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Monitoring your kids’ internet surfing

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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When it comes to surfing the internet, it’s no secret many kids can run circles around their parents. So how do you know what your children are looking at online?

There are some simple steps that can help give any mom and dad some peace of mind.

Lynnea Mallalieu worries about the safety of her two kids on the internet. She’s proactive in monitoring their activity online. One way she does so is by checking the computer’s history. “I can go onto his computer and see what websites he chooses to look at.”

To check the web browser history in Internet Explorer, click the history icon; this brings up a list of recently visited sites, and you can click on any of them for details.

If your child uses Mozilla Firefox to search the web, click on “history” and scroll down to “show all history”.

But be warned, web browser histories are easy to change and delete, so they’re not foolproof.

Another way you can monitor your kids’ online activity is by adjusting search engine settings. Filtering results could keep your children from stumbling across inappropriate material. From the Google home page, click “preferences”, scroll down to “safe search filtering”, and select the “use strict filtering” option.

Most other popular search engines offer similar filtering functions. There is no guarantee the strict settings will block all explicit material.

Lynnea said the best way parents can protect their kids online, is by talking to them. “I have talked to her a lot already just kind of introducing to her you know there may be somebody that wants to be your friend on the internet but that doesn’t mean they’re a good person and they’re really trying to be your friend.”

There are web sites appropriate for kids. Go to ala.org/greatsites for a list of them. At this site, children can learn everything from cultures to languages in a safe environment.

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When it comes to surfing the internet, it’s no secret many kids can run circles around their parents. So how do you know what your children are looking at online?

There are some simple steps that can help give any mom and dad some peace of mind.

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Pole positions: New aerobics studio gives locals a unique way to work out

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Kristen Nichols had just finished her first pole dancing class. “I thought it was a really good workout compared to going to the gym,” she said. “It’s a lot more than a normal dance class – with the pole.”

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Could rides and games return to Carolina Beach Boardwalk?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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It’s been more than ten years since an amusement park lit up the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, but if all goes according to plan, Ferris-wheels and tilt-a-whirls could once again find a home along the shore.

Rides and midway games used to line the shores of Carolina Beach, however hotels and retail shops have replaced them.

“Sometimes it takes that kind of amusement stuff to make you happy,” said Mayor Joel Macon.

Two years ago, some local business owners almost succeed in bringing the carnival atmosphere back to the boardwalk. This summer carnival rides could find a home among a miniature golf course, a summer concert stage, and a revitalized boardwalk.

The amusement park will include up to 15 temporary rides and will help the town decide if it should install a park permanently.

Carolina Beach residents and visitors both say they’ve seen drastic improvements in the boardwalk, but say an amusement park could be just the thing to help the beach appeal to the younger crowd.

“I think it would be great, there’s nothing for anyone down here to do, as in children wise. I think it would bring a whole lot more business down here,” said CB visitor Angel Cook.

Plans for the park will be reviewed twice in the middle of April.

If everything works out, a small-scale amusement park could open its doors in May.
The Town Technical Review Committee reviewed plans for the park on Monday.

Carolina Beach Planning Commission and Town Council will look at the plans in the middle of April.

Everyone we spoke with said they support bringing amusements back to the boardwalk.

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videoIt’s been more than ten years since an amusement park lit up the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, but if all goes according to plan, Ferris-wheels and tilt-a-whirls could once again find a home along the shore.

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State legislators to discuss moratorium on cement plant

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

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State legislators will discuss a proposal for a moratorium on a local and controversial cement plant permit at a hearing in Raleigh Tuesday morning.

The group Stop Titan plans to take a bus load of opponents of Titan America’s proposed cement plant in Castle Hayne to the meeting.

Titan representatives will also be there.

Last week, Senator Julia Boseman filed Senate Bill 699 to stop permits for cement plants in North Carolina until September 1, 2010, so the Environmental Review Commission can study the environmental impacts of cement plants.

WWAY’s Kevin Wuzzardo will also be at the hearing, and have a full report Tuesday night on WWAY.

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State legislators will discuss a proposal for a moratorium on a local and controversial cement plant permit at a hearing in Raleigh Tuesday morning.

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Bill would end senior projects requirement

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

The state’s plan to mandate that students finish a high school graduation project before getting their diploma, a program dubbed a senior project on steroids by some critics, could be derailed before it even begins.

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