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What to Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied

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As a parent, one of the most heartbreaking things that can happen to your child is for them to come home from school one day and tell you that they are being bullied. At first you might feel angry, “How could someone pick on, tease, or taunt my child? Their parents should have taught them better. I am going to call the school right now and get their number so I can give them a piece of my mind.”

As unfortunate as it may be, bullying is somewhat common now days. According to a study completed by the U.S. Department of Education on 2015, 22% of students ages 12-18 were bullied during the 2012-2013 school year. A staggering 20% if high school students also reported being bullied on school grounds in the past 12 months.

The study also revealed that boys are more likely to be physically bullied, while girls are more likely to be verbally bullied, face exclusion, and experience cyber-bullying. The silver-lining of the study found that even though bullying is most common in elementary school, the likelihood that your child will be bullied decreases throughout middle and high school.

Now that you have some statistics about bullying, you’re probably thinking back to the original scenario. What are you, as a parent, supposed to do if your child is one of the 22% of students that experience bullying? It can be hard to know what to say, but the most important thing to do is make sure they know you are there for them. You should not ignore the situation, but rather sit down and discuss what is going on with them. They need to know that their voice is being heard, someone cares about them, and that they are not alone.

Your parental instincts might tell you to have the child fight back or stand up for themselves, but that’s not always the best choice. Rather, take a stance against the bully together by letting them know you want to help and that you will get through the situation together. No matter the age, being bullied is never fun and can be painful to deal with. No matter what, make sure your child knows they are not alone and you will with fight it together.

Read our blog about how to prevent bullying here. For more resources about what to say and what not to say to someone being bullied, click here.

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Keeping Kids Safe in Water

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Summer is here, and that means families are looking for the best ways to keep cool during the hottest of days. One of the favorite pastimes is going swimming, whether it is in a pool, river, or lake. Swimming is a great way to beat the heat, however not everyone is always up to the task. Young kids in particular can be at serious risk of drowning in large amounts of water.

When taking kids to bodies of water, it is important for parents to keep a close eye on their kids. Failing to do so risks their safety, which is something that nobody wants. All children should be actively supervised when near bodies of water. Infants and toddlers should always be within an arm’s reach from an adult. It only takes a few minutes for something bad to happen. It is also important to not rely on pool toys such as noodles and water wings to keep a child safe as they are not true safety devices.

Teaching kids to swim is a big and important step. If a kid knows how to tread water, they are that much safer. However, figuring out when to teach a child how to swim is dependent on the child and parent. Only start teaching a child to swim when they are ready, and don’t stop at just swimming. Teach your child how to float and to stay close to the shore in open water. Also teach them that swimming in open water is very different than swimming in a pool.

If you have a pool in your own backyard, be sure that you take the proper precautions. Backyard pools should have a four foot fence around them and a self-closing, self-latching gate. This should help keep kids from accessing the pool while unsupervised. Also consider putting some sort of alarm on the gate that could alert you to someone accessing the pool.

Swimming is a great way to beat the heat during the peak of summer. However it can be dangerous for little kids if they are not properly supervised. If you plan on taking your family swimming this summer, be sure to keep a watchful eye on your younger kids. Doing so will help ensure that your summer stays happy and fun.

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Getting Arrested in a Foreign Country

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No one ever wants to get arrested. Doing so means being placed into a small concrete cell with iron bars, possibly with other inmates. A person loses their freedom when arrested, and it is not fun at all. However, something most people do not consider, is what happens if they are arrested outside of the United States.

Here in the US, the Constitution grants all US citizens certain rights. These rights may not be granted in other countries. Some of these rights include:

  • Innocent until proven guilty
  • Having a speedy trial
  • Having a trial with a jury of your peers
  • Safety from cruel and unusual punishment

Here in the US, we are very lucky to have these rights. Not every country offers these rights to its citizens, let alone visitors from other countries.


When a US citizen is arrested while abroad, they are subject to that country’s laws. They will face whatever kind of trial that country offers. They will need to serve their sentence in one of that country’s jails as well. A US citizen abroad cannot rely on the US Constitution to protect them.


A US citizen who has been arrested abroad does have the right to request that the local US embassy or consulate be notified of their arrest. A consular officer will be sent to visit with the arrested person and provide them with some assistance. This right is thanks to the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

This is why it is extremely important for a person to familiarize themselves with the laws of the country they are visiting. Things that may be legal here in the US, may be illegal in some foreign countries. No one wants to get arrested, especially when they are outside the US.

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DUI Checkpoints and Holidays

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Whenever holidays roll around, especially big ones that involve parties and drinking, you can expect to see an increase in DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints help police officers discover drunk drivers before they have a chance to cause any accidents. The checkpoints increase around holidays because officers know that people are more likely to drink during these times.

Some people find DUI checkpoints annoying, and it is completely understandable. These checkpoints do tend to slow down traffic wherever they are set up, no matter how quickly the officers are at running them. This is why it is legal for people to avoid DUI checkpoints if they want, provided they do not break any traffic laws to do so.

However, even though DUI Checkpoints can be annoying, they are incredibly helpful. They remove drunk drivers off the road before anyone gets injured. These checkpoints help prevent thousands of injuries and save hundreds of lives.

Coming across a DUI checkpoint is nothing to worry about. An officer will motion for you to pull up and will then ask you some questions. The officer will ask where you are going, where you are coming from, and have you been drinking. The officer may also ask to see your license and registration. As long as everything checks out, and the officer has no reason to expect that you might have been drinking, they will send you on your way.

If the officer does think a driver has been drinking, they will have the driver pull over to the side. Depending on how drunk the driver is, they may arrest the person or have him sit in a drunk tank until sober.


No one should ever get behind the wheel of a vehicle while drunk. Unfortunately, hundreds of people do it on a daily basis. This causes thousands of accidents and harms thousands of people. This is why officers set up checkpoints to try and reduce that number.


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Be Wary of Scams This Holiday Season

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Nobody likes being cheated or scammed. We all worked hard to get what we have, and when someone takes it away from us, it can be incredibly frustrating. This is why it is important to be aware of scams that are out there that cause people to lose thousands of dollars. This can make it very easy for scammers to make a lot of money really fast.

Two of the most popular methods for scammers to get money from their victims, is to either have the money transferred to them, or to have the person send them gift cards. With these two methods, once the money is sent, it cannot be reclaimed, even if it becomes apparent that the money was sent to a scammer. This is why these two methods are so popular, and why you should never send a money transfer or gift card to anyone unless you know exactly who you are sending it to.


Some scammers try to get around this, by targeting grandparents. The scammer will pretend to be the person’s grandchild and claim that they were just arrested. They need help, but do not want the rest of the family to know.


They can even have some information about who they are pretending to be thanks to what they found on social media sites. If you ever get a call like this, be sure to ask lots of questions, and talk to the rest of the family about it. You may learn that it was all just a scam.

A person should always trust their gut when something doesn’t feel right. By doing so, they can prevent themselves from being scammed and save themselves thousands of dollars.

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The Patriot Guard Riders

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As Veterans Day approaches, we begin to reflect on all of those who have served in the armed forces. People who serve in the military are men and women who are willing to risk everything they have to keep their country safe. It is thanks to these amazing people, that we are able to have the lives that we do here in America.

One group in particular, understands and respects the sacrifices that our servicemen and women are making every single day. This group is called the Patriot Guard Riders and when a member of the armed forces, or a first responder, gives the ultimate sacrifice, these people will be there to show their respect to the fallen hero.

The Patriot Guard Riders never seek to cause problems. They attend the funerals of fallen heroes as invited guests. There, they will show their respect and help shield the mourning family and friends from any protesters who might show up. They use non-violent, legal means to protect the mourning family from any interruptions that protesters might try to cause.

When the family of a fallen member of the armed forces, a veteran, a firefighter, an EMT, or police officer contacts the Patriot Guard Riders, they will be there for the family.


The rider’s will show their respects to the fallen hero, and help protect the family if need be. They do this, because they understand and respect the sacrifice that this hero gave to keep their country safe for everyone.


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Daylight Saving Time is Almost Over

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Daylight saving time. Every Californian has heard of this time. Most people know it as the reason we lose an hour of sleep every spring, and gain an extra hour of sleep every fall. This year, daylight saving time will come to an end on November 5th, which is good news for anyone looking to catch up on their sleep schedule.

The idea behind daylight saving time is to increase a person’s productivity by getting them to wake earlier. By starting their day an hour earlier, a person is taking advantage of the natural morning sunlight. They get moving and get to work sooner, meaning they will be able to leave sooner. This allows them to have more daylight hours at the end of their normal workday to do whatever they want.

Daylight saving time can be very advantageous for people who live in areas where the amount of daily light changes slightly throughout the course of the year. However, it is not helpful everywhere. For instance, daylight saving time is not very useful for countries along the equator, since their daylight hours barely change over the course of the year. On the opposite side of things, daylight saving time is also not very beneficial for countries too far north or south, since their amounts of daily light change so drastically over the course of the year that getting up an hour earlier does not make much of a difference.

Of course, with just about every idea out there, some people agree with the practice of daylight saving time, and others do not. Supporters of daylight saving time argue that it helps reduce energy usage, and can produce more business for many companies. However, some people argue that it does not affect energy usage, and that while the time change can benefit some businesses, it can harm others. Farmers for instance, function more around solar time, instead of a standard clock time. Unfortunately for both sides of the argument, no one can come up with any concrete evidence to support one claim or the other

No matter where you stand with daylight saving time, so long as you live in California, it is a part of your life. While the time change can be jarring at first, it can also be very beneficial. It is very nice to be able to rise with sun, get your work accomplished, and still have time to go out and have fun after work.


Remember, daylight saving time ends November 5th, so be sure to set your clocks back and hour.


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The Difference between Juveniles and Adults

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Turning 18 is a pretty big deal for most people. After all, once someone turns 18, they are a full-fledged adult. The thing to be wary of, is that the person can now run into serious trouble for breaking any laws. Adults have very different penalties than juveniles do when they break the law.

Juveniles face different kinds of consequences for breaking the law. This is largely due to the fact they are not considered responsible adults. As a juvenile, a person is under the care and guidance of their parent or guardian. The juvenile’s parent is responsible for the child.

When a juvenile breaks a law, they are not typically arrested and taken to jail. The only time this can happen, is if the juvenile did something extremely bad. In most cases, when a juvenile is caught breaking law, he or she is taken home by the police and released to the custody of his or her parents. In less severe cases, this would be the end of things. The parents may have to pay for some damages that their child might have caused, but there would be no arrest, trial, or jail time.

However, in more severe instances, a juvenile could face trial for their actions. Juvenile trials are much smaller than their adult counterparts. For instance, no jury is involved, and the trial is usually finished within a day. The judge will determine if the juvenile is guilty or not, and assign a punishment if necessary. This is usually something along the lines of community service, paying a fine, or taking a class.


When a juvenile turns 18, they become an adult in the eyes of the law. Their juvenile record will be sealed, if they have one. They will be free of their past, and able to move forward as an adult.