How Schools Could Use Social Media

Social media offers new opportunities for soaking up knowledge for students as they are now more inclined towards using the latest technologies in their daily lives.  The vision of students has gone far beyond than books & assignments. Students now enjoy learning with new forms of communication. Social media, without any doubt, has become the most effective tool of interaction. The web of social media has tangled the students to an extent that it became an addiction for them. This addiction cannot be immediately stopped however can be utilized to effectively retain information.

Here are some ideas on how schools could use social media as a new form of communication:

Web Engagement:

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We have witnessed the increased online presence of students on regular basis. For instance, if there exists a website or social media account of a school on the internet, it provides a great opportunity for students to share their reviews or take part in group discussions. It is the most effective way to help students keep moving in all walks of their life. Moreover, the admin of the social media accounts can easily regulate rules & regulations to keep students well-informed about current circumstances.

Hosting Online Competitions:

When it comes to online competition, a school can use social media as the most powerful tool to unlock the potential of their students. For instance, a competition held for digital content creation, photography or animated videos can offer a great chance for students to showcase their talents.

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Student Counseling:

Many students hesitate to express their views about the problems they face in their schools. A social media account dedicated to uplift a student’s performance can be very beneficial in this regard. This can not only help in safeguarding the privacy of a student but also helps in regaining their lost confidence by bullying or peer pressure.

Interaction With Parents:

Gone are the days when parents canceled all their appointments to attend the parents-teachers meeting. Social media has greatly helped in sharing the feedback of a student’s performance on regular basis. Schools can use social media accounts to update parents about their child’s progress.

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Leveraging social media accounts, let school’s administration to take ownership of their school stories & spread the word of their students’ success worldwide.

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The Best Guide To Raise Your Child

“Silence is golden. Unless you have a toddler, then its just suspicious”

When your kids are growing up, they start inheriting the behaviors of the people around them. You might not be able to keep an eye on them all the times however you can provide better chances of development by various strategies. The early years of your child are crucial for character building of your child.

What’s the best way to do that?

Engage Your Child in Educational Activities:

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With so many things to remember & so many “firsts” to follow, you may still be unprepared for all the parenthood chaos. The early years of your child are a continuous process of learning. A toddler is characterized by various behaviors such as mood swings & frustrations. You need to understand that it’s the best time to engage your child in educational activities. For instance, you can follow these strategies to decrease the boredom of your child by adopting these healthy activities.

  • Help your child to plant a tree or any fruit he likes. It’s the best way to teach your child about caring for the loved ones.
  • Help your child to be an all-rounder in sports activities. Dedicate each day for different sports such as swimming, tennis, cycling & many more. It’s an ideal way to get rid of all inner fears of your child.

Understand The Silent Language Of Your Child:

Have you ever imagined why your child demands toys while going to sleep?

It could be just an affiliation or does it means something else. This phase of your child is very crucial as this is the time when their imagination takes off. They start having nightmares and populate the closets with monsters.

Similarly, a fussy behavior of your child might indicate that he had a bad time at school. Never ignore the small details of your child, some symptoms might indicate serious underlying problems of your child. There are some other languages you will experience in various phases of your child development.

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How To Reduce Screen Time For Kids

Reducing screen time has been a hot topic in this digital age, and that’s a given since other electronic items have been thrown into the mix which are easily portable and hence even more hard screen to control! We all know more screen time is bad for us and children, but how exactly are they bad? There are numerous bad habits linked to too much TV or video games.

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While some may argue that video games makes the mind more active because of its puzzles and tactics, too much of anything is very bad. For decades scientists and doctors have cautioned parents and adults alike about the harmful benefits of too much screen time. It can lead to childhood obesity, poor sleeping habits and social issues. A study done in UCLA also showed that too much screen time can effect the child’s ability to recognize emotions and other non-verbal signs.

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Now that we have established the importance of reducing screen time, how do we reduce it? Naturally parents and babysitters will face a lot of resistance and agitation from the kids due to cutting off their screen time. So how do we reduce screen time and get a happy kid in return too? Sounds impossible. Almost.

Following are some of the points to help you in your journey in reducing screen time for kids (and keep them from not chewing your head off in the process):

1. Reduce your screen time first

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As heartbreaking as it may sound, to help your kids you also have to bid farewell to your phones, tablets, computers and TV time. It’s all about setting the right example for your kids. Moreover, if too much screen time is bad for your kids, it must be bad for you too right? Adults suffering from too much screen time also face obesity and other health issues. If you’re always hooked to your gadgets, then your kids will deem it a normal occurrence and follow in your footsteps.

2. Encourage other activities

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Whenever your kids get free time always provide them with non-electronic resources to pass their time. It can be a simple house chore, or any sport, board games, puzzles, reading and arts and crafts among other things. This will keep them occupied and keep their mind sharp too.

3. Limited Screen time

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Allow screen time after the kids have done something productive. Some parents change the wifi everyday and only give the password when they’ve done something worthy. Moreover, limit their time to 30 40 minutes depending on the circumstances. Make it a routine so they stop complaining and do other activities like sports, reading, arts etc. This way they will also have a healthy balance between screen time and other activities and won’t get bored or agitated. Which is a win-win situation right?

EDIT: Have added the video too, do give it a watch.

What are the skills a child SHOULD be learning in school

Why do we send our children off to school? So that we can see them evolving into beautiful and independent adults. And while academics are extremely important and necessary, it is not everything. And while schools are great for this, all of them share one flaw: They are depriving children of learning basic skills!

I mean it’s great that you’re getting educated, it does help put food on the table. But what about other necessities and skills which help children to survive in this world? Not only in their youth but also as adults. I’ll be talking about what skills a child SHOULD be learning in school.

For starters, and I think we all agree on this, children should be taught on how to be socially active and confident. Educators have failed miserably in this area. We often see children shying away from public speaking. And that’s fine, they are children after all! But it’s the school’s and parent’s job to encourage them forward socially. Many children all over the world are being bullied, but they don’t know how to cope with it because they are neither aware nor do they possess the courage and confidence to stand up to their bullies. This area of skill is in dire need of attention!

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Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, right? This is something which has been burned into our memory! Wouldn’t it be nice… to I don’t know learn about taxes, mortgages etc. in the same way that we were forced to learn about mitochondria? I mean, sure it’s nice, but it’s of no use to us, right?! It’s essential that the children are educated about these topics so that they understand the importance of it and hence, can function like good and responsible adults.

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Basic cooking! It’s imperative that children know the basic know-how about cooking. God forbid, they can be faced with unusual circumstances when they are alone, or their parents or babysitters can’t attend to them, they should at least know how to put together a simple meal for themselves. We wouldn’t want them to starve right?

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Another major skill children should be taught is to call the right authorities if something goes wrong. There should be enough sense instilled in them that they know what course of action to be taken in which situation. For example, alerting the fire department or calling the police depending on the situation. They should be taught how to act fast and their wits should be sharp!

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Other skills include tackling different situations, compassion, tolerance etc. It is of utmost importance that schools include activities in which a child not only excels at academics but is also given an excellent platform for learning new skills and applying them in daily life situations, in and out of schools! Naturally, we can’t give children a career to prepare for, but we can integrate skills in them which will help them adapt to different situations. They will certainly thank us for a long time to come!

The Relationship between late night Television and Sandwiches

Written by Fatima Majoka

Toast a largish piece of bread with a slice of cheese until it starts melting, lay on a cutting of salami, add a crunchy salad leaf and cover it with a half fried egg sprinkled with a pinch of salt and pepper. Top everything with another piece of bread and press it gently until you hear the satisfying plop of the yolk breaking. Now bite into the contentment. Sip some soda in between the bites as you watch senseless late night television.

This had been my ultimate treat after I had put the kids to sleep, for years their bedtime ranged between ten pm to two am and I led myself on to put up with it by dreaming about this very moment. Of course most days I went to sleep while putting them to sleep or would be too tried to even sit on the sofa and some days there was nothing left in the refrigerator to make a sandwich out of! But the addiction to this, the moment of satisfaction, that bite into a big juicy sandwich was what mostly kept me going through. So much so that it became almost an addiction. I wanted to savor this feeling of elation every single day; it was my drug of choice. Cold chicken sandwiches, garlic mayo and leftover sandwiches, mince beef and cheese sandwiches and when there wasn’t anything else boiled eggs and tomato sandwiches. Needless to say I could whip up a sandwich anytime and from almost anything.

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Then quite dangerously I started buying foodstuff that complemented my sandwich addiction, I started getting DVDs to make my sandwiches worthwhile and drinking more and more soda to make everything last longer. So much was my ‘me’ time taking over my life that I would resent anything or anyone that came between us. I wanted to be home on weekend nights and even wanted my husband to go to sleep early so I could enjoy this time by myself. I dislike guests staying late and hated it if the kids got sick and I was too exhausted to stay up for my addiction.

At one point; around 20 pounds overweight and quite mentally deranged, I realized that this was becoming a very ‘unhealthy’ obsession. Late night high carb food and resenting your own family has its toll on your mind and body. I do enjoy my sandwiches but now I make them for picnics or weekend movie dinners with the kids. And yes I am much healthier, still a little obsessed but with healthier things now.

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What an absurd title for a blog post…isn’t it? At least it might seem like it if you have read my posts seven years ago :p

So anyway, I spoke with 2-3 of my friends from my blogging days and they all told me I should be blogging again. So Ithought about it and decided not to blog as currently I’m ‘too busy’ and have my ‘hands full’ with other more important stuff. But then I thought that seven years ago, I was quite busy too in my life too but I still made it a point to blog 3-4 times a  week. I can totally do 1-2 posts every week now. So after a hiatus of almost two years, here is another post.

So yea, this post is about the lovely snack meethi Tikya. I have beautiful childhood memories of this mouthwatering snack. My Nani used to make it us quite often. And today I decided to make it for my fussy kids hoping that they would eat a little.

Recipe:

Take 3/4 cup milk in a pan and heat with 1 cup sugar till all the sugar dissolves. Then add 4 table spoons of butter and melt it probably. In a separate bowl take 2 cups white flour and 1/4 cup sooji kneed it using the milk mixture. The dough should not be too soft or runny. Leave the dough to rest for 1-2 hours. Then roll it thick (around a 1/4 inch) with a rolling pin and cut using your favorite cookie cutter. Deep fry till golden brown.

Enjoy with milk or tea 🙂

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