This DIY chalk paint activity is perfect for a summer day! The whole family can enjoy using this decorative paint to create sidewalk masterpieces or chalkboard signs that can be displayed around the home.
Below you will find a step-by-step guide for DIY chalk paint and three awesome stencil packs that both kids and adults can use with the paint!
Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Chalk PaintMaking homemade chalk paint is incredibly easy. You’ll just need three basic ingredients: water. cornstarch, and food coloring. Be sure to download one or all of the stencil packs below to use on the sidewalk or a chalkboard sign:
The full guide below from Apartment Guide offers further details about what you’ll need to make your homemade chalk paint! You’ll also find some cool ideas for how to use it.
Stop Cyberbullying - A guide
Cyberbullying is a type of emotional or verbal abuse carried out over technological platforms.
Cyberbullying comes in many forms. If you have a device that can get online, you can encounter it.
Hurtful text messages: Texts are private so the only the people in the conversation know about them which can make it hard for outside parties to intervene.
Harassing social media posts: Everyone can see public posts and repost them and continue to circulate them – there’s a wider audience viewing the ridicule.
Threatening emails: Cyber bullies can send impersonal emails and feel detached from the outcome without the face to face interaction.
Anonymous apps: A wide audience and anonymity is recipe for cyberbullying disaster.
Compromising pictures: Ever had a picture taken of you that you didn’t like? Imagine what happens when that picture is posted and circulated around social media – not fun.
These are just a few ways cyber bullies can hurt their victims.
Read this article to learn more about how to spot it, report it, prevent it.
Bonus - Test your cyber bullying preparedness by taking the quiz
www.vpnmentor.com/blog/the-ultimate-parent-guide-for-child-internet/IntroductionWe see news stories about the impact of technology on our everyday lives all the time these days. Many of us started to think about how technology affects us personally. But how many of us have stopped to think about how it affects our children?
5% of mothers said they use technology to keep their children busy (source)
Kids are receiving their first internet-capable device earlier and earlier. That same study showed that 83% of American households have tablets, and 77% have smartphones (source).
For more read the great article from vpmmentor
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