Why Your Child Should Have An iPhone

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Why Your Child Should Have An iPhone

We live in a very mobile and tech-savvy society. Smartphones and iPhones are found everywhere, in the hands of the old and young alike. And for good reason.

Modern smartphones have become miniature computers with their capabilities and processing power. This has allowed them to become essential tools in everyday life for virtually everyone - most especially children. Children have adopted the technology as part of a societal norm, using them for social communication, keeping track of their schedules for school and sports and even researching for class assignments.

But there are two essential reasons why your child should have an iPhone:

1. iPhones Help You Stay Connected

You have a busy schedule, and with classes, sports and other social events in your child’s life,
they do, too. How can you stay on top of everything? The iPhone lets you sync calendars so
you can see what your child is doing and when, and it also gives you an avenue to stay in
constant communication if anything should change. And you don’t even have to call each other
to do that anymore. With the iPhone you can send a quick iMessage with an update.

2. iPhones Let You Know Where They Are

It’s a big world out there, so one of the first things you should connect on your phones is Find
My Friends. This app lets you see where your child is on a GPS-like map. This is handy for
parents with busy bee children with full calendars so you can always keep an eye out to make
sure they’re safe at a game, birthday party or otherwise.

 
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iPhones As Safety Tools

Ultimately, as a parent, you want to keep your child safe. And the iPhone is a great way to do
that, quickly and easily. Once you have the phone set up with basic features and Find My
Friends, go to the app store and download Virtual Halo. This safety app gives your child access
to help, instantly, if they need it. It also lets them check in with you with just the touch of a button to let you know they’re safe, without taking time away from their social life. And for the really tech savvy family, the app now works with the Apple Watch with LTE connectivity, so they don’t even have to unlock their phone.

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Keeping Your Real Estate Team Safe Is Easier Than You Think

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Keeping Your Real Estate Team Safe Is Easier Than You Think

Being on your own can be both exciting, and scary. This is especially true for real estate agents that are consistently meeting new home buyers and traveling to homes alone. How can you be sure that your real estate team is safe while they’re out doing what they do best? Follow these tips to keep them safe:

Keep a Schedule

Have each member of your team keep a schedule that shows open houses and meetings with home buyers in a collaborative calendar they can share with you and others. Make sure they include start and end times, details of whom they are meeting with and the address they will be at. This is a quick and simple way for you to keep tabs on your real estate team not only for business purposes, but for their safety. If anything were to happen, you would have an idea of where they were, when and who they may have been with.

 
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Download the Virtual Halo App

Virtual Halo can really make a difference when it comes to keeping your real estate team safe – with no extra work for you or them. Simply have each member of the team download the app to their iPhone and they will have access to help quickly and easily if anything were to happen while they’re on the job. Virtual Halo provides personal security in the form of both alerts and monitoring and gives each member of your team complete control of their privacy. This allows them to decide what information is given out, but also grants them access to help when they need it. They’ll also be able to send quick check-ins while visiting homes or meeting with clients to let you, or loved ones, know they’re safe.

Keeping Your Team Safe

With modern technology, it’s easier than ever before to help keep your team safe. You know they’ll be using their iPhone and bringing them with them on location, so using an online calendar and downloading an app are both efficient ways to take advantage of this technology.

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Three Life Changing Experiences For The Adrenaline Junkie

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Three Life Changing Experiences For The Adrenaline Junkie

“Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.”

This quote from Hunter S. Thompson rings true with any adrenaline junkie, as any adrenaline
junkie can tell you there’s nothing more satisfying than the thrill you get from living life on the
edge. If you’re reading this and can relate to what we’re saying, then these next three life
changing experiences are for you:

1. Take a Dip in the Devil’s Pool

You’ll find Devil’s Pool at the Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world, in Livingstone,
Africa. Take a trip out sometime between September and December, when the waters are at
just the right level to form a rock barrier between where you’ll be sipping on adrenaline and the
edge of this massive waterfall.

 
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2. Bike Death’s Road

Travel out to La Paz, Bolivia and grab a bike to head out to Death’s Road. The name probably
says enough to get the adrenaline going before you even get there, but this road is an
experience you’ll definitely want to have in your lifetime. It’s a 40-mile long, 11,000-foot descent narrow road that will get your heart racing with sheer drops. Even better? Most places don’t have guardrails.

3. Go Canyon Swinging

Visit Queenstown, New Zealand (any adrenaline junkie’s must-see destination) for the world’s
highest canyon swing. Get ready for some heart-pumping action as you free fall for almost 22
feet. Then relish in the glory as you look over Shotover Canyon. This experience can even be
customized with different types of jumps, so you can get one of the best adrenaline rushes of
your life.

Enjoy the Rush

While you’re out experiencing adrenaline rush after adrenaline rush, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. So before you go, download Virtual Halo onto your phone. The app makes it easy to keep in touch with friends and family to let them know you’re safe without taking away from your experience.

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How To Stay Safe While Going It Alone

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How To Stay Safe While Going It Alone

If you live for the thrill of adventure, there is one thing you probably already know should be at
the top of your packing list - safety. But when it comes to staying safe while you’re going it
alone, what should you prioritize? The following is a quick guide to help get you ready to hit the road, safely.

First, Think About Survival

What are some basic necessities for survival if you were to go camping, hiking or venture off
road somewhere you could potentially stay overnight? To keep you safe, you should first pack
yourself some food and water, at least enough to last a couple days if not more, and some first
aid items like bandages and antiseptic. If you know you may venture into territories with
dangerous animals, pack accordingly with items such as bear spray or a knife. A knife will
double as a means to acquiring more food, or triple as a survival tool in the case of an
emergency.

 
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Pack Your Bags with Safety in Mind

In addition to these items, you should pack other gear you might need. This should include
weather-appropriate clothing, any harnesses or equipment for hiking or climbing and other tools you may need for the environment you will be in. Always keep in mind that you will be alone, so having all the safety items you may need at your disposable is key in a dangerous, or even life-threatening, situation.

Bring Your Phone!

Even if cell signal may be weak, bring your cell phone. And download a safety app like Virtual Halo as a quick and easy means to get help if you need it. Not only will Virtual Halo let you keep in touch with friends or loved ones to let them know where you are, it will also let you send an SOS if you need help. This SOS will alert them immediately, and they can find out where you are and get help to you - fast. So any time you’re going it alone, be sure to have the app downloaded, and your phone on hand.

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3 Awesome Off The Grid Mountain Adventures

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3 Awesome Off The Grid Mountain Adventures

Going off the grid can be an exciting way to disconnect from the busy world around you for a
time. But where can you go, and what can you do?

The following are three awesome off the grid mountain adventures to add to your to-do list:


1. Camping in Linville Gorge

For breathtaking mountain views and easy access to hiking trails, drive up into Linville Gorge.
Here, you can find car campsites near Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain in Asheville, North
Carolina. One of the most notable features of the locally-named “The Gorge” are the lights. The
lights are seemingly globes of different colors that float throughout the trees. They can be seen
at night if you trek to the top of the mountain and look down over the gorge where you will find an endless expanse of trees and mountains that seem to be alive. While science fails to explain what exactly the lights are, you can enjoy this off the grid experience and have a tale to tell when you come back.


2. Climbing Colorado’s 14ers

For a true test of stamina, challenge yourself with any, or all, of Colorado’s awe-inspiring 14ers, like Mt. Elbert, Mt. Massive or Mt. Harvard, If you can make it to the top, you will be rewarded with some of the most mesmerizing views of mountainous landscape that seems endless. Going off the grid for most of these hikes can mean taking extra safety precautions, so be sure to let someone know where you are going.


3. Escaping the Crowds in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park has plenty to see, with Old Faithful, the Grand Prismatic Spring and
more offering some of the most beautiful pieces of nature you can see up close. However, the
crowds can truly take away from the experience. Escape them by going off the beaten path in
areas such Fairy Falls, Grebe Lake or Lonestar Geyser. These areas will have less people, but
will offer no less photo opportunities. Just be sure to bring bear spray and other safety items.


Remember Your Phone

Your phone will become home to countless photos of your experience, but it is also an important safety device. Download Virtual Halo before going off the grid to have quick access to send an SOS with Virtual Halo if you need help. It will also make it quick and simple for you to check in and let loved ones know you are okay.

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