What is Bitcoin?

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What is Bitcoin?

I’ve been researching about this not-so-new financial investment scheme that is going viral on the internet. It is called Bitcoin. I still don’t know much about it except it’s a cryptocurrency and, for now, only a few establishments accept it as a mode of payment.

My curiosity has been peaked because I see a couple of friends of mine in Facebook posting about it. They invested their hard-earned money in a Bitcoin club network and have been boasting about their investment growing every single day. They actually call it mining.

I also would love for my money to earn that much, to increase in value by leaps and bounds. But my concern is this: who regulates it? When you invest in stocks, there are actual, real, physical companies who own those. When you invest in bank notes, short/long-term money market instruments, there are banks who regulate it. But with Bitcoin, being that it is a digital currency, who regulates it? Who can you run to when you find yourself without your money all of a sudden? Who will you run after when the Bitcoin clubs crash and you lose all the Bitcoin money you have?

Of course, it could be that we are all just ignorant of it now and, in time, it will become widely-accepted that we would regret not investing on/buying it right away.

Do you know Bitcoin? What do you think about it?

Internet: Making Kids Lazy and Idle?

kid net surfingIn this modern age, the use of computers and internet is no longer new to our vocabularies. Almost each one of us knows how to operate and regulate the basic commands of this specific device. Most of us are very adept in utilizing our computers for the sole purpose of surfing the virtual world through various online sites. We are connected to each part of the globe through the World Wide Web.

Due to the many scientific and technological breakthroughs experienced by our world today, most of the people are now relying in computers to accomplish any school task. Even the small kids and children are now engaging into this form of recreation. Because of this, they spend less time going through libraries to look for some necessary information needed for their class. They have left the conventional method of research which is to utilize the materials found in book shelves and library corners. They would no longer be exerting all of their efforts to search for the best and excellent materials that can accurately suffice their need for information. This does not mean that the things posted in the internet are not factual or true. However, there are many authors and people sharing information in the virtual space and some of these may contain errors or mistakes. This may possibly confuse the child because of the discrepancies he/she may learn.

According to studies, the use of computers in researching or studying can make a child lazy. An instructor from the University of West England said that it teaches the child to rely more on these devices rather than reading their text books and notes. It fosters a sense of laziness and indolence among them because they can easily look for the answers in many search engines and online sites. Thus, parents must always supervise their children in studying and using the computers.

What do you think about this? Do you agree that the internet is making kids lazy? And idle? Let me know your thoughts on this.

Normal Separation Anxiety: Steps to Make it Easier.

The normal symptoms of kids suffering from Separation Anxiety are crying, throwing tantrums, and clinging. The natural course of action to be taken by parents is to ease the child’s worry, be patient, set limits gently but firmly. In time, the child’s anxiety will naturally fade. The worries and the accompanying bouts of crying will be gone. However, if no matter how patient a parent is the child still experiences separation anxiety, it may be a cause for worry already as it may now be a bigger problem: Separation Anxiety Disorder.

For a normal separation anxiety in kids, these steps will help ease a child’s mind:

Practice separation. You can leave your child with an adult you can trust for brief periods and short distances at first.

Develop a “goodbye” ritual. It can be as simple as a wave of your hand or a goodbye kiss.

Keep familiar surroundings when possible and make new surroundings familiar.

Leave without fanfare. I read somewhere about this from a single parent. She wouldn’t let her kids throw tantrums or cry when she’s leaving the house. She will firmly tell them that she will be back soon and that they should behave and respect their nanny. She will then go out of the house and leave just like that. She wouldn’t let any of her kids stall her unless it is very important. I think that’s what this step is all about.

Minimize scary television. I remember hating those scary threats of some of my elders when I was a kid. Like a ghost will take me if I misbehave or that a bad man will come get me if I don’t follow orders, something like that. It doesn’t help to scare a kid! Keep that in mind.

Try not to give in. It’s so easy to feel pity for your child, and just give in to what he/she wants. But you know what? It can cause more harm than good. It will not break the cycle of separation anxiety. It can actually make it more of a problem because the child slowly learns how to use emotional blackmail to his/her advantage.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

separation anxietyWhat is Separation Anxiety Disorder? In simple terms, it is the feeling of anxiety felt by a young child when a parent (or both) says goodbye. The child will naturally assume she will be left behind and she doesn’t know if her parent(s) will come back for her. It is natural for a young child to feel this way. It can easily be solved by making her understand that you are coming back and that goodbye is only temporary. As the child grows older, the anxiety will naturally go away.

But when it does intensify, it becomes a disorder that needs to be addressed by a professional. Treatment is necessary so that the anxiety, the fear, felt by the child will be eased.

I am reminded of my younger sisters who underwent separation anxiety when they were new in school. I had to take care of them so that they wouldn’t feel like they were abandoned. I remember them crying so much I couldn’t leave them even when the school bell already rang. I had to take them with me to my classroom at times just to make them stop crying.

I didn’t know it was separation anxiety back then. It was only now that I am tackling these topics related to schooling that I am enlightened as to what my siblings and I underwent in school.

Bullying in Schools: It Happens!

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However we try to deny it, Bullying happens in schools everywhere in the world! Be it in public or private schools, bullying is rampant and can’t be stopped. Steps are taken to ensure that kids are protected from bullies, but, believe it or not, even authorities in school who should be the first ones to protect the students can be bullies, too!

Do you know the very thing that we can do to stop bullying, once and for all? Make sure your child knows how to protect himself/herself! Tell your child also to not be afraid to tell you what’s happening to him or her in school. Be more active in your child’s school life. Get to know her friends and classmates! Know her school teachers. Make sure you are always there when your child needs you.