PikMyKid Connection

Exciting News from PikMyKid and FacilityONE Technologies!

We are happy to announce that PikMyKid became partners with FacilityONE Technologies. It’s a promising union of a School Safety Platform and a web-based Computerized Maintenance Management System. Under the agreement, PikMyKid and FacilityONE will cooperate in order to provide cost-effective solutions that will make school dismissal safer and more efficient. Also, both will make sure to build maintain logistics and improve emergency readiness.

Both organizations believe that together they can keep children safe on the school territory. With all the data aggregation support FacilityONE can provide and 85% of parent engagement that PikMyKid App has, all the school safety system can be improved.

Pat Bhava, Co-founder and CEO, PikMyKid said: “At PikMyKid, we are incredibly proud of our successes in innovating and improving traffic mitigation and student safety. By working closely with FacilityONE, we will be able to provide school systems nationwide with the most comprehensive solutions for school safety and emergency preparedness. This partnership represents an exciting time in our company’s history and will help to strengthen student safety while improving operations of the academic facilities that are the bedrock of education.” To read more about the partnership click here.

Looking forward to this incredible partnership!

 

 

 

Kateryna is originally from Ukraine. She is a Masters student at the University of South Florida studying Entrepreneurship. She received her Bachelor’s in Finance in Ukraine. When she is not studying, Kateryna likes to collect coins and travel. She also has a love for dogs.

 

The Seven Stages of Summer

1. Summer’s here!!! It’s about time, honestly. You hug all of your friends goodbye and promise to keep in touch. While you 100% mean it at the time, the reality is that the odds of that happening are very low

2. FUN! Its around three weeks into summer and you feel invincible. You’re hanging out with all of your friends, you’re going to all the coolest concerts, and you practically live at the beach. This is great! You wish summer could go on forever.

3. Now, you’re starting to get bored. The last time you saw you best friend forever in the whole entire world was LAST WEEK. You feel like you should go outside, but you’re forcing yourself more and more each time, until, one day, you have a revelation. Why go outside when you can just go online?

4. It’s official. You have now become a Netflix gremlin. The pale glow of your computer screen is the only source of light in your dark, shuttered room. It casts blue light on your face as you scrollthrough endless content. The onscreen clock says that it is noon, but you don’t feel like it is. Having your windows closed and lights off all the time is really messing with your internal clock.

 

5. Time has reached a total standstill. Days blend with nights which in turn blend with the days after them. Someone asked you what day it was and you responded “July. I think”. You spend hours, or maybe days, staring at the ceiling in deep psychological musings such as, if vegetables are called greens, why aren’t meats called reds? You feel like a new age Freud, but you know that the world isn’t ready for your great ideals just yet. You let yourself forget. You’re so bored. When was the last time you moved? June?

6. OMG. ITS AUGUST ALREADY! WHERE DID SUMMER GO? SCHOOL JUST GOT OUT YESTERDAY!!! You panic, and pull out of the state of constant seel you had been in for most of July. You call all of your friends and try to cram in as many sleepovers, movies, concerts, and hangouts as you can in between now and the beginning of school. Oh and who could forget – back-to-school SHOPPING!

7. A week before school starts. You’re not sure how you feel about it. You’re excited, but do you want to sit through another nine months of government ordained torture? Really? Well, whatever. There’s always next summer.

 

 

 

About the author: Shrisha Saravana
Shrisha is a junior contributor to the PikMyKid blog, and at 13 years old, she’s not that bad at it. She lives in Florida and is attending Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, one of the first schools to adopt PikMyKid.

The Funniest Graduation Caps From the Class of 2017

Graduating high school is an important marker in any person’s life. Some teens, however, make the moment even more special by creating these hilarious caps to celebrate their passing into the adult world.

  1. To borrow a phrase from the immortal Elle Woods

2. Way to pull together a music reference and not-so-subtle self promotion!

3. Bugs Bunny would be proud!

4. This person summed up high school pretty accurately!

5. How ~punny~

6. This artist looks to her (near) future for inspiration.

7. This student spoke some serious truth

8. This student spoke even more truth than #7

9. Rounding out the list with a superb spongebob reference,

10. And ending with a very classy bang!

Do your kids still have some important milestones left that you want to protect? Talk to your school about the PikMyKid app today for a smarter, faster, safer school dismissal.

 

 

 

About the author: Shrisha Saravana
Shrisha is a junior contributor to the PikMyKid blog, and at 13 years old, she’s not that bad at it. She lives in Florida and is attending Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, one of the first schools to adopt PikMyKid.

Taste the Rainbow: Healthy Fruit Popsicles Recipe

Both kids and parents agree on this nutritious hydrating cool recipe.Ideal to keep them busy in the kitchen, make sure they are eating the right thing and having fun while doing so!

 

For a green Layer: 1 Handful spinach

                              1 Frozen banana

                               ¼ yogurt +⅓ water

 

For a blue layer: 1 table spoon blue spirulina

                          ½ cup frozen pineapple

                          ¼ cup yogurt

                          ⅓ water

 

For a white layer: ½ cup white grape juice

                            ½ cup coconut water

                            ⅓ water

 

For an orange layer: ½ cup frozen mango

                                ½ cup frozen banana

                                ¼ cup of orange

                                ¼ cup of yogurt

                                ⅓ water

 

For a red layer: ⅓ cup of frozen strawberries

                        ⅓ cup of frozen raspberries

                        ½ banana

                        2 tablespoon yogurt

                        ⅓ cup of water

 

Directions:

– Place each set of fruits with each other in a blender.

– Blend until smooth.

– Pour each mix into a popsicle mold, one layer at a time

– Insert the popsicle sticks

– Freeze for 30 mins

– Serve and enjoy!!!

 

 

After studying Economics and Business management at the University of Casablanca, she flew to NYC for a trip and never looked back! After many Starbucks runs and strolls down 5th ave, she and her husband made Florida their home. Sarah speaks fluent French and Arabic, and loves traveling and world cultures.

Mommy-Daughter Time: Make Flower Dolls Together!

These days we have a lot of different toys for children. As we know, our parents didn’t have this variety of dolls that our children have. For example, my grandma was making dolls out of zucchini and my mom was making dolls out of flowers. I remember that when I was a child it was so much fun for me and my friends to make those kinds of dolls.

In order to make doll out of flowers, you need any type of flower blossom and a toothpick or match. You need to put the flower upside-down and take the toothpick or match and divide it into three parts. After that, put two parts of it on two sides of the flower (as arms) and the other part on the top (as a head). You can also use a smaller flower as a head. You can stick it on the top of the bigger flower with a toothpick.

In order to make dolls out of zucchini, you just take a permanent marker and paint the face on it.

This is a very good way to spend time with you daughter and create dolls together.

 

 

 

Kateryna Vashkevych, <br /> Customer Success InternKateryna is originally from Ukraine. She is a Masters student at the University of South Florida studying Entrepreneurship. She received her Bachelor’s in Finance in Ukraine. When she is not studying, Kateryna likes to collect coins and travel. She also has a love for dogs.

43 Percent Of Kids Killed In Car Crashes Aren’t Properly Restrained

Reports have suggested that about 95 percent of families install their newborns’ car seats incorrectly, almost 75 percent of parents face their children’s car seats the wrong way and m

any older kids aren’t using booster seats as recommended.

A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration presented the factors that may increase the likelihood of a child dying in a car accident in the U.S. based on four years of data. Looking at 18,116 kids under the age of 15 who were involved in fatal crashes (kids who survived the crashes and those who died) between 2010 and 2014, researchers found that 20 percent of these child passengers were improperly restrained or not restrained at all.

Overall, nearly 16 percent of those children were killed in these fatal accidents. Forty-three percent of the children who died were unrestrained or improperly restrained, and 13 percent were inappropriately seated in the front seat of the car.

In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidelines on car seats to recommend that toddlers stay rear-facing until the age of 2, or until they exceed the height and weight limit for their seat. Click here to find these guidelines.

 

All credits to: The Huffington Post. “43 Percent Of Kids Killed In Car Crashes Aren’t Properly Restrained.”

 

 

Laurie is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Before moving to the US, she lived in South Korea and Honduras. Laurie is experienced in Human Resources and Customer Service. She loves to volunteer for non-profits, travel the world and try new foods.

How Having a Pet Can Help Your Child!

It is important for every child to have friends, at least one close friend. Sometimes it happens that your child cannot find these friends because of a variety of reasons; such as moving from one place to another all the time or changing schools every year. Or sometimes your child has a hard time spending time with other children. In this case, there is way you can help. You need to get a pet for your child!

From my own experience, I can say that it really helps the family to bring in a new member to the family. It helps children to become more responsible and teaches them how to give love to family members who cannot live without you. I was talking to a lady a few weeks ago and she said that when her husband got deployed their daughter became depressed and was spending all day in her room. This woman decided to adopt a cat for her daughter and it really helped her.

In my opinion the best pet is a dog but if you don’t have much time to spend with a pet it’s better to adopt a cat.

Do all the best you can for your children and it will be paid off some day!

 

 

 

Kateryna Vashkevych, <br /> Customer Success InternKateryna is originally from Ukraine. She is a Masters student at the University of South Florida studying Entrepreneurship. She received her Bachelor’s in Finance in Ukraine. When she is not studying, Kateryna likes to collect coins and travel. She also has a love for dogs.

4 Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe this Summer

 

Summer is full of activities that your child should enjoy to the fullest. But, with a lot of fun it also comes a lot of responsibility. We have created a list of four key tips every parent should take into account this summer.

  1. Public pools, backyard pools, the beach and lakes are all great places for swimming, but have different safety challenges — be familiar with them. Also, only swim when there is a lifeguard or an adult is present.
  2. Avoid having your children exposed during the strongest rays of the day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Seek shade for your children. Use sunscreen consistently. Make sure the label says it contains both UVA and UVB protection.
  3. Keep small children away from the barbeque; it’s easy for them to get burned. Never leave the grill unattended. Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  4. When riding a bike, everyone in your family should wear a helmet; in many states, it’s required.

Enjoy your summer!

 

All credits to: The Huffington Post. THE BLOG – Parent Alert: Tips for Keeping Your Children Safe this Summer.

 

 

Laurie is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Before moving to the US, she lived in South Korea and Honduras. Laurie is experienced in Human Resources and Customer Service. She loves to volunteer for non-profits, travel the world and try new foods.

 

13 Reasons Why Not

On March 31, 2017 Netflix released a fictional series entitled “13 Reasons Why” also known as 13RW. 13RW is based on a book of the same name. 13RW chronicles the life and ultimate suicide of seventeen-year-old Hannah Baker. The series graphically portrays Hannah’s sexual assault, insensitive counselors and suicide. Various media outlets have observed that 13RW glamorizes suicide and the dark content is unsuitable for children under age eighteen without parental supervision. Artistic expression is essential in our society but also must be balanced with insightful social responsibility. The “13” references 13 audio cassettes Hannah created for the 13 people who she believed contributed to her suicide. The National Association of School Psychologists have commented “the series, which many teenagers are binge watching without adult guidance and support is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide”. The Guardian reports that New Zealand has created a special ratings category as a result of this series. In essence, New Zealand bans under 18-year-olds from watching a suicide drama without the presence of an adult. School districts across the U.S. in states such as Ohio, Minnesota, New Jersey and Florida have sent letters to parents alerting them to the existence of the series and to raise awareness about how the series may impact the emotional safety of their children.  These letters encourage dialogue about this complex topic.
Talking Points for Families
  • In 2013, the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that exposure to a classmate’s suicide was associated with being 5 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts. “Suicide Contagion” is a described medical phenomena.
  • Talking openly about suicide with a parent, teacher, friend or coach is ok. When someone you know who is expressing suicidal thoughts, please do not keep this a secret.
  • Suicide or suicidal thoughts are not normal, common responses to stress.
  • If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal — get them help and also tell an adult.
  • Parental supervision of the content that children view on media is essential to keeping them healthy and happy.
  • People often identify with characters they see on media. Ask for help when you may be dealing with drug abuse, bullying, rape, depression or anxiety. The sooner you ask for help the better.
  • It may take a couple of tries to find the best help – do not give up!
  • Suicide rates are increasing among children, adolescents and young adults.
  • Hannah is not a hero for having completed suicide. In fact, her suicide is a tragic event that evokes only pain for the survivors.
  • Talking to someone who is having suicidal thoughts can be frightening.  First, stay calm.  Second, make sure you help the person get assistance. Third, it is ok to tell an adult.  This is a serious thing and should not be ignored but treated with kindness.
  • Emotional states of children are easily influenced by what they see, hear, observe and experience.  Because of immature brain development, children are prone to act impulsively.
  • Mixing alcohol, drugs and prescribed medication can worsen suicidal behavior.
  • Suicide is a final act with no associated reversal or glory. Celebrating suicidal behavior is dangerous and unacceptable.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help with suicidal thoughts-call 800.273.TALK (8255) or text “start” 741741.

 

 

About the author: Rahul Mehra

Rahul is a guest blogger for PikMyKid. Rahul N. Mehra, M.D. is the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of MehraVista Health, LLC, an organization focused on improving student success academically and prioritizing student/school safety by early identification of disruptive behaviors. Dr. Mehra is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry.

3 Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids This Weekend!

What to do on the weekend? Go to the mall? No, we all want to save money. Go to the movies? No, we do this every weekend. We have compiled a list of three fun and cheap activities you can do this weekend with your children.

 

Fly kites

This activity is perfect for the weekend because it encompasses two different things: one, you’ll entertain your children with the creation of kites and/or the coloring of them and, two, you all will have fun while flying them.

The best way to start is by explaining this activity to the children. Try to figure out what they get the most excited about: the kite creation/painting or the actual flying of them. Try to spend the most time in whatever they seem to be happier about. This activity can take place in your own garden, a park, on the streets, etc.

Tip: Remember to check the weather forecast before deciding to do this with your children!

 

Have a sunset picnic at a park or beach

Summer is right around the corner; the weather is perfect for going to the beach and enjoying the breeze and the sun. Grab your picnic mat, a cooler with lots of drinks and water inside and some delicious snacks. Usually small sandwiches in sealable plastic bags are a good choice because these bags will prevent sand from getting inside them. Also, don’t forget to bring cups of fruits for the appetizer and some chocolates for the dessert.

You can do this in the park too. Try to find the perfect shade under a big tree and you’re all set.

Tip: Bring your small speaker so you can listen to music, sing, talk and eat at the same time. Enjoy!

 

Go to a State Fair or Amusement Park

Older kids will absolutely love this. They love the thrilling experience of riding the roller coasters and screaming at the top of their lungs. Also, another benefit of this activity, if you decide to go to a State Fair, you’ll be supporting local businesses.

This activity is perfect if you want to walk around and see some entertainment while your children safely have fun with their friends or siblings. You all can decide to meet at a specific place and at a specific time to have dinner. It’s better to have schedules when going to busy places like this because you can make reservations.

Tip: Make sure you provide your children with phones and maps; we don’t want them to get lost!

 

 

 

Laurie is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Before moving to the US, she lived in South Korea and Honduras. Laurie is experienced in Human Resources and Customer Service. She loves to volunteer for non-profits, travel the world and try new foods.

 

 

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