Secure Your Facebook Page - Pictures

~ Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:07 AM ~

I will be sharing some personal tips and tutorials on how I secure my personal Facebook page - as and when I came across any settings to edit I will share it here for your reference and hope you will be able to apply it to your profile as well.

How do I define a profile on FB as secure? When you view a profile, you can only see the least possible info, status updates on timeline and pictures shared on your profile.

For example, if you view my personal FB profile you can only see my current profile picture and current cover photo, that too I put the same pictures as what I put on my FB fan page. Also, you won't be able to see any status updates postings on my timeline except my life events that I chose to share in public such as the time when my fan page reached 100K followers, or when I was born. That's all an outsider who is not in my FB friend list can view if they are able to search up my profile or clicked into my profile when I commented or liked a posting on FB.

Now back to securing the pictures posted on YOUR FB profile. There are a few pictures setting you need to be aware of:

* Your profile picture - Your profile picture is set to public

* Your cover photo - Your cover photo is set to public

* Your pictures / albums shared in your profile - You are able to control the settings of pictures and/or albums in your profile. You will need to individually go into the picture or the album and edit the settings.

The screenshot below is taken from one of my photo album privacy settings. I set it to only Friends on my FB profile are allowed to view the pictures in the album. I also unchecked the setting where friends of those I tagged are not allow to view the pictures, so for example if I tagged my hubby in the pictures, his friends will not be able to see the picture unless they are on my FB list as well. If you see the screenshot below, you will see I have also excluded a person from being able to view my pictures. 

Some other things to consider when it comes to pictures privacy:

* I would suggest that you do not post any picture that might reveal too much information of your whereabouts and family members. Some of us parents adore our kiddos to death so we tend to post pictures of them. I'm not saying posting pictures of our kiddos is wrong, but make sure you crop off or blur off things like your house number, car plate number, school uniform badge, etc.

* As much as you want to protect your family members, do be considerate as well if you are posting picture which can show other people in it as well. Class pictures, parties etc - if possible, blur out other people faces or seek for permission before you post them up.

* You will also need to be on guard, as friends/family members on FB will be happily posting pictures of your kiddos as well. If you find it intrudes your privacy and safety, quickly informed them to take down the picture or best is make sure you informed your family members not to simply share pictures of your kiddos/family members/whereabouts without your permission.

* Tagging / tagged. Again, I will not advice doing this unless you have the permission to tag someone. If you are being tagged, you can go to the picture and under the option, remove your name from being tagged.

 

I hope I covered enough info for the pictures settings for now. Let me know if I missed anything!

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Importance of Pretend Play

~ Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:19 AM ~

I remember blogging about our 1st kiddo having pretend play at 3 years old. And now, our 2nd kiddo is following suit, also at 3 years old. It started when I printed and laminated some princess paper crafts for our girl to play with. The paper crafts didn't last long (due to everyday being played with) and after I saw one of those McDonalds' Happy Meal that came with free mini Barbie toys, I can't resist myself to get one for our girl.

Pretend Play

And weeks later, hubby's turn to fell into the temptations and got our girl her 2nd mini Barbie toy from the Happy Meal. So, with the 2 mini Barbie toys, I noticed everyday she will be having pretend plays with them.

Pretend Play

Cooking, dancing, playing house and all. Together with her brother's soldier toys and whatever toys that come in handy at that time hahaha...

Pretend Play

If you have some time to spare, do read up on the following articles:

"Young children learn by imagining and doing. Your child is using an object to represent something else while giving it action and motion. But this pretend play is not as simple as it may seem. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas. ~ The Importance of Pretend Play"

"We often use the terms pretend play or make-believe play (the acting out of stories which involve multiple perspectives and the playful manipulation of ideas and emotions), that reflect a critical feature of the child’s cognitive and social development. Over the last seventy-five years a number of theorists and researchers have identified the values of such imaginative play as a vital component to the normal development of a child. ~ The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development"

"Engaging in pretend play (also called symbolic play, imaginative play, dramatic play, or good old make-believe) means your toddler understands that she can choose one object (the block) to represent another (a camera just like Mommy’s). That’s a big concept, and a valuable one. Just think: Numbers and letters work the same way, with unique squiggles and shapes standing in for concepts of number and language. ~ Toddler Pretend Play: Tips for Boosting Your Child's Imagination"

 

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Don't Throw Away The Broccoli Stems!

~ Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:07 AM ~

During my earlier days when I started to cook for my family, I always discard the broccoli stems and only make use of the florets part for stir-frying and steaming broccoli dishes. That all changed when my mother-in law caught me throwing away the stem and told me not to waste the stem as we can use it when preparing soup.Think of all the stems I have thrown away in the past! Horror! Guilt!

Since then, whenever I bought broccoli, what I do is:

* Clean and wash the broccoli

* Use up the florets part for stir-frying / steaming dishes

* Keep the stem part in freezer if I am not using it immediately

* Use the stem part for my soup making days (just add into the pot before preparing the soup)

Benefits of broccoli stems:

Broccoli stems are as nutritious as the broccoli crown. One hundred grams of broccoli stems contains 28 calories, 2.98 grams of protein, 48 milligrams of calcium, .88 milligrams of iron, 25 milligrams of magnesium, 325 milligrams of potassium, 27 milligrams of sodium and 400 IU of vitamin A. One hundred grams of broccoli florets contains identical nutrition information, making broccoli stems just as healthy and vitamin-packed as the more visually appealing broccoli florets. ~ Source

 

Now that you know this, do give it a try! Keep the broccoli stems and use them when you prepare soup next time!

Further reading:

* Conscientious Cook: Good Uses for Broccoli Stalks

* 7 Ways to Use Broccoli Stalks

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