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Make a perpetual calendar

calendarYou will need

* Scissors
* Split pin or drawing pin and eraser
* Printout of the two discs, on separate pieces of paper. You can download them here: download

To make the calendar

1. Cut out the smaller disc.
2. Cut out the thick dark window on the smaller disc.
3. Put the smaller disc on top of the larger one, and push a split pin through the middle of both discs. If you don’t have a split pin, put an eraser underneath both discs and push a drawing pin through the centre of both discs and into the eraser. Read the full story

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What’s the deal with 29 February?

calendarTomorrow, 29 February, only happens once every four years. It’s the only date in a year which isn’t always there. So why do we have this sometimes day in what we call a ‘leap year’?

Let’s start by clarifying what a day and a year actually are. One day is the time it takes for Earth to rotate on its axis, so the same bit of the Earth is pointing at the Sun. This the time from one midnight to the next, or from one midday to the next.

One year is the time it takes for Earth to orbit the Sun once. It’s around 365 ¼ days long, and that ¼ is a problem. If our calendar only had 365 days, then dates would occur earlier and earlier in the seasons. To keep the dates lined up with the seasons, we use a 365 day calendar, but we sometimes add a day at the end of February, making it 29 days long, instead of 28. Read the full story

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The Internet can be tricky for parents to deal with because kids often need to use the Internet for school, but parents parents are often worried about the various activities that their children might be engaged in. Peer-to-peer file sharing can lead to lawsuits and even a criminal prosecution. Some teens might engage in activities online that are embarrassing to the family or may lead to viruses or hackers accessing the computer. Fortunately, there are various forms of monitoring software that can offer parental control.

Monitoring software can also be very helpful when parents are trying to learn what their children are up to, such as whether they are attending class or doing their homework.

Many teens use the computer purchased specifically for schoolwork to play computer games or chat with friends. Monitoring software can not only record activities on the computer, but smartphone software such as Mobile Spy can silently record the teen's GPS information, text messages and phone call information.

Monitoring software sits silently on a computer or mobile device and monitors all of the activities carried out on the device, encouraging the teen to consistently use the device for communication. Activity is usually uploaded to an online account so that the parent can monitor activity from anywhere without having to get close to the phone. This is crucial since parents will usually not have physical access to the phone without arousing suspicion.

Many monitoring programs also come with keystroke loggers, which log keys recorded on the computer, a contextual blocker, and features that allow parents to block certain websites. All of these features allow parents to have a peace of mind when allowing their teens to use the Internet.