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How to Talk to Your Kids About Their Online Life

      With  1.6 million children running away  from their homes each year, it’s crucial that parents understand the critical need to monitor their children’s social media use, keeping track of who they are talking to online, what they are sharing and when. For many parents, the main barrier to monitoring their children’s online life is not just how to start, but how to explain it. Talking to your kids about monitoring their online life is like any other “talk.” It varies widely based on their age and if/how you have spoken about it in the past. A conversation with a teenager that you are just starting to monitor is much different that a conversation with a 6-year-old who you have always checked up on. For young children, it is about setting things up properly from the get-go. Young children’s interaction with technology is at its  highest rate ever . Screen time and access to information is unprecedented and with that comes the very real need to monitor how your children interact with technology and the outside world. If you have a conversation with your children very early in their technology use, the hurdles to their understanding will be very small. They expect you to monitor their activities and do not have the same sense of independence that you find in teenagers. For older children, you need to be sensitive to the changing dynamic. It can take time to introduce a new precedent, especially if you haven’t spoken about it before. You have to explain why you decided to make this change. Be honest — if it is based on behavior you have observed, say so. But be careful not to frame it as a punishment. Punishments end, and watching out for your kids online shouldn’t.   Read More

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Tiara K. Williams: Cornel West…C’mon Son

Righteous Thought, by Tiara K. Williams Last week has been such a beautiful Obama filled week. My life has been enthralled in a frenzy of inspirational speeches, beautiful gowns and elegant eye rolls. Of course, I’m speaking of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration celebration. This week, Americans witnessed Barack Obama, the first African American President ordained into his second term as POTUS. The scene reminded me of four years ago when I stood in the National Mall freezing with hundreds of thousands of people commemorating the monumental occasion. For many people the inauguration has sparked conversations of healthcare, gun control, and policy but for Dr. Cornel West this inauguration brought a different repartee. West has been very vocal of his qualms for President Obama and has certainly been frank about the president’s “inadequacies.” In his latest saga, Dr. West had an issue with President Obama being sworn into presidency with Dr. Martin Luther King’s bible. Dr. West, reportedly accused Obama of being a “Republican in Black Face,” and declared that the inauguration was “a moment of presidential pageantry.” Pageantry? I respect Dr. Cornel West. He is an extraordinary intellectual, leader and role model. His contributions to our community have been incomparable. He’s worked feverishly to end racial inequality, black injustice, while never feeling apprehensive to speak candidly. I appreciate him. My opposition lies in his delivery. In my opinion, there is an arrogance, belittling and condescending disposition that occurs when his beliefs are challenged or uncelebrated. With Dr. West, it almost feels like nothing is good enough and the community is beneath his feet. If President Obama is this shady, coward why would Christine King-Farris, Martin Luther King’s eldest sister participate in the proceedings. She probably brought the bible! If it was a moment of “pageantry” wouldn’t she be the first to protest? President Obama is not the only person that Dr. Cornel West has had an issue with in the past. He attacked Jay Z about his stake in the NBA Brooklyn Nets, and publicly criticize community leader Al Sharpton, Melissa Harris-Perry and Michael Eric Dyson commentators for MSNBC claiming “they have sold their souls for a mess of Obama pottage.” What does any of this have to do with changing the face of the black community? Young black men are perishing by the second but our leaders are worried about Jay Z ownership stake in the Nets? It feels like a petty game of “Don’t forget about me.” If I could use this last paragraph as an open letter to Dr. Cornel West I would say this. You are smarter, wiser than perhaps I’ll ever be. But, I was once told that if you fail to evolve you’ll dissolve, and your appeal is dissolving. But, this has nothing to do with your intellectual capacity or your career. It’s you. You are standing in your way. Though your legacy is unprecedented and its impact can never be taken away, you are failing to evolve with your community, and this is creating a barrier between you and us. Dr. Cornel West if you truly have an issue with the legacy that President Obama is creating, stop being so combative and just fill the void. You will revitalize your relevance while being constructive while making our community a better place.

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Yvette Carnell: A Final Word on the Tavis Smiley vs. Tom Joyner Controversy

by Yvette Carnell My highest goal has always been to get to the truth of a thing, preferably as quickly as possible. When you have a platform though, that desire for a brisk conclusion can hamstring you, allowing you to make indefensible assertions and breathtakingly flimsy arguments in real time. During a radio discussion with Dr. Boyce Watkins regarding the ...

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Purposeful Parents: Allowing Kids to Speak From the Heart

By Marie Roker-Jones What does it really mean to speak from the heart? It means sharing powerful and heartfelt thoughts that build trust. Some of the best conversations you’ll have with your kids are those in which they feel safe and comfortable to share with you. There is something beautiful yet vulnerable about this experience because it brings us closer to our kids and allows them to speak their truth. Kids, by nature, speak with truth. We teach them to dispel that truth by censoring them or encouraging them to lie. Although we want to raise independent and critical thinkers, we aren’t always respectful of their thoughts and opinions. As parents, we often exert our authority and try to control our conversations with our children. We are so adamant that they listen to us, that we forget to listen to them. Even when they are speaking, we may interrupt them in order to say what’s on our mind. If the delicate moment is marred by criticism and judgment, our kids become distrustful of us. Kids need to know that they can speak openly and honestly with their parents without fear or reproach. We never really know what is going on in the minds of kids unless we give them the opportunity to share freely. When they speak from the heart and we listen with love, we build trust and mutual respect. Every day has teachable moments for children and their parents. When we take the time to listen, we let them know that we care about what they have to say. In those moments when our kids share their fears, their pain, and their truth, we become the student and our kids become our teacher. Marie Roker-Jones is the founder of RaisingGreatMen.com , a Certified Breakthrough Parenting® Instructor and Intrinsic Coach® in Health and Wellness.

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7 Ways To Keep Your Cool At Work

Many people feel if they show up to work every day and put in a conscious effort to get the work done, their employer should be happy and all is right with the world.  It’s too bad life is not that easy and today’s employment game is tougher than many can remember seeing in their

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6 Careers That Will Keep You Busy

As more research develops around the deadly and costly effects of having a career that keeps you sedentary, people are becoming more interested in exploring new career paths that will keep them mentally and physically busy. Photography: nhophotos.com Here are some exciting careers that will keep you on your toes, literally and figuratively speaking: Public Relations Specialist – These individuals handle a wide variety of media issues. Including writing speeches, setting up interviews, and doing damage control for celebrity reputations. This is a fast paced career that comes with alternating duties, so boredom does not come easy. Elementary School Teacher – If you’re a person that loves being around children and will take pride in molding the minds of future leaders, teaching is definitely a career to consider. Teachers rarely get a moment to sit and be bored. Every day is an adventure filled with new achievements for students and teachers. Police Officer/ Private Investigator – If you want to be a crusader for justice or a protector of society at large, a career in policing or investigation just might be the path you should consider. Police and investigators never know what to expect when they go out to perform their duties. This danger and excitement will definitely hold your attention in the long run. Paralegal – Are you extremely organized or have a keen eye for detail? Paralegals help lawyers remain on top of their burdensome case loads and other duties . You’re always researching or taking notes, not a second to sit and feel stagnant. Software Developer – Computers have quickly become an integral part of the average person’s day. Whether it is the computer in your car, your phone, or your video game console, software designers create the programs that allow computers to do the amazing things we enjoy. They are also responsible for producing cutting edge technology. Registered Nurse - If you’re a compassionate person and have plenty of physical stamina, a career in nursing might be perfect for you. Nursing requires you to constantly take care of multiple patients and maintain various aspects of a hospital. There’s hardly a dull moment throughout the day, plus you get to go home with the satisfaction that you’ve made a difference the lives of others. Malcolm Morrow, a  Your Black World Network contributor, is a senior, criminal justice major at The University of Southern Miss.  

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College Degrees That Are Profitable In a Bad Economy

. To most people, getting a college degree is one of the most important goals that they must achieve on their road to a successful career. But in recent years, a college degree hasn’t guaranteed employment. There’s a growing number of college graduates who acquire careers in industries that have no correlation to their degree. This is due in part to a bad economy that has led to stagnation in the job market. There are a few careers that have a high demand right now and it’s only expected that these industries will experience growth in next few years. It’s important to know which degrees these industries will be seeking from their candidates. Here are a list of college degrees that can still be profitable in a bad economy:  Bachelor’s in Business Administration – Business Administration is an excellent degree option because you will receive a well -rounded curriculum that can be applied to a number of fields. Master’s in Business Administration – A master’s degree in business administration is even better. It will make it much easier to move up through the ranks of your company and come with a moderate pay raise. Bachelor’s in Accounting – Accounting is a great option you enjoy working within the financial side of business. Accountants are also currently experiencing a boom in demand which definitely makes this path a smart choice. Associate’s in Paralegal Studies – Careers that involve criminal justice and law find this degree to a nice addition when coming on the job market. Also, since it’s an associate’s degree and only takes two years to complete you could be more attractive on the job market sooner. Bachelor’s in Nursing – A bachelor’s degree in nursing can open doors to new paths in the medical field and even strengthen the credentials of someone who is already a registered nurse.   Malcolm Morrow, a  Your Black World Network contributor, is a senior, criminal justice major at The University of Southern Miss.

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Purposeful Parents: Teach Your Children to Give

The reality of our society today is that so many people have forgotten – or perhaps never learned – how to care for others without the expectation of receiving something in return. The rejection of the qualities of compassion and kindness has left a negative impression on our youth, who rely on the guidance of trusted leaders to develop positive character traits. The most important thing that we as parents, mentors, and role models can do for our children is to teach them to give. If we want to alter society’s propensity to be self-serving, we must instill in the children of this day the obligation of caring for others. Lead By Example We can never approach teaching our children positive qualities by having them “do as we say, not as we do.” One of the greatest responsibilities we carry is to lead by example. In order to teach our children to give, we must ourselves be willing to give. We must care first and present an example to follow if we dare hope to raise children who care. Take Opportunities to Teach Life offers many opportunities that can serve as teachable moments. While in your child’s presence, deliberately stop to help someone who is struggling to carry something. Collaborate with your child to select toys and books that are no longer used and together choose a charitable institution to share these items with. Talk with your child when a relative or friend becomes ill and offer to serve together in some capacity or make something special to lift the spirits of the ill person. Finding ways to develop your child’s sensitivity to the needs of others will prove to be simpler than you think. Our lives are full of opportunity to be kind and share a little of ourselves with others. It truly is a simple thing to acknowledge a need and do our best to meet it.  

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How To Build Boundaries In Relationships

When the New Year begins, we usually have all types of expectations for how things will transpire.  We’re going to lose weight, save more money or whatever declaration is popular with us at the time.  Although, we must be careful of expectations due to the fact they can be a primary cause of our suffering. 

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