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Why you need to give your kids a tech-free holiday

 

Why you need to give your kids a tech-free holiday

 

“Dinner now? I’m in the middle of game.” “Can I just finish this video first?” “Wait, I need to answer this text.” Have you ever heard these words before? Or perhaps something similar? ENOUGH! Wouldn’t it be nice for your kids to have a break from all of this technology? Can you imagine two to three weeks in your home with your children not using technology? Is it even physically possible to pry away devices from their hands? It is possible. With winter break just around the corner, why not try to give your kids a tech-free holiday? There are so many reasons why this is a healthy choice for your family and especially for your children.

 

Screen time has many negative effects

 

Time and time again we hear about the negative effects of too much screen time. Too much tech time can damage children’s psychological health (Edward-Elmhurst Health.) Children can have general moodiness after spending too much time with technology. Many are restless and have trouble sleeping after an evening of gazing at the screen. Emotional outbursts have been linked to too much screen time. Some children may even develop an addiction to technology. In extreme cases, parents have been attacked by their kids when they threatened to take away a device or disconnect a gaming system.

 

Screen time can also negatively affect the way kids interact socially and emotionally with other people. They lose the ability to gauge common human emotions. It was recently reported that after just five days of being tech-free, kids could better read emotions of people. (NPR) It turns out the more the kids interacted with others, the better they were at understanding other peoples’ feelings.

 

Dangerous and inappropriate material is available

 

Often what is being shown on the devices really isn’t healthy and positive for developing minds. And sometimes it can even be dangerous and inappropriate.

 

Have you watched a game of Fortnite yet? This sensation has hundreds of millions of players worldwide. Children are exposed to shooting and violence, and they win if they kill everyone else in the game. Many families would find this inappropriate for their kids.

 

Most of the world has experienced YouTube by now. While many of these videos are fun and age-appropriate, without proper monitoring and parental controls, kids are free to see anything on this website—truly anything.

 

Social media sights (like SnapChat and Instagram) can also have drawbacks. You cannot always guarantee who is reaching out and chatting with your child. There are major issues of online bullying and sexting throughout schools these days.

 

Sometimes kids are exploring other sites that are not appropriate. There are even sites that target teens and try to get them to buy a fake ID – and even Fake ID Scam + Review websites too. These are readily available and easy for your teen to access.

 

What your children could be doing instead of using technology

 

Sometimes the harm isn’t what your kids are doing on devices; it’s what they are not doing because they’re spending time on devices. Every hour spent using technology is an hour where they are not playing outside, having a face-to-face conversation, reading a book, meditating, laughing at a friend’s joke, exercising, or having a real-world adventure.

 

What might this tech-free holiday season look like?

 

Bring out the board games and the playing cards because the family is going to interact! It will take some getting used to, but kids need to learn to have fun without technology. As a family, you can cook together, make crafts, and take day trips to local museums and libraries. You can get outside and take walks or start a new workout routine. When the kids need downtime, they can color, read, sleep, or just learn to sit and do nothing. This is such a valuable skill. Will this adjustment be tough? You know it! Will it be worth it? YES! When you get to look at your kids’ faces and see their eyes not glazed over and their bodies moving and engaging, it will definitely be a positive change that is perfect for the holiday season.

Fake ID NSW

FAKE ID NSW: Arrests made after discovery of package containing materials used to manufacture fake IDs

Immigrations officials have been joined by a task-force of NSW police and federal agents in the arrests of four suspects – two Indian males, aged 25 and 41, and a male and female from Canley Vale, aged 57 and 40 – alleged to be manufacturing fake IDs, credit cards, and Medicare identification cards.

The arrests come after Customs officials, headed by regional commander Tim Fitzgerald, seized an inbound package from China considered high-risk. Inside the package officers discovered 5,000 holograms containing the NSW emblem and coat of arms, likely intended for the fabrication of fake driving licenses.

One suspect is accused of using the manufactured fake NSW IDs to gain travel on a domestic flight. It is also suspected the forged credit cards were used to defraud a number of Sydney based financial institutions. Police do not think the suspects were planning any other activities.

During the search of properties in Canley Vale, Lakemba, and Rockdale policed also seized numerous mobile phones, templates, bank statements and other materials related to the manufacturing and use of fraudulent IDs. A fifth arrest – a 50-year-old Vietnamese man – was made during the search; however, police say it was in relation to immigration issues.

Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, in charge of the NSW fraud department, said the suspects operation was “highly sophisticated”. Katsogiannis went on to say, “You can see the sophistication of this particular syndicate by the equipment we have seized; the printing machines, computers full of data that they were using to produce the Sydney fake IDs and apply for fake applications for banks, credit cards and the like”.

Both fabricated and real identifies were used on the documents. Police say there in the process of trying to contact the effected individuals but have not yet managed to reach everybody. They also stated they are unsure if they will be making further arrests but are working with both domestic and foreign agencies while they continue their investigations.

Two of the suspects are being held in custody awaiting trial, while the other two have been released on conditional bail. If convicted of the offences alleged the suspects can face up to 10 years in prison.

Fake ID WA Bust

Two males arrested while using  Western Australian fake IDs to gain access to “schoolie” zone

 

Two 21-year-old males have been arrested by South-West Police for the manufacture and use of Western Australian fake IDs and documents to gain wristbands allowing access to restricted areas designated for school leavers.

 

The pair travelled from Perth with the intent of participating in “schoolies”, annual week long parties for high-school leavers. People attempting to participate in such events despite no longer being of high-school age are often referred to as “toolies”. Access to the events is often restricted by wristbands.

 

According to Inspector Geoff Stewart the suspects used the forged documents and identification to illegally obtain wristbands and entry. Police apprehended one suspect at the scene, while the other suspect was arrested at his lodgings.

 

The suspects have been returned to Perth while awaiting trial for benefit by fraud, an offence which carries a maximum penalty of 2 years in prison for when prosecuted in local courts and 10 years at the federal level.

 

In an unrelated incident, four teenagers have been charged and another four cautioned on drugs related offences connected to the possession of cannabis and methamphetamines.

Schoolies 2017 Fake ID

At Schoolies 2017, a  fake ID site is helping to fuel the problem.

Many schoolies rolled into the town this week flashing their new “student identification” cards — which looked remarkably like NSW drivers’ licences.

The problem being, no such identification has ever been issued to students by the NSW government.

The cards are sold online by proprietors like fakies.com.au, who market them as “novelty”, and cost just $60.

“Our fake ID cards are dispatched from our Melbourne location within two business days,” the website boasts.

Queensland Fake ID Licenses Seized By Police

Queensland police have found high-quality ID printers that in a Caboolture apartment along with 500 ID cards that were believed to be used for fraudulent purposes. Also seized were driver’s licenses, Medicare cards and mobile phones.

A police spokesperson from Queensland Police stated that the cards could have been used to commit crimes of terror, as well as to for money-laundering purposes and travelling under the radar.

Attached is a photo of the Fake ID cards and Fake ID printer seized.

Fake ID Cards Seized By Police

Sydney Fake ID Factory closed down

A fraud network creating fake id, credit cards, pay slips and employment records with non-existent companies — and even a fake secretary answering a phone to back up the created identity — has been dismantled by police in Sydney.

In one of the most sophisticated fraud scams of its kind, the fake documents were used to create bank ­accounts and obtain loans and credit cards from financial institutions.

Police believe a “considerable” number of Australians have likely had their identities stolen by the Sydney crime syndicate. It’s too early to know exactly how many people were targeted.

  • Armed police prepare to make their raid.

    Armed police prepare to make their raid.

  • Some of the items seized in the police raid.

    Some of the items seized in the police raid.

  • Police at the scene of the raid.

    Police at the scene of the raid.

  • Fake credit cards seized during the raid.

    Fake credit cards seized during the raid.

  • Officers arrested a man at Canley Vale in relation to the Sydney-based fraudulent identity manufacturing operation.