How safe are Indian kids online?

A sample survey “How safe are Indian kids online?”, commissioned by global security tech firm McAfee. Mumbai had the highest cyber bullying levels, with one third of the children reporting that they were subject to either cyber hacking, fraud or identity theft. The study, conducted among 500 children in the 9 to 17 age group across 10 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.

The finding showed that 58 per cent of the children, half of them between 4-8 years, admitted to sharing their home address and 40 per cent of them shared their photographs and 12 per cent even shared their parents’ credit card details on the Internet. While an average of 91 per cent surveyed kids across cities use the PC, there is increasing adoption of devices like laptops (26 per cent) and mobile phones (31 per cent).While the survey shows 32 per cent children were not aware of any online threats, 12 per cent children admitted to have been victims of some of the other form of cyber attacks.

Mumbai city also recorded the highest percentage of children watching adult content (40%). With their favourite movies and music, children are increasingly exchanging information indiscriminately in the virtual world exposing themseves to cyber exploits, survey reveals.

Filtering content like porn, gambling and violence is responsible of parenting. But 38% of the parents indicated that they were not aware of their children’s online activities.

Do not let your adolescent surf the internet on his own, keep a watchful eye on them while they are online. Teach them about the threats and dangers of befriending the wrong kind of people online. Inform them about cyber bullying, internet scams and other such dangers.

Educating them about keeping their pictures, credit card number and bank account info safe is vital. Inform them that people online cannot be trusted and can use this information against them.

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Precautions against bomb blasts

With the Mumbai serial blast, people concerned for the safety of their relatives. Safety and security is a top priority for apartments and buildings located in city centers where risks are higher. You can take following precautions or safety measures to protect people and property and minimize the risk of personal injury.

  • Verify the antecedents of tenants before renting out the premises.
  • Inform the police about any suspicious happening or unclaimed object found in suspicious circumstances
  • Do not touch any unidentified object and do not accept any parcel from strangers.
  • Make an enquiry if a taxi or auto-rickshaw is seen parked inside the compound or outside the building for a long time.
  • Visitors parking should be restricted, if possible, to 300 feet from your building or any building in a complex.

Read More… commonfloor.com/articles/bomb-blast-precautions

Driving during Monsoon in India

Though, Monsoon in India is a much awaited season for some, while for others, the weather bring despair. The daily commuters who have to travel by vehicle face many difficult situations during this time.Here are some driving tips that ensure a safe drive during rainy season.

  • Maintain mild pressure on the brake pedal to stop or slow down and do not brake hard or lock the wheels as this also leads to skidding of the car.
  • Replace the windshield wipers at least once in a year as bad wiper blades do not give clear visibility.
  • Use headlights while driving in rain as it helps to see the road clearly.
  • Do not follow large trucks or busses too closely as the spray created by their large tyres reduce visibility.
  • It is hard to manage the car in deep water. Hence, try to use the middle lanes as water tends to pool in outside lanes and also avoid lane change.
  • Avoid driving on standing water as it is difficult to judge the depth of it and it could also be covering a pothole.
  • During rain the windows gets fogged very soon due to high humidity. If the car is air conditioned then turn up the heat and direct the airflow to defrost.
  • In a non-AC car, open the windows alittle to keep the air moving.

Tips for a safe Holi

Holi is festival of colors and brings people close to each other. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun which is the month of March. Holi was traditionally played by making colors from flowers. However, during Holi demand for color are very high and some unscrupulous traders mix chemical dyes to base material. These harsh chemicals in Holi colors can cause itching and rashes.

Some of safety measures to be adopted for celebrating safe Holi are following.

  1. Skin Safety for Holi Celebration
  2. Safety of Children
  3. Safety of Women
  4. Safety of Environment
  5. To save your teeth from hard-to-remove stains from colored dyes, wear dental caps.
  6. Discourage your children to play Holi with eggs, mud or gutter water. Never turn a blind eye to such unclean ways of celebration.
  7. People take advantage of women on the pretext of coloring them. Ensure women or ladies play Holi only with close friends and family. Be with a group that doesn’t take advantage of you.
  8. Celebrating an Eco-Friendly Holi not only saves Nature but also saves you from Harmful Effects of Chemical Colors. It is the duty and responsibility of one and all to celebrate an eco-friendly Holi and save Nature.

Read More…Guidelines For A Safe Holi from CommonFloor.com 

Wish you all a Happy, colorful & Safe Holi

Entertainment for Christmas-New Year parties

10 Tips For Safe Partying on Christmas or New Year Eve

When you host party or if you are planning to go out ensure your and others safety. Set a limit on how many drinks you are going to have when you drink, and stick to it. In the midst of wild partying, people could do stupid things, things they wouldn’t do normally. Read More…

Choosing Home Decor Candles for festival

Home decor candles are widely available in different shapes, colors, and sizes. Home decor candles of the various colors will create a different feel to the room. Important types of Home Decor Candles used during this festival season are following. Read More…

Save Energy During Holiday Season

The Christmas and New Year is generally a big time for energy use, which is not only increasing your utility bill but also a threat to the environment. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to cut down energy bill. Here are some tips to help you save energy  Read More…

Christmas, New Year Decoration Ideas

Buying Christmas or New Year decorations every year will turn out to be very expensive. You can buy inexpensive decorations, from the stores where they sell it on discount. There are many traditionally used decoration items, but you can always come up with something new. Read More…

Winter perfect time you can “chill out” with your kids

During the wintertime it is important that you and your kids have a lot of activities. By planning out some inside activities in advance, you can eliminate the boredom blues when a chilly day of staying inside comes along. Read More…

10 Tips for Safe Diwali

Exercise caution while bursting firecrackers during Diwali and avoid grievous injuries. Following 10 tips helps you to celebrate Safe Diwali.

  • Purchase of firecrackers only from authorised manufacturers.

  • The firecrackers should be stored in cardboard boxes and kept out of reach from children.

  • They should be kept away from inflammable substances like gas cylinders, they said.

  • Keep a bucket of water and in case of burns, pour lots of water on the affected area

  • Avoid lighting crackers inside a container like glass bottle,tin or between debris.

  • Avoid lighting crackers holding in hand and lighting by bending over them.

  • Apply Cream, ointment, oil on burnt area.

  • Never experiment, modify, or attempt to make your own fireworks.

  • Warn neighbors so that they can keep pets indoors.

  • In case of ear trauma, it is advisable not to instill any eardrop, nor try to clean the ear by oneself or by untrained personnel.

The physicians have recommended in case of major burns, before rushing to hospital, victim should be first wrapped in a clean bed sheet.If eye is affected, the victim’s eyes should be washed under tap water for 10 minutes before going to hospital. While bursting crackers on the road, vehicles should be parked at a safe distance.

  • May the light of Diyas spread Joy to your LifeHappy Diwali