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Everyone agrees that the internet is an awesome place. It has become a vital part of our everyday lives.

But like everything else, the internet also has a dark side. And this is why we parents must always remain vigilant. We must maintain some sort of parental control to what our kids access.

Project Nightfall captures this problem perfectly in this 2-minute video:

There have been many reports of cybercrimes reported all around the globe each year. The most vulnerable to these are children and teens.

According to Stay Safe Online, the biggest threats facing children and teens online include video streaming sites and online video games.

In fact, an extremely popular kid’s game received flak from parents everywhere because of one father’s shocking discovery.

Father of 2 boys Iain Morrison can prove this is true. He found out that his kids were being contacted by pedophiles through an online game.

Project Nightfall also talks about the lack of filter in Youtube’s algorithm in this controversial video: https://www.facebook.com/ProjectNightfall/videos/952482224961083/

DQ Institute says the average Filipino child spends about 34 hours a week on digital screens. This result is two hours higher than the global average.

Because of this, Filipino kids aged 8 to 12 years old are more exposed to unhealthy habits of digital usage. It also makes them more vulnerable to cyber attacks. These include cyberbullying and inappropriate sexual behaviors.

This is why it’s important for us parents and guardians to exercise parental control on gadget use and how our kids consume data.

“It may not be enough to just teach kids about whom to talk to, safety in and out of the home, what to read or watch on TV; parents should also guide their kids when it comes to their online experience” 

Martha Sazon, Globe Telecom’s Senior Vice President and Head of Broadband Business

Globe Telecoms recently launched #Rated PC (Parental Control), an advocacy campaign encouraging Globe at Home Postpaid subscribers, parents and guardians to emphasize the importance of parental supervision in children’s internet use.

#Rated PC aims to educate parents and guardians on how kids can maximize the use of gadgets and the internet. The advocacy also aims to cut the risks and dangers kids get exposed to in the online world.

Here are some of their tips to help protect kids from online threats:

Limit Screen Time

It’s important to limit the screen time for kids especially the younger ones. Check out this quick guide from CiPHR.

For older kids who need to do school work, limiting screen time also helps them manage it efficiently. It also helps to put computers and laptops in an area where you can see them.

Protect Identity and Security

Your kids must learn that “stranger danger” also applies in the online world as well.

Tell them the importance of protecting their identity and privacy. And always remind them to keep personal information safe from strangers they meet online.

Check Sources

The internet can also be a platform for fake news and other misleading information.

Teach children to check sources and go to credible sites for news. From time to time, kids should be reminded that not everything they see or read online is true.

Online responsibility

It is important for your kids to learn the value of their words and actions both online and offline.

They need to be responsible for the comments they leave on other people’s posts. Words can have a significant effect on other people even if it’s just online.

So make sure your kids practice respect. Inappropriate or vulgar words, profanities, body shaming, and name calling shouldn’t be tolerated.

Activate parental control

There are several options for parents when it comes to activating parental control in home devices.

One way to go is to enable parental control settings on your computer. Here’s a guide for setting up parental controls for Windows users.  Here’s how you can turn it on in your Mac devices.  

There are also tons of apps that let you control screen time and other content in your mobile phones and devices. Here’s an awesome list of the best parental control apps from Tom’s Guide.

Internet service providers usually bundle parental control features for their online service.  One example is the TP-Link Device bundled especially for Globe At Home Postpaid subscribers.

It allows parents to easily set up controls for internet access. These features can protect kids from various online threats and safeguard their network from unwanted content.

It can also restrict or block access to unsuitable sites, deploy anti-virus software, manage all connected devices, and even enhance WiFi signal inside the home.

As parents, we know how scary the world can get. And we all want to protect our kids from all threats, seen and unseen.

That’s why it’s necessary for us to exercise paternal control with the information they can access. Because innocence, once lost, will be gone forever.

Protect your home from virtual threats today. For more information about Secure WiFi Bundle and other products and services by Globe At Home, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/broadband.html.

Calling all mommies and daddies! Here’s a new app that will help you and your kids explore learning in a fun and unique way!

Introducing the Da Vinci Kids App, a new family-oriented, interactive, video-on-demand app that you and your kids will surely enjoy.

Every parent knows how difficult it is to sustain kids’ attention. And as a parent of a pre-schooler, I know from experience that a bored kid isn’t so much good news.

That’s why I try my best to introduce Zeeka to different activities and workshops. And it’s amazing how curious and explorative kids can get.

Yes, I let my kid have screentime just like everyone else.

Before you raise your eyebrows, hear me out. Gadgets like mobile phones, iPads, and computers are not that bad if you know how to use it well.

Mobile devices have made our lives much easier. It has improved the way we communicate and saves us space and time. It is convenient for us, especially with all the apps we’ve depended on.

Today, kids learn things easier when they’re using a learning app. Check out this infographic from Power School below:

Zeeka is at the discovery stage where she asks a lot of questions about how things work. And while I try to answer all her questions, it’s still good for her to learn things on her own.

What I like most about the Da Vinci Kids App is its wide selection of fun and fascinating videos.

These videos are categorized into main catalogs that help kids understand abstract concepts.

Is your kid a budding scientist? They’re sure to enjoy videos about Amazing Animals, Mother Earth, Our Body, and How Stuff Works.

Boost their creativity with Inspiring Art and get ideas on your next DIY project.

Help them get to know more about the heroes and villains of the past with Fascinating History.

And build their love for problem-solving through our Mathematics videos and help them understand abstract concepts better through this educational app.  

Benefits of Gamification in Learning

Most people would know Dmitri Mendeleev as the first scientist that published the Periodic Table of Elements. But did you know that Mendeleev was also an avid card player?

His fascination with cards made it easier for him to categorize elements. It also made it easier for us to visualize and understand each element better.

That’s also the reason why the periodic table looks like a deck of cards spread on a table.

Mendeleev’s process may have been one of the first ways gamification was used in a learning task. This also proves how effective and beneficial gamification is when it comes to learning.

The Da Vinci Kids App uses gamification to review and challenge kids’ learning abilities.

After watching the videos, kids can take fun quizzes inside the app. It was also designed with mini-games kids can play.

Want to learn the concept of fractions? Check out the Train Conductor game. Stretch their memory and retention skills with Memory Gym. They can also create their own masterpiece using pixel art in the game Pixel Artist.   

Practice Vlogging in Kids Studio

If you’ve seen my recent vlogs, you’ll see that I almost always have Zeeka as my special guest/partner. And I’m really happy that she’s showing such interest in vlogging at such a young age.

But what I’m most happy about is how confident she is in front of the camera. So I want to make sure I’m nurturing this gift and letting her enjoy her time.

Check out her vlog here:

This is why I also got excited about the Da Vinci App’s Kids Studio. It’s a safe, video-sharing community within the app where kids can share and publish the stories they create. It also encourages kids to learn by doing.

It would be an awesome platform for Zeeka to practice her vlogging skills. We can do cooking videos and other experiments we do at home.

She can also talk about exciting things she learns about using the app. And we can recreate the videos we watch here.

The possibilities are endless!

How to Get the Da Vinci Kids App

Globe has always been the leader of the pack when it comes to the Filipino digital lifestyle. And as an exclusive perk, Globe is giving an exclusive offer to their Postpaid customers.

For only P99, Globe Postpaid customers can get this discounted 30-day subscription and enjoy new bonding experiences with their kids!

Here’s what you need to do to claim this offer:

  1. Download Da Vinci Kids on the App Store (for Apple users) or Google Play Store (for Android users).
  2. Open the app and click on the subscribe button on the upper right corner.
  3. Choose the exclusive Globe offer worth P99/month.
  4. Answer the adult verification question.
  5. Enter your mobile phone number.
  6. Enter the PIN code that will be sent to your mobile.

It’s that easy! With just a few steps, you and your child can start your new adventures with the Da Vinci Kids App!

With Globe Postpaid and Da Vinci Kids, moms and dads can bond with their children over great educational entertainment anytime, anywhere. To learn more about Globe Postpaid and its latest offers, visit www.globe.com.ph/postpaid.

Make sure to share this with your fellow moms and dads to take advantage of this offer! And don’t forget to share your experience with us below.

One of my favorite dishes is Spanish sardines. I’ve hand-picked some of the best and quickest Spanish sardines’ recipes to prepare. No matter where you go, you’ll always find a delicious sardine appetizer dish that captures the taste of your children. If you want to prepare some on your own, here’s a list of Spanish sardine finger foods that your kids will enjoy!

Spanish Sardines on Toast

This is one of the simplest recipes on the list. We all know that kids love toast. Zeeka can survive just by eating toast the entire day! haha! There’s just something about it that attracts children’s taste buds. On its own, toast is great, but with sardines it’s even better. The sardine and toast combination is a kids’ favorite. It’s also a healthier option for children to munch on.

This omega-3 packed finger food will only take around three to five minutes to make. You can simply top a slice of whole-wheat bread toast with Spanish sardines. To spice things up, you can add garlic, squeeze a bit of lemon, and some salt and pepper. You can get creative with what your kids want to add on top of this appetizer.

Spanish Sardines Cream Spread with Crostini

We all know that Spanish sardine spread definitely goes well with bread, crackers, and biscuits. But for this recipe, we’ll go with crostini’s since they are the perfect base to pair the Spanish sardine cream spread with. Kids love sardine cream spreads because of its salty taste and mild, creamy texture.

You can buy the crostini’s in your local grocery stores or make them yourself. If you want to make your own crostini’s, cut a baguette into thin slices then toast it until its crisp. To make the spread, start by heating up a pan over moderate heat, you could use the oil the comes with the sardines but you could add a dash of olive oil, it’s up to you. Sauté diced onions and garlic for three minutes then add the sardines. Using your spatula, cut the sardines into smaller pieces. In a separate bowl, whip cream cheese with cream using a whisk, season with salt and pepper, add the sautéed sardines and blend it well. Serve it on top of the crostini.

Spanish Sardine Pate

Most people associate pate with shredded pork cooked in fat. Often wrapped in pastry this cold paste is delicious when made with sardines as a base. What’s amazing about sardine pate’s the fact that you can use certain ingredients to make its texture feel like pulled pork was used. This Spanish sardine recipe is a hit with the young ones.

It’s extremely easy to make this pate. Simply combine your two cans of Spanish sardines, seven ounces of cottage cheese, seven ounces of Greek yogurt, chopped green onions, a pinch of paprika and lemon juice in a food processor or blender. Blend until it’s smooth and serve on toast or crackers. The portions mentioned will make enough for six to eight kids. Ready your ingredients for your next batch because the kids will surely ask for more.

Sardine Pizza (my own personal favorite!)

Come on, we all know that kids love pizza. Home-made pizza? Even better! You can enjoy making this pizza with your kids to make the whole experience fun and exciting. The opportunity to add whatever toppings you want to make this dish delicious is up to you and your children. Great pizza starts with a good pizza dough and pizza sauce.

Start by preheating your over to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. You can purchase pre-made dough or make your own from scratch. Place your dough on a flour dusted baking tray and brush your pizza sauce over. Now, this is where the fun begins, add your desired toppings over the sauced dough. If you have no idea what to put, here’s what we suggest. A handful of arugula, thinly sliced onions, chopped garlic, and tomatoes. Add the drained can of Spanish sardines to complete your toppings. Bake in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let your kids enjoy your wonderful creation.

Spanish Sardine Fish Cake

Kids love munching on foods that is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The texture of these fish cakes alone will make this appetizer a kid’s favorite. It may seem complex to make sardine fish cakes but in fact, they’re pretty easy. It will take an estimated total of one hour to prep and complete this dish.

We’ll focus on a fish cake recipe that can serve up to four children. What you’ll need are 600g of potatoes cut into chunks, two 120g cans of Spanish sardines, four table spoons of chopped parsley, one small lemon, three tablespoons of light mayonnaise, four tablespoons of greet yogurt, one tablespoon of seasoned plain flour, and four teaspoons of sunflower oil.

To start, cook the potatoes in boiling salted water for about fifteen to twenty minutes. While your potatoes are boiling, you can coarsely mash the drained Spanish sardines in a bowl. Mix three tablespoons of chopped parsley and the lemon juice. On a separate bowl, mix the mayonnaise and Greek yogurt with some of the parsley. Heat half of the oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the fish cakes for three to four minutes on each side until they’re crisp and golden. Finally, serve with mayonnaise. The delicious and flavorful taste of this Spanish sardine recipe is something that your children will love.

Key Takeaway

There are a multitude of ways you can prepare Spanish sardines. These are but a few favorites that children from all over the world love. These recipes won’t take you hours to prepare and cook. You can serve these when your kids have friends over or at children’s parties.

Sources:

https://www.yummy.ph/recipe/spanish-sardines-cream-spread-with-crostini

https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/sardine_rillettes/

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/230609/feelgood-fish-cakes

https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/47126/7-things-to-do-with-canned-sardines/kitchen.nine.com.au/2016/05/13/12/44/

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipes/108/appetizers-and-snacks/seafood/

I’ve been thinking about listing down my plans for this year, and I’ve noticed that most of them involve saving up money. It seems like I’ve just been listing down year after year the same plans, and just jacked up the amount that I needed to save.

Apart from money, I never get to fulfil my fitness goal. haha! I just had a conversation with my friend (shoutout to Paul!), and he said na “yan ka na naman eh!” (There you go again!). He was right. Since 2014, I’ve been saying that i’ll be healthy and fit, but after a few months, I become busy and forget that I “planned” to be fit.

But this year “seems” to be different. I think I would be able to run regularly and go to the gym regularly. Well, so far so good! I’ve been able to do that this December. I don’t get fat that easily, but I don’t also lose weight that easily. It’s like my body is “stuck” on where it is now, regardless of what I do or what I eat. So my goal is to be able to sustain running 10 kilometers without walking (just jog or run) like I used to. I just want to feel like I’m healthier than usual.

So, plan number 1 is to run at least 3x a week, so that I can build endurance again.

My next plan is to visit more places in both the Philippines (I want to visit all 133 cities in the Philippines) and the world in 2019. The places that I want to go to (where I’ve never been) are Korea, Malaysia, Australia, the US (yes, I have never been there!), Spain, Germany and Africa. Obviously, I haven’t built enough funds yet to go to these places so probably, one or two international destinations will do this year.

So, plan number 2 is to explore more places that I haven’t been to!

The next and the last plan probably that I’m going to share will now be related to my finances. I’m still a long shot from the amount that I want to save up for Zeeka’s College education.

My dream really is to have enough funds for her to go to any school that she would like to go to when she graduates. Whether it be MIT, Julliard, Yale, Harvard, Parsons or schools here like UA&P, UP, Ateneo, La Salle, etc., we should be able to give her that kind of future.

Plan number 3 is to increase our savings and investments for Zeeka!

I want to keep 2019 simple. I think this year, I will be more frugal on spending.

How about you? What are your plans for 2019? Care to share it with me?

Every year, we speak of resolutions that we want to fulfil and accomplish. My 5 year old daughter whispered to me yesterday, and asked me if I needed help with anything. I said that she can help me with the household chores, and then I asked her why she asked me. She said, “My New Year’s resolution is to help people.”

I had no doubt in my mind that she could fulfil it.

Then I thought about what made me so sure that she could. Why do most of us fail at fulfilling our New Year’s Resolutions? How can me make sure that we keep our commitments.

Here are some insights about resolutions that I can share with you:

Make sure that your resolutions are commitments that you can keep. It’s good to shoot for the moon and land among the stars, but still make sure that that “moon” is still within reach.

So when making a resolution, think about it really well and check if you can really do it. If it’s a habit that you want to form, check and see if you can actually do it at the number of times you want to do it and if you have enough time to do it. If it’s a financial goal, see if you have means, resources and capabilities to come up with the amount that you want.

Look at New Year’s Resolutions as a way for you to form habits. In forming habits, the most difficult part is really the first 21 days or the first month.

Make it easy for yourself to stick to your resolutions. Create reminders for yourself. Set aside time that when you can do the things that you need to do. In my case, one of my resolutions is to try to Blog / Vlog as often as possible. I love doing these things, so what I did was really to set aside time to do these two things. I blocked off my calendar (a set time in Google Calendar) just to do these things.

Another thing you can do is write down on sticky notes reminders that you can post in different locations in your house or in your office. It helps to see these reminders frequently!

The most important thing (like any other goal in your life) about resolutions is to rise up and try again in case you fail. Since it’s about conditioning your mind and body to follow a habit, there will be times when it will be difficult.

Just keep on trying and eventually, you’ll be able to keep your resolution and keep these new habits.

How about you? Do you have a list of resolutions that you intend to keep? Share it with me! Please use #GInspiration #MommyGinger

‘Til next time!

Mommy Ginger