HiFiKiddo Review: Safer Social Media for Kids!

 

 

Everywhere you look today, people are interacting with each other on social media.  As a blogger, my kids see me using it daily.  And, although they are still young right now, I know at some point they are going to want to see what it’s all about.  Don’t get me wrong, social networking can be great (like people working together for a cause), but as a parent, I know there are some not so nice things that can happen in the land of social media as well.   

That’s why I was excited to learn about a new social networking site, appropriate for children and their families.

(This is a sponsored post written on behalf of HiFiKiddo.  All opinions are 100% my own.)

 

HiFiKiddo social network

 

So how is HiFiKiddo different than the social media that’s already out there?

Unlike other social media networks, HiFiKiddo strictly adheres to the Federal Trade Commissions Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  That means a working email address of a parent, and verifiable consent are required before a child under the age of 13 may join the site.  This social network was designed especially for kids under the age of 13 so they can connect with family members in a child-friendly way.

 

HiFiKiddo is like a “social network on training wheels.”

For one thing, parents must approve all friend requests on HiFiKiddo!  

And with three predefined sharing circles: Core Family, Family, and Friends, a parent can select the privacy level for each circle.  This means you can set it so your child can share pictures with family members that are living in a different state, but ensure that they can only share written messages with friends.  (This is something I really like!  All too often tweens send out the wrong types of pics to friends.)

 

HiFiKiddo Screen shot

 

And while parents can see what a child shares in the family circle, they can’t see posts shared in the friend’s circle, still allowing the child some  privacy.  (Although as a parent you can change the type of content shared there at any time.  For instance, you can make sure they can’t share pictures or video in their friend’s circle.)

Of course nothing beats parental oversight when it comes to the Internet.  But with HiFiKiddo, children can begin to learn the do’s and don’ts of social networking in a much safer environment.

 

Are your kids wanting to test the waters of social networking?

 

Download HiFiKiddo from the App Store today!

HiFiKiddo Google App

 

 

Android App is coming soon!

HiFiKiddo app

 

Want to learn more?  Visit the HiFiKiddo website, or visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to keep up to date on the latest.

Magic Snow: Sensory Fun for Everyone!

 

 

Wishing for some of that white powdery stuff this winter?  No matter where you live, you can have a bit of snow for some fun sensory play…thanks to magic snow!

instant snow from a powder:  fun sensory play

 

While shopping at a book store, I came across packets of Snow Wow.  For less than $2 a packet, I picked up several as gifts for kids we know.

Of course, we had to try it out ourselves!

Just a couple tablespoons, mixed with cold water from our refrigerator (follow package directions for correct amount), made over 2 cups of fluffy snow!

It was amazing!

The boy is a little obsessed with the Titanic right now, and, as you can see in the picture above, his miniature Titanic had to experience the snow, too.  Then the Hot Wheels came out to play.

As for the girl… Elsa and Anna from Frozen were soon walking in a winter wonderland.  (Sorry, though, Anna and Elsa weren’t able to use it to build a snowman.)

 

And, lest you think this stuff is just for the little ones….

Grandma couldn’t keep her hands out of it!

sensory play with magic snow

 

Looking for a unique stocking stuffer idea, or just something to entertain the troops over break?

 

There are several brands of “magic snow” available.  And while I couldn’t find the brand I bought on Amazon, they do have something that sounds just like it called Insta-Snow.  With just a little bit of water, you can have your own fluffy snow to play with, too!

(I’ve also heard that this is very similar to what they put inside disposable diapers….  So if you have a few spare on hand, you may want to rip open a few, add water, and see what happens.)

 

This was not a sponsored post…  We just had so much fun with this stuff that I wanted to share it with all of you!

 

Have you ever played with magic snow?  We are always looking for new ways to enjoy our sensory bins, I’d love to hear what you’ve done with it!

 

 

 

 

Ways to Avoid Cabin Fever over Winter Break

 

 

Before you know it, the kids will be home for winter break.  Sure, the first few days they’ll be happy playing with toys and just hanging out, but what happens when they get bored?  How will you help the kids avoid cabin fever this winter?

how to avoid cabin fever during winter break

 

 

 

What to do when kids have cabin fever:

Plan an indoor camp-out with the kids, complete with s’mores!

Have a few jingle bells on hand?  Build this cute indoor obstacle course with a Christmas twist!

Use a ball of yarn to weave your own spider web maze for the kids to crawl under and through.  (Older kids will love creating their own web!)

Make craft stick catapults and see how far you can fling mini-marshmallows or paper wads.

Grab the recycling box and check out the junk drawer to make your own invention box!  (The kids may just learn something in the process!)

Raid the sock drawers and have an indoor snowball fight that will leave them giggling.

Make snow!  This simple taste-safe cloud dough looks like snow, without freezing little fingers.

Science is always a hit with kids!  There are tons of winter science experiments kids can try using ingredients you probably already have at home.

Break out the board games, or even better, let older kids design their own board game for the family to play.

Gather up your “treasure,” hide it, and send the kids on a scavenger hunt to find it.

Turn on the tunes and have a dance party!

Grab a stack of sheets/blankets and build a blanket fort.

Hand the kids some dry-erase markers and let them decorate the windows.  (This is always a hit here!)

Pop some popcorn, grab a blanket, and snuggle up to watch the movie of your kid’s choice.

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Have a tip I didn’t include?  I’d love to hear it in the comments below!

 

Gingerbread Castle: Children’s Book

 

We love holiday books!  In particular we have our favorite kids Christmas books that we read every year.  Earlier this year we had the opportunity to preview Gingerbread Castle, written by DM Yates, a friend of mine.

 

Kids book:  Gingerbread Castle

 

Gingerbread Castle is an illustrated children’s book geared towards kids 6-8.

I love how the story starts off, with a child having trouble sleeping.  To help them drift off, they take a magical journey to a beautiful gingerbread castle in dreamland.

The fun rhyming passages and the descriptions of the castle’s rooms are sure to make any child smile!

Have a Kindle?

There is also a Kindle Version of Gingerbread Castle ready to download now to enjoy for the  holidays!

 

 

*I received a copy of the book in order to review it.  No other compensation was involved.  All opinions are 100% my own.*