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14Jun2017

Should I Buy from This Site? How to Know if a Website is Secure

Many people are doing their shopping online. But how do you know if a site is secure?

With so much online shopping, lots of personal information—phone numbers, home addresses, and credit cards—will be flying around the Internet. This personal data translates to pounds for cyber criminals who are waiting.

Protecting Your Data

Online shoppers are vulnerable to scams like phishing or fraudulent websites, spam/phishing emails, pop-ups, social engineering attacks, and fraudulent charities or causes.

How to know if a Website Is Secure

Before giving any information to a website, you should make sure it’s secure, so here’s some quick tips that can help you.

Check the SSL Certificate

Look at the URL of the website. If it begins with “https” instead of “http” it means the site is secured using an SSL Certificate (the s stands for secure). SSL Certificates secure all your data as it is passed from your browser to the website’s server. To get an SSL Certificate, the company must go through a validation process.

Look at the Domain

Cyber attackers will sometimes create websites that mimic existing websites and try to trick people into purchasing something on or logging into their phishing site. These sites often look exactly like the existing website.

Let’s use the same example as before: a cyber attacker purchases the domain “amAzon.com” and sets up a website at that location that looks exactly like the amazon.com website.

To avoid being tricked, always look at the domain of the site you are on. If you get an email from your bank or other online vendor, don’t click the link in the email. Type the domain into your browser to make sure you are connecting to the website where you intend to be.

Look for Signs that the Company Is Real

There are a few signs that you can look for to help you know if a company is real or not.

Physical address and phone number – Reputable companies will list their information so you can contact them if there is a problem.

Return policy – Reputable sites should list their return policy as well as their shipping policy.

Prices are too low to believe –  You could end up with knock off merchandise, stolen goods, or not get anything at all.

Privacy statement – Reputable sites should tell you how they protect your information and whether they give your information to third parties. You should make sure a site has a privacy statement and read it before you make a purchase.

I hope these tips help you to stay safe online!

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14Jun2017

I decided to consider what’s been said about chemicals in our food and it made me think, so I did some research and put this together.

Please do not be alarmed, simply amend your diet, by using an alternative or reduce the amounts and quantities you use within these products.

Processed Meat

You know that pretty pink look that processed meat has? Well, that is caused by a chemical and isn’t the natural colour of the meat at all. In fact, all processed meats contain a whole host of chemicals and preservatives, which could be linked to cancer

One of the biggest killers in processed meats, however, is the sodium nitrate which we know is packed with carcinogens. Smoked meat is the worst, as it will also pick up tar which can be as dangerous as consuming it through smoking cigarettes.

Farm Raised Salmon

Just like in the case of the dangerous fruit and vegetables, here is another healthy food that has been spoiled by chemicals. Over 60% of the salmon eaten in the US has been farmed raised and this means it is packed full of chemicals and pesticides; in fact, you may also be eating some of the antibiotics they feed the fish. As farm raised salmon are also crammed into small spaces, they are also riddled with sea lice. Yum! As farm raised salmon are fed chicken litter, they are force fed chemicals to help turn their meat the pink you’re used to seeing. However, those chemicals could be causing cancer in people from around the world so be wary. We would suggest finding wild salmon

White Flour

Flour that has been highly processed and bleach can be causing many cancer cases, and it is important to avoid it where possible. Most flour mills use chlorine gas to bleach their flour, which has been classed as a dangerous irritant by the EPA. In fact, they say that large quantities of chlorine gas can be lethal. When a mill refines the grains in white flour it is also taking away all the goodness that can be found in the natural grain. As tumours generally feed on any sugars in your bloodstream, you could be making something worse by gorging on white flour. If you want to stay healthy and prevent cancer, then you should opt for wholemeal flour instead. This includes wholemeal grains such as bread, pasta and rice.

Canned Food

Many people used tinned tomatoes, beans, vegetables and even fruits on a daily basis, which could be putting their health at risk. The inside of most cans of food contain a chemical called BPA, which has been tested on and deemed quite unsafe. A recent study went on to prove that it can impact genes, which is one of the main causes of cancer (gene mutations). Tinned tomatoes are the worst offender’s due to high levels of acidity in the product. This can cause BPA to melt into the tomatoes themselves, meaning you’re ingesting a high quantity of chemical. Look for tins that say no BPA or just buy everything fresh instead.

 

Microwave Popcorn

The bags, which you pop in the microwave, are lined with a dangerous chemical called PFOA; a toxin which can also be found in Teflon. Not only is the bag itself dangerous, but the contents can be too. Most manufacturers of microwave popcorn use GMO products which are known for having cancer causing properties, along with other nasty chemicals which can cause all sorts of illnesses. The next time you fancy some popcorn with your movie, try making it yourself using organic corn kernels so that you know exactly what goes into your favourite treat.

Refined Sugar

It was first discovered in 1931 that cancerous tumours feed on sugar, and this can also prompt them to double in size. These cancerous cells seem to prefer sweeteners which are high in fructose, as these are easier to metabolize for the cells. High-fructose corn syrup is one of the worst offenders in this case, which is shocking as it is contained in plenty of popular sweet treats. Cakes, fruit juices, candy, cookies, cakes, and even cereals tend to contain plenty of high-fructose corn syrup and this can be dangerous for the average person; never mind how dangerous it can be for those already living with cancer. If you want to reduce your risk of cancer then try to avoid as much refined sugar as possible, especially high-fructose corn syrup.

Potato Chips (crisps)

The process of making potato chips involves them being fried in excessively high temperatures, which then leads them to create a chemical called acrylamide; which is known for causing cancer. If you add that to the high level of fat, trans fat, sodium and calories, then you’re looking at a recipe for disaster. Those who are overweight (by snacking on too many potato chips) also put themselves at risk of other illnesses, including diabetes. Why not make your own potato chips at home? Alternatively, try baking up some curly kale and enjoy this extra crispy (and healthy) snack instead.

Artificial Sweeteners

One of the ingredients commonly used in artificial sweeteners, aspartame, actually causes cancer or not. Most researchers agree, however, that it can have a very negative impact on your health. When broken down in the body, this chemical can create a deadly toxin which is known as DKP. Your stomach makes its own chemical to try and break down the DKP, which can then cause cancer and brain tumours. Also, there has long been the worry that artificial sweeteners can cause diabetes or worsen it, even though many people with the condition think it can help. Look at packets for any sign of artificial sweeteners or aspartame, and avoid where possible.

Diet Food

Another food which generally contains a high level of aspartame is diet food; especially all of those low-fat puddings or low calorie ready meals. Anything which says it is diet or low fat will tend to cut out normal sugars and replace them with artificial sweeteners, which is where the aspartame comes in. Even diet soda drinks can contain high levels of dangerous chemicals, so consider your options if you’re going for low fat food.

Vegetable Oils

Most of us use vegetable oils in all our cooking, especially those which are hydrogenated oils. A lot of processed foods are also covered in vegetable oils to keep them fresh, so you’re not safe with those ready meals either. Vegetable oils also contain high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids, which are not as good for you as their healthier cousin; Omega-3. In fact, these fatty acids have been linked to many health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Try to avoid vegetable oils where possible and opt for healthier versions, even olive oil, when you can. Also avoid processed foods containing hydrogenated oils.

 

14Jun2017

Worried he has the results, “She’s pregnant What do I say”?

Teenage pregnancy can happen!

We know teenage pregnancy happens, but where do we go for help and guidance and what support is available?

Pregnant teenagers will be having lots of different emotions, how they are going to tell their parents, feeling anxious about the pregnancy and childbirth, in shock, excited and more, so here’s a few things that I wanted to find out.

Firstly, you are not alone, make an appointment with your GP/practice nurse, or locate your local sexual health clinic using this link:

http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Sexual-health-services/LocationSearch/1847

or maybe contact the NHS 111 who are available 24/7.

You need to talk, you need to have accurate information, about your options and to be able to think carefully before making any decisions.

Your options are to continue with the pregnancy and keep your baby, have an abortion or continue with the pregnancy and have your baby adopted.

If you’re pregnant or a mum, you’re still expected to go to school until the end of Year 11. If that’s not possible, the law says your local authority must provide alternative education suitable for you.

The charity Tommy’s has produced The Young Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy

and is available free to 16-19 year olds through their website.

The Pregnancy Information Service at Tommy’s is delivered by in-house midwives, through their website and is especially for women under the age of 20 and includes real pregnancy experiences of other young mums.

Here’s their website www.tommys.org/pregnancy and their Facebook page is

Tommy’s Midwives they also have a pregnancy line :0800 0147 800.

Another is Brook –Brook provides free and confidential information, contraception, pregnancy testing, advice and counselling, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, providing services and programmes to help young people make positive and healthy lifestyle choices and to improve their wellbeing. if you’re under 25, you can visit your nearest Brook service for free confidential advice, or use the Ask Brook text and web chat service from Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm.

Many young mums want to carry on living with their own family until they’re ready to move on. If you’re unable to live with your family, your local authority may be able to help you with housing. https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council

Or maybe you’re not pregnant but would like information and advice to make it easier, to discuss everything to do with sexual health use this link: http://www.nhs.uk/worthtalkingabout/Pages/sex-worth-talking-about.aspx

 

14Jun2017

What Does a Child Really Need to Know?

When my twins were pre-school age, I wanted to look after them at home as we did everything that a preschool would do, the only difference was social development, so I agreed and they went to preschool for 6 months, but you can do this yourself at home.

There are seven areas of learning and development in early year’s settings.

Three areas are particularly crucial for children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, to form relationships and thrive.

These three areas, the prime areas are Communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. Providers must also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied.

The specific areas are:  literacy; mathematics; understanding the world; and expressive arts and design.

Practical skills and Social skills:

If your child can read and write some words before they start school, then great, but don’t panic if they can’t, they are confident going to the toilet by themselves and should be able to wash and dry their own hands, they should be able to dress themselves, but help will be given for those tricky buttons etc. your child needs to be able to feed themselves, know how to share and take turns and understand boundaries for acceptable behaviour.

So far, I have produced 3 eBooks which would be suitable for you to educate and entertain your young child or children at home, or within you’re setting.

All our eBooks have over 150 pages covering various topics within the Early Years Foundation Stage,

What children need to know before starting Infants School.

with educational facts to help you have fun whilst, educating and promoting quality times together as well.

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14Jun2017

Age appropriate cooking skills to teach!

I don’t know about you, but I love cooking with my children, so if there’s a recipe that is age appropriate, we will try and make it.

Don’t think I’m a great cook, far from it, I always overcook my food and tend to stick to the normal boring dinners, but my children eat it all, so it can’t be that bad LOL.

 

Before having my children, I had never baked a cake or biscuit, so once we started there was no stopping us and over the years we found some great ideas, tips and cooking equipment suitable for children.

I would like to share with you age appropriate skills to teach your children.