials put bright strips of LED lights right in the sidewalk. This was done to keep people from walking into city trains. These lights have also been used in sidewalks in the Netherlands. Many people don’t like this idea, because it makes zombies feel that they don’t have to pay attention to the world around them.

In Austria, officials put airbags around lampposts to keep zombie tourists from smashing into them as they walk through the streets looking at their phones.

The city of Chongqing in southwest China has tried to solve this problem by making two walking lanes. One is for people who are not using smartphones as they walk. The other is for people walking with their heads down.

Honolulu, Hawaii, has passed a law making it illegal to enter a crosswalk while you are looking at your smartphone. People who step out into traffic with their eyes on their phone face huge fines.

Because of all the traffic accidents caused by zombies with their phones, Brazil has older ladies helping young smartphone addicts cross the street safely.

All around the world, zombies—or smombies, if you prefer–put themselves and other people in danger. You can help stop the invasion. Remember this: a smartphone weighs about 4 ounces. A car can weigh about 80,000 ounces. When they hit each other, who do you think will win?

Now, look up.

When You Get Mad! (Anger Management for Kids)

Anger Management for Kids

Whether you are on the school playground or spending time with friends in your neighborhood on the weekend, not everything always goes as planned. You could skin your knees, bump your head going up the monkey bars and get splashed in the pool. Accidents happen. People get mad.

In that finger-snap moment, many say or do things that hurt friendships, feelings and even get them into trouble.  That doesn’t have to happen to you. You just need a few tools.

There’s nothing wrong with feeling mad. Everyone feels mad from time to time. The problem is when the anger makes you do things that hurt you or other people. That’s why the most important thing to think when you get mad is this: TAKE CONTROL.

TAKE CONTROL. You are stronger than you think. You have the power to get control of your anger. Here are some ways:

  • When you open your mouth to yell at someone who hit you or splashed you, take a breath. Hold that breath. Let it out slowly. Take another breath. Those few seconds will save you from saying something mean or making someone else mad.
  • Make fists and throw them away. That is, curl your hands into fists then quickly fling your hands open. Do that over and over until you feel your burning anger fade.
  • Walk away. Walk to the side. Pace back and forth. This is a good way to help when you stub your toe or hurt your arm. It helps ease the pain while you let the anger out.
  • Close your eyes and grit your teeth. Then let yourself relax. This helps you calm down and think.

These actions may seem easy, but they are not. You may need to practice them with friends or your parents. But they are important because they give you control. Once you have control, you can think about what made you mad. When you can think with a calm head, you can take care of what the problem is.

Did you bump your head? Then call an adult to make sure that you are not badly hurt.

Did another kid yell a mean comment to you? When you have control you can walk away or just roll your eyes or go tell your parents. If the comment was truly hurtful, you can talk about it with friends or family or a special adult—yelling back makes you just as hurtful as the person who hurt you.

Many adults go through life struggling with their anger. They get in trouble. This can often be made worse when they express their anger on social media. Some people go to jail. Many never learn to be the boss of their anger. They pay a big price for that. You are better than that—or you can be—when you learn what to do when you get mad.

Whether you are on the school playground or spending time with friends in your neighborhood on the weekend, not everything always goes as planned. You could skin your knees, bump your head going up the monkey bars and get splashed in the pool. Accidents happen. People get mad.

In that finger-snap moment, many say or do things that hurt friendships, feelings and even get them into trouble.  That doesn’t have to happen to you. You just need a few tools.

There’s nothing wrong with feeling mad. Everyone feels mad from time to time. The problem is when the anger makes you do things that hurt you or other people. That’s why the most important thing to think when you get mad is this: TAKE CONTROL.

TAKE CONTROL. You are stronger than you think. You have the power to get control of your anger. Here are some ways:

  • When you open your mouth to yell at someone who hit you or splashed you, take a breath. Hold that breath. Let it out slowly. Take another breath. Those few seconds will save you from saying something mean or making someone else mad.
  • Make fists and throw them away. That is, curl your hands into fists then quickly fling your hands open. Do that over and over until you feel your burning anger fade.
  • Walk away. Walk to the side. Pace back and forth. This is a good way to help when you stub your toe or hurt your arm. It helps ease the pain while you let the anger out.
  • Close your eyes and grit your teeth. Then let yourself relax. This helps you calm down and think.

These actions may seem easy, but they are not. You may need to practice them with friends or your parents. But they are important because they give you control. Once you have control, you can think about what made you mad. When you can think with a calm head, you can take care of what the problem is.

Did you bump your head? Then call an adult to make sure that you are not badly hurt.

Did another kid yell a mean comment to you? When you have control you can walk away or just roll your eyes or go tell your parents. If the comment was truly hurtful, you can talk about it with friends or family or a special adult—yelling back makes you just as hurtful as the person who hurt you.

Many adults go through life struggling with their anger. They get in trouble. This can often be made worse when they express their anger on social media. Some people go to jail. Many never learn to be the boss of their anger. They pay a big price for that. You are better than that—or you can be—when you learn what to do when you get mad.

How Can I Protect My Kids from Internet Dangers?

The internet has opened up many opportunities and made our lives easier. However, it also made certain things more complicated. For example, parents have another big challenge to deal with – handling the digital habits of their kids.

Kids spend a lot of time online every day. It’s important to know what they are doing online and how this habit is affecting them. The internet offers a lot of learning opportunities, entertainment, and communication options to kids, but it has dangers as well.

These dangers can come in various forms. Here are some of the most important things you should pay attention to and how to protect your kids from them.

Learn More About the Internet Yourself

Kids learn really fast. As they grow older, they often surpass their parents with their knowledge. If your kid knows more than you, he or she can trick you easily. At the same time, how do you expect to protect your kids if you can’t protect yourself?

On top of that, the online world can change quickly. There are new apps, platforms, and sites becoming relevant each year. You need to know what they are about and how to use them. As a parent, you need to keep yourself continuously updated.

Make sure to keep track of what is relevant online. You can do this by merely using the web yourself and keeping an open mind.

Block Adult Sites and Other Harmful Content

You can’t expect to be present every time your kids are browsing the web. As a parent, you need to take time for yourself and catch a break from your kids. Luckily, you can block various online content to make sure your kids don’t access it.

There are various parental controls that you can choose from. These software programs block access to the most harmful sites, such as adult content. They also restrict access to websites that may not be harmful, but you don’t want your kids spending hours on. These may include social media networks and gaming sites.

Parental control software will also allow you to check the history and see what websites your kids visit, as well as send you reports on their internet searches.

Secure Your Networks

Everyone has home WiFi today. Just because they are common doesn’t mean that they don’t present a security threat. You never know who might try and access your network and intercept your data. First of all, make sure to create a strong password to ensure nobody else can connect.

Also, make sure to enable network encryption and reduce its range. Still, none of these things guarantee absolute safety. What you need to do is secure your connection to the network itself. You can do this by using a virtual private network.

There are various free VPN options to choose from. What’s even better is that they work on all devices that can be connected to the web.

Talk to Your Kids Regularly

Like with any other issue, you should talk with your kids about the internet. If you want them to learn how to use it the right way, you will have to teach them. Furthermore, it’s also a good idea to set an example whenever you are online when your children are around.

Tell them that not everyone online means good to them. Talk about hackers, cybercriminals, bullies, and dangerous software. Explain how coming in contact with people they don’t know even if it’s just online.

Try and explain to them that the internet is not detached from their actions. Teach them accountability and the importance of how they behave. At the same time, look to turn their focus to positive things online and look to get them interested in quality content.

Install Proper Protection

No matter if we are talking about a computer or a mobile device, you need security software. Sometimes your kids will make mistakes. In those situations, you can’t leave them dry. Luckily, there are various antivirus and antimalware software.

These tools give you an extra security layer that will stop most attacks. Of course, some might go undetected, but it’s always a good idea to increase your chances of success. At the same time, make sure to update all your apps, software, and operating systems on all devices. These updates come with vital security patches that fix various vulnerabilities.

In the end, it’s important to be present and care for your kids. A lot of parents don’t pay attention to what their kids do online and how they perceive the internet. It can be difficult for parents to rationalize the web, particularly social media. You need to be there for your kids and give them the support they need.

The internet has opened up many opportunities and made our lives easier. However, it also made certain things more complicated. For example, parents have another big challenge to deal with – handling the digital habits of their kids.

Kids spend a lot of time online every day. It’s important to know what they are doing online and how this habit is affecting them. The internet offers a lot of learning opportunities, entertainment, and communication options to kids, but it has dangers as well.

These dangers can come in various forms. Here are some of the most important things you should pay attention to and how to protect your kids from them.

Learn More About the Internet Yourself

Kids learn really fast. As they grow older, they often surpass their parents with their knowledge. If your kid knows more than you, he or she can trick you easily. At the same time, how do you expect to protect your kids if you can’t protect yourself?

On top of that, the online world can change quickly. There are new apps, platforms, and sites becoming relevant each year. You need to know what they are about and how to use them. As a parent, you need to keep yourself continuously updated.

Make sure to keep track of what is relevant online. You can do this by merely using the web yourself and keeping an open mind.

Block Adult Sites and Other Harmful Content

You can’t expect to be present every time your kids are browsing the web. As a parent, you need to take time for yourself and catch a break from your kids. Luckily, you can block various online content to make sure your kids don’t access it.

There are various parental controls that you can choose from. These software programs block access to the most harmful sites, such as adult content. They also restrict access to websites that may not be harmful, but you don’t want your kids spending hours on. These may include social media networks and gaming sites.

Parental control software will also allow you to check the history and see what websites your kids visit, as well as send you reports on their internet searches.

Secure Your Networks

Everyone has home WiFi today. Just because they are common doesn’t mean that they don’t present a security threat. You never know who might try and access your network and intercept your data. First of all, make sure to create a strong password to ensure nobody else can connect.

Also, make sure to enable network encryption and reduce its range. Still, none of these things guarantee absolute safety. What you need to do is secure your connection to the network itself. You can do this by using a virtual private network.

There are various free VPN options to choose from. What’s even better is that they work on all devices that can be connected to the web.

Talk to Your Kids Regularly

Like with any other issue, you should talk with your kids about the internet. If you want them to learn how to use it the right way, you will have to teach them. Furthermore, it’s also a good idea to set an example whenever you are online when your children are around.

Tell them that not everyone online means good to them. Talk about hackers, cybercriminals, bullies, and dangerous software. Explain how coming in contact with people they don’t know even if it’s just online.

Try and explain to them that the internet is not detached from their actions. Teach them accountability and the importance of how they behave. At the same time, look to turn their focus to positive things online and look to get them interested in quality content.

Install Proper Protection

No matter if we are talking about a computer or a mobile device, you need security software. Sometimes your kids will make mistakes. In those situations, you can’t leave them dry. Luckily, there are various antivirus and antimalware software.

These tools give you an extra security layer that will stop most attacks. Of course, some might go undetected, but it’s always a good idea to increase your chances of success. At the same time, make sure to update all your apps, software, and operating systems on all devices. These updates come with vital security patches that fix various vulnerabilities.

In the end, it’s important to be present and care for your kids. A lot of parents don’t pay attention to what their kids do online and how they perceive the internet. It can be difficult for parents to rationalize the web, particularly social media. You need to be there for your kids and give them the support they need.

Being Better Means Saying No

To many people, being “better” means smiling all the time, being quiet and polite and doing all their chores without being asked. You may picture “being good” as going to school, saying please and thank you and never doing anything to hurt another person. It means being sweet and agreeable.

Well, those actions are part of being a better person. Many times, to be a “better person” you need to say: NO.

Life can be so easy if you always say yes. Yes, you’ll skip out of gym class. Yes, you’ll try to hit passing cars with rocks. Yes, you’ll see if you can take that flash drive without paying for it. By saying yes, you go with the flow. You follow the lead of someone else. You know what you are doing is wrong, but when a group of friends is staring at you, waiting for your answer, being “good” can be hard.

Saying NO can sound mean. Saying NO can make your friends angry. They might not even want to be friends anymore. That can make YOU angry or sad. Being a good person sometimes means standing up for what is right, even when everyone else seems against you. Being good means saying NO.

Saying no can be hard. As your friends are looking at you, saying no can be the hardest thing you will ever do. The problem is that saying yes can be even harder—but not at the time. After all, when you say yes, everyone laughs, nods and slaps you on the back.

But by saying yes to your friends, you could put yourself in danger. You could end up in trouble with your parents, your school or even the police. Saying yes to a cigarette or pot joint might not seem like a big deal, but yes could lead to an addiction that takes years to beat and costs thousands of dollars. Saying yes can hurt your health and cost you years of life.

Saying no can sting. It can make people yell at you. It can make you seem like a chicken when in fact saying no can take all the strength in your bones. People talk about being better people—and saying NO can feel like the wrong way to do it. That’s a mistake.

Saying NO tells the world that you are you are able to think for yourself. It tells the world that you are working hard to be a good person, even when being a good person can hurt.

Talk to your parents about saying NO. Talk to your friends about how hard it can be to stand up to bullies by saying NO. By learning early on when to say that little word, you are on your way to being a better person.

To many people, being “better” means smiling all the time, being quiet and polite and doing all their chores without being asked. You may picture “being good” as going to school, saying please and thank you and never doing anything to hurt another person. It means being sweet and agreeable.

Well, those actions are part of being a better person. Many times, to be a “better person” you need to say: NO.

Life can be so easy if you always say yes. Yes, you’ll skip out of gym class. Yes, you’ll try to hit passing cars with rocks. Yes, you’ll see if you can take that flash drive without paying for it. By saying yes, you go with the flow. You follow the lead of someone else. You know what you are doing is wrong, but when a group of friends is staring at you, waiting for your answer, being “good” can be hard.

Saying NO can sound mean. Saying NO can make your friends angry. They might not even want to be friends anymore. That can make YOU angry or sad. Being a good person sometimes means standing up for what is right, even when everyone else seems against you. Being good means saying NO.

Saying no can be hard. As your friends are looking at you, saying no can be the hardest thing you will ever do. The problem is that saying yes can be even harder—but not at the time. After all, when you say yes, everyone laughs, nods and slaps you on the back.

But by saying yes to your friends, you could put yourself in danger. You could end up in trouble with your parents, your school or even the police. Saying yes to a cigarette or pot joint might not seem like a big deal, but yes could lead to an addiction that takes years to beat and costs thousands of dollars. Saying yes can hurt your health and cost you years of life.

Saying no can sting. It can make people yell at you. It can make you seem like a chicken when in fact saying no can take all the strength in your bones. People talk about being better people—and saying NO can feel like the wrong way to do it. That’s a mistake.

Saying NO tells the world that you are you are able to think for yourself. It tells the world that you are working hard to be a good person, even when being a good person can hurt.

Talk to your parents about saying NO. Talk to your friends about how hard it can be to stand up to bullies by saying NO. By learning early on when to say that little word, you are on your way to being a better person.