Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Steve Justman ~ Vintage Folk / Classic Country Music

Real folk music. Real country music. The kind that you remember. An enjoyable, entertaining and informative program of Vintage Folk/Classic Country Music. The kind of songs that you know and remember. Steve has performed Americana music in the Chicago area for many years. He is a man who likes to sing some songs that tell a story. A throwback to another time, perhaps.
Join in on the fun Saturday, January 24, 2009 from 2:00 ~ 3:00 p.m.

Please register for this program at the Adult Services Desk.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Social Networking Tips For Parents

Be reasonable and try to set reasonable expectations.
Pulling the plug on your child's Internet activities is rarely a good first response to a problem-- it's too easy for them to "go underground" and establish accounts at a friend's house or many other places.

Be open with your children.
Encourage them to come to you if they encounter a problem online -- cultivate trust and communication because no rules, laws, or filtering software can replace you as their first line of defense.

Talk with your children.
Find out how they use the services. Make sure they understand basic Internet safety guidelines, including privacy protection and passwords, the risks involved in posting personal information, avoiding in-person meetings, and not posting inappropriate photos.

Consider requiring that all online activity take place in a central area of the home, not in a child's bedroom.
Be aware that there are also ways children can access the Internet away from home.

Try to get your children to share their blogs or online profiles with you.
Be aware that they can have multiple accounts on multiple services. Use search engines and the search tools on social-networking sites to search for your child's identifying information.

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