If you’re raising kids today, it can be easy to focus on the negative. And it’s no wonder: Thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, social media, cell phone notifications — and even sources you wouldn’t expect, like Instagram and YouTube — kids are immersed in doom and gloom.
Who knew that one day, sitting on the World Wide Web would potentially fit you into a specific category? That’s right, according to a new study, those who use the Internet can be placed into one of four categories – the Lurker, the Geek, the Victim, or the Internet Celebrity.
The research is part of a new book titled Researching Everday Childhoods. The scientists conducted interviews with adolescents aged between 10 and 15 to investigate how they used social media. Interestingly, they found that the youngsters were pretty up to speed when it came to Internet privacy and avoiding negative experiences online. In fact, Dr Liam Berriman from the University of Sussex, UK, said in a statement that this desire to stay safe online can actually make young people feel very anxious.
“The young people we spoke to felt a great weight of responsibility for their safety online and were often motivated by the concern of being labelled a victim,” he added.
In terms of the four categories identified in the study, the Victim is perhaps the least desirable one to be. Victims are those who are very visible online, generally due to other people’s doing, as private material might have been shared around without their permission. Victims tend to be affected by things like “fraping”, being tagged in unflattering images, or even having intimate photos shared online.
Meanwhile, those described as Lurkers tend to mask their visibility on social platforms, avoiding confrontation between peers but still being involved in fun activities. Like many of us, Lurkers enjoy quietly stalking their favorite celebrities online.
Next up is the Geek. These people like to share posts related to their interests and passions, like their favorite bands or fan fiction writing. The researchers also found that the Geeks in their study spent a lot of time on projects, leading to parental concern about obsessive or addictive behaviors.
Finally, there’s the Internet Celebrity. We all know someone who spends hours perfecting selfies for Instagram or enjoys speaking to the world via a vlog. These Internet users were found to highly value “visibility of the self”, promoting themselves using Instagram, Snapchat, selfies, and YouTube vlogging.
“What is distinctive about these active social media users was the entrepreneurial character of their practice, with ‘play’ re-envisaged as a form of economically rewarding work,” explained Professor Rachel Thomson of the University of Sussex. “By gaining an audience, young people are aware that they could capture advertising and corporate sponsorship. The dream is to ‘go viral’, establishing a career as a cultural creator.”
While it would be impossible to categorize every single social media user into just one of four categories, the groups posited by the researchers are certainly relatable. So which describes you best?Continue reading
(CNN)First lady Melania Trump underwentkidney surgery Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington, DC, according to a statement from her office.
The unsolved disappearance of a woman in New Hampshire 35 years ago has led to a new criminal investigation, as officials announced Tuesday they received new information in her case and had been in touch with the woman’s daughter.
Denise Beaudin’s family last saw her on Thanksgiving 1981, when she was 23, with her boyfriend, Robert “Bob” Evans, and her infant daughter, the state attorney general’s office reported.
When relatives went to visit her Manchester home a few days later, the couple and baby were gone.
The family did not contact police at the time, said Jeffery Strelzin, senior assistant attorney general and chief of the homicide unit. The family believed the couple had left to avoid money troubles, according to investigators.
“It was a different time, you had no cellphones, no social media, so it was different,” Strelzin said.
Investigators have been in touch with Beaudin’s daughter, he added. “We know where she is, we’ve identified her, she’s alive and well,” Strelzin said of the daughter. “She doesn’t want her identity released at this time, but she’s OK.”
He also said the investigators found the daughter “years later.”
Evans, who was 37 at the time, is now 72, and authorities know where he is, Strelzin said. He declined to provide more information about Evans, or what led authorities to begin investigating.
Beaudin was between 5 feet four inches and 5 feet six inches tall with brown eyes, brown hair and an overbite, officials told the Boston Globe.
Her name has been added to the National Crime Information Center’s missing persons database, which includes records of people missing under circumstances indicating they may be in physical danger or their disappearance may not have been voluntary.
Strelzin said authorities would give more details in a few weeks, but they wanted to get the word out this week, when those who knew Beaudin might be back in the area for the holidays.
Police said they wanted to hear from anyone who knew Beaudin or Evans between 1976 and 1981, including her high school classmates or neighbors in the area around Hayward Street in Manchester.
Beaudin graduated from Goffstown High School in 1976 and later worked at General Cable and the Demers Nursing Home in Manchester.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Jerusalem (CNN)In pictures, Sara Netanyahu is always the Prime Minister of Israel’s loyal wife. Standing by his side, smiling at her husband, shaking hands with world leaders, she is an ever-present companion on Benjamin Netanyahu’s frequent trips abroad.
Black people in America are in a constant state of trauma. The realities of everyday racist microaggressions, to the neverending stream of police shootings of unarmed black folk, to the spiritual damage of slavery, Jim Crow, and beyond.
For many black Americans and other Americans of color, Donald Trump’s election on Tuesday feels like a stab in the gut, a reminder that despite the bubbles of progressiveness that we live in, a wide swath of the nation does not believe we matter.
In the face of this kind of despair, self-care is important, now more than ever. We need to find community and safe spaces to mourn and mobilize. We need to fiercely protect our mental health and take care of our bodies. We need to find the proper tools to heal.
Below are some tips, links, and resources for practicing self-care in the wake of Trump’s election:
This black-owned clothing company celebrates DIY culture and activism within the black community. They sell custom print-screened clothing with activist messages, including a “School of Thought” collection which features the names of overlooked black thinkers and leaders on traditional collegiate-style sweatshirts.You may be feeling helpless, but treating yourself with something affirming and also supporting other black people can help. Here are 45 more black-owned online businesses to check out.
Hate hasn’t won yet. There are still things we can do at the ground level to empower ourselves. These can be gestures as small as signing a petition, or donating and volunteering at organizations that make a positive impact on the black community, including Planned parenthood, the ACLU, the Audre Lorde Project, the The Black-Led Movement Fund and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Including this one:
This website specifically caters to black women, and acts as an online forum where they can build community and learn about how to practice daily self-care. The website periodically hosts workshops and meetups.
This Tumblr blog curated by writer Diamond Sharpe is filled with tons of resources for black mental health, including hotlines, meditation exercises, interesting articles, blogs and more.
The best way to channel your negative feelings surrounding Trump’s election might be to join with other like-minded people in peaceful protest. Several websites, including Complex, have compiled growing lists of places across the United States where you can protest in the coming days.
It’s only been a few days since Donald Trump was elected, and already news stories about people of color experiencing hate crimes and harassment from Trump supporters has emerged. Couple that with clueless Facebook acquaintances dismissing the very real and valid fears of many black people in the wake of this election, and you’ve got a toxic online landscape that it is totally OK to plug out of for the next couple days.
Obviously, this isn’t everything you can or should do to cope, but it’s a start. Be well.
A coroner has called for the creation of social media “contracts” for parents after it emerged a teacher’s murderer discussed killing her on Facebook.
An inquest heard Will Cornick, then 15, exchanged messages with a friend outlining his hatred for Ann Maguire.
He stabbed the 61-year-old to death during a lesson at Corpus Christi Catholic College, Leeds, in April 2014.
Coroner Kevin McLoughlin said parents should have the right to monitor social media activity.
He said he would write to Digital Minster Matthew Hancock to suggest a requirement for 13 to 18-year-olds to have a named parent on their application to open an account.
The inquest at Wakefield Coroner’s Court had heard Cornick sent a number of “sinister” and “grotesque” messages to his friend in which he talked about killing the Spanish teacher.
One read: “As long as she’s alive, I’ll be depressed, sad and angry … so there’s only one thing to do.”
Another said: “I’m not looking forward to tomorrow … we have Maguire and I want her to perish.”
The coroner’s remarks were made after a jury returned a conclusion of unlawful killing, stating that there were “missed opportunities to share and record problem behaviour” before Mrs Maguire’s death.
Cornick, who admitted her murder, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years in custody.
The jury added: “Overall communication leading up to the incident was inadequate.
“There were missed opportunities to share and record problem behaviour.
“The safeguarding policy was not followed as no ’cause for concern’ was recorded around the pupil’s use of alcohol.”
Mrs Maguire’s family had campaigned for a full inquest, believing more could have been done to prevent her death.
Over six days, the jury of six women and five men heard how Cornick stabbed Mrs Maguire seven times with a 34cm kitchen knife.
On the morning of the attack, the inquest was told, Cornick told a number of children what he planned to do and also how he wanted to kill two other teachers at the school.
Much of the hearing focused on why none of these children reported what they had heard before the killing.
But Mr McLoughlin said he had taken the decision not to call the teenagers to give evidence.
The inquest heard how the boy who received the Facebook messages was arrested and later released as part of the investigation into the murder as police accepted he did not take Cornick’s threats seriously.
Speaking after the inquest, Mrs Maguire’s husband Don thanked the inquest jury, saying they had gone further than the police and council in investigating his wife’s death.
The inquest was held after Mr Maguire pushed for a public examination of the evidence, saying he refused to accept that the attack “came out of the blue”.
Lawyers for the family challenged Mr McLoughlin’s decision not to call children as witnesses.
“During the inquest we have heard teachers, police officers and Ofsted inspectors all trying to speculate why no student reported the fact of a 34cm knife being brought into school accompanied by threats to kill a teacher,” Mr Maguire said.
“None of those adults have been able to explain why it was not reported.
“We don’t seek to blame anyone, simply to understand what went wrong on that day to prevent it happening again.”
During the inquest, Det Supt Nick Wallen said he instructed detectives not to ask pupils why they did not report Cornick’s behaviour because he did not want them to feel responsible for the tragedy.
Head teacher Steve Mort told jurors he never asked children the same question.
He said he was not aware of the extent of Cornick’s disclosures to schoolmates until pre-inquest hearings earlier this year.Continue reading
From dressing up as stormtroopers to hosting movie marathons, film fans celebrated Star Wars Day on Wednesday with all things dedicated to the blockbuster sci-fi franchise.
“Star Wars” enthusiasts marked the day celebrating the space saga by chanting or tweeting “May the Fourth Be With You”, a play on the films’ catchphrase “May the force be with you”.
In Taipei, fans dressed up as their favorite characters including Rey, the heroine from the latest “The Force Awakens” film, Chewbacca, stormtroopers as well as Jedi Knights, posing for pictures alongside an inflatable R2-D2 and Jabba the Hutt.
In Malaysia, a replica of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon ship was built with more than 200,000 Lego bricks in the run-up to the occasion.
Fans also took to social media to share pictures of “Star Wars” themed artwork, cupcakes as well as toast cut in the shape some of the movies’ characters.
Actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, also joined in on the celebrations by sharing behind the scenes pictures of her on set.
After the huge box office success of “The Force Awakens” which came out last year, fans are now awaiting the next installment, “Star Wars Episode VIII”, currently in production and due for release in December 2017.