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DATA PRIVACY DAY

Kids Need Stories of  Bristol, UK, a leader in the online privacy arena, celebrates Data Privacy Day on January 28

The app developer members of Know What’s Inside, including ‘Kids Need Stories’ of Bristol, UK, creators of ‘Time For Bed Little Ted’ extend support to Data Privacy Day, an annual event promoting data privacy education. Members of Know What’s Inside are thrilled to participate in the effort to empower and educate people to protect their privacy online.

“I love making apps for children. My business has prioritized the privacy of our users from day one. I’m pleased to support the efforts surrounding Data Privacy Day to help bring awareness to the importance of data privacy.” said Kryssy Hurley of ‘Kids Need Stories’. “I stand today with my fellow members of Know What’s Inside as we continue to emphasize user privacy and complete transparency about data practices so parents and teachers can know, up front, what’s inside my apps.”

“Know What’s Inside members are excited to celebrate Data Privacy Day. Our members have pledged to take online privacy very seriously,” said Sara Kloek, executive director of Know What’s Inside. “Their apps are designed especially for children and prioritize protecting user online privacy. They believe in the importance of protecting children’s privacy and educating others by being transparent about their apps and their data collection policies.”

Know What’s Inside is the largest community of family-friendly, educational app developers in the world. Over 500 companies from around the world are dedicated to helping parents and teachers find apps that follow best practices around privacy and comply with privacy rules, including the Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA). The program provides companies with guidance on best practices, and requires each company to implement those best practices in order to display the Know What’s Inside seal on their apps. For more information, visit knowwhatsinside.com.

Is your computer keeping you awake? f.lux: Change the colour of your computer screen depending on time of day

f.lux software site asks us if we’ve ever noticed how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow about them!

Perhaps you wake up ready to write down your Next Great Idea but get blinded by your computer screen?

f.lux explains:

“During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.

f.lux

f.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.”

I have already downloaded this on all our laptops.  I am researching gaming glasses for my son to use when on the XBox.  Any recommendations in this area would be welcome!

Princess Visits Autism School

http://www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk/articles/2015-06-15/saudi-princess-pays-fact-finding-visit-to-ambitious-about-autism

Pupils at the TreeHouse School in Muswell Hill, north London, an educational establishment for children with autism were visited by HRH Princess Al Hanouf Mamdouh Al Saud, a member of the Saudi Royal Family. The Princess was interested in finding out how Tree House School, and its parent charity Ambitious about Autism (AaA), carried out its work with autistic children in Britain.

During her  visit she was taken on a tour of Tree House School, which was purpose built in 2008 and funded with money raised from parents and donors and which provides education for 90 children and young people aged between 4-19.   The school is renowned for its innovative and ground-breaking work with autistic children, and people from across the world regularly visit the school to learn more about its work.

Great advice for authors!

http://indierecon.org/indie-and-proud-finding-and-keeping-your-happiness-along-the-publication-journey-christine-fonseca/

I’ve just been reading an article by Christine Fonseca, aimed at indie authors, and felt I had to post it on my site!

She offers great advice for any author, indie or otherwise, but many of her points really resonated with me.  As I sit at my desk procrastinating, being distracted by social media and other aspects of my day to day life/issues, she sums up much of what I have been thinking.

Here are some nuggets of her advice but do check out the link!  I have already promised my self that I will take on board some of these today!

  • Recognize your fear triggers
  • Let go of expectations and the past
  • Get back to basics – craft and daily writing practice
  • Set reasonable expectations and short-term goals
  • Do whatever you are resisting anyway!

Now that you’ve released your past and your angst, it is important to fill the void with happiness habits. Here are a few things that you may want to incorporate into your routine to cultivate the practice of experiencing joy in all you do:

  • Authenticity – you are not expected to be anyone but yourself on this planet. Take a moment to appreciate who you are, quirks and all. Celebrate the uniqueness of your point of view and remember that being an artist means bestowing your unique perspective on the world!
  • Service – nothing breeds happiness faster than being in service. How can you give back to others? Maybe mentor a young writer, critique something for a friend. The more “in-service” you can be, the more happiness you automatically create in your life
  • Movement – We writer’s tend to be stagnant, sitting at our keyboards for hours and hours. Make a little time, every day if possible, to get moving. Dance, garden, take a walk—just do something to stimulate your physical body. Your creative self will thank you for it!
  • Flow – Strive for more moments in the “flow” – you know, those cherished times when the words just pour from you and you lose all sense of time. Practice the habits of “free writing” everyday, giving yourself permission to write for the sake of writing…just like you used to do before you were published.
  • Meaning – Speaking of meaning, add “meaning” to your life. We are all so much more than the mundane aspects of our lives. As you put yourself in service to the planet, cultivate the habit of mindfulness and meaning in all of your activities.
  • Strengths – We all have gifts to share with the world. As artists, I think we have a profound duty to share our strengths. Don’t shirk away from this. Today, make a list of your strengths and give yourself at least one compliment daily. Yes, every day!
  • Gratitude – finally, happiness and gratitude go hand in hand. No matter how big the trials we face, we have things for which we can feel gratitude. Develop the daily habit of identifying and acknowledging at least 3-5 things every day with inspire our gratitude. Some days, this will be a HUGE challenge. But the more we find the little things that are blessings in our lives, the more we focus on our abundance and admonish lack.

BOOK REVIEW: Isabella Babysits Baxter by Melissa Perry Moraja

This is a charming story with lovable characters. The illustrations are humorous and have an appealing simplicity.

A fun book to share or read alone, it certainly hit the spot with my youngest son – who has since demanded another read!

I like the way the pictures prompt questions, and that Isabella’s and Baxter’s footsteps are lovingly retraced by her mother, with occasional comments and exclamations.

From a teacher’s point of view, I can see many opportunities for discussion and prediction, from the details and action of the pictures to social skills such as responsibility and co-operation which are implicit in the text.

I look forward to more books by Melissa Perry Moraja.