Keeping Your Child Safe in Cyberworld

While we are glad with all the information and resources we are now able to access through the internet, we can not also deny the fact that those with criminal intent are also using the internet to target potential victims. Harmful material for young kids are also proliferating the net and can somehow land on these kids’ email addresses. But this bleak scenario need not mean that parents and family members can only stand helpless along the way. Parents and family members can and should do something about protecting the kids from any harm that may reach them even online.

All of us who love kids then (whether they are our very own or our neighbors) can be glad that there are services that can help us all care and watch over our kids’ safety online. KidsEmail does just that: it is the safe email service for your kids, for your family. With this email for kids, kids can have a safe email account which their parents can also monitor for their safety. Take note of all these cool features that come with KidsEmail:

  • Remove links and images – you can have this enabled or disabled as needed.
  • Control attachment types – you can choose which attachment types to allow (e.g. power points, pdf files, etc) on your kids’ email
  • Offensive word filter – offensive words from incoming emails can be filtered
  • Spam filtering – you can finally say no to inappropriate spam reaching your kids
  • Template options – kids can change the look and mood of their account
  • Activity logs  – keeps a record when your kids log in including times they attempt to log in during restricted ones

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More helpful features from KidsEmail:

  • Mail monitoring – parents can receive copies of all incoming/outgoing emails should parents desire to
  • The Mail Queue – allows parents to intercept emails that do not meet their safety standards. Parents can then approve or deny the email from reaching their kids.
  • Contact Manager – parents can choose who to add to their kids’s contact list and deny or approve emails received/sent from/to anyone not found on the list
  • Time Restrictions -parents can choose to restrict days and times of the day kids can log in. Parents can even ground kids from using their email for a span of time, a custom message from the parent will appear when they attempt to  log in.
  • Block Senders – should parents allow kids to receive emails from anyone, they still have this good option of blocking specific people from making contact with their kids by adding them to a custom blacklist
  • No Ads – kids will not be bothered by ads at all when using KidsEmail
  • Custom Mailbox Folders – kids can create their own mail folders to organize their emails
  • GPS tracker – for kids who use KidsEmail’s free mobile app on a GPS enabled mobile device, parents can actually get a historical location of where there kids have been

I also have to say here that it’s so easy to use and definitely easy to add your kids to the system. Now, of course, nothing beats like trying KidsEmail for yourself and see how it works.

Try it for free for 30 days! No credit card required and when the trial period is over, you will not be billed nor will you need to cancel anything. Cool, huh? And should you decide to pay for KidsEmail cool services, know that it is also that affordable as well! For up to 6 email accounts, pay only 2.99 USD per month for an annual subscription!  You will only be billed 38.95 USD annually for 6 email accounts. This is not a high price at all for your kids’ and family’s safety! Go ahead! Try it now for FREE for 30 days and follow it up with a subscription 🙂

Loving our family, loving our kids also means protecting them and keeping them safe in every possible way. Our love and protection for them must also extend to their interactions in cyberworld.

Going Positive: Crowdsource the BLISS of a #LiveFreePH

Reading the news can be quite disheartening at times. Sometimes, you feel like all that’s being reported are just the “bad things” going around, as if there are no positive developments happening. And so we are glad when there are initiatives to address our nation as well as our family and personal concerns. Read on then about “positive initiatives” for a change 🙂 

How do you feel about the future? Is your family doing okay? Are the people around you hopeful or gloomy? With the Brighter Life Index: Social Sentiment or BLISS, Sun Life will show how optimism, prosperity, and the bayanihan spirit can produce a positive ripple from ourselves to our loved ones and to the community where we live.

BLISS is a Facebook application that aims to get the pulse of Filipinos about their current financial situation as well as their outlook for the future.

“BLISS gives us the canvas to paint our #LiveFreePH campaign. Through crowdsourcing, we seek the brightest spots while also determining the areas that are in need of a bit more sunshine,” explained Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa. “Together with the Sun Life Foundation, we will help turn dim prospects to bright opportunities.”

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How BLISS happens

Harnessing the power of crowdsourcing, BLISS gathers insights directly from consumers by asking Filipinos about their current state and their outlook for the future. Responses will be collected primarily via Facebook.

The results will be embodied by a map of the Philippines, where positive sentiments will be represented by sunny weather, while negative ones will be indicated by thunderstorms. This will be updated real time, with different aggregations available for viewing.

BLISS will also radiate warmth in real life, as the Sun Life Foundation pledges to match survey responses with a donation to help localities with bleak outlooks, as indicated by the stormy icons in the results map. Inspired by the practice of bayanihan (communal work), the initiative translates insight to action, via the information that will be shared by online users.

“Sun Life Foundation believes in action that is powered by insight, and we’re bringing that to the social media platform through BLISS,” said Sun Life Foundation Executive Director Anne Zillah Flores. “We’re taking it further by actually responding to the gaps that will be determined. We will fund projects to help communities with bleak prospects so they can adopt a brighter outlook.”

BLISS to #LiveFreePH

From the present to the future, BLISS narrates the changing story of Filipinos from multiple points of view: self, family, and community. Income, health, and work-life balance are identified as personal concerns; food, nutrition and financial security comprise the familial territory; while access to quality education, healthcare, and livelihood opportunities are the societal factors that impact the nation as a whole. When addressed properly, these concerns can become the building blocks of a nationwide movement towards financial independence.

“From BLISS, we lay down the blueprint of #LiveFreePH – to practice foresight by being conscious of our needs while sharing the benefits of living the brighter life,” Lopa said. “We hope that by working together towards financial freedom, we can create a story of a prosperous and optimistic nation, because in our journey to financial freedom, we can go far if we go together.”

Share the BLISS to help communities in need and the chance to win awesome prizes like an iPad Air. Go to http://bit.ly/1hDBxhn to begin.

About Sun Life Financial
Celebrating 150 years in 2015, Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2015, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $813 billion. For more information please visit www.sunlife.com.

My Unsung Hero Called Daryl

My husband, Daryl, and I made our marriage vows before God and men when we were already past 30.

As we were both used to living the single life for a long period of time, both of us had to initially make some major adjustments in our married life. We also had to add this dose of reality: the life of a married couple is not always smooth sailing. And yet there is so much to be thankful for when one chooses to say good bye to single living and yes to married life 🙂

Daryl & me during a trip in Thailand.
Daryl & me during a trip to Thailand.

I would say that I am not what I am today had I not said “I do” to Daryl. I have become, I believe, an even better version of myself, thanks to him.

Daryl, whether directly or indirectly, stirs me even more to value and live out “husay and malasakit.”

Daryl encourages me to do my best in what I do, whether I am writing or blogging or whether I am involved as facilitator/teacher for a course or training. Whenever I have assignments at church to share the Word of God, I am also helped when he gives me feedback. I know that most men are not as communicative as women so it is a good thing when he takes the effort to affirm what I did well and what I could do better. By doing so, I am able to improve in what I do.

There are times when I have this desire to help a person in need but then I get unsure whether I should do so or not. It is such a blessing then when my husband also sees the same need and we could jointly help together this person or family in some practical way. It does help a lot when your partner in life also has “malasakit” for others even those beyond your family circle or group of friends. In fact, my husband has also been active with the men’s group from church and they as a group organize and get involved in activities that could benefit others in the community, in our city. His involvement also inspires me to do my part in serving others.

Daryl with TJFM men's group.
Daryl with TJFM men’s group.

I would not be able to complete this “tribute” to my husband without mentioning how glad I am of his patience and willingness to be involved in household chores. My husband doesn’t mind cooking or washing the dishes at home. In fact, he is the better cook in the house and has taught me to improve in this area. Thanks to my husband, I am certainly doing better in the kitchen now than during my single years.

It says in Proverbs 19:14 (Easy-to-Read Version of the Bible) that a “good wife is a gift from the LORD.” Well, I would also say that a good husband is definitely a priceless gift from God 🙂  I am thankful that God gave me both a husband and a hero 🙂

One more thankful note: I am grateful to Unilab for encouraging bloggers like me to reflect and write about the unsung heroes of our life. Congratulations are also in order as Unilab celebrates 70 years of service to the Filipino people. 

8 Interesting Family Quotes

How do you look at your family? How do you describe your relationship to family members? I came across some interesting family quotes and I’m sharing them with you:

1) The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
   – Richard Bach

2) A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
  – Charles R. Swindoll

3) If we abandon marriage, we abandon the family.
– Michael Enzi

4) I believe the world is one big family, and we need to help each other.
– Jet Li

5) A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss… That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all.
– Brad Pitt

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6) Families are like fudge — mostly sweet with a few nuts.
– Author Unknown

7) Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.
– Cary Grant

8) “When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”
– Erma Bombeck

The last 3 quotes, I hope, made you smile 🙂

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