Tuesday, August 28, 2012

10 tips for teen drivers and their parents

It's back-to-school time and many young, relatively inexperienced drivers are headed off to college or will be using the car to get to high school and other activities. Before school season is back in full swing, these tips can underscore the habits that can help make them safer drivers:
  1. Buckle up. Besides being the law, seat belts have been proven to save lives, but the message is not getting through to all young drivers. In fatal crashes of 16-20 year olds, 60 percent were unbuckled at the time of the crash. A recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that these drivers were most likely to think that belts were potentially harmful.
  2. Hang up the phone. The risk of talking or texting while driving is high, especially for young people. Eleven percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted.
  3. Slow down. Teens tend to have the need for speed due to their impulsive nature and poor judgment. Thirty-seven percent of male drivers between the ages of 15-20 were speeding right before their fatal crash.
  4. Don't drink and drive. While young drivers are less likely than adults to drive after drinking, when they do, their crash risk is significantly higher due to the alcohol effects combined with their lack of driving experience. However, progress has been made. Since 1982, the number of drivers between the ages of 16-20 who were killed from driving drunk dropped 26 percent.
  5. Be prepared. Before you head out, especially on a long trip, pack an emergency kit in your trunk. Items such as a flashlight, jumper cables, and first-aid kit are helpful to have just in case. (See our recommendations for an emergency kit.)
  6. Limit night driving. Graduated driver licensing programs place limits on night driving and for good reason. In 2010, 17 percent of teenagers' fatalities occurred between 9 p.m. and midnight, and 24 percent occurred between midnight and 6 a.m.
  7. Watch the weather. In inclement weather, it is even more dangerous for a young driver to be on the road due to their inexperience handling the car in those situations. Teach your child how to confidently handle weather challenges. Consider sending the teen to a driving school to learn car control techniques in a safe environment, preparing them to manage a skid or hydroplaning incident before they are faced with such challenges alone.
  8. Limit passengers. The more passengers in a vehicle the higher the fatal crash risk. With three or more, the fatal crash risk is about four times higher than when a beginner drives alone. Studies also show that teens with passengers are more likely to take risks and be distracted, and when things go wrong, the tragedy is multiplied.
  9. Drive the right car. Many parents buy an inexpensive, old car for their teen or pass on a hand-me-down well past its prime. Likely, those do not have the latest safety features such as electronic stability control and side-curtain air bags that are especially important for young drivers. Check out our list of the best new and used cars for teens to find reliable and affordable models.
  10. Create rules. In addition to your state's graduated licensing program, set up a parent/teen contract and outline your own rules and penalties if they are broken. Take the keys away if necessary.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nails we love...

As we all head back to school for a new school year, of course we had to share the newest nail trends for girls.  Here are some of our favorite nail designs!  What are some of your favorite nail designs?  Make sure you go to our Facebook page and upload pictures of your nails.  Here are just a few of our favorites.  Which one do you like BEST?

When Texting Pays Off....

NYC boy, 16, is the fastest texter in America The reigning 16-year-old champion of cellphone texting has reclaimed the title of fastest texter in America.  Austin Weirschke of Queens, N.Y., won after eight rounds at the texting competition Wednesday in Times Square. He gets $50,000 in prize money.

Eleven contestants from around the U.S. competed. The competition tested three skills: speed, accuracy and dexterity.  There were three rounds, including texting while blind-folded and texting with hands behind their backs.  The third round is called "text blitz." Phrases were shown to the contestants for a length of time and they copied them as fast as they could.

The annual competition is sponsored by cellphone-maker LG Electronics.

Can you text this fast? What would you do with $50,000? You can tell your parents that there are benefits to texting all the time, lol, practice makes perfect!!!

Tyra of FashionWithTy: Beauty Blogger of the Moment
The YouTube vlogger shares how a tennis injury led to the creation of her channel and how she uses her weekends to stay on top of her tutorials.

Tyra, of FashionWithTy, is a New York City girl with plenty of beauty tips to go around. Being immersed in big-city culture inspires the blogger to constantly evolve her look, which she continuously shares with her viewers. Tyra's on-the-go lifestyle makes for an eclectic spread of videos, which includes nail trends to try, makeup for school, DIY hand scrubs, and even a tutorial she calls FashionwithDad where her father teachers viewers how to make a summertime smoothie!

As if making YouTube videos wasn't enough of an after-school activity, Tyra participates in her high school clubs, takes a college course, and is the captain of the tennis team. Find out how she manages to stay on top of it all, while still making time to hang out in Central Park and go shopping with friends.

Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.  We want to know how girls in Pasadena are using their free time to make blogs, YouTube channels and small businesses.  Thank you TY for Running the WORLD....
Girls, Are You #teamdroid or #teamiphone???

Court says Samsung stole Apple's iPhone design What does this mean if you own a Samsung phone or tablet or plan to buy one? It may mean that you can't buy a smartphone or tablet built by Samsung. Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple $1 billion in damages for copying Apple's design.
Apple Inc.'s $1 billion legal victory could mean fewer smartphone options for consumers to choose from, analysts said.

Apple lawyers plan to formally demand Samsung pull its most popular cellphones and computer tablets from the U.S. market. They also can ask the judge to triple the damages from $1.05 billion to $3 billion.

A federal jury's verdict Friday that Samsung Electronic Co. stole Apple's technology to make and market smartphones using Google's Android software sends a warning to other companies manufacturing similar devices, the biggest marketplace threat to Apple.

The jury on Friday rejected all Samsung's claims against Apple, but also decided against some of Apple's claims involving the two dozen Samsung devices at issue.

It found that several Samsung products illegally used such Apple creations as the "bounce-back" feature when a user scrolls to an end image, and the ability to zoom text with a tap of a finger.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Is it easier to lie via text than it is in person??? Share your thoughts on our blog and our Facebook page...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Here is an interesting article from CNN.  Survey says that 70% of teens hide their online behavior from their parents.  Is this true? Visit our facebook page to discuss.

(CNN) -- Here's a real shocker: Teens are better than their parents at using the Internet, and are likely to hide some of their online behaviors from them.

That news comes from a 2,017-person survey funded by the online security software maker McAfee, which is pushing a product that helps parents monitor their kids online.  Seventy percent of teens "hide their online behavior" from parents, according to the report, which was released Monday. That's up from 45% in 2010, the group says.

These hidden behaviors include some things you might expect -- such as accessing violent (43%) or pornographic (32%) content online -- but also a few surprises. Fifteen percent of teens have hacked into social networks; 9% have hacked into e-mail accounts; 12% have met face to face with a person he or she met on the Internet; and 16% of teens surveyed said they had used their phones to cheat on tests at school.

"Parents, you must stay in-the-know," McAfee's Robert Siciliano wrote in a blog post. "Since your teens have grown up in an online world, they may be more online savvy than their parents, but you can't give up. You must challenge yourselves to become familiar with the complexities of the teen online universe and stay educated on the various devices your teens are using to go online.

"As a parent of two young girls, I proactively participate in their online activities and talk to them about the 'rules of the road' for the Internet. I'm hoping that this report opens the eyes of parents to become more involved and also consider using technology such as McAfee Safe Eyes to protect their kids online."

There's the product pitch. McAfee Safe Eyes, like similar products from other security companies, lets parents spy on their kids' online behaviors and block certain websites. According to an online description of the product, Safe Eyes lets parents log the social-media posts and instant message conversations of their children.

Nearly half of parents install some sort of online controls, the survey said. Forty-four percent know their teens' passwords, and one in 10 uses a location-monitoring device.  Not everyone advocates that approach to teen online security, however.  "We don't think it's a good idea for parents to spy on their kids surreptitiously, because eventually they're going to find something they have to confront them about, and it's going to destroy the other lines of communication," Justin Patchin, a criminal justice professor and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, told CNN in 2010.

In the report, McAfee also encourages parents to be upfront with their children if they decide to monitor their behaviors.  "Half of teens say they would think twice about their online activities if they knew parents were watching," the report said.  The McAfee-funded report, which was carried out by the research company TRU, surveyed 1,013 parents and 1,004 teens between the ages of 13 and 17. The interviews were conducted online in May.  The report, titled "The digital divide: How the online behavior of teens is getting past parents" (PDF), also includes a list of the "top 10 ways teens are fooling their parents."

Here's the list, with the percentage of teens who said they engaged in these behaviors, according to the survey results:

1. Clear browser history (53%)
2. Close/minimize browser when parent walked in (46%)
3. Hide or delete IMs or videos (34%)
4. Lie or omit details about online activities (23%)
5. Use a computer your parents don't check (23%)
6. Use an Internet-enabled mobile device (21%)
7. Use privacy settings to make certain content viewable only by friends (20%)
8. Use private browsing modes (20%)
9. Create private e-mail address unknown to parents (15%)
10. Create duplicate/fake social network profiles (9%)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Girls Empowerment Camp 2012

We can not believe that four weeks have already passed, guess the saying holds true, time flies when you are having fun. On behalf of the staff here at the YWCA and our 29 campers, we would like to than you for your support. During these last four weeks, memories were made, lives were transformed and responsible young ladies were groomed. We had a blast!!! You want proof? Check out our photos from this summers adventures.

We had an award show, 2012 Girls Empowerment Camp Awards...

Whole Foods taught us how to cook, we made PIZZAS!!!

The counselors must really like Pizza!!!

At NASA JPL, we saw spacecrafts...

Yup, we saw elephants sit up at Ringling Bros. Circus...

We bowled at 300 Pasadena Bowling Alley, strikes and spares for everyone!!!

Had fun at Getty Villa in Malibu, we even went to Zuma Beach...

This is us again at Getty Villa in Malibu...

 Okay, last photo of us at the Getty Villa :)...                                                 

We learned how to save and budget money during our Whole Foods Budgeting Tour...

This is us at Wrigley House - Tournament of Roses, again :)

We planted flowers and watched them grow...

Marinello Beauty School taught us how to cut hair...

We went swimming on really HOT days, this is us swimming at the Jackie Robinson Center...

The Dodgers played the Diamondbacks and we were there...

We went to Six Flags, it rained, but we still had fun!!!

No rain could keep us down, Six Flags was amazing!!!

We like to take group photos, here we are at NASA JPL with their staff...

We went to the Skirball Museum and had the best time ever!!!

It was really HOT, so we played with water balloons, teamwork!!!

Here we are a Charles Drew University School of Science and Medicine, we went on a tour of the campus...

Us, just being girls at FIDM...

This is our counselor Ms. Ada, we had a blast at the circus...

Ms. Ada and Ms. Janee are the best counselors EVER!!!

 Not sure what we were talking about, but we were having fun!!!

Here we are at Cal State Los Angeles taking a tour, we can't wait to go to college....

Using food to learn and play games is so much fun...

 We smiled....

 We danced!!!

And we had an awesome summer!!!