Archive for October, 2012

Out after dark

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Poor visibility and quiet roads exacerbate safety risks after dark. There are lots of things that you can do to avoid the attention of opportunists so take a moment to read our after-dark safety guide. Think safe – and avoid becoming a target.

 

Money and Cards

Assess where you are keeping your valuables when you’re out after dark. Choose a zipped or buckled bag (open bags are tempting for pickpockets), roomy enough to hold everything at once, with a secret compartment for high-value items. If you have more than one bag it can be easy to forget or drop one (or more!).

 

When you’re in a foreign city or out very late, it’s a good idea to keep spare cash (including change for a telephone box) in a different pocket. If the worst happens and you’re relieved of your wallet, you will have enough to get home. If you’re concerned, you could use a money belt – worn inside your clothing, it provides a safe and discreet home for your cards and money. Openly using an MP3, camera or mobile phone can make you a target; these items are the most commonly stolen, so tuck them away when you are walking after dark.

 

Safety Equipment

From personal alarms to reflective clothes and numbers on your phone book, a little forward-thinking means you will be well equipped to deal with an emergency. Before you leave, check for all the essentials, and add useful numbers to your mobile phone – local taxi firms, friends, local police and hospitals. You might also include a ‘Directions’ service if you subscribe to one. Personal alarms are cheaply available and give you extra moral support if you’re nervous about walking alone. The very best safety equipment you can take out with you after dark? Is a set of self defence skills that can help you to walk away from the situation if you need too such as Reality Based Self Defence that we teach at Tring Martial Arts.

Family Spies?

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

According to an article published in Success Magazine, 87% of parents have friended their children on Facebook so they can keep tabs on them.  66% follow their kids on Twitter. We believe this is a great idea to safe guard your children because most children and young people use the Internet positively but sometimes behave in ways that may placethemselves at risk. Some risks do not necessarily arise from the technology itself but result from offline behaviours that are extended into the online world, and vice versa. Potential risks can include, but are not limited to:-

 Bullying by peers and people they consider  ‘friends’;

 Posting personal information that can identify and locate a child offline;

 Sexual grooming, luring, exploitation and abuse contact with strangers;

 Exposure to inappropriate content;

 Involvement in making or distributing illegal or inappropriate content;

 Theft of personal information;

 Exposure to information and interaction with others who encourage self harm;

 Exposure to racist or hate material;

 Encouragement of violent behaviour, such as ‘happy slapping’;

 Glorifying activities such as drug taking or excessive drinking;

 Physical harm to young people in making video content, such as enacting and imitating stunts and

risk taking activities; and

 Leaving and running away from home as a result of contacts made online.

Online safety advice is available from http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

Tring Martial Arts Academy – Keeping our children safe!

Workplace Bullies

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Posted by Christopher Allen

It is no surprise that people who are bullied at work feel inclined to quit, but it turns out that the people around them (the ones who aren’t the targets) want to quit more, according to a study in the journal Human Relations.  In fact, the researchers suggest that work colleagues may be so incensed that they are moved to quit as a way to retaliate. Wouldn’t it be better to approach your line manager, union representative or even the boss to report work-place bullying?

Whether you are in work or at school, the bully preys on the weak and vulnerable.  Bullies do not bully the confident or those who fight back.  Learning coping strategies and gaining self confidence can be best accomplished by learning martial arts.  This is because martial art training doesn’t rely on being part of a team or living up to others expectations, its about self improvement and through it, self confidence.  Contact us today on 01442 768057 or see our website www.tringmartialarts.com for more information on how we can help you to overcome work-place bullies!

Other useful resources – http://comerecommended.com/blog/2012/08/01/workplace-bullying-a-solution/