DIY Internet Safety

By Emily.

Did you guys know that the average age of a boy (or girl’s) first exposure to inappropriate images or video online is now EIGHT!? Nearly always accidental, we’ve experienced this sad event even in the own walls of Small Fry. So have friends, and family, and each time it’s the same — awful. It springs up all kinds of tears and questions that are of course so important to talk about, but my goal with today’s post is to help that conversation be on OUR terms and timeline.kidsafeinternet

So, here’s FIVE easy ways you can filter out those inappropriate images and videos, you don’t need to be computer wiz or anything!

  1. You can filter any computer or device that uses your internet right at the router all at one time! There are lots of programs, free and for a fee, and I have tried a few! This is not sponsored, but Disney Circle still stands as my favorite. It is easiest to use and has had no glitches in the last year I’ve had it! It has limited WEBSITES pretty perfectly. They sent them to us to try awhile ago and I am so glad to have it. It is so user friendly, if you can download an app onto your phone you can install the Circle. (I’ve also tried Open DNS, K9 and a few others, Circle beats them all, its that tiny little white square, super sleek and minimal!)71sral1njol-_sl1300_
  2. PHONES now have parental settings built right in! For instance on the iPhone you can create restrictions that only you can change with your own password (different than the one you use to unlock the phone.) I wrote out all the steps right here! If you have Android here are those steps! Both super easy and they filter websites, age limits on apps and more!
  3. Just because you have a filter on your computers and phones there are still a few holes. You still need to set filters within sites that you use everyday, your search engine of choice especially. So if you use GOOGLE, here is how you’ll do it. This will make sure if your kids are searching for something that adult content won’t show up as an option in either the website list or image search.
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4. YOUTUBE. YouTube is all our kids’ favorite, but I am sure you’ve all come across something you wish you hadn’t on YouTube.

(Kinder egg toy reviews? JK) So I always suggest downloading the YouTube Kids app in place of the standard one, which filters for you. But, if you use YouTube on your computer you still need to change the settings! So, here’s picture steps for filtering YouTube on your computer and phone!

5. Streaming Services. If you use Netflix or something similar you can create profiles for your kids so adult content doesn’t even show up in their searches. Just log in on your account on a computer and create a profile for them! Then when you give them the remote you can be sure they’re on their profile to begin with.screen-shot-2017-01-09-at-8-01-50-am

I could go on all day, but here are 5 quick ones that will give you some peace of mind! I am no expert and I am sure there are loads of great ideas that I haven’t even thought of, so if you have things that have worked for your family, let us know in the comments!

Favorite Finds 2016: Nicole

2016 was a solid year for this consumer. From trinkets to home decor to fashion, I found some staples that will last me forever. Here I’ve linked to my top 15. Maybe they will become the MVPs for your 2017.

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Woolrich Slippers were a game changer this winter.

This $5 cell for magnetic Car Mount is my year round, all day, every day life saver!

As for beauty, these under eye patchs offer a relief on a tired eye at night, but also hydrate so deeply. If you are like me, those under eye wrinkles are coming in hot.

Of my entire sunglass collection, these Ray Bans make their way into my wardrobe just about daily. I will always love a good classic pair of tortoise ray bans.

You have heard me rave about the Soma Pitcher here on Small Fry over and over again, so naturally it made my 2016 starting line up.

This J Crew turtle neck is the winner in my hunt for the perfect lightweight turtleneck. If you know me you know I bought every last color.

The Patagonia Nano puffer is a daily go-to starting in the fall and lasting all winter long here in Utah. If you don’t have one yet, it needs to be your next investment.

I love a hoop and I love all things tortoise, so these tortoise hoops have become an everyday staple for me. I like to finish a look off with earrings just about every day, and these are low key and subtle and perfect.

I live in this robe. Period.

Madewell Transport Tote. You can call it my mom bag.

A sucker for a good pajama set , this girl.  A lot of them come from Target to be honest. But here and there ill spoil myself with something slightly more lux.

OKAY copper mugs! Im not a drinker, so these aren’t used for beer in my house, but they are a key to a cold drink all summer long. AND SO SO PRETTY!

Im also a collector of throws. I like my house to be cozy all year round. This throw blanket  is my very favorite purchase in the realm of cozy this year.

I think `an electric toothbrush should be a staple in everyones life. This is the one I’ve been using this year.

HEART EYES FOREVER for this cutout bootie. Buy both colors. Just do it.

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Favorite Finds 2016: Jenna

Excited to share some of my MVP’s of 2016, hope you enjoy!

WEAR:

I lived for basics this year. I tossed around a capsule wardrobe but that’s a bit extreme for me. I’ve been doing a ton of dejunking and trying to live minimally best I can so I only left the best of the best in my closet. If you follow me on Instagram or my individual page here then you will already be well aware of my favorites.

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These jeans: They are perfect and I can’t stress it enough. They’re high waisted and the perfect length, especially if your’e a shorty like me. I have them in several different washed and can’t see myself buying any other style soon.

These sunglasses: I’ve sold practically everyone I know on them. I stumbled in to Nordstrom one day and found them, loved them so much and they had no price tag. I assumed they’d be $150 plus so when I found out they were $80 for such a good looking sunglass I was shocked! I lost my first pair but have bought another pair since because I love them that much.

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These shoes: These are some of the more pricy shoes I’ve bought (I’m not an expensive clothing girl) and so I took a plunge but they are sooooo worth it. I’d venture to say I’ve worn them 50 times in the six months I’ve owned them. They are sexy, versatile and so comfortable. I travel in them, Disney in them and date night in them. If you’re in need of a good close toe shoe that’s not necessarily a full on boot – these are your best bet. The indigo is on sale here.

White T: I’ve been pretty much looking for a crew neck white T like I used to sport in Junior High all year. I finally found one at of course the most classic of white T store’s. This shirt is so well made, thick and flattering on. You can never have to many white T’s.

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This jacket: I bought it at the NSale but it’s lived on in my  heart ever since. I wear it EVERY where. It was another expensive purchase for me but has been well worth it. A leather jacket is truly a staple needed in everyone’s closet.

Yoga Pants: I lived for athleisure in 2016 (well every year since 2010) and these pants rose to the top of all leggings ever amen. SO flattering, not see through, thin enough for the gym but thick enough to wear out, they are the MVP of life eternal for me!

My husband is a MAJOR shoe junkie and I have been having a major Adidas phase. I still love my Nike’s but I find that the Adidas are actually way more comfortable and they have some styles I am obsessed with RN.

BEAUTY:

I had my eyebrows micro bladed earlier in the year by Allure Artistry and it was truly one of the BEST decisions ever. That and eyelash extensions make being fresh as a busy Mom THAT much easier. Brows on fleek for the carpool lane guys.

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Essential Oils of course were a huge part of my year, I use them a thousand times a day. You can read more about that part of my life here and join our community if you’re wanting to get started! The new year is full of health goals for people and essential oils are SUCH a great thing to integrate.

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This scrub is high on my list of things to love. Kayti from The Beyouty Bureau gave it to me as a gift years ago and I’ve been loving it ever since. I give it away to anyone I can, it is miracle in a bottle and all natural.

READING:

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Love Warrior was a huge favorite for me this year. Lots of life lessons taught.

Rising Strong of course by my girl Brene.

Leaders Eat Last because Simon has my heart.

And of course anything LDS General Conference.

THINGS YOU DON’T NEED BUT YOU SHOULD BUY:

This list would be embarrassingly long, but I did my best to pick the best of the best. I went through my Amazon orders and am listing the top 5 things you need that you don’t know that you do.

This is life changing. If you’re constantly sore like me from the gym or just being a person, this guy will be your bestie. It is amazingggggg. And think of all the money you’ll save not going to get massages 🙂

We finally took the plunge for a video camera we will actually use. It’s been so fun to put little films together of our family. I’d been regretting that I never take video but this has solved that problem. With all the traveling we do this baby has become such a prized possession and we love the end result of watching movies! We have a couple new traveling films coming up and I”m excited to show you!

I got turned on to this clay mask by Emily and now I’m hooked. Any time my skin is having trouble I slap this baby on and get so many wonderful results. I love love love it and it lasts FOREVER.

If you’re planning to travel in 2017 with your kids, stop buying strollers and JUST BUY THIS ONE. Can you hear me shouting?! I’ve owned practically every stroller known to man kind and this one is so freaking legit. It reclines, there is a tiny basket, it can be folded small enough to be a CARRY ON and is so convenient it’s scary. Stop stressing yourself out with huge strollers and just get this one. I promise.

You might be thinking out of all my top 5 that this is the dumbest thing ever ever to include but this guy is a life safer. My babies need sound machines and the fact that we travel so much we need one that can come with us and not take a lot of room! Ya you can use apps but then your phone is tied up all night making sounds of the ocean and you don’t need that kind of pressure! I’ve loved this one so much I’ve bought it three times.

I think that about sums it up. Except it just doesn’t because I found so many good things to love in 2016, maybe a part 2 is in order! For now trust and believe that these tried and true favorites are items I just couldn’t do life without! xo -J

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Favorite Finds 2016: Emily

Part of the fun of this job is being able to try out all kinds of new product and gear for both ourselves and our kids! So for our first week of 2017 we wanted to revisit those favorites, we’ll go in the same order as our Year Recap posts, Emily is first!

It was so great for me to add our personal tabs on Small Fry this year! I hate like to know it personally so I wasn’t willing to share that way, but my tab is something I feel totally comfortable with and hopefully makes it easier on you guys who have questions! Your favorites from there were these jeans, these sneakers and this vacuum (?) haha!img_8276-700x933 2016 was pregnancy, new baby life and revisiting those parts of motherhood that I haven’t experienced for five+ years! SO much has changed since I had Cal, but here’s what I’ve used this year that I can’t live without!

FOR BABY

Nose Frida is an absolute must have for any parent. It’s not even sort of gross, I promise. Windi another must if you have a gassy baby! It even helped with some constipation. I’ve tried several brands and systems and I will never go back from Uppa. I use this stroller system and this car seat and it is the best. Its middle of the road expensive but I am totally fine in investing a bit when I know how cheaper alternatives handle. Chicco Natural Fit Bottles, Ergo Carrier, and Mustela. I have lost count of how many people have said Raleigh is the best smelling baby. He gets sniffed daily. screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-8-49-45-amThese bibs, this play chair. Oh man this play chair, its by far the cutest/most modern style and Raleigh LOVES it. This dream blanket which is the perfect size for my big boy and so so soft. I love the Shibori pattern, too!ancc_2451

FOR ME

Post pregnancy I LIVED in this nursing tank. It’s so beautiful and feminine and the tank is made of like soft steel or something, it holds all those loose bits in nice and tight! Now that I’m 6 months post-partum and Raleigh is eating solids and easier to pass off to Russ, I am really focusing hard on getting some of my endurance and strength back and these shiny high waisted work out pants are my favorite ever, ever. Russ HATES these shoes, but I love the high ankle and they’ve got great cushion. Perfect gym shoe and I love the higher ankle shaft.

I’ve been on the hunt for a perfect brown boot to fit my style and it took several months, but I LOVE these. Brown boots (in my opinion) are either too western, or too plain and these have that edge I love while still being simple. I bought them in black last year as well and can wear them for 10+ hours without a problem. Platforms for the win!

I feel like I fine-tuned my beauty routine this year as well, my skin has never looked/felt better! You can read the whole thing in depth here, but if I had to choose the MVPs it would be this oil cleanser and this moisturizer and this dry shampoo paste! Thanks to The Beyouty Bureau for the first two!!

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You already know how I feel about Amazon Echo, I’ve also embraced Audible and finally listened to Daring Greatly. The narrator drove me crazy at first, but the lessons I learned in that book changed my year (life?) completely. Mostly that the amount of blessing that God has in store for me is not finite, and just because things are going well it doesn’t mean something terrible is around the corner. Anyone else have that way of thinking? I learned (or at least finally absorbed, I am sure I’ve been told one billion times) to express gratitude in those moments I would typically be wondering when the other shoe was going to drop. It’s actually been an easy switch for me and soooo good for my anxiousness!

FOR THE BOYS

Penny Boards, this three string guitar, this piano book for at home learning, these snow boots which are lightweight but still hardy! My boys hate dealing with recess and their heavy boots so these get worn the most around here!

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