Posts tagged with: kids

Booster Seat Safety

Before you jump in the car to start your summer vacation, we want parents to make sure their children are safely buckled up in the backseat. The majority of serious injuries and fatalities for children under the age of 14 occur in the summer months due to motor vehicle collisions. With only 28 per cent of children between the ages of four and eight using booster seats, parents are putting their children at risk for serious injuries in the event of a car crash. Booster seats are required in most states for children ages 4-8 and those who have not yet reached a height of 4’9″.

I know that kids, especially as they get older, don’t like to sit in a booster seat. When my kids fought sitting in the seat I just explained to them that, I loved them too much to allow them to sit without a booster seat. They understood that and when a friend would see that they still sat in a booster seat and tease them, which happened often, my kids said, “It’s because my mommy loves me. I guess your mommy doesn’t love you very much.” This “positive” peer pressure actually led to several families in our church getting booster seats for their kids.

Some tips for using a booster seat:

– A child is ready for a booster seat when they are less than four feet
nine inches tall and weigh between 40 and 80 pounds.
– A booster seat lifts a child up so that the seat belt fits correctly.
Both the lap and the shoulder belt must be used and will hold the
child and the booster seat in place during a crash or sudden stop.
– There are two different types of booster seats:
A high back booster seat provides head and neck protection in cars
without head restraints and a no back booster is used in cars that
have adjustable head restraints or high seat backs.
– A child is ready for a seat belt, in the back seat when he or she is at least four feet nine inches or 80 pounds.

Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of injury-related death for children. Every year, an estimated 100 children age 14 and under are killed and more than 10,000 are injured due to traffic collisions. Show your kids how much you love them. Get them a booster seat.


Powder Art Giveaway

I think all kids need creative activities in their busy schedule. Whether it is creative/dramatic play, arts & crafts, music or dance-kids need a creative outlet. So many times arts & crafts projects are messy and expensive. Powder Art is good clean fun!

From Powder Art

Powder Art,™is a mess-free twist on paint by numbers and a great activity for kids to explore their artistic abilities and build their reasoning and motor skills.

“We wanted to create a product that was mom-approved and kid-worthy. Through research, we’ve found that kids love art projects and working with colors in a fun, unique way. Moms appreciate that Powder Art is educational, safe, non-toxic, made in the U.S.A and most of all, virtually mess-free,” said Mike Gipson, general manager of the specialty products division for Crescent.

The innovative peel and paint art activity uses revolutionary dry paint powder made of recycled paper, instead of paint. Kids need little assistance to complete the art project due to the user-friendly paint palette tray of colors and design boards with peel off stickers. With easy-to-use paint-by-number designs, Powder Art allows kids to choose to follow the color guide or they can explore their creativity by either designating different colors for their design or mixing colors together for a customized picture.

You can purchase any of the 8 different Powder Art kits from their website OR you can win the Bible Stories kit right here at Mommy Babble.

How to Enter:
For your first entry:Visit the Powder Art website and look around. Then come back here and let me know which kit is your favorite. You must also follow or subscribe to this blog and leave a comment here telling me that you have done this Please leave a valid e-mail address or twitter name so that I can notify if you win. **You must do all of this to be entered.

If you would like extra entries you can earn them for doing any or all of the following:

* tweet this contest and post the url of the tweet as a separate comment (you can do this 1x per day each day of the contest-just post each tweet url in a separate comment)
* blog about this contest and link to this post (not just a link to the contest) then leave me a link to your post in a separate comment
* stumble this post with a review and link it here in separate comment

The winner will be chosen on Wednesday, April 29th 10:00pm Good Luck!!


Childhood Obesity What can you Do?

Childhood obesity is a significant public health problem. Almost 1/3 of all children in the United States ages 2-19 are overweight or at risk to become overweight. Extra pounds can lead to lifelong health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The National Institutes of Health established We Can! (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) in June 2005 to help prevent childhood obesity. The science-based national education program brings families and communities together to promote healthy weight in children ages 8 through 13 through improved food choices, increased physical activity, and reduced screen time. Now Subway has partnered with the NIH’s We Can! program to spread the healthy message.

We Can! ambassadors Jared Fogle and Laila Ali are working with Subway to share with kids and families how to be healthier.
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Check out the We Can! website http://wecan.org to learn more about the program and how you can get involved.


Kidzui-The Internet for Kids

KidZui, The Internet for Kids, is a revolutionary free browser and online service that lets kids ages 3-12 enjoy the power and promise of the Internet in a fun, safe and engaging way. KidZui features more than 1.8 million Web sites, videos and pictures categorized by topic and reviewed for age-appropriateness according to strict editorial guidelines. Built from the ground up for kids, KidZui encourages and rewards curiosity and learning, and keeps parents in touch with their kids’ online activities. KidZui is available at www.kidzui.com

Kidzui looks great! There is a large free portion and then there is a paid membership with additional benefits. My children are too old for this service but if your child is in the 3-12 year old age range I recommend you check this out. Below you will find a press release from Kidzui about research they have done into children’s use of the Internet and parent’s thoughts on the matter. Do you agree with the report’s findings? Leave me a comment and let me know.

KIDZUI RESEARCH FINDS 86% OF PARENTS SAY INTERNET INCREASES CURIOSITY IN KIDS
96% of Parents Think Children Should Experience the Internet Early

San Diego, CA – March 27, 2009 – Research conducted by KidZui, The Internet for Kids (www.kidzui.com), reveals that safe, free exploring of the Internet increases curiosity in children. To celebrate its one-year anniversary, KidZui compiled statistics on how kids use its service and surveyed parents’ feedback about kids and the Internet. The results were illuminating. 86% of parents surveyed said that using the Internet increased their kids’ curiosity and desire to learn. KidZui user behavior supports parents’ impressions. The average 5 to 9-year-old child visits a staggering 135 different Web sites a month using KidZui, versus just three to five sites before using the service, when Web surfing was highly restricted by anxious parents.*

KidZui surveyed 1000 parents whose children use KidZui to gain insight into the impact of the Internet on their kids. User statistics and top search terms were drawn from the last 12 months of KidZui usage.

The KidZui Internet for Kids Parent Survey found:

· 79% of parents think the time their children spend on the Internet is valuable

· 86% of parents think that using KidZui to explore the Internet encourages their kids to learn and discover new things on their own

· 56% of parents said that using KidZui to explore the Internet has increased their kids’ curiosity about the subjects they learn in school

· 43% of parents said that using KidZui to explore the Internet has helped their children gain independence

· 71% of parents said that using KidZui to explore the Internet contributed positively to their children’s happiness

Parents have benefited beyond their children’s newfound Internet independence and curiosity. The survey also found that, despite the fact their kids now spend more time on the Internet, parents’ anxiety about their children’s Internet use dropped significantly when they used KidZui. Before using KidZui, only 17% of parents never worried about kids being online. By using KidZui, 70% of parents now never have anxiety about their kids’ being online.

In reviewing how kids have used KidZui, KidZui found that in February 2009:

· 5 to 9 year-old visited 135 sites and watched eight videos

· Kids used KidZui an average of 3.8 times a week, for 34 minutes each visit

· Kids spent an average of 8.61 hours a month on KidZui

In the year since launching:

· Kids have placed more than 4 million tags (a rating system) on content

· Kids have shared more than 1.5 million pieces of content

· Content on KidZui increased from 500,000 games, website, videos and pictures to more than 1.8 million

“It turns out that kids are even more curious than most adults; most parents don’t explore 135 different websites monthly,” said Cliff Boro, CEO of KidZui. “When you give kids a web browser designed just for them that provides access to a vast world of discovery – they demonstrate their appetite to learn and grow.”

To mark its one-year anniversary, KidZui is launching an updated version of the Internet for Kids that is extremely fast and now includes 1.8 million websites, games, pictures and videos, reviewed and categorized by KidZui’s editorial team.

KidZui also evaluated the most popular search terms and content channels for the past year, with interesting insights into what kids are curious about:

· The Amazing Animals and Science channel received more visits than Hannah Montana.

· Sites about the Olympic Games were viewed more than High School Musical.

· Information on Dinosaurs and Tornadoes was looked at more than Bratz dolls or the Jonas Brothers.

· Content related to “civil rights leaders” was visited 15,979 times, just 24 visits less than Taylor Swift.

· Kids were more interested in Astronomy than Transformers.

· Spelling sites were visited more than Spider-Man.

· Content about Barack Obama was more popular than Santa Claus.

Built for kids ages 3-12, KidZui makes surfing the Internet safe, fun and engaging. With KidZui, children can independently access more than 1.8 million websites, games, pictures and videos, reviewed and categorized by KidZui’s editorial team. KidZui’s parent and teacher tools give them complete control of their kids’ online experiences. Weekly emails give parents and teachers a summary of the sites their kids have visited.

*The KidZui focus group was conducted by Madeline Schroeder, a founder of Mighty Play and leading expert in children’s products and Internet properties. The focus group included both parents and children and focused on Internet safety and usage.

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Contest for Your Jr. Chef

PhotobucketThe Jr. Chefs of America is a cool website aimed at encouraging good nutrition in kids through cooking. My boys love to cook and they each have one night a week that they are in charge of cooking dinner. I am encouraging both of them to enter this contest. If they do, I’ll post the videos here for you to see.

Jr. Chefs of America vision to inspire a new generation of smart eaters and build parents’ confidence about their children’s’ skills in the kitchen. Featuring original webisodes, this new website is all about kids teaching kids the joy of cooking. According to Connie Liakos Evers, MS, RD, author of How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, “More than 75% of children ages 6-11 do not eat the minimum of 3 servings of vegetables or 2 servings of fruit daily.”

Jr. Chefs of America realizes that the earlier a child can learn the importance of good nutrition and portion control, the more eager and knowledgeable they will be regarding eating healthy. In the site’s original webisodes, kids are teaching their young audiences about kitchen safety, cooking healthy, and responsible meal possibilities. Using easy-to-follow instructions, Jr. Chefs of America even contains kid-friendly recipes for kids to try using the website’s safe, one-on-one environment.

“Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese as adults,” from  the New England Journal of Medicine. With childhood obesity reaching epic numbers, it is important for kids to learn the guidelines of healthy eating.  Instead of being pressured by their parents, this website brings the information to them by their peers.

Currently, Jr. Chefs of America is looking for more chefs to join their team.  Check out the details of the Webisode Cooking Contest:
–       Open to kids 10 – 18 years old
–       Deadline entry – April 17, 2009
–       Winners announced – May 11, 2009
–       Prizes are worth over $500

If your child enters this contest please share their videos with us!