Bangor's Colton Freeman (5) Shane Reider (14) and Jeremy Ringland surround an opponent, during the Slaters' 54-48 win over Pleasant Valley in a game played Saturday at Bill Pensyl gym. (More photos below) (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Elizabeth Bina
Pen Argyl's Chris Muller (2) is fouled as he attempts to dribble by a defender, during the Knights' game with Lehighton Saturday night at Pen Argyl. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Haley Burns
Bangor's Colton Freeman (5) and Jeremy Ringland (33) wait for a rebound, during the Slaters' 54-48 win over Pleasant Valley in a game played Saturday at Bill Pensyl gym. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Elizabeth Bina
Pen Argyl's Joey Sisson (21) dribbles out of the the three-second lane, during the Knights' game with Lehighton Saturday night at Pen Argyl. (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Haley Burns
New Tips for Communicating with Your Kids
In today’s digital world, connecting with your children goes beyond face-to-face communication. While nothing beats in-person quality time, on-the-go lifestyles don’t always allow for it.
But physical distance when you or your kids are out of the house shouldn't present too much of a communication barrier between parents and kids, say the experts.
“These days, most children are fairly comfortable using communication technologies. Capitalizing on your children’s tech prowess can help you stay connected,” says Dr. Eric Klopfer, Learning Expert for VTech, a maker of age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children.
Whether you’re at the office, a frequent business traveler or simply want to keep in touch with your kids while they’re away from home, Klopfer says there are a few things to keep in mind when communicating with your children electronically:
It’s crucial to find technologies that are age-appropriate, safe and easy-to-use. Many messaging services are restricted to those over the age of 13. And messaging services with fewer restrictions can present a hassle for parents who want to ensure that kids are only corresponding with approved contacts.
Luckily, emerging technologies designed for a younger audience are addressing these concerns. For example, VTech Kid Connect, a new communication app for the company’s children’s learning tablet, InnoTab 3S, features tablet-to-mobile capabilities, making staying in touch both safe and easy. It eliminates the need for setting up a complicated restriction system, which can be a big relief for parents questioning the safety of their kids online. More information and a demonstration can be found at www.vtechkids.com/kidconnect.
For parents skeptical about the impact that texting and electronic messaging will have on children’s written communication skills, Klopfer assures that with care, you can use the technology to actually improve literacy.
“Through time, great minds have worried about the impact that emerging technologies would have on human intelligence,” says Klopfer. “While these advances -- from the printing press to the Internet -- have certainly changed the way we communicate, when used appropriately, their impact is immensely positive.”
Encourage kids to develop their writing skills while communicating with you electronically by paying attention to their spelling and grammar. And you can set a good example by avoiding excessive acronyms and emoticons, and including great vocabulary words into messages.
It may seem paradoxical, but in this fast-paced, tech-driven age, keeping kids and parents connected is getting easier. (StatePoint)
Police 'like' wanted Pa. suspect's Facebook post
FREELAND, Pa. (AP) — Police in one northeastern Pennsylvania town really "liked" this Facebook post.Officers in Freeland arrested 35-year-old Anthony Lescowitch on Monday night, less than two hours after he shared a wanted photo of himself and taunted police for not being able to find him, the (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader reported Tuesday.
Lescowitch shared the wanted bulletin minutes after Freeland police posted it on the department Facebook page Monday night, authorities said. He was being sought on assault-related charges.
An officer pretending to be an attractive woman then messaged Lescowitch, according to police. Lescowitch refused the offer of a drink but eventually agreed to meet for a cigarette, and was arrested at the agreed-upon location.
After the arrest, police posted this message: "CAPTURED!!!!!! SHARES OUR STATUS ON FACEBOOK ABOUT HIMSELF, CAPTURED 45 MINUTES LATER."
Lescowitch, of Drifton, remained in the Luzerne County Jail Tuesday. Court records don't list a defense attorney for him, but show he faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 29 on charges including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident July 14.
Artist creates paintings underwater
A Peruvian artist has found a new way of creating seascapes - by donning scuba diving gear to paint underwater.
Pascual Mimbela dives into the Pacific waters of Talara province with his brushes, spatulas, oils and canvases.
He paints the colorful fish he sees glide by, as well as the reefs and other aquatic sea life, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Mimbela said he became fascinated with the sea when he was a child, and dreamt of one day painting from the ocean floor.
"All my life I've painted boats, fish, beaches and waves. But this time, I decided to take it further," he said.
"I wanted to do something different. I wanted to see for myself, with my own eyes the depths of the sea."
He has created 16 underwater oil paintings since he started in 2013 and a display of his work has gone on display in the town square of Los Organos
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