Thinkuknow – has a great page all about how to keep your child safe online.
It shows you how to get parental controls from the main Internet service providers (ISP’s).
The page also has videos from BT, Virgin, Sky, Talk Talk on how to activate free parental controls from their services.
I hope you find this article on keeping your child safe online useful.
One day, for the pure benefit of my children, I am going to record my voice and put certain phrases on continuous loop. The first will be “PUT your slippers ON!”
Why you ask, would I be so desperate to record a request demanding the immediate donning of indoor footwear associated with cold winter nights and Christmas 24/7/365? The answer is quite simple, I live in an open plan house with tiled and wooden floors which are skid-tastic! They are as tempting as the four flights of broad sweeping stair banister you just have to hop on and slid down regardless of age. My high gloss, uber waxed floors are pure skid heaven. So why the control freaking mother 100% ban on fun? Dentist visits I tell you. No my floors are not some high tech futuristic candy creation, they are regular natural stone and proper, real tree floors, but they are HARD, VERY HARD, on teeth. Still none the wiser? Picture Tom chasing Jerry around a dining table, replace image with two small children under 7 and visualise the horizontal leg spinning mid air before the delayed, full bodied, SPAT! There I tell you, lies the answer. Young bones survive, NHS prescription glasses for children bear up well to the impact, but jaws full of teeth shatter and enamel covered fragments are swiftly spluttered out, as all the years of 2 minutes morning and night brushing, annual dental visits, sugar and sweet rations, are condemned to the trash of failed mothering skills and now the cycle of almost weekly, futile, please repair my teeth again, visits to the dentist is commenced.
So I say mothers with shiny hard floors, Unite! Either get over the housework shiny floor O.C.D. or, buy a stash of slippers with non slip soles for your children. Don’t’ risk the distant call of the dentist’s chair, well, if you can hear it above the wails and sobs of a child with broken teeth that is. I speak from experience, one you could really do without!
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Just a great article. Are there any more you would like to add? 2littlefeet would love to hear your thoughts.
Here at 2littlefeet we have been suffering from a 3 and a half year stint of sleep deprivation! I would like to say it’s been a nightmare, but quite frankly I have not slept for long enough in recent years even to have one of these! Oh the joy of babies and toddlers.
For parents that are as long suffering as me, take heart, after a serious amount of negotiation and research in to the ultimate prize to be awarded for a series of sleep filled nights we are finally cracking it. The lure of a Princess bed has been reasonably successful. The manipulation of the number of beds left on the John Lewis website (pre loading the page on the iPad with an ever decreasing number in the add to basket…) kind of worked, she was skeptical ” they can order more in mummy”. The Milkshake thumbs up for a child that slept through produced tears, “now the last bed has gone! Please phone the lady in John Lewis to see if she can get another one, I will do it!” Hmmmmmmm.
So a big guess what finally broke the will of a toddler…the risk of missing out on a birthday party. I will need to file this information for when she is a teenager. No point saying she won’t be getting the latest hot fashion item for her birthday, nope, that won’t work, i’m sure she will manage to borrow it! For this party animal a night in rather than one out on the tiles will be the trump card. It was a slightly cruel/desperate attempt, but my friend played along when I told my daughter that if she really wanted to go to the party she would have to sleep all night in her bed without mummy. “but what if I can’t do it?” I told her that the party was ONLY for children that slept in their own beds without their mummies ( because I know a couple of them do, and she knows this is true). No answer, just a look. My friend played along and phoned my daughter later that afternoon to check if she would manage to sleep through. She need to know because she was just going out to the shops to buy the ingredients for Krispie cakes and would make an extra one with a chocolate egg on if my daughter fulfilled the sleeping through, pre party entry criteria. “So does that mean I will get 2? One for coming and an EXTRA one because I did it?” Came the three year olds response down the phone. “Yes!” was the reply.
So the moral of this tale is, chocolate is always a winner for girls of all ages, and my daughter can give Carol Vorderman a run for her money, because that will buy more Krispie cakes 🙂
In the anticipation that the lady from John Lewis will send a princess bed to our house very soon, I have already got a set of single bed Dream Tubes in the hope they will keep the sleepless nights at bay so that I am free to dream in my own bed again!
Look forward to hearing your sleeping tales…