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Momo infiltrated Peppa Pig

Momo (originally created by a Japanese special effects company), has bulging eyes, a distorted wide mouth and the body of a bird has infiltrated Peppa Pig and other YouTube clips. Innocent videos begin and quickly turn into changed videos that are not appropriate for children. It is important that parents/guardians watch videos with their children to make sure they are appropriate.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/27/parents-warned-online-suicide-game-appearing-peppa-pig-videos/

New Apps & Websites

Be Internet Awesome

Be Internet Awesome is Google's Parental Information Site to keep them informed of internet safety. You can check it out here: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/families


Strong Passwords

We are constantly asked to create strong passwords with 8 characters, numbers, capitals, caps, etc. So, how do you do that. One idea is to check out https://www.wolframalpha.com. In the search box, type password or generate password and it will create a password, as well as other options for you.

Children and Phones

There are many reasons parents do and don't want their children to have a cell phone. This article might be something you would be interested in reading if you are considering providing your child with a cellphone. https://www.thetechedvocate.org/5-features-that-make-phones-great-for-kids/

If you are looking for free Parental Control Software, you may find an option on Digital Trends. You can access the article here: https://goo.gl/4u9Yhh

Focus Apps

There are several new apps available to help you or your student stay focused.

Stay Focused Chrome Extension: Helps you stay focused instead of spending time on time wasting sites.

Pomodoro: Is an iOS app that allows you to set specific blocks of time for different tasks, allowing you to be more productive.

Timely: An iOS App that helps you track your time on projects.

Drop Time: An iOS App that is a countdown timer. Can be used for a variety of activities, but also to help set time limits for tasks.

Glass Planner: An iOS App Creates an action list based on your calendar.

TimeDoser: Chrome App that allows you to set specific work times and breaks. Notifies you when its time to take a break.

Pomello: Chrome App that is similar to Pomodor, by allowing you to stay on task with a small timer on the window you are working on.


Resources

Keyboarding

Dance Mat Typing

Online Typing

Brown Bear Typing

Type A Tone


Chrome Extensions

My study help

My Incredible Start Page

Open Dyslexic

Helper Bird

Summry

Read & Write for Google

Beeline Reader

Ginger/Grammerly

Save to Google Drive

Google Drive Quick Create