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    Urgent! Work at home online part time jobs - 2020 (with Salaries!)

    Urgent! Work at home online part time jobs – 2020 (with Salaries!)

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    Does Online Babysitting Work?

    Does Online Babysitting Work?

    Babysitting platforms and start-ups are scrambling to switch to screen-based child care. Experts say it can work for short breaks.

    After two weeks of remote learning, San Francisco-based pop-up store owner Mary Graf was struggling to home school her 6-year-old daughter. “She would just look at me and say: no, I’m not going to do the work,” Graf recalls. “And I would ask her, Would you talk to your teacher like that?” Her daughter would sheepishly answer no, but it was still a challenge to engage her.

    So Graf and another mother devised a plan: The two families would hire one of the girl’s former preschool teachers to help with some of the schoolwork with the two girls. That way, they could see each other every day in a small group — and the parents could get a break. Three mornings a week the teacher does an hour and a half of virtual babysitting: a writing exercise, yoga and a math lesson.

    “It’s really been a godsend, because I can get work done or fold some laundry,” Graf said. “If I am leading distance learning, I have to sit next to her the whole time.” Graf also pays her regular after-school nanny to spend virtual time with her daughter for about an hour every afternoon doing story time or pretend play.

    While child care centers and schools are shuttered, interest in virtual sitters is surging — whether they are stand-in home-school teachers, professional babysitters or a grandparent holding a virtual tea party. New companies are creating platforms for caregivers to interact with kids virtually, and established services have added options to book onscreen babysitters.

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    Of course, virtual babysitters can’t change a baby’s diapers, tuck a preschooler into bed or chase an unruly toddler around the house. But screen-based caregivers can entertain kids and give parents short breaks. Several companies that connect parents with caregivers — Care.com, UrbanSitter and Sittercity — now offer virtual services, often at a lower rate than live babysitters. New start-ups are also targeting parents who need short breaks and want to give enriching experiences to kids.

    Elizabeth Harz, SitterCity’s chief executive, says the site has seen an influx of out-of-work coaches, teachers, college kids and day care employees interested in virtual work with kids. She says most virtual bookings happen when both parents are working. They also offer virtual sitters to play games or read stories to kids in the evenings while parents eat dinner together or have a drink in the backyard. “Kids are missing all the people and activities in their lives,” she said. “Although they are loving all the time with Mom and Dad, the chance to see another face and be entertained is really welcome.”

    Urbansitter says its babysitters and nannies have reported an 84 percent drop in business since states began shelter-in-place recommendations in March, leading them to online teaching and tutoring or to file for unemployment. Nearly three quarters were interested in jobs entertaining kids over video chat and a third of them were willing to work at a lower rate.

    Virtual babysitting works best in small amounts of time, usually half an hour to an hour, says Lynn Perkins, the chief executive of UrbanSitter. And parents should be nearby — at least within earshot of the child. She adds that remote sitting also tends to work best in the mornings, when kids are rested and fresh.

    Focusing on special talents and interests may be a natural way to engage an older child over a screen. Screen Sitters, a Santa Monica-based start-up, is hiring virtual babysitters who have specific skills, like being able to talk and play games about sports, or dinosaurs, or math. Peter Szabo, who co-founded the company, says he was motivated by self-interest: He needed a break from his two sons, ages 3 and 6.

    Szabo quickly saw that his younger kid couldn’t sit still for FaceTime sessions with his grandparents, but the older boy could pay attention with a stranger on a screen — as long as the topic was interesting. The company focuses on connecting kids ages 6 to 12 with sitters who can interact with a child’s interests for 30 or 60 minutes at a time.

    Erin Upton, a Washington, D.C.-based consultant, has seen her 3-year-old develop a relationship with a handful of virtual sitters she hired from UrbanSitter. Upton hires a virtual sitter for two hours every weekday morning and occasionally an hour in the afternoon, for $15-17 per hour. “It’s lowered our stress levels by allowing my husband and me to work at the same time without having to turn on the TV for our preschooler,” she says. “Our son is in a great mood after talking to his sitters because they engage him in pretend play.”

    It hasn’t all been easy though. Upton says her preschooler’s attention quickly fades when a sitter waits for him to take the lead or asks him what he wants to do. “The opposite is true for him with in-person babysitting, so there’s been a learning curve for us to figure out what works.” It also doesn’t work well if he’s not rested or doesn’t sleep well, she added.

    Doing an activity — reading a story, creating a craft or playing a game — over a screen still engages kids’ imaginative play, says Arthur Lavin, M.D., an Ohio-based pediatrician who leads the American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee on social family health. Dr. Lavin says as long as the child is able to communicate well and is interested in the person onscreen, virtual babysitting can work.

    “The burden is more on the babysitter than on the child,” he explains, adding that the virtual sitter has to be more prepared and care about what the child will click into.

    “If you think about it, this has been going on for a while — families who don’t live in the same town or even the same country or the same continent using Skype and FaceTime,” he said. “Even very young kids will connect with grandparents on a screen because there’s a reciprocal relationship going on.”

    Kimberly Sloan, a San Diego-based life coach and mother of a 2-year-old, posted on a babysitting platform for a virtual sitter. She’s dubious, though. A recent video call with her daughter’s day care, which the toddler had been excitedly looking forward to, didn’t go well. When it was her turn to talk, her daughter ran away from the computer, sending Sloan running after her. She eventually bribed her daughter to get back on, but her kid soon banged on the computer keyboard, causing the conference window to be minimized on the laptop. “That all happened in a span of maybe five minutes,” she said.

    Looking online at various qualified babysitters, Sloan found that most did not have experience in virtual babysitting. “As a parent you’re kind of looking for the feeling of — I know how to do this; I got you,” she says. “I haven’t experienced any sort of platform that has got this dialed in yet.”

    Katharine Gammon is a freelance science writer and a mom of two young boys.

    Updated April 11, 2020

    If you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.

    This is a difficult question, because a lot depends on how well the virus is contained. A better question might be: “How will we know when to reopen the country?” In an American Enterprise Institute report, Scott Gottlieb, Caitlin Rivers, Mark B. McClellan, Lauren Silvis and Crystal Watson staked out four goal posts for recovery: Hospitals in the state must be able to safely treat all patients requiring hospitalization, without resorting to crisis standards of care; the state needs to be able to at least test everyone who has symptoms; the state is able to conduct monitoring of confirmed cases and contacts; and there must be a sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days.

    The Times Neediest Cases Fund has started a special campaign to help those who have been affected, which accepts donations here. Charity Navigator, which evaluates charities using a numbers-based system, has a running list of nonprofits working in communities affected by the outbreak. You can give blood through the American Red Cross, and World Central Kitchen has stepped in to distribute meals in major cities. More than 30,000 coronavirus-related GoFundMe fund-raisers have started in the past few weeks. (The sheer number of fund-raisers means more of them are likely to fail to meet their goal, though.)

    The C.D.C. has recommended that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public. This is a shift in federal guidance reflecting new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms. Until now, the C.D.C., like the W.H.O., has advised that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply. Masks don’t replace hand washing and social distancing.

    If you’re sick and you think you’ve been exposed to the new coronavirus, the C.D.C. recommends that you call your healthcare provider and explain your symptoms and fears. They will decide if you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there’s a chance — because of a lack of testing kits or because you’re asymptomatic, for instance — you won’t be able to get tested.

    It seems to spread very easily from person to person, especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can be carried on tiny respiratory droplets that fall as they are coughed or sneezed out. It may also be transmitted when we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face.

    No. Clinical trials are underway in the United States, China and Europe. But American officials and pharmaceutical executives have said that a vaccine remains at least 12 to 18 months away.

    Unlike the flu, there is no known treatment or vaccine, and little is known about this particular virus so far. It seems to be more lethal than the flu, but the numbers are still uncertain. And it hits the elderly and those with underlying conditions — not just those with respiratory diseases — particularly hard.

    If the family member doesn’t need hospitalization and can be cared for at home, you should help him or her with basic needs and monitor the symptoms, while also keeping as much distance as possible, according to guidelines issued by the C.D.C. If there’s space, the sick family member should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom. If masks are available, both the sick person and the caregiver should wear them when the caregiver enters the room. Make sure not to share any dishes or other household items and to regularly clean surfaces like counters, doorknobs, toilets and tables. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.

    Plan two weeks of meals if possible. But people should not hoard food or supplies. Despite the empty shelves, the supply chain remains strong. And remember to wipe the handle of the grocery cart with a disinfecting wipe and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

    Yes, but make sure you keep six feet of distance between you and people who don’t live in your home. Even if you just hang out in a park, rather than go for a jog or a walk, getting some fresh air, and hopefully sunshine, is a good idea.

    That’s not a good idea. Even if you’re retired, having a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds so that your money keeps up with inflation, or even grows, makes sense. But retirees may want to think about having enough cash set aside for a year’s worth of living expenses and big payments needed over the next five years.

    Watching your balance go up and down can be scary. You may be wondering if you should decrease your contributions — don’t! If your employer matches any part of your contributions, make sure you’re at least saving as much as you can to get that “free money.”

    Source: www.nytimes.com

    Author: Katharine Gammon


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