How to turn your hobby into a career

Did you choose to pursue your career because it was something that sounded glamorous, or perhaps suited your degree, or had the promise of a healthy pay cheque every month? Perhaps, but have you ever thought about turning your interests into a business or a career? Following something you are passionate about is likely to bring you more job satisfaction and keep you motivated on a day-to-day basis, according to a 2016 study by the National University of Singapore, there are professional CV writing services that can help you get the perfect CV for your jobsearch and start working in what you truly love.

Two companies that have a lot of people who changed their careers to pursue their passions are audio platform and podcasting app Acast and online learning community Skillshare, who’s combined best advice this is:

Look for that ‘driving force’
When it comes to hobbies, it could be something that you simply enjoy doing once in a while, or it could be something that drives you to accomplish new things, discover more about yourself and speak to others who are passionate about the same things as you. Harriet, Emma and Natalie, hosts of Badass Women’s Hour podcast ( comment: ‘we decided to start our own podcast after running a Badass Women’s Hour event and we thought that if we recorded it and put it into a podcast, we could take the conversation to a bigger audience. It has never been easier to turn a side hustle into something which could start to pay your bills. And what you learn along the way are skills you can apply to any career move you might want to make during your lifetime. The hardest thing is often building the confidence to get started!’

Perfect, perfect, perfect
Sharpen your professional skills – whether your passion lies in business, tech, design, or photography these industries have one thing in common — they are ever-evolving. And it’s harder than ever to stay on top of industry trends, but if you’re looking turn your hobby into a career, staying up to date is crucial for your business. Skillshare, an online learning community with 17,000+ classes, has millions of members, many of whom are freelancers or creative professionals with side hustles. With their Skillshare membership they have access to a complete library of over 17,000 classes allowing them to continually improve their skills as the demand of their jobs change or new technology arises. The subscription also allows you to acquire skills across a variety of disciplines, which is especially important for entrepreneurs. “I’ve spent the last year building my own start-up,” says Skillshare student Tom, “and I used Skillshare to augment nearly every step of that process. We are officially launching in one week, and I couldn’t have done it without you.”

Find a platform
Once you have established that you want to make your hobby into a successful career, you should find a platform to help you promote yourself and your passion, advises Sophie Herdman, Content Manager UK at Acast. It could be as simple as making a website for your business, or it could be signing up to a podcasting platform to get your voice heard, or an online community to teach your skills to others. Whatever the best option is for you, make sure to research the platform thoroughly – you want to be in control of your creative output, but also for the platform to protect your interests and provide you with guidance whenever you need it. For example, at Acast, we could help podcasters to launch their podcast and earn money.

Join a community
Starting your own business or going it alone as a freelancer can be isolating!  Having a community of likeminded professionals to help answer your questions, share advice, and fine-tune your skills can be instrumental to your success. Unlike other online learning platforms, Skillshare is designed to foster collaboration between students and teachers. Who knows? You just might find your next mentor!

Spread the word
Once you have chosen the right platform for you, use your existing network to spread the word about your new venture – tell friends and family, previous business associates and all those you met while perfecting your craft and skill. Social media is also a great way to reach and widen your target audience – participate in discussions surrounding your new career, make new connections and respond to your followers. All of this will help solidify your reputation and bring in a steady stream of listeners, followers and perspective clients.

Caitlin Thompson, US Director of Content at Podcasting platform, Acast

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The best and worst states for language learning – and how you can learn wherever you are

A report published in June by the American Councils for International Education revealed the percentage of K-12 students enrolled in a foreign language learning classes in the United States. And the results vary widely from state to state, ranging from over half to less than 10% of the student population learning a language:

States With Highest Language Enrolment

5. Vermont
Foreign language enrolment: 35.03%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Latin

4. Maryland
Foreign language enrolment: 35.23%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

3. Wisconsin
Foreign language enrolment: 36.29%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, German

2. Washington, D.C.
Foreign language enrolment: 47.17%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese (but Russian was a close 4th)

1. New Jersey
Foreign language enrolment: 51.18%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

States With Lowest Language Enrollment

46. Oregon
Foreign language enrolment: 10.83%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

47. Montana
Foreign language enrolment: 10.11%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

48. Arkansas
Foreign language enrolment: 9.09%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, German

49. Arizona
Foreign language enrolment: 9.08%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

50. New Mexico
Foreign language enrolment: 8.50%
Top 3 languages: Spanish, French, Chinese

No matter where you live, language learning is a hugely valuable skill. So if you’re in a state where the provision isn’t so great – or even if it’s fabulous, the tips from the linguists at language learning app Babbel can help you get speaking a new language in weeks:

1. Make Learning A Daily Routine
Did you know you can form a new habit in as few as 21 days? Developing a daily routine of practicing your language helps you to more effectively build and retain that knowledge for the long term. And if you think you don’t have the time to pick up a new habit, think again. Having a language-learning app (like Babbel!) you can use for just 10-15 minutes each day means you can build your new habit into your current routine — learn on your commute, on your lunch break at work, or in any of these 50 situations, in which you’re likely wasting time.

2. Absorb The Culture
One of the most exciting parts about learning a new language is opening the door to a new universe of literature, film, and food. In addition to helping you practice your language skills and broaden your vocabulary, foreign books and films give you a deeper understanding of another culture. You can experience so much without buying a plane ticket — all you need is an internet connection to stream foreign language films, listen to music, or discover new book recommendations.

3. Infuse Language Learning Into Daily Life
Whatever it is that you like to do with your spare time, try incorporating your newfound language skills. If you enjoy cooking, learn all the ingredient names and cooking terms in your new language. When you’re out shopping or at a restaurant, narrate the transactions and conversations you’d need to know in your new language. The more you can contextualize the language in things you enjoy and already do — instead of memorizing useless expressions (like asking where the disco is) — the more likely you’ll retain it.

4. Personalize Your Learning
Why would you spend time reciting conjugations of a verb you already know? Or learning expressions you’ll never use? Personalizing your learning experience ensures you are learning effectively. Using an app like Babbel also means you can learn at your own pace — you can take as much or as little time as you need to master a concept before moving on to the next one.

5. Visualize Your Success
Success doesn’t happen by accident. Visualizing the reasons why you are learning a language in the first place will keep you motivated to learn. Maybe you’ll be using your newly acquired language skills on an upcoming trip, connecting with extended family from another country, or simply keeping your mind sharp — imagining the kind of person you’ll become and the experiences you’ll have with a new language can be a powerful tool to keep you motivated when the initial novelty of learning wears off.

6. Just Do It!
Sometimes, self-doubt or nerves can take over when you think about trying something new. If you promise yourself to spend just 5 minutes practicing each day, chances are high you’ll get through your entire 10-15 minute language lesson without even realizing it.

The Babbel app for web, iOS and Android makes it easy to learn 14 different languages from 7 display languages. Bite-sized lessons fit into everyday life and are split into useful real-world topics, from introducing oneself, to ordering food and making travel arrangements. The app’s effective game mechanics ensure that learners stay motivated to achieve their goals, with the average user continuing to learn with Babbel for more than 12 months. Uniquely, every course is created specifically for each language pair by a team of education experts, linguists and language teachers.

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Rethink your professional development with the 80/20 principle

A very significant part of Educational Technology Leadership is devoted to professional development, new systems implementation, and the long term planning of support.
Every year as the semester starts-up, administrators around the world are planning for professional development (PD). There is pressure during those initial weeks to try and rapidly develop the faculty within new areas, to help everyone review all current requirements, and to re-train in areas of concern. Many of these areas rely highly, or solely, upon technology; technology is often the center of the professional development process.
Year after year, group after group, and plan after plan, results tend to be the same. There is never enough time to meet everyone’s agenda, teachers feel rushed, and confidence among many is low but silenced. So why do organizations follow this same pattern?
After many years of asking this question, and proposing options, the answers seem to come down to:

  • This is the only fair way to expose EVERYONE to EVERYTHING.
  • The goal is not mastery; the goal is introduction; mastery comes later.
  • Large groups working together help to create future support groups; the process is team building.
  • Support and resources for PD are easier to manager in mass; the first week or two of the new year shift support to critical needs.

Everyone is 100% and 100% is Wrong
The Pareto principle (80/20) is taught in economics, business, marketing, etc., because when tested, it tests true.

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. 

For example:

  • 20% of the customers create 80% of the revenue
  • 20% of the software bugs cause 80% of the crashes
  • 20% of the features cause 80% of the usage
  • 20% of users create 80% of the technology support tickets.

80/20 is often seen as a negative metric, when in fact, is a great opportunity to improve PD outcomes.
Following the 80/20 rule, any given PD item needs to be mastered by only 20% of the organization in order for the entire organization to benefit.
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Podcasts, shows and films – Putting new locations on the map

As frequent travellers, many of us will know where to look for inspiration for our next holiday – it might be the pages of Instagram influencers, travel brochures or a wanderlust article we see online. However, how do you find out about a new destination before it becomes a tourist trap? Simply look towards your entertainment – podcasts, TV shows and even films are putting new locations on the map, making them all the more enticing with a fascinating narrative you can’t stop listening to or watching…

Audio platform and podcasting app Acast looked into this phenomenon to find the new ‘it’ locations that have appeared on the world map and are likely to become exciting spots for travel lovers.

S-Town: Woodstock, Alabama (US)
Most of us would have listened to, or at least heard of, this podcast and the amazing story that it unearths. From the creators of Serial, S-Town follows the story of John B. McLemore – controversial, obsessed with the environment, tortured and brilliant. The podcast, which achieved a massive 16 million downloads in its first week has definitely put the town of Woodstock, Alabama on the map. The popularity of Woodstock has been such, that its locals have spoken about it to national media, pilgrims have travelled the town in search of John B. McLemore’s infamous house. Interestingly, the maze discussed in so much detail on the podcast is marked as a Museum on Google Maps. If you are a fan, the town is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are travelling through the beautiful landscapes of the Southern States. Who knows, you might be the lucky visitor who discovers John’s secret stash of gold…

Spår: Kalamark (Sweden)
Many Swedes might not know this place, meaning that if you aren’t from Sweden yourself, it is unlikely that you have ever heard of Kalamark before. If you Google the name, you won’t be able to find much information beyond Kalamark’s location on Google Maps – no Wikipedia page, no tourist board. However, what you will find is extensive, worldwide coverage of an unprecedented case – a man convicted for murder, being set free, in part, because of a podcast. The Spår show might be impossible for English listeners to understand (being in Swedish), but the podcast’s investigation resulted in new evidence, a retrial and an innocent man being set free. If you want to see Sweden and its raw nature, Kalamark might be the location for you – winters are magically snowy, incredibly cold and dark (the sun barely rises). The summers are warmer and the days are endless, as the sun barely sets.

Unexplained: Island of Iona (Scotland)
The unknown, mysterious and sometimes dangerous holds a certain dark charm over a lot of us, especially those who listen to podcasts like Unexplained, which looks at the mysteries and events that human logic can’t explain. One of the episodes focuses on the remote Scottish Island of Iona. Known among the fans of the occult, the Island of Iona is believed to be a ‘thin place’, where the boundaries between the human and other worlds almost disappear. This episode of the podcast talks about the mysterious death of Norah Emily Fornario and her search for the spirits rumoured to abide in this remote area of Scotland. The popular podcast put this place on the map for those who may be curious about the unknown, or those who simply love beautiful scenery.

My Dad Wrote A Porno (MDWAP): Epsom, Yorkshire, The Petra… (UK)
This infamous podcast has taken the world by storm across both sides of the Atlantic. The hosts, Jamie, James and Alice spend each week reading a chapter of Belinda Blinked, an erotic novel written by Jamie’s father. While the humour of the podcast and its roaring success cannot be denied, neither can the fact that Belinda Blinked has put some interesting locations on the map, for US and UK listeners alike. While in the UK, we will be familiar with landmarks like the Grosvenor Hotel in London, the Petra, where some of the book’s characters go for a ‘business lunch’ is a novelty for most fans of the show.

To US listeners, locations like Epsom (known for its horse racing in the UK) might be new revelations. From a travelling point of view, MDWAP jumps across different locations, from Amsterdam, Belgium and Texas to Yorkshire, providing plenty of amusing travel inspiration.

Unexplained: Dyatlov Pass, (Russia)
As mentioned above, Unexplained is a podcast that jumps from location to location, and one of the more unusual ones was the episode focusing on the Dyatlov Pass in Russia. This episode of the podcast focuses on the well-documented mystery of hikers in the Ural mountains, who all died under incredibly suspicious circumstances. The destination was first put on the map through extensive coverage of the story in the early sixties and conspiracy theories surrounding the incident in later years. However, the podcast renewed interest in the location, known for harsh weather conditions and beautiful scenery, prompting more hikers to visit the Death Mountain.

Twin Peaks and the Twilight saga: Washington State (US)
Moving away from podcasts and into other mediums, Washington state in the US has seen an increase in tourist numbers and even resulted in guided tours, due to series, books, films and even slightly morbidly, serial killers. The State was first made famous by the serial killer Ted Bundy and continued on a noir trajectory ever since. In the 90’s, the state came to prominent attention through the phenomenon that was David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Despite the fact that the town is fictional, tourists floked to Snoqualmie, a town near Seattle, where the show was filmed. A 2017 revival of the series is guaranteed to once again increase tourism and place Washington on the map for new fans.

Moving from series to films and books, the Twilight saga created an unprecedented interest in the quiet town of Forks, also located in the state of Washington. The town previously relied on timber to support its economy, however, since the books rose to popularity, it has also seen a steady trickle of tourists who want to visit the town where Bella Swan and Edward Cullen first fell in love.

Vikings, Downsizing and Star Wars: Preikestolen / Fossmork (Norway)
A stunning location in Norway, Preikestolen is famous amongst hikers, who trek up the cliff for amazing views over Lysefjord. However, the area has become famous worldwide through cinema, but also due to a very curious mistake by Google. First to film – Matt Damon filmed the Downsizing at the cliff, while the Vikings series show the finale of the second series in the same location. Now, the cliff is being eyed by location scouters from Hollywood, most recently for the next Star Wars film.

What is more curious is how Preikestolen and a nearby village of Lysefjorden burst onto the worldwide map. As mentioned above, the cliffside is notorious among hikers and nature lovers, many of whom used Google Maps to find the hiking trail. However, due to a Google map mishap in May 2017, Google map directed potential tourists to the small village of Fossmork, which is located across the fjord. This resulted in a huge number of confused tourists and greatly amused locals, who kindly informed the disgruntled hikers that the Preikestolen was around 40 minutes drive from Fossmork.

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Seven UNESCO sites you need to visit before they become tourist traps

Following the July 2017 addition of the Lake District in the UK, the city of Ahmedabad in India, the sacred island of Okinoshima in Japan and others to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it is inevitable that tourists will flock to the new destinations. Interestingly, a survey by travel search platform HolidayPirates , found that 59% of their users were more likely to travel to a destination if it was a UNESCO Heritage Sites.

Niamh Walsh, Senior Editor at HolidayPirates shares the ‘lesser known’ UNESCO sites to travel to in 2017, before they become tourist traps.

Mistaken Point, Canada
Not only is Mistaken Point breathtakingly beautiful, but the cliffs were also formed during the Ediacaran Period (580 million years ago) making the location the richest source of large fossils. While the fossils tell us a lot about how the world developed into what we know it as today, the story behind the naming of Mistaken Point is equally as interesting. Sailors named the cliffs after many confused them for Cape Race in the foggy weather, leading to fatalities as the ships turned North and ran into treacherous rocks.

Wadi Al-Hitan, Egypt
Egypt is notorious for the impressive and mysterious pyramids of Giza, but if you would rather travel off the beaten track, then make sure to go to Wadi Al-Hitan, which is also known as Whale Alley. The fossils found in this area are over 50 million years old and show the earliest whales – land animals that moved to the sea.

Rhaetian Railway, Italy and Switzerland
A lesser known, but absolutely magnificent and picturesque railway, located in the heart of the Alps. The Rhaetian Railway starts in Tirano, Italy, and finishes in Chur, Switzerland, taking passengers through the spectacular Alpine scenery and some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. However, it isn’t just the views of the mountains that are worth admiring, as the railway is also a wonderful example of engineering, spanning 42 tunnels and 144 viaducts and bridges, a feat, considering the mountainous terrain.

Crespi d’Adda, Italy
An alternative to popular Italian destinations like Rome and Venice, Crespi d’Adda is a must if you enjoy 20th century history and beautifully preserved Italian towns. Crespi d’Adda started as a small community which thrived around a textile company, which wasn’t uncommon for Italy in the late 19th and early 20th century as industries developed. However, what makes this little town unusual is the fact that it was created to provide the workers with all the essentials they might need to make their life better. While the company no longer exists, the town is just as it was a century ago.

Trogir, Croatia
Instead of heading to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, or Dubrovnik, recently made famous by the Game of Thrones franchise, why not take a trip to Trogir. Founded in the 3rd century BC, this town is incredibly old and has a wonderful mix of architecture – from Roman fortresses and churches, to examples of Renaissance and Baroque buildings, which were built during the Venetian period.

Sarlat, France
You may already be familiar with this medieval city without even knowing it, as it is a popular film set location for French, as well as British and American films. Walking across the streets of Sarlat, you will be transformed to 14th century France. We recommend visiting in March, as that is when the annual goose festival takes place, with live geese running around the streets and chefs preparing a glorious outdoor feast.

Willandra Lakes, Australia
Despite the name, this region of Australia doesn’t actually have any lakes, instead the fossil remains and sand foundations are examples of some of the earliest examples of human habitation of the Australian continent. In addition to the archaeological remains of stone tools and early abodes, Lake Mugo in the Willandra region also has, what is believed to be the world’s oldest ritual cremation site.



HolidayPirates is one of Europe’s fastest growing, free-to-use, travel search platforms and apps, providing users with the best value for money international travel deals. Since its inception in 2012, the company has grown the biggest online travel community in the world, achieved 20 million monthly page visits, 5 million app downloads, having launched services across 10 countries and 7 different languages.

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Parents who constantly check their gadgets are more likely to see bad behavior in their kids

Parents who are constantly checking their phones for texts, emails and cat videos may be more likely to have kids who have behavior issues than people who are able to step away from their screens, a small U.S. study suggests.

Researchers examined survey data from parents in 170 families with young children and found mothers and fathers who were more likely to report being distracted by technology during playtime were also more likely to see behavior problems in their kids. You should really get out of the house more, get some activities to do with your kids. for example, these kids electric dirt bikes reviewed by so many people are the funnest and safest for anybody.

“Prior studies have shown us that some parents can be quite absorbed by their devices and that when they are absorbed it seems like it is difficult for children to get their attention,” said lead study author Brandon McDaniel of Illinois State University in Normal.

“No prior studies however had linked parent technology use, especially use that interrupts or interferes with parent-child interactions, with child behavior problems specifically,” McDaniel added by email. “What is especially new here is that even minor, everyday intrusions of technology that are likely happening to all of us that have and use smartphones can begin to influence our children’s behavior.”

For the study, researchers analyzed data from surveys completed separately by 168 mothers and 165 fathers from two-parent households.

Among other things, the surveys asked about how often smartphones, tablets, laptops and other technology disrupted family time with interruptions like checking phone messages during meals or answering texts in the middle of conversations. Parents were also asked to rate how problematic their personal device use was based on how often they worried about calls or texts and whether they thought they used mobile devices too much, and they need to always have a good device to play with, for examples families with iPhones and iPads, will always have a service as iFixiBuy to fix their devices in case they break.

While both mothers and fathers thought technology use distracted from interactions with their children at least once a day, the women perceived their phone use as a bigger parenting problem than the men.

About 48 percent of parents reported technology interruptions at least three times a day, while 24 percent said this happened twice a day and 17 percent said it occurred once daily. Only 11 percent said technology never interrupted family time, the study team reports in Child Development.

Researchers also asked parents to rate the frequency of child behavior issues within the past two months by answering questions about how often their children whined, sulked, easily got frustrated, had tantrums or showed signs of hyperactivity or restlessness.

After adjusting for other factors that can influence kids’ behavior such as parent income and education level and other family dynamics, researchers found an association between parents’ belief that their technology use was disruptive and parents reporting that kids had behavior issues like tantrums, whining or hyperactivity.

The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove how or if parents’ technology use changes the way kids behave. Other limitations include the lack of clinical data or reports from teachers or other adults to verify that kids had behavior problems.

See also: Virtual reality gaming a hit for ‘problem’ children

It’s also possible that parents who turn to technology more often during family time are doing this to take a break from kids with behavior issues, said Dr. Sam Wass, a developmental psychologist at the University of East London in the UK who wasn’t involved in the study.

“It could be that children who are naturally more restless or hyperactive are more likely to have parents who ‘need a break’ from their children from time to time – and it is this that causes the association,” Wass said by email. “This link is very far from proven.”

Still, parents worried about how technology disrupts their family time can try to carve out periods of each day when the devices go away and they focus only on their kids, said Larry Rosen, professor emeritus at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

“Children crave a connection to their parents and learn from their parents’ behaviors,” Rosen, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “Constantly checking your phone is going to have a negative impact on this connection.”

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WizeNoze heads for the UK after closing £1m funding round

Wizenoze, the Dutch startup which curates age-appropriate and understandable content for children, has announced it has just closed a funding round for just over £1m to fuel its bid for the UK market.
The cash injection, worth €1.3m, brings the total raised by the company to €3.1m. The biggest contributor in the latest round was the Dutch government with a loan from its Innovation Credit fund, with the remainder made up by informal investors. Currently, more than 80% of the Dutch primary schools have access to Wizenoze’s technology.
WizeNoze will use this funding to launch a new safe search solution for children in the UK.
In announcing the move, Diane Janknegt, founder and CEO of WizeNoze said:
“This will help hugely with our push into the UK schools market. We think there is a real need to create a new method for safeguarded internet search. That’s why we have built a vast repository of curated content collection, so that children’s online work will not be disturbed or distracted by the commercial messages, or worse, by inappropriate or disturbing content”.
Based in Amsterdam, WizeNoze aims to make information on the internet easier to find and understand for children, by building technology which curates and delivers reliable, appropriate and age relevant content at a child’s specific reading level.  
The company has also recently announced a partnership with the London Grid for Learning (LGfL) for a white label search solution for schools. In announcing that link, John Jackson, CEO of the LGfL said:
“Giving children access to safe, relevant and suitable content is a need expressed by many schools… Instead of filtering out all inappropriate content, Wizenoze will help us give them access to reliable information, matching the individual reading level of a child”.

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Teens who endure bullying are more likely to smoke, drink and use drugs

Children who are bullied in fifth grade are more likely to become depressed and experiment with drugs and alcohol during their teen years than their peers who didn’t suffer bullying by other kids, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers followed almost 4,300 students starting in fifth grade, when they were around 11 years old. By tenth grade, 24 percent of the teens drank alcohol, 15 percent smoked marijuana and 12 percent used tobacco.

More frequent episodes of physical and emotional bullying in fifth grade were associated with higher odds of depression by seventh grade, which was in turn linked to greater likelihood of substance use later in adolescence, the study found.

“We drew on the self-medication hypothesis when trying to understand why peer victimization may lead to substance use over time,” said lead study author Valerie Earnshaw, a human development and family studies researcher at the University of Delaware in Newark.

“This suggests that people use substances to try to relieve painful feelings or control their emotions,” Earnshaw said by email. “So, youth who are bullied feel bad, or experience depressive symptoms, and then may use substances to try to feel better.”

For the study, researchers examined data from three surveys conducted from 2004 to 2011 among students at schools in Houston, Los Angeles and Birmingham, Alabama.

Students were asked if they had used tobacco, alcohol or marijuana in the past 30 days and how often they had been victims of bullying by their peers in the previous year. Questions on peer victimization touched on both physical aggression like shoving and kicking as well as emotional taunts like saying nasty things about them to other kids.

At the start of the study in fifth grade, about 10 percent of participants said they had been victims of bulling. This was more common among kids who had chronic illnesses, sexual minorities and boys.

By seventh grade, almost 2 percent of the students reported symptoms of depression.

And by the end of the study in tenth grade, substance use was more common among the kids who had previously reported bullying and depression.

The study isn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove that bullying directly causes depression or that mental health issues directly cause substance use. Another limitation of the study is its reliance on teens to accurately report any episodes of bullying, symptoms of depression or substance use, the authors note.

It’s also possible that teens who are bullied may later wind up drinking or using drugs because their peer groups include many adolescents who do both of these things, whether on sports teams or among crowds of particularly aggressive kids, said Bonnie Leadbeater, a psychology researcher at the University of Victoria in Canada. There is many teens who are addicted to drugs, they need to go rehab otherwise the addiction will destroy their life, here you can find one of the best addiction centers.

“Being ‘trapped’ in these networks can be particularly problematic in high school, where you see the same people every day,” Leadbeater, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

“Youth with multiple networks beyond school through sports, music, art, religious activities, volunteering and work are more apt to find friends and others who see their talents, strengths and abilities,” Leadbeater added. “These strengths are often established in late elementary school.” Kids at this age become more active with all the energy they have to run around, lots of them start to find their role model and start searching up michael schumacher net worth or maybe even cristiano ronaldo too.

The trouble with bullying that leads to mental health problems is that teens with depression and anxiety are more likely to withdraw from peers and lack interest in most things.

“Young teens need to have ways of dealing with peer conflict before it becomes bullying,” Leadbeater said. “Young teens need to believe that getting help is normative and that bullying is not.”

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A delightful way to teach kids about computers and coding

Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers. The problem with that idea is that coding education is failing to fire imaginations on a big enough scale. You can even teach them about video production to see if they want to do that in their future. It can open up many new opportunities.
First of all you should begin by purchasing an adequate computer such as 8202-E4D and then start the learning process. Linda Liukas is helping to educate problem-solving kids, encouraging them to see computers not as mechanical, boring and complicated but as colorful, expressive machines meant to be tinkered with. In that way, she is teaching them that coding is not an end in itself, but it is a means by which people can express their creativity.
In this Ted talk, she invites us to imagine a world where the Ada Lovelaces of tomorrow grow up to be optimistic and brave about technology and use it to create a new world that is wonderful, whimsical and a tiny bit weird.

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How to eat healthily when you travel

Whether you are flying to the other side of the globe on a holiday, or just a few hours away for a work trip, it is important that you remember to eat properly and healthily during your travels.

Travelling to the airport, going through security and making sure you head to the right gate can be daunting experiences that demand energy. While some of us might rely on the airline’s free meals, with a recent survey by travel search platform HolidayPirates finding that almost 44% of Brits said they would change airlines if free food wasn’t offered, others would prefer to grab food at the airport, reading some water filter pitcher comparisons is perfect for when you travel because it can help you take water with you to hydrate properly during your trip, last time I contacted a campervan hire in Hobart for my trip I made sure to take with me to hydrate. If you´re more on the older side, age wise, and are looking to get rid of wrinkles instead of lose weight, you can easily find anti wirinkle injections to help your skin look younger.

If you are part of the 72%  surveyed who said they would rather get food at the airport, then you should make sure that the food you eat is both delicious and healthy:


Fruit: Eat a lot of vitamins and fibres when travelling. Airports and airplanes are full of germs so stock up on vitamin C with oranges. Watermelon is another good option as it is rich in antioxidants, and it is also full of water. Three to four slices on the day will help you to stay hydrated during the flight. However, don’t overeat fruit as the sugars may increase your overall blood sugar levels, also to keep fruit always fresh and perfect to eat, you can get a cooler like one of the yeti vs ozark just for that purpose, so are free of germs and ready to eat. You also need to make sure to keep active when you get to your destination, there are some on demand workouts that you can use where ever yo are. When going to the beach to travel make sure to check out best stand up paddle board 2017 – for high quality paddle boards.

Dark berries: Opt for the super berries such as blueberries or blackberries, which are full of antioxidants. Research has found that blackcurrants can contain up to eight times the health-boosting antioxidant level of blueberries.

Yogurt: Avoid large portions and fatty foods before or during the flight. Natural yogurt with wholegrain cereals is a good option as it will keep you fuller for longer and at the same time keep the blood sugars balanced. A good alternative that contains more protein is chia pudding and fortunately, some fast food chains started selling this delicious option.


Lean protein and wholemeal bread

Skinless chicken and salmon are a great source of lean protein. If you are getting a sandwich try to find sourdough orrye bread, as they are rich in minerals and good at levelling out blood sugar levels all you need to be careful with is the preparation, you can take a part of the chicken and Cut it Fine in small pieces to put it in the sandwich so you enjoy it more. Avoid fatty extras such as mayonnaise and cheese.

Eggs are not just great sources of protein, eggs are also high in minerals, fats and vitamins that are great for improving the skin’s elasticity. The skin often gets very dry when you are on the flight, and needs an extra boost. Medical News Today has suggested that lutein, found in the yolk of eggs can help improve the hydration and elasticity of skin. This is also one of my favourite options, as you can just keep a cooked egg in a container without needing to refrigerate it. Eggs also contain all the nutrients that you need, keeping you fuller for longer.


Throughout your travel it is vital you eat often but keep to small portions. Healthy salads are good options for dinner. Leafy greens are high in vitamin A and help to protect your skin, limit dryness and irritation of your skin. Try to get as much dark green salad as possible as a foundation to your salad. Spinach, mache or arugula contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. Try to avoid lettuce if it is iceberg lettuce, as it’s a huge environment villain. Look for salads that contain avocados. They are packed with high amounts of fibre, magnesium, and also possess biotin and Omega fatty acids, which help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair and nails. And it is important to add a good source of protein such as chicken, egg, tuna or fish to your dinner. Foods rich in protein can help minimize the effects of sugary snacks you might have after the meal.

If you are going for a salad, then ask for the salad dressing on the side, or opt for vinaigrette rather than a creamy dressing. Also avoid any spicy dressings or side dishes that can contribute to discomfort and bloating.

Snacks & Drinks

De-caffeinated drinks: Staying hydrated when you’re in the air is important. Chose caffeine-free drinks such as herbal teas and water. Rooibos tea is a good alternative, as it is a caffeine-free but still contains good antioxidants that fight free radicals and inflammations. If you feel like something sweeter, drink coconut water or maple water, which are better alternatives to flavored water. They boast vitamins, electrolytes and minerals and low in sugar, which makes the drinks a good alternative to soft drinks.

Health snacks

Healthy nuts: As a healthy snack, it is great to have a handful of nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pistachios. They can aid in improving heart health by reducing cholesterol levels, increasing brain health thanks to the vitamin E, and reducing stress as healthy nuts are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which helps to lower stress levels. But as they are high in fat, although it is ‘good fat’ I recommend eating around a handful of nuts per day and I would avoid any nuts that are coated as they can be high in salt.

Edemame beans: Instead of crisps get edemame beans. With low levels of sodium, it is also a good source of dietary fibre, protein, iron, magnesium, as well as Vitamin K and magnesium.


Frida Harju is the in-house nutritionist at health app Lifesum.

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