Bully Movie – Cyberbullying – The Darker Side of Social Networking

This is another view on cyberbulling by a guest blogger to get another set of eyes and views on this critical issue.

The internet, and particularly the rise of social networking, has helped people all over the globe connect. This increased ease of communication, however, has its dark side, demonstrated by the dramatic rise in instances of cyberbullying or cyber-bulling.

What is CyberBullying?

An unknown word until recently, cyberbullying describes harassment via a digital medium, such as a social network, email, chat board or even text message. Victims and perpetrators of cyberbulling are usually children or teenagers – once adults are involved, it becomes cyber-harassment.

Cyberbullying covers a huge spectrum of behavior, from ‘minor’ instances, that might involve a a few teasing text messages, to full-blown campaigns of humiliation and torment that have led teens to attempt or commit suicide. Cyberbullies might carry out all the bullying themselves, or they might enlist the help of others, who – knowingly or not – help them with their campaign.

How CyberBullying Affects Children

Cyberbullying has all the effects that in-person emotional bullying has on children. Arguably, these effects can be worse with cyber-bullying, as children often hide it from parents, teachers and friends through fear of humiliation, and because they’ve been threatened by the bullies. Cyberbullying is rarely just one message, email or text. Instead, bullying campaigns can go on for months, even years.

As the bullying is digital, it might also be anonymous, which can make it very difficult to find and stop the bully. Perpetrators have also been known to pose as other children, leaving them difficult to identify.

Several prominent cyber-bullying cases have made national headlines in recent years. In March 2012, a Maryland teenager left messages on social networking site Reddit, threatening to commit suicide if her school didn’t do something to stop her cyber-bully. In the same month, a student was convicted of a cyberbullying campaign that led to his roommate’s suicide in 2010.

How to Respond to Cyber-Bullies

Every cyberbullying case is different and will need to be treated differently. Cyberbullying victims should always keep a copy of messages they received, as this could be used as proof later. However, they shouldn’t respond to the bully, no matter what they say or do, and should try and block the bully from contacting them. Telling the victim’s school and potentially even taking legal action could cause the bully to stop. During and after bullying cases, it’s important that victims receive appropriate counseling to help them deal with the situation.

Where to Find Help

As agencies, communities and companies start to realize just how pervasive and damaging cyber-bullying is, more groups are coming together to raise awareness and encourage young people to take action to stop cyber-bullying. MTV recently teamed up with the phenomenally popular Angry Birds app, offering users the chance to unlock a hidden level in “Angry Birds in Space” if they spread the word about MTV’s anti-bullying campaign.

A cyberbully can have many different motivations for their behavior, and both victims and perpetrators of the bullying need help and support. If you or someone you know is affected by cyberbullying, or if you would like to learn more, the following resources offer support and advice:

Stop Bullying is a national resource that provides advice and guidance to everyone who might be affected by cyberbullying, including schools and parents, and also run a 24-hour hot line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

–  Stomp Out Bullying is a resource specifically for teenagers, raising awareness and running campaigns to try and stop bullying.

–  For parents, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center gives advice and information on how to support bullied children.

“Bully” the movie tracks five students who faced daily bullying, and has sparked The Bully Project, which offers information to students, parents and teachers.

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Teacher Training Using iFlipTips – iPhone/iPad App

Teacher training is a popular degree right now. Although the economic climate means that graduates are finding it hard to get work in other areas and industries, teachers are always in demand. Whether you want to study for a qualification like TESOL or TEFL and teach abroad, or you want to teach in a school at home, teacher training requires that you learn a lot of information, fast. TEFL courses can last a matter of weeks before you’re expected to be able to hold a class on your own, while home-based teacher training rarely lasts longer than one or two years.

Because the course duration is so short, you need to ensure that you can get to grips with the material quickly. That’s exactly where iFlipTips can help: it’s a revolutionary study app from TECHtionary that will change the way you learn. Not only will you be able to retain information quicker, but you’ll also improve your memory recall and streamline your study process.

How iFlipTips Works

iFlipTips increases the efficiency of your learning in several different ways. Firstly, its flashcard-based structure enables you to break down information into bite-sized pieces so your studying becomes more manageable.

Each card can contain text, an image, an audio clip and a video clip. Using these formats, you can learn what you need to know quicker. The iFlipTips developers recognize that not everyone learns most efficiently through reading, and that different students have different learning types. Using text, images, video clips and audio, you can discover the learning type that works best for you, and speed up your study process.

iFlipTips Digital Flashcards

When you study with iFlipTips, you’ll have access to three different types of digital flashcards: iTipsIdeas cards, iFlipCards and iFlipSlides. Each of these types of cards helps you learn in a slightly different way.

iTipsIdeas Cards are great for exam preparation. You can use them to make notes after classes and lectures, and when you’re just starting out with your studying.

Once you’ve transferred your study notes onto iTipsIdeas cards, you can use iFlipCards to test what you know. These are similar to question and answer flashcards, where you write the question on one side of the card and then the correct answer on the other side of the card. When testing yourself, view the question side of the card, write down what you think to be the correct answer, then “flip” the card over to reveal the true answer. This is a helpful way to reveal gaps in your knowledge before the real exam so you have time to fill them.

iFlipTips Extras

iFlipTips comes with several useful extra features that help you with your studying. You can organize your notes into folders so they are easily retrievable and you can re-access them quicker.

The app also comes with a built-in calendar so you can plan your studying. Each calendar appointment has its own icon so you can see at a glance whether you’re supposed to be studying for your exams, attending a class or handing in a paper on any given day. It will also send push reminders to your iPhone so you don’t have to worry about forgetting an important event.

With a range of useful tools that will change the way you study for good, try iFlipTips today and see how the app will revolutionize your learning.

10 Twitter Pet Peeves – The Good, The Bad & Often Ugly

If you’ve been reading ChicsTech for a while, you remember the post we did on the Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Facebook. We talked about those Facebook users who post countless photos of their cat, gross details about what their eating or doing and posting 50 times a day in general. Unfortunately, some of these users are also getting Twitter accounts and their behavior on Twitter isn’t much better.

Granted, one of the greatest benefits to Twitter over Facebook is the 140 character limit but in addition to that, so many tweets are sent each day that tweets don’t stay in your “feed” for very long.

Even so, users are using and abusing the power of the tweet and we’ve compiled a list of our 10 biggest Twitter pet peeves. Do any of these apply to you? Step away from the computer, set down your phone and tweet with care and consideration.

  1. The excessive @ tweeter. This is the person who has an @ sign in every tweet. Frankly, they’re just hoping for a re-tweet from someone with more followers than them. Hate to tell them but tweeting @ celebrities all the time isn’t necessarily going to help you grow your following.
  2. The excessive retweeter. This is nearly the opposite of the first person as this person never creates original content. They just scour their feed and retweet anything they find interesting. What’s worse is that they never edit the tweet and add their own thoughts, they just retweet verbatim.
  3. The “read my blog” tweeter. We all want people to read our blogs. But tweeting only links to your posts isn’t a good policy.
  4. Too many abbreviations. Believe it or not, Oprah does this all the time. Her feed is full of u, r, 4, 2 and multiple other super strange abbreviations. Yeah, you only have 140 characters but plan your tweets accordingly.
  5. A moving avatar image. This is so weird. It’s way too small to actually tell what you’re doing so just use a .jpg and call it good.
  6. The complainer. When one tweet a day is a whine about something, you should probably not have a Twitter account. If you don’t have something interesting to tweet, don’t tweet anything at all.
  7. Pointless profanity. There is so much needless profanity on Twitter. Way more it seems than on Facebook. Keep it clean the majority of the time and respect other Twitter users.
  8.  No description of your account. At least say your first name in the short description of you on Twitter. While you don’t have to give away your street address, come on, tell people a little bit about what they can expect from your Twitter feed.
  9. The moocher. Some people tweet for the single purpose of trying to get companies to give them free things. This goes along a little bit with number 6, the complainer, but tweeting @ companies all the time hoping for something in return is obnoxious.
  10. The person who follows everyone. If you have 10 followers and are following 10,000, there might be a problem. Don’t follow everyone immediately after you join Twitter. Choose your follows carefully to keep some sort of balance between following and followers.

Some of you may have peeves on #hashtags, we don’t but open to your thoughts.  Just like with Facebook, be a respectful Twitter user. Of course, have fun with this social network but do unto others as you would want others to do unto you.  And since we’re talking Twitter, don’t forget to follow this blog @BeautyApps for more great information.

Gossip Ruining Your Business/Life – The Accelerated Velocity of Terminal Inexactitude

We all know that dull news travels like a snail mail and gossip faster than warp drive.  One of our favorite examples comes from the all-too-true movie Easy A starring Emma Stone.  Three times in the movie, the director shows us the speed of gossip which Emma calls The Accelerated Velocity of Terminal Inexactitude.   In this two part series we explore the “hit like a tornado” impact of bad gossip and next time we will explore how to create “buzz” to warp drive your message for maximum impact for the better.  Photo Courtesy Sony – click on image for movie.

Denise Lones, founder and owner of the successful real estate marketing group The Lones Group, was in the midst of building a successful business when she noticed a competitor was using a trademark that looked suspiciously similar to her zebra-themed trade dress. When she confronted the competing business about it, she found herself blindsided by the reaction. False accusations, a lawsuit and personal threats occurred in rapid fire succession, causing great personal stress and damage to her business’s reputation.

A successful business results from hard work and effective business-building techniques. One of the most important business-building techniques is a solid reputation. As you’ve worked on the growth of your business, no doubt, you’ve worked equally hard to establish a positive and solid reputation, too. A good reputation in the business community and with your customers requires effort, a focus on customer satisfaction and effective marketing campaigns.

When a disgruntled/dishonest former employee, an unhappy customer or a person who wants to sabotage your success starts spreading gossip and negativity about your business, it can quickly damage the reputation you’ve worked so hard to earn. According to Entrepreneur Magazine Online, technology can cause this type of damage to quickly increase as false information begins to dominate computer search engine results pertaining to your business. The sooner you put an end to gossip and begin working on repairing the damage caused by it, the more quickly you can regain your excellent reputation. Include these considerations in your plans as you clean up the damage and prevent it from progressing.

  • Actions Speak Louder Than Words. The Shady Maple Smorgasbord, a Mennonite-owned restaurant in Pennsylvania, was threatened by boycotts and loss of business when they were falsely accused of denying military members service in their restaurant. Even though Mennonites are known for their stance against military action, the Shady Maple was always happy to serve those fighting for our country. To counteract the damaging rumor, the owners offered a 25 percent Veteran’s Day discount to active military members as well as veterans. Their positive action worked. More than 17,000 customers dined at the restaurant over a two-day period, showing that actions have incredible power to dispel falsehoods.
  • Counteract With Positivity. Use your business’s blog, email newsletters and social media venues to spread positive reviews and feedback from customers, vendors and employees. The more you can do to build your positive image, the sooner gossip will fade to the background.  Next week we try to get our arms around that concept, though often good buzz gossip is just luck that someone notices all the good you do.
  • Consult Professional Damage Control. Companies such as Profile Defenders, Reputation.com and your business legal counsel and others that offer businesses the service of conducting damage control and helping to rebuild a positive reputation. By optimizing search engine keywords and terms, and producing effective business-building blog posts and social media content, companies of this nature can help your business regain previous status by generating content that sheds a more positive light on your business.

Recovering from the damage caused by gossip and false accusations can be difficult at best and traumatic at worst. Doing your best to repair your business reputation is not just a matter of necessity; it’s often a matter of principle, too. There’s no reason why someone else’s malicious behavior should ruin years of hard work.

In addition to being proactive, these steps can help you clean up the mess created by gossip and restore the reputation you worked so hard to build.

iFlipTips Study iPhone/iPad App – 44 Study Ideas & Studying Areas

There are blog posts for using iFlipTips in the following areas:
– Engineering
– Marketing
– Sales Training
– Math
– Nursing
– IT
– Business
– Concentration
– Study strategy
– Journal writing
– Campaigning
– Crowdsourcing
– Coaching
– Biology
– Physical Therapy
– Music
– Art
– Architecture
– Construction
– Marketing
– Gardening
– Car Repair
– Project Management
– Social Media
– Real Estate
– Personal organizer
– Cooking
– Shopping
– Personal Development
– Multitasking
– Study Skills
– Computer Game
– Nano Tech

NEW

– Veterinary

– Psychology

– Social Science

– Agriculture

– Theatre

– Journalism

– History

– Geography

– Art History

– Paralegal

– Teacher Training

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iPhone and iPad Maintenance Essentials

Apple products are famous for being low maintenance, however it’s important to remember that the iPhone and iPad are powerful devices, and even the former is more like a portable computer than a phone. Both devices run using operating system software and contain apps, which are software programs themselves. As with computers, it’s helpful to carry out maintenance on your iPhone and iPad occasionally to keep them working efficiently and help prolong their lifespan.

Protection

The first step in iPad and iPhone maintenance is to invest in a sturdy case. A case isn’t just to prevent scratches and screen cracks, but it can also limit the amount of dust and dirt that gets into your iPhone casing. A screen protector is also helpful as it keeps your device’s screen free of dust and oils. The touchscreen is one of the most crucial features of an iPhone and iPad, and damage can stop the this working, so you need to take adequate steps to ensure your screens are protected properly. I just got one from iFaceMall.com but not sure if you don’t actually go to China you can get it but its a seriously great case.  Our other fav is Case-Mate, however you can get good values at Target, Wal-Mart and other places.

Cleaning

Cleaning is an important part of iPhone and iPad maintenance, even when you have a case. To clean your device, turn it off and unplug it to prevent static electricity forming. Clean the device with soft, slightly damp microfiber cloth. If you decide to use screen cleaner, only use brands that are specifically designed for iPhone and iPad cleaning, and never use household or commercial-strength cleaning solutions.

Battery

As your iPhone and iPad age, the battery life will diminish, however you can take steps to prolong its lifespan. Take your iPhone or iPad case off to charge the device, as otherwise it might overheat, which could lower the battery’s capacity. Apple recommends running through at least one full charging cycle every month for each device to keep electrons moving, which means fully charging the device, then completely draining the battery. It’s also important to keep your iPhone and iPad out of the sun, as heat lowers the amount of charge the battery can hold.

Content

Free up extra memory on your iPhone and iPad by deleting apps you don’t use on a semi-regular basis. When performing iPhone and iPad maintenance, close programs in the multi-tasking tray. Back-up your content regularly to avoid losing data through a software crash, or when updating the iOS.

Upgrades

When you connect your iPhone or iPad to iTunes, you will receive a notification if a new software upgrade is available. Keeping software up-to-date can affect how your device functions, as upgrades can help fix bugs, can contain new software that helps your iPhone run more efficiently and can contain security patches that help make your iPhone data more secure.

Reboot

Rebooting your device can help cure any minor iPad or iPhone software issues. Just like turning off or restarting your computer can help reset software problems, the same happens with your Apple devices. When rebooting an iPhone or iPad, press the home and sleep/wake buttons at the same time until you see the Apple logo.

Other Tips

Other tips that will help maintain your devices and help prolong their lifespan include keeping them away from magnets, as these can affect their functioning. If you use your iPhone to listen to music during a workout, you should also be conscious about whether you are shaking the device, as this could cause it to malfunction. Avoid using your iPhone or iPad in the rain and snow, and keep them well protected in these conditions as water inside the casing will cause damage.

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Social Media Addicted? – The Text You Take is the Life You Make

Social networks were once an extension of our everyday lives, something we used when we were bored and had some free time in our hands. Over time, socializing over the internet has taken over our lives, to the point where many people are now suffering from social network addiction and shunning real life relationships in favor of virtual ones.

A number of studies are now showing that our love for virtual socializing has become an addiction for many. Gadget-advice site Retrevo conducted a study in 2010 and found that 42 percent of people open their Facebook or check their Twitter account as soon as they wake up – sometimes before they even get out of bed. Probably more telling is the fact that 24 percent of people text message while in the bathroom and 32 percent would interrupt their restaurant meal just to answer a message. Begin by look at your own uses and think about how annoying it can be to others when you interrupt a conversation for a text message.  One of the best movie lines is from “The Devil Wears Prada” where her boyfriend says to Emily, “the person who’s call you take is the relationship you are in” when Emily takes a call from Miranda while in a conversation with him.  Also, if you’re text message is more important than the person you are with then they run your life because you don’t.

That need for virtual interaction has moved beyond social networking places. Social shopping is a new form of e-commerce that allows you to interact with virtual friends during the actual shopping experience.
Social shopping marketplaces such as Groupon act like a bazar of sorts, where you can get in touch with others who are buying or selling their wares, while shopping communities such as Kaboodle allow you to discuss products with fellow shoppers or ask for advice on an item you’re considering.

Social shopping apps such as Pose and Fashism are blurring the lines between social shopping and social networks. Pose allows you to take photos of your shopping experience (or the items you take home) and immediately upload them online, so you can get feedback from the virtual community.  Fashism is a similar app, although Pose has a “friends-only” setting option, while Fashism allows everybody in the network to see your posts. Part of the attraction of these sites relies on the fact that they allow you to “take a friend along” when you go shopping, even if it’s not a real one.

Experts believe people with low self-esteem problems or suffering from depression are more likely to become virtual addicts. Virtual lives don’t present the same level of challenge and risk than real-world connections, which is why many people decide to rely on them to find friendship and “conversation.”

Could you be a social media addict? Experts recommend looking out for these clues:

  • You spend more time online than interacting with real people
  • You cancel plans with your real-life friends in order to follow a Twitter chat or series of updates
  • You feel panicky if you’re on vacation somewhere and you can’t access your Facebook account regularly
  • How important is it to check for updates? In the Retrevo study, 19 percent of people admitted to checking their Twitter account in the middle of the night if they happened to wake up to use the bathroom, and 40 percent admitted to doing it while driving. If this sounds like something you would do, you might have an addiction problem.

As long as you use it in moderation and not as a replacement for real-life interaction and relationships, social media can improve and enrich your life. It’s only when it becomes an excuse to hide from the world that you should start to worry.

 

 

Paralegal Degree Study Using iFlipTips – iPad/iPhone App

In the midst of an unsteady job market and uncertain prospects for new graduates, a paralegal degree is one of the most valuable degrees you can study right now. The legal profession is growing and new minds are always needed in all areas of the industry. Whether you imagine yourself to be an attorney or work in the legal department of a private company, lots of career choices await graduates with a paralegal degree.

Because it’s one of the more attractive degrees you can study, the paralegal field is competitive. Therefore, you need to ensure you stay ahead of the game and can match or exceed your class peers when it comes to papers and exams. iFlipTips is a new app from TECHtionary that will help you achieve your potential. Using digital flash-cards, the app enables you to break down information into memorable, bite-sized pieces. Using the app will help improve your memory retention, speed up your learning and help you attain the grades you deserve.

About iFlipTips

iFlipTips is a superb app that contains three different methods for helping you study: iTipsIdeas, iFlipSlides and iFlipCards. Each of the three different types of cards can contain text, an image, an audio clip and a video clip.

iTipsIdeas cards are perfect for taking notes during classes, recording lectures and making initial study notes. Once you’re ready to test what you know, iFlipSlides helps you figure out which topics you remember, and where you still have gaps in your knowledge. These are question and answer flip cards, and you can create your own mock exam questions to test yourself, then ‘flip’ the card over to check you have the correct answer. Finally, iFlipSlides helps you create class presentations quickly and easily.

How iFlipTips can help you study

iFlipTips is designed to help you study smarter and therefore more efficiently. As well as encouraging you to break down complex topics into digestible information, the different formats each card can contain enable you to retain information in less time. Not everyone learns best through reading, so you can also use images, video clips and audio clips to help memorize facts and figures.

The app has a helpful calendar feature that helps you plan your studying. Using the calendar, you can map out exactly what you need to study by which date. Attach icons to each appointment so you know at a glance what you’re supposed to be doing. iFlipTips can send push notifications, so you can create a study plan in advance, and then your phone will remind you on the day which topics you’re supposed to be studying.

iFlipTips also comes with a useful folders system, which helps you organize your notes in a way that suits you. You can arrange your notes by date, topic, or according to which exam they’re likely to appear in, so that you can find them quickly and easily when you need to study.

For a stellar study app that will help you play a competitive field at the top of your game, iFlipTips is the study aid you need.

 

College Tutoring & Business Coaching Idea Tracking Using iFlipTips – Q&A Tool, Organizer & Session Notetaker-Recorder

iFlipTips is a new study and training app for iPhone and iPad from TECHtionary. Useful for students, facilitators, and trainers, this app is invaluable for professionals in a coaching role. Not only can iFlipTips help you facilitate coaching sessions, but it can also help you record and organize client records, and send them notes of what you discussed afterwards.

Whether you’re engaged in business or life coaching, iFlipTips can help you prepare and record successful sessions. As a note-taking app, it allows you to create flashcards containing bite-sized pieces of information using different mediums.

The app is divided into two sections: iTips-Ideas Cards, which help you create training notes, and iFlipCards, which use a question and answer format. Each iTips-Ideas card or iFlipCard contains a box for text, an image, an audio recording and a video clip. Using different mediums, you can create notes for clients using a format that suits their learning style, and that they feel most comfortable with.

Some clients might prefer brief text notes covering only the most important points of the session, while others might prefer receiving audio or video recordings of key moments, or even the whole meeting. By sending them notes in different formats, you could help speed up their learning process, and increase the rate at which they retain information you discuss during their sessions.

iFlipTips’ folders system helps you organize your notes in a way that enables you to store and retrieve them efficiently. The folders are fully customizable, so you can create a filing system that suits your way of working. Potential methods of organizing your notes include using main folders as a calendar system, creating a separate folder for each week or month, then sub-folders for individual clients you will see within that time period. Ordering the folders in this way helps you organize session material in advance, and plan when you need to conduct mid-contract evaluations and reviews.

Alternatively, you can use the folders to organize notes and prompts structured around your methodology or framework. For example, if you use the GROW method, you could create a main folder for each separate session, with separate sub-folders containing prompts for each step of the framework detailed on individual iTips-Ideas cards. This can help remind you of useful questions at key moments in the session, and to stick to a boundaried framework. You could also consider organizing prompt cards by issue, creating separate folders for motivation, procrastination, indecisiveness, and so on, so you can reference relevant questions depending on what struggles your client raises during a session.

While iTips-Ideas cards can be helpful for making general notes about sessions, you can use iFlipCards to create questions and answers around key issues for your client. For example, you can prepare sets of questions before a session, then record the client’s responses during your meeting using brief text notes, or through the audio or video functions. This can be helpful discussion material during the session, and you can also share the notes and clips with the client via email afterwards, giving them material they can use for reflection in between sessions.