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Children and technology

Mon, 9 February 2015

image 481When it comes to children, if used correctly, technology can be a huge asset. If not, it can be a huge problem. However, there is no way that one can avoid it. Our world is changing constantly. The primary toys of today’s children are computers, iPods, tablets and mobile phones and the primary means of teenage communication are social networking and instant messaging.

Positive effects of technology:

  • Children are becoming future-proofed. They are much more comfortable with technology which is an essential skill for employment.
  • Children become empowered as they have so many tools and so much information at their disposal. Online encyclopaedias, dictionaries and calculators are just some of these.
  • Many games encourage strategic and critical thinking, and collaboration which are important skills to have.
  • Technology can keep children entertained and occupied for hours.
  • Shy children find it easier to make friends on the Internet.
  • Parents can also track their children’s whereabouts using mobile phone technology.
  • There are many educational games available that can be played on the many current gadgets.
  • Eager readers can be kept happy cost-effectively with e-readers like the Kindle.
  • Kids can see and talk to grandparents that live in another country using Skype.

Negative effects of technology:

  • Obesity due to excessive amounts of time spent sitting in front of the television or computer and lack of exercise.
  • Fundamental life skills like reading, spelling, and social skills are being lost.
  • Relationships between family members are deteriorating because children would rather be online or watching TV than spending family time.
  • Violence is increasing due to exposure to violent video games and TV programmes.
  • Children are becoming more accessible to predators.
  • Exposure to unsuitable content on the Internet.

As a parent, it is impossible to deny access to technology totally. One should rather set rules for their use and ensure that they are adhered to. Here are some of them:

  • Limit computer, TV and mobile phone usage times.
  • Use internet protection software to filter and block unsuitable content.
  • Join the same social networks as your child and connect to their profiles so that you can monitor their activities.
  • Position the computer in a “public” part of the house, with the screen facing outwards so that you can see what your children are doing.
  • Teach your children not to trust people they meet online nor put their addresses and phone numbers online.
  • Check your browsing history to see which sites your children have visited.

It is of utmost importance that you should be able to trust your child with technology and that they use technology with balance and moderation.

Specially written for by Sara Essop

Mom2B Pregnancy Shakes

Tue, 24 February 2015

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Mom2B Pregnancy Shakes now come in delicious chocolate delight flavor and assist in the provision of nutritional, vitamin and mineral requirements of moms and their babies before and during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

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The shakes provide an affordable and convenient meal supplement that can be taken once or twice a day. The unique qualities of these shakes include:

Good for moms and babies
Very high in vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, folic acid and zinc
High in vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3 (nicotinamide), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, iodine, iron and magnesium
Source of calcium and phosphorus
Low in fat
8 g sucrose per 50 g serving with water
High in fibre as packed
Fructo-oligasaccharides (FOS) and Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) (Prebiotics)

Around R116.50 for a 400g tin of 8 servings. Formulation on

image 536Mom2B Combo Packs combine a month’s supply of Mom2B Pregnancy Supplements and Mom2B Pregnancy Omega softgel capsules at a budget boosting R156.

Nativa’s Mom2B Pregnancy Supplement is a one-a-day multivitamin and mineral supplement that is suitable to take before and during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The active ingredients can support baby’s development on cellular and brain development levels. For mom it can provide support for her own skeletal system, sustained energy, immune system and red blood cell production needs and can also assist her in coping with nausea. Formulation at

Mom2B Pregnancy Omega softgel capsules contain a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids which can greatly influence early infant development, including the development of the nervous system, the brain and the retina of the eye, as well as brain function on a moment-to-moment basis. For mom, omega-3 fatty acids can provide joint and heart health support and can help to stabilise cholesterol levels. It can also provide anti-inflammatory and allergy support. Formulation at

Mom2B range available from pharmacies and selected retail outlets.

Efficacy of support may vary between users.

For more information: or or 012 664 7110.

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Medium pita bread with mince, tomato, lettuce and cottage cheese
Banana Muffin
Chocolate flavored milk

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Fruit yoghurt
Flavored water

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Physical hazards:

  • Vibration
  • Noise
  • Radiation
Biological hazards:

  • Infections
Chemical hazards:

  • Handling of chemical substance such as drugs, pesticides, lead etc.
Working conditions:

  • Inadequate facilities (including rest rooms)
  • Excessive working hours (nightshifts etc)
  • Unusually stressful work
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke
  • High or low temperatures
  • Work on heights
  • Extensive traveling
  • Exposure to violence


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