Parents Get Help Coaching Teen Drivers from Michelin, NFL Star

(NewsUSA) -; As a parent, there is no shortage of things to worry about when it comes to your kids. If you have teenagers, that anxiety can rise even more, especially when they start to drive.Car crashes remain the top killer of teenagers in the United States, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.To bring awareness of teen driver safety among teens and parents, top tire manufacturer Michelin has teamed up with football legend -; father of a teen driver -; Emmitt Smith in an educational campaign, "Coaching Your Teen Driver.""As parents, we play a critical role in coaching our teens to be safe drivers," Smith says in a statement announcing the campaign in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week."Keeping a cool head on the road starts with a strategy and a plan -; that’s where Michelin’s resources for coaching your teen driver can help."The campaign features a downloadable handbook that includes practical road safety advice for coaches and trainees, as well as a series of "offensive" and "defensive" driving plays to master with your teen driver.Offense: The handbook’s offensive driving plays are designed to build new drivers’ confidence on the road. Offensive plays include adjusting mirrors for maximum visibility, as well as changing lanes, passing other cars and merging smoothly onto highways safely and with confidence.Defense: Defensive driving maneuvers are essential for safety on the road. The handbook reinforces key defensive driving plays, such as how to manage tailgaters, drive safely near large trucks, keep a safe following distance and respond to changes in road conditions due to weather or other factors."The handbook also emphasizes critical tips for coaches -; such as knowing when to call a "time out" and pull over when stress levels rise, and the importance of conducting a "post-game analysis" with your teen after the driving lesson to review what went well and where they can still improve.In addition, a section on basic vehicle and tire maintenance includes information that teens should know to stay safe on the road, but that often are not taught in drivers’ education classes."Sharing even simple tips with teens, like how to maintain tires, could result in a few extra feet of stopping distance that could mean the difference between life and death," Scott Clark, chief operating officer for Michelin North America says in the statement.Find more driving and tire safety information for teens – and download the full Coach’s Handbook – at www.MichelinMan.com/SharingSafety

zulily Helps Moms Navigate the “Fourth Trimester” in Style

(NewsUSA) – Watching a new baby explore his or her world during those first few months can bring so much joy to motherhood. Those first three months, coined the "fourth trimester," present new challenges often to be figured out in a sleep-deprived state. Finding clothes that are comfortable, functional and stylish can lead to a serious wardrobe dilemma for many new moms.To address this, zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day, is sharing insider tips, direct from their maternity and fourth-trimester experts. Fashion solutions for new and expectant moms include:* Simplify: Steer clear of big prints, shiny fabrics, or anything that adds bulk. Solids and darker colors are flattering to changing bodies, and are easy to mix and match with pre-pregnancy wardrobe staples.* Useful Nursing Apparel: For nursing or pumping moms, clothing that’s easy to care for and comfortable is key. Stock several styles of nursing bras to accommodate fluctuating sizes, and consider stretchy or snap-down tank tops and surplice styles.* Adjustable Apparel: Wrap tops are another popular choice for nursing moms. Wrap dresses are classic, comfortable, and adjustable for special occasions during the post-baby period and beyond.* Shapewear: Many new moms appreciate the comfort and support of seamless tops and compression leggings for their changing figures. Shapewear, such as zulily’s popular Belly Bandit, offers support to the belly, waist, and hips.From now until the end of March, zulily is hosting a Fourth-Trimester Closet Concierge, giving new moms direct access to ask for fashion advice. "Our maternity team saw the need to provide a special service to new moms who can be overwhelmed and strapped for time," explains Robin Otto, zulily maternity expert and merchandising manager. "We wanted to help these women navigate those first several months with ease, so that they can look and feel their best."The Fourth-Trimester Closet Concierge is a unique service that connects moms directly with zulily’s maternity style experts via the company’s Facebook Messenger chat. Their experts address post-pregnancy fashion and style concerns, ranging from what to wear for special occasions, to the most flattering silhouettes for any woman’s body type.After the close of the concierge service, moms can still find a wealth of maternity and fourth- trimester options by visiting www.Facebook.com/zulily, Facebook Messenger, or by visiting www.zulily.com/maternity 

Libraries Are Not Just About Books Anymore

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Parenting is one of the most important jobs a person can undertake.
Although it is often said to be the most rewarding, it can also be difficult, lonely and, at times, overwhelming.
Adding to the struggle is the need to find activities that are engaging, fun and educational for both child and parent.
Many families are discovering that their local library meets many of these needs. This is especially true if it happens to be part of the 450 libraries nationwide that comprise the Family Place Libraries network, a place that boasts welcoming, age-appropriate, interactive play areas and programs, parent groups, resources, and, of course, books.
Family Place Libraries are a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families.
“The Family Place Libraries initiative is transforming how libraries work with young children and their families — from the librarians themselves, to the parents, to early childhood specialists,” says Kathy Deerr, National Coordinator Family Place Libraries. “And it is transforming entire libraries.”
In late 2012, Middle Country Public Library, the facility that created Family Place Libraries, was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant’s goal was to look at this model as a vehicle to effect institutional change as it relates to early childhood and family support in public libraries.
A three-year evaluation of this grant by Nagle & Associates, a full-service national consulting firm, supports Deerr’s statement.
This study follows 28 libraries implementing the Family Place Libraries model. The evaluation found positive changes in children’s librarians’ knowledge, attitudes and practices; children’s services; and attitudes toward children’s services. The evaluation also found positive changes in parents’ perceptions of libraries.
“Parents who made connections to their local libraries came to deeply appreciate and use the library as part of their support network,” according to the evaluation.
“The Family Place Libraries changed how librarians view their role,” Deerr says. “They are really early childhood and parent supporters. These libraries are more interactive and meet family needs of playful early learning, parent engagement and connecting to resources.”
For more information, visit www.familyplacelibraries.org.

Five Reasons You Need Cell Phone Insurance Now

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Not long ago we only used cell phones to make calls or send cryptic, short-hand text messages. Now, we rely on our phones for storing our contacts and calendar appointments, watching videos, checking email, managing our connected devices and, of course, keeping up on social media. In fact, phones have become such a crucial part of our lives that many people sleep with them.
So when your phone becomes lost, stolen, or damaged, it can send the most unflappable of us into a panic. Which is why, most industry experts agree, it is worth considering cell phone insurance.
For those who may still be on the fence about cell phone insurance, consider this:
1. Despite monthly premiums and deductibles, insurance can save owners money. The average retail price of a new smartphone is $590; even higher for a basic iPhone 7 ($649). More than 70 percent of phone claims are filed within the first year. This means that customers with phone insurance who file a claim at month 12 on an iPhone 7 can save $318 – $342 on a replacement phone after premiums and deductibles.
2. Most after-market “protection plans” are extended warranty plans which only cover accidental damage and malfunctions. Only a cell phone insurance and warranty bundle — available through most wireless carriers — covers loss, theft and damage. This is important because one in four phone claims last year were from loss or theft, according to the nation’s leading mobile insurance provider Asurion.
3. Most cell phone insurance programs through wireless carriers include cracked screen repair for smartphones with a lower deductible than what you would pay for a replacement device, and often lower than a consumer would pay to take it to a repair shop.
4. Shoppers now pay the full cost of their phones either up front or in monthly installments. Those who have a loss or theft before they’ve paid off the installments will still have to make the remaining payments. What’s more, without insurance you could be left with both the remaining installments and the payments for a new phone. With a 128 GB iPhone 7 Plus, at 6 months a customer could still owe nearly $700 on their old phone while trying to pay for a new one.
5. For the customer that can’t imagine being without their beloved cell phone, most carrier cell phone insurance programs provide a replacement device the next day. Replacement devices through the major wireless carriers are backed by a 1-year warranty providing shoppers with peace of mind should they have any mechanical or electrical issues.

Protecting Your Kid’s Identity Is Every Parent’s Responsibility

Child identity theft is on the rise and can go largely undetected for years. With the Gabriel app, you don’t have to worry about your children’s future because your children’s ID is protected from any third party and will remain safe and secure.

Content:    If only we could protect our kids from the world around them. Along with the normal worries any parent has for his or her child, you can add child identity theft to the list as well.

How to Protect Your Kid’s Identity Now

Much ado has been made about protecting your personal information lately (Thank you, Apple and the FBI, for bringing this issue center stage.) And, according to techies who follow such trends, it would seem that many people are starting to take notice—especially when it comes to protecting their children’s privacy using encrypted communications.

The argument against encryption goes something like this: it allows those who would do your children harm to “go dark.” While that may be true, encryption is also a powerful tool that can help protect your children from those same predators, as well as bullies and others who want to harm them. In short, encryption is not just for privacy and security, but also for personal safety and peace of mind.

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How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain from Backpacks

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If you’re like most parents, you remember sending your kindergartener off to school with a backpack bigger than they were. While your child may be able to shoulder it, students are now weighed down more than ever by these cumbersome packs.

Which is why, say experts, more kids than ever before are complaining about back and neck pain. With school starting up again, a likely reason for the complaints is the heavy load they’re carrying (and we’re not talking about classes), with everything from textbooks to laptops to musical instruments crammed inside.

Protect Yourself From Cyber Attacks With Encryption

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Much has been made about encryption and why it’s important to keeping your information safe. Yet, even after massive data breaches at major corporations (that you most likely frequent or have a connection to), it still remains one of those items that never quite seems to make it off your to-do list.
Consider this: According to an article in The New York Times last year, half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers in 2014 alone. In an attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people. This follows on the heels of a massive data breach last year at health insurer Anthem Inc., in which almost 79 million people had their personal information compromised, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The problem is that the internet was never built for security. And with our mobile, on-the-go environment, experts say it’s no wonder that the idea of privacy is just that these days — an idea.
“The way technology is woven into our daily lives, you can’t do without it,” Amy Danker, an employee at Epic Wines and Spirits, told the Oakland Tribune in a recent interview. “So what’s your other option? Are you gonna go back to a pager? I just assume that all my private information is already available through IP address. You don’t even think privacy exists, because it doesn’t anymore, right?”
The good news is that it doesn’t have to happen to you, and the answer is simple and cost-efficient.
The Gabriel app, available at the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, was designed and built with personal privacy and security as its foundation by VirnetX, an internet security software and technology company.
For just $10 to $15 per year, users can take advantage of the Gabriel app and benefit from uncompromising CIA encryption technology that will secure everything including talk, video chat, text, email and even sharing photographs or documents.
No one will be able to see, hear or intercept your communications except for the party you’re in contact with because Gabriel does not transmit or store data with any third party. It’s person-to-person, end-to-end encryption that all but eliminates hacking possibilities.
Other benefits include:
* Making free voice or video calls or sending instant messages to other Gabriel members.
* Receiving seamless email.
* Sharing pictures or files that can’t be intercepted.
For more information, or to download Gabriel, please visit www.gabrielsecure.com.

Kids Willing to Step Up to Help Aging Parents, Study Finds

Do you wonder if your kids will have your back when you’re older? Apparently the answer is a surprising yes.

That’s the good news in a conversation many people are having these days — around aging parents — that comes courtesy of the third biennial “Fidelity Investments Family & Finance Study.” Less heartening is that nearly 4 in 10 families seem to be suffering from what can only be described as — hats off to “Cool Hand Luke” for this — a failure to communicate.

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Let’s start by paying homage to at least certain offspring and giving them their due credit: