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The Digital World

Teenagers love technology; it can be an easy method for them to connect to their friends, family and the world around them. But with the rise of technology as a part of everyday life there has also been a rise in the risks associated with the use of technology. 

Below are some tips that may help to provide a safe environment for your kids in the digital world.

1.       Be in control.

Many parents buy mobile phones for their children so that they can keep in contact while they travel to and from school or when out with friends.  If you do purchase your child a mobile device, remember that you have the final word in how and when it is used.

2.       Talk to your children.

Your children should understand that it is not safe to give any personal details or pictures out to people they do not personally know.  In order for this to happen, it may be helpful to have a continuing conversation about internet safety. For pre-teens or younger teens try not to let them have a computer in their room and try to ensure they use the internet somewhere you can see what they are doing.

3.       Get to know the technology.


It can be difficult to keep up with the avalanche of new apps and social media sites that are created so try to be proactive in knowing what tech choices your kids have available to them.  Also, make sure you know what social media sites have age restrictions and make sure your child does not hold an account if they legally are not of age (generally sites such as Facebook and Instagram require users to be 13+ to create an account).

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 22/04/2015 at 12:47 PM | Categories:

RBA decision may highlight real estate strength

CENTURY 21, the largest real estate sales organisation in the Asia Pacific region, believes the Reserve Bank’s decision to keep interest rates steady is beneficial for the property market as it likely gives buyers and investors confidence and stability.

"By keeping interest rates on hold, the RBA is giving investors and owner-occupiers continued access to debt at historically low levels,” said CENTURY 21 Australasia chairman and owner, Charles Tarbey.

“Investor activity has been high over the last cycle and average prices have surged in Sydney and other major capital cities.

“This decision will likely build the confidence of homeowners and investors,” said Charles Tarbey

In their announcement, the Reserve Bank noted the decline in commodity and export prices, and also the accommodative lending conditions globally.

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 08/04/2015 at 12:00 AM | Categories:

Balancing work and life

Life may seem to get busier every year. Work, family and social commitments can feel like they get harder to balance. When this happens, people can be tempted to let let their personal lives fall to the wayside in favour of work. While there is nothing wrong with being career focused, it is important to make time for the personal aspects of your life.

Here are 4 ways that may help you to find a better balance in your life:

1. Schedule your down time.

Don’t rely just on the weekend for your downtime. Try to find time each day to spend quality time with your family or friends. If you are a working parent, take the opportunity to play with your kids, or if they are a bit older, make sure you are available to talk and keep track of what is going on in their life. Couples could consider making meal times a ‘work free’ zone where conversation is not allowed to focus on work, or work related topics.

2. Be healthy.

Busy lives can often lead to a lack of exercise, which can in turn have detrimental effects on your physical and mental wellbeing.  Enhancing your health could give you energy and vitality in your day, and help bring balance to your life. Try to formulate an exercise regime for your week, whether it is going to the gym or getting outdoors for a walk; set aside time every day to get up and get moving.  By looking after your health, you are less likely to need time off work, and might be more able to enjoy life outside of work.

3. Prioritise.

Work out what tasks are most important in your day or week, and try to eliminate anything that is not necessary in your day to day life. Having clutter in your life might not only overwhelm you, but also might make you lose focus on what is really important. As an example, if you feel like social media is taking up a lot of your ‘down time’ consider getting rid of it or saving it for the weekends.   It is easier to balance your life, if there is less to balance.

4. Have some ‘me’ time.

Many of us can feel the desire to constantly interact with others. However, it is important to spend time on your own.  Even if you only set aside 10 minutes of your day to read a trashy novel, take a bath or simply sit quietly, this time could give you space to breathe and reconnect with yourself.

0 comments | Posted by Charles Tarbey on 01/04/2015 at 12:00 AM | Categories: