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Children and the Internet
Protecting children from inappropriate content on the Internet can be a daunting, if not impossible task. Other than keeping your children away from the computer altogether, there are a few things you can do to add additional barriers between your children.
Remember, the best protection for children is adult supervision!
It is important to note that there are NO settings in Windows, Internet Explorer, or most any browser that will protect your child from inappropriate content. Most "Kid friendly" search engines do very little to protect your children. It is extremely easy to get out into the open Internet.
Serendipity recommends that children do not have computers that are online, in their bedroom. Also, what may be helpful is to use Mozilla's Firefox browser, and use the Bookmarks Toolbar to keep appropriate sites easy to access.
Kidsclick is a kid friendly search engine. It is a searchable directory of websites created for kids by librarians. Searchable by subject, reading level and degree of picture content.
Another good search engine...
is a popular Internet filtering software program that now includes features to block inappropriate sites. There are several other programs that do this as well. In addition to blocking web pages, the program allows selective blocking of access to chat, instant messaging, internet games and newsgroups. The program can also be configured to prevent illegal downloading of copyrighted or obscene material.
Visit Net Nanny
Looking for something to do with your kids today? Check out this site for craft ideas, poems, creative ways to stimulate a childs imagination.
Looking for great activities to do together? This collection of great recipes for fun were put together for you by Serendipity. Enjoy!
Serendipity highly recommends visiting the Arizona Science Center. Memberships are reasonable and allow you to visit the always changing exhibits, as well as ongoing attractions such as the planetarium, whenever you want.
Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza
A nice park for a picnic with many significant and meaningful monments. Right across from the State Capital, you can make this a great place to spend an afternoon of learning, fun, and adventure.
Arizona Capitol Museum
Discover how Arizona became a state in the building where it actually happened!
Of course, Serendipity encourages you to read with your child every chance you get. Nothing compares to sitting down with a good book. However, if you want to enjoy some stories online, Between the Lions
(A Serendipity favorite) has a great site with stories.
Visit Between the Lions
Terrific Tips for Toilet Training
What you need to know to ensure success without pressure, shame, and guilt.
Understanding Your Young Child's Development
A great reference that explains your child's stages of development.
Understanding the TV Rating System
With an increasing number of TV channels and programs coming into our homes each day, it can be hard for parents to monitor what their children are watching. Many parents are concerned about their young children watching programs with content that's more suitable for older children or adults.
A great resource for safety belt information. Make sure you inspect your safety seats often!
8 Common Car Seat Mistakes
Car seats aren't as easy to use as they may seem. According to safety experts, here's where most parents go wrong...
Nutrition for kids: Guidelines for a healthy diet
Everyone needs the same types of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. What's different about nutrition for kids, however, is the amount of specific nutrients needed at different ages.
Helpful Resources from Serendipity
Keeping Kids Safe
Fun and Games
Toys and Educational Items
A Serendipity favorite, Lakeshore is a great place to find toys and supplies that foster learning and development.
4727 E. Bell Road
Visit the Lakeshore website
Another great place for toys, crafts, and more, is the Doll House & Toy Store. This shop is a refuge from the typical commercial, mass produced toys found at your major retailers.
The Shops at Norterra
2510 W. Happy Valley Road, Suite 1249
Visit the Doll House website