Below is done as a part of my Random Topic Writing Challenge in which a word is chosen (blindly) and I simply start writing (typing) for 5 minutes what pops into my head.
We all, well most anyway, have been teased as a child and in many ways that is a normal part of childhood. But there is a line that can be crossed from normal childhood teasing and bullying. Teasing can often be handled by simply walking away and ignoring the person, or even a snappy comeback (that throws the teaser of their game). However, anytime a child is threatened or has been physically assaulted or kept from walking away from a situation should be reported to the proper adult in charge (teacher, guardian, parent, etc).
Teasing can be either “all in good fun” meant to include the recipient of the joke to laugh along w/ the others or it can be harmful meant to ridicule and poke fun at in a demeaning way. Teasing, in childhood, is normal and to be expected; Bullying, however, is a completely different situation and should not be tolerated.
What Are Some Things You (as a Parent) Can Do?
Teach your children ways of handling situations in which they are being simply being teased (the normal teasing that kids do)
Teach your children what to do when that teasing becomes harmful and/or mean or becomes bullying.
Teach your children the harmful effects of harmful teasing / bullying and proper respect for others
Okay so the word chosen from list today turns out to be Social-Media and we are starting the 5 minute timer…. Now!!
What can I say about Social-Media? Well, for starters let’s look at the word “Social Media” that implies – Social – correct?! And to be social implies a relationship – correct?! (Read: It’s a Relationship Stupid by Robert Caruso from BundlePost). I recently posted on twitter (as well as on my FB page) my disgruntlement of receiving MTs & DMs with nothing more than a website (often using a short URL that tells me absolutely nothing about what said site is about. There’s no lead up, no relationship no nothing just Whamm Bamm ——> unknown website ——> Thank You Ma’am (and even that last part is often left out). As you may guess my instantaneous (and often automatic) response to this is Report —–> Block. Don’t even take time to view the website…. If you want me to take a look at something #1 establish a relationship with me and #2) give a reason = tell me what site is about and why I ought to take my time peruse said site. I may only be a lowly housewife who spends most all her time tweeting, FBing and blogging but still my time is important to me and I don’t want to waste it.
This is something I am constantly struggling with when it comes to posting on the various Social Media Platforms — What to post? How to post (as in how do you write your post)? When to post? How often to post? so on and so forth.
Perhaps it is just who i am (aka my personality), but I am forever second guessing myself as to whether or not I am posting the right kinds of things. Sure I post what I’m gonna post, but then later I wonder are the things I’m posting “biting me in the butt” so to speak? And then there is the question of when do I post? Sure there’s programs/applications out there to help analyze the best time of day and you can even opt set up automatic postings to go out at those times…. Except that it only lets you do so many days at a time and to set up scheduled posts on something like hootsuite you have to buy the pro-version.
Personally, I feel like a dismal failure when it comes to Social Media. I’ve only got a handful of followers on any one platform (and some of those are actually duplicates among different platforms). Any one of my posts only gets maybe a couple likes/shares (at best) on any given platform (again see note about duplicates/duplicity). Kind of makes me wonder Why the hell I even bother…. I mean who the heck is gonna see this stuff anyway – Right?
Just a little thought that had popped into mind in terms of Social Media Platforms. With so many different platforms out there and so many different ways for people to share and “like” it really becomes difficult to get a good picture of just how well you are doing. Personally I have a twitter account, FB account, Google+ account – as well as this blog and sister blog on Blogger (basically copies of blogs here – just a different platform for people who use that instead of this). Ohh yeah and lots not forget my Instagram account. I post on all the different platforms that I use (though I don’t necessarily always get everything on every platform). To get a picture of how a specific post may have done basically requires to look at all the different platforms I’m using and see who shared/liked. The problem with this is that it is time consuming (and that’s just one one post – can you imagine looking at every post?). Even getting a full picture of your “followers” can be a bit difficult (though not as much so as individual posts). In my case I don’t have many followers so to go through and count up my over all followers would probably not be all that difficult (if I ever really wanted to take the time to do so), but for those with many followers it would be a bit more challenging to go through and look for duplicities (where one person is following on several platforms).
Sure there are several platforms (though I don’t really know much about them) that supposedly combine everything together to give you a picture or idea of how your doing both on an individual post level as well as on a general – over all – level. ; But, it seems to me, that they don’t always necessarily show everything.
So there you have my thoughts on that. Sorry to say, I am no expert when it comes to Social Media and Social Media Platforms. If you want to look at some “expert” blogs Here are some to peruse:
Coffee hmmmm ok Time to start that timer…..
Coffee… a drink good both hot, cold, or iced. flavored or unflavored. With or without cream and/or sugar. Weak, regular or Strong (or as Starbucks has it – Blonde, Medium, or Dark ). A good friend of ours is convinced that coffee is not really coffee unless it can stir itself – though why you would need a spoohn in black coffee (hwich is how he likes his) is beyond my understanding, but then again why would you expect a spoon to move of it’s own accord, but I digress….
Do a hashtag search on Twitter for #Coffee and your bound to come up with tons of entries for coffee. From well wishes and offers of virtual coffee (_)> to information on who has the best coffee to coffee recipes and so on.
Much is often accomplished over a mug of coffee. Deals, friendships, partnerships and so forth also, often, take place sharing a cup (or two of coffee).