Eating Healthy

One of the areas of discussion in the Home Alone Safety Course is Healthy Snacks.
Here is some additional helpful information for you.

Tips to promote healthy childhood eating

Have regular family meals. Knowing dinner is served at approximately the same time every night and that the entire family will be sitting down together is comforting and enhances appetite.

Breakfast is a must for children.  Even if the child does not get a nutritious breakfast, something is better than nothing, but children should eat breakfast every morning.

Research shows that children who eat breakfast tend to do better in school.  Eating home cooked meals is healthier for the whole family and sets a great example for children about the importance of food.  ​Restaurant meals tend to have more fat, sugar, and salt. Save dining out for special occasions.

Get children involved. Children enjoy helping adults to shop for groceries, selecting what goes in their lunch box, and preparing dinner. It’s also a chance for you to teach them about the nutritional values of different foods, and (for older children) how to read food labels.

Make a variety of healthy snacks available instead of empty calorie snacks.  ​Keep plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks, and healthy beverages (water, milk, pure fruit juice) around and easily accessible so children become use to reaching for healthy snacks instead of empty calorie snacks like soda, chips, or cookies.

Limit portion sizes. Don’t insist your child cleans the plate, and never use food as a reward or bribe.

Children Should Drink Lots of Water

Water is essential to your child’s health. It makes up more than half of kids’ body weight and is needed to keep all parts of the body functioning properly.

Some of the benefits of drinking water include:

  • Digestion support
  • Constipation prevention
  • Proper blood circulation

Water also helps transport nutrients and oxygen to cells, regulate body temperature, and maintain electrolyte (sodium) balance.

Healthy eating for toddlers and young children

An important part of a toddler’s diet is calcium (they need about 500 mg/day), and the best source of this nutrient is milk.

Until the age of two children should drink whole milk, but older toddlers can switch to 2% or skim milk if approved by your pediatrician.  If your children are lactose intolerant or don’t like dairy, incorporate calcium-rich foods like fortified soy products, cereals, and orange juice.

Toddlers need 7mg a day to prevent iron deficiency, which can affect growth, learning, and behavior.

Nutrition guidelines for school-age kids

As children develop, they require healthy foods with vitamins and minerals to support their growing bodies.

This means whole grains (whole wheat, oats, barley, rice), a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, calcium for growing bones (milk, yogurt, or substitutes if lactose intolerant); and healthy proteins (fish, eggs, poultry, lean meat, nuts, and seeds).

Healthy fats are also important

Monounsaturated fats, from plant oils like canola oil, peanut oil, and olive oil, as well as avocados, nuts (like almonds, hazelnuts, and pecans), and seeds (such as pumpkin, sesame).

Polyunsaturated fats, including Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines, or in unheated sunflower, corn, soybean, and flaxseed oils, and walnuts.

Healthy servings of vegetables such as broccoli, squash, pumpkin, carrots, beans, cabbage, tomatoes, and cucumber should make up their diets.

Fiber is important for children

Fiber plays an important role in supporting a healthy digestive system, and it helps keep the body’s system clean and running smoothly. Foods that are high in fiber also have the added benefit of being filling, which can help discourage overeating. Plus, when combined with ample fluid intake, fiber helps move food through the digestive system and might reduce the risk of certain cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and digestive disorders.

Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber Security Awareness Month is an internationally recognized campaign held each October to inform the public of the importance of cyber security. This campaign is focused on helping all Canadians be more secure online, by being informed and knowing the simple steps to take to protect themselves, their families, their workplace and their devices. The month is divided by themes which highlight different aspects of cyber security.

Themes

Week 1: October 1-7, 2018
Our internet; our cyber security

Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) is underpinned by the idea that the internet is a shared resource, and securing it is our shared responsibility. We will usher in CSAM 2018 with the theme “Our internet: our cyber security”. During week 1, we will highlight the different initiatives, information and programs that are intended to help Canadians and businesses stay safe online.

Also, the official launch of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security is anticipated during the first week of CSAM.

Week 2: October 8-14, 2018
Buy Secure

The focus of week 2 is “Buy Secure”. When we buy information technology products, too often we overlook the cyber security risks posed from their use. For the Canadian public, the focus will be on the importance of buying devices and apps from reputable sources. For governments and businesses, “Buy Secure” means identifying and mitigating the risk posed by the supply chain of information technology within your networks.

Week 3: October 15-21, 2018
Our Data is Valuable

Our data — that is, everything from our personal information, to our banking information, personal photos, social media interaction, and work-related files and correspondence — is valuable.  But because it is intangible, it doesn’t always feel that way. The focus of week 3 is to highlight the fact that all Canadians and businesses have data that is valuable to them which also makes it valuable to cybercriminals wishing to exploit it.

Week 4: October 22-28, 2018
Our critical eye and the internet

The focus of week 4 is on Digital Literacy. According to Media Smarts, Digital Literacy is more than technological know-how; it includes a wide variety of ethical, social and reflective practices that are embedded in work, learning, leisure and daily life. One component of Digital Literacy is the set of skills that help us comprehend, contextualize, and critically evaluate digital media so that we can make informed decisions about what we do and encounter online. The focus of week 4 is building that critical eye that will help Canadians make informed decisions.

Week 5: October 29-31, 2018
Our Future in Cyber Security

According to a recent report by Deloitte, in collaboration with Toronto Financial Services Alliance, “demand for cyber talent in Canada is increasing by 7 percent annually, with organizations needing to fill some 8,000 cybersecurity roles between 2016 and 2021. Week 5 will focus on the activities and initiatives aimed at helping close the cyber talent gap, inspiring young people to pursue careers in cyber security, and recognizing the contributions of those that are dedicated cyber practitioners.

Get Involved

For questions or additional information please contact info@Getcybersafe.gc.ca.

Reasons Why Baby Sitting Training Is Important?

Caring for children is a major responsibility that every parent, guardian and baby sitter have.

They require constant supervision and engagement in order for proper development. The specialized training does more than teach basic childcare skills.  It also allows babysitters to develop the confidence they would need to have a successful encounter with children.  They are better able to act quickly and confidently when dealing with emergencies.  They also learn about basic child development that would allow them to act appropriately and engagingly to the child age so that they can provide support to the child in their care. The course activities are designed to give each student the opportunity to practice each of the skill taught during the course.

Let’s face it, parents need to feel confident that they have left their most prized possessions in the hands of a babysitter who is competent, confident and caring.  Similarly, children need to also feel secure and safe in the absence of their parents/guardian.

Babysitter who invest in proper training:

  • Are skilled at conflict resolution.
  • Show that they are committed to task by improving their skills/knowledge
  • Have better earning potential and earn more than those who do not have the training
  • Are taught professionalism and responsibility
  • Demonstrated that they are invested in their jobs and want to provide the best possible care for families.

REASONS WHY PARENTS SHOULD REGISTER THEIR CHILDREN TO TAKE THE HOME ALONE COURSE:

You can start by asking yourself, is my child ready to stay home alone?  If the answer is no, or they could benefit from learning additional skills, then continue reading.

The Home Alone course is designed to provide children and youth 11-15 years old with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when they are home alone for brief periods of time.

Children/youths should be supervised at all time. However, there are those rear occasions when they are required to be home alone and therefore it is incumbent on parent to ensure that they loved one are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage themselves effectively in those rear moments of being home alone.

Although there are many benefits for children and youth to taking this course, I will highlight five.

1.       Establishing a routine- Children need routine, it give them a sense of security and help them to develop discipline. It also aids to help them, with consistency and expectations. According to Parent magazine, children tends to handle routine best if occurs in the context of a familiar routine. The Home Course provides them with information on how to establish a routine before leaving for school and returning home from school e.g. using their house keys, staying busy constructively, protocol safety checklist for fire escape.

2.       Stranger Awareness and Personal Safety- the Home Alone course provides children/youth with tips to help them be more aware of their personal safety while in the community.  Through role-play and visuals, they are taught how to manage themselves in potentially dangerous people and situations. The importance of using their judgment while drawing on their internal instinct (if it doesn’t feel right, then it may not be right) are also explored. A  healthy sense of fear is also explored, why adults should not ask children for help, why secrets are not to be kept from parents/guardians, ensure that children have a contact number for their parents/guardian

3.       Basic Emergency- This is the age when your child should learn basic emergency procedures so that they know how to react in certain situations and feel confident enough to deal with small emergencies. They will be taught that there different rules for different situations such as when to activate the Emergency Medical System (EMS/ 911), when to call poison control, fire escape, accident prevention and other situations.

4.       Internet Safety- The internet is a wonderful tool for all of us, kids included.  They can use it for school projects, communicating with friends, teachers and play interactive games.  However, we also know that it can be used in destruction ways. We want to prepare children/youths of the dangers of the internet as well as to guard them against, inappropriate content, cyber-bullying and online predators. During this one day course, they will learn about its benefits and its danger using innovative and interactive tools, role play, etc. how to care for themselves while online.

5.       Basic First Aid-Children are taught  simple first aid skills and how to handle themselves confidently when dealing with basic first aid situations e.g. when to use an Epi-Pen & Inhaler, what to do if you are choking and you are home alone, the ABC’s of choking and breathing emergencies

This one-day course will arm your child with valuable life skills and you will have peace of mind that you have taken steps to ensure their safety.  So go ahead and enroll them in one of our courses near you.