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What Your Kids Are Really Doing Online PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:07

The Internet affords children endless opportunities to get into serious trouble, downloading what they shouldn’t download, looking at what they shouldn’t be looking at, and getting ideas about what they shouldn’t be getting ideas about.

But the good news is that if your kids are like mine, they may be doing some or all of those things…but there’s another ise for the Internet that’s attracting their time and attention.

It’s called teaching.

That’s right—your kids are most likely teaching other kids how to do things that interest them.  The online world, especially YouTube, has turned into an academy without walls, entrance fees, or final exams.  The instructors, just like the students, are barely into double digits.

Take my ten year olds (please!).  My twin sons, Isaac and Walter, are variously interested in unicycling, origami, juggling, magic, Minecraft, jailbreaking their iPods, and similar subjects.  Much of what they’ve learned about these topics has come from YouTube videos.  Much of those videos are written and produced by other kids.  Which inspired my sons to put up their own instructional videos.

Now my sons are in a race with their friends for viewers and followers on their three YouTube channels, MyWalter101, BillyBobRandom12345, and OrigamiAndMagicBrothers.   As a proud parent, naturally I want you to visit their channels and see what they’re doing.  But more than that, this is a unique phenomenon.

You couldn’t get the average kid to stand up in front of an audience and talk about his or her favorite topic.  Or demonstrate a magic trick, or a guitar chord, or a hack on an iPod.   Never gonna happen.  But allow that same kid the privacy of his or her living room, the use of a camera built into a smartphone, and the opportunity to upload a two- or three-minute instructional video on any given topic, and you’ve got solid gold.

As a result, there exists today an underground, invisible network of children taking turns as teachers and students, sharing with each other the skills, ideas, secrets, and technological breakthroughs they cherish.  This university without walls or national boundaries is, without exaggeration, unparalleled in human history.  Children have always been at the mercy of parents, teachers, and school administrators when it comes to the question of how, what, and when they learn.  Now the game has changed and the power has shifted to kids.

Obviously parental supervision is required; you don’t need me to tell you just how dangerous and inappropriate the online world can be.  What’s most exciting about this phenomenon, however, is the fact that children are taking initiative to become teachers and sharers.  They are not looking to make money doing this—although few would deny the desire to have 5 million followers and the fame (and perhaps fortune) that would accompany such success.  They’re doing it for the love of the video game, hobby, hack, or technique they’re demonstrating to the world.

It’s fascinating to imagine the new world that will arise when these online teachers reach adulthood.  Their ethos is cooperation instead of compensation; amateurism instead of professionalism.  How will they make a living?  How will they translate the teaching skills they are acquiring into a livelihood?  I don’t know, but chances are, some of them will figure it out.  And then they’ll post their learning on YouTube, or whatever sharing technology exists at that time, and give the world the benefit of their knowledge and experience.  Why not?  They’ll have been doing it for their whole lives.

About Michael Levin

Michael Levin, founder and CEO of BusinessGhost, Inc. (www.BusinessGhost.com), has written more than 100 books, including eight national best-sellers; five that have been optioned for film or TV by Steven Soderbergh/Paramount, HBO, Disney, ABC, and others; and one that became “Model Behavior,” an ABC Sunday night Disney movie of the week. He is the father of Walter Levin (MyWalter101) and Isaac Levin (BillyBobRandom12345). The boys’ joint YouTube channel is OrigamiAndMagicBrothers.

 
IG Report on Secret Service PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:06

Friday, October 19, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley issued the following statement after portions of a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General review on inappropriate conduct by United States Secret Service personnel, and others, were reported by media sources.  Grassley pressed Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan for an independent review by the Inspector General in his first conversation with the Director soon after the alleged Colombia prostitution scandal and other misconduct was reported.

“It looks like the Inspector General’s report confirms our fear that there is a broader history of inappropriate action by personnel within the Secret Service.  Even worse, the IG report casts doubt and suspicion on the statements that national security wasn’t at risk.  The Secret Service will have a lot of work to do in the coming months and years to create a culture that respects the important job the agency is tasked with and to again earn the trust of the American people.”

 
Iowa Supreme Court Opinions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Friday, 19 October 2012 07:37
October 19, 2012

Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

Opinions released before April 2006 and available in the archives are posted in Word format. Opinions released after April 2006 are posted to the website in PDF (Portable Document Format).   Note: To open a PDF you must have the free Acrobat Reader installed. PDF format preserves the original appearance of a document without requiring you to possess the software that created that document. For more information about PDF read: Using the Adobe Reader.

For your convenience, the Judicial Branch offers a free e-mail notification service for Supreme Court opinions, Court of Appeals opinions, press releases and orders. To subscribe, click here.

NOTE: Copies of these opinions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319, for a fee of fifty cents per page.

No. 11–0016

LYNN G. LAMASTERS vs. STATE OF IOWA

No. 12–0844

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. PETER SEAN CANNON

No. 12–1025

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. DEAN A. STOWERS

 
How to Spot a Victim of Domestic Violence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 19 October 2012 07:32
Health-Care Pro Discusses the Many Warning Signs

In the United States, women are assaulted or beaten once every nine seconds; worldwide, one in three women have been battered, raped or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to women’s advocacy organizations.

“That means most of us – while grocery shopping, at work or at home – come across several women a day who have either been abused, or are currently enduring abuse,” says Linda O’Dochartaigh, a health professional and author of Peregrine (www.lavanderkatbooks.com). “It’s a terrible fact of life for too many women, but if there is something we can do about it and we care about fellow human beings, then we must try.”

There are several abuse resources available to women who are being abused, or friends of women who need advice, including:

TheHotline.org, National Domestic Violence Hotline, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, 1-800-799-SAFE (7223)

HelpGuide.org, provides unbiased, advertising-free mental health information to give people the self-help options to help people understand, prevent, and resolve life’s challenges

VineLink.com, allows women to search for an offender in custody by name or identification number, then register to be alerted if the offender is released,  transferred, or escapes

DAHMW.org, 1-888-7HELPLINE, offers crisis intervention and support services for victims of intimate partner violence and their families

Perhaps the best thing friends and family can do for a woman enduring domestic abuse is to be there for her – not only as a sympathetic ear, but also as a source of common sense that encourages her to take protective measures, O’Dochartaigh says. Before that, however, loved ones need to recognize that help is needed.

O’Dochartaigh reviews some of the warning signs:

• Clothing – Take notice of a change in clothing style or unusual fashion choices that would allow marks or bruises to be easily hidden. For instance, someone who wears long sleeves even in the dog days of summer may be trying to hide signs of abuse.

• Constant phone calls – Many abusers are very controlling and suspicious, so they will call their victims multiple times each day to “check in.” This is a subtle way of manipulating their victims, to make them fearful of uttering a stray word that might alert someone that something is wrong. Many abusers are also jealous, and suspect their partner is cheating on them, and the constant calls are a way of making sure they aren’t with anyone they aren’t supposed to be around.

• Unaccountable injuries – Sometimes, obvious injuries such as arm bruises or black eyes are a way to show outward domination over the victim. Other times, abusers harm areas of the body that won’t be seen by family, friends and coworkers.

• Frequent absences – Often missing work or school and other last-minute plan changes may be a woman hiding abuse, especially if she is otherwise reliable.

• Excessive guilt & culpability – Taking the blame for things that go wrong, even though she was clearly not the person responsible – or she is overly-emotional for her involvement – is a red flag.

• Fear of conflict – Being brow-beaten or physically beaten takes a heavy psychological toll, and anxiety bleeds into other relationships.

• Chronic uncertainty – Abusers often dominate every phase of a victim’s life, including what she thinks she likes, so making basic decisions can prove challenging.

About Linda O’Dochartaigh

Linda O’Dochartaigh has worked in health care is an advocate for victims of child abuse and domestic violence.  She wants survivors to know that an enriched, stable and happy life is available to them. O’Dochartaigh is the mother of three grown children and is raising four adopted grandchildren.

 
Gov. Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Director Harvey announce annual Centenarian Honors Reception PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 October 2012 07:31

(DES MOINES) – Governor Terry E. Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey today announced Iowa Centenarians will be honored at the Centenarian Honors Reception on October 23, 2012.

To date, the U.S. Census Registry shows that there are 846 Iowans aged 100 years and older.  The oldest Iowa citizen is 115 years of age and resides in Johnston.

“The Lt. Governor and I are pleased to take part in the Department on Aging’s Centenarian Honors Reception,” said Governor Branstad.  “These Iowans have made our great state what it is today and all Iowans should look to these individuals as examples of how to live.”

The Centenarian Honors Reception will be held Tuesday, October 23, 2012 in the Iowa Historical Building Atrium, located at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines.

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to honor Iowan Centenarians. Each of their lives is a unique and amazing story and I look forward to honoring them at the event,” said Reynolds.

Director Harvey stated, “This is a special celebration for our treasured oldest Iowans, and we welcome those who wish to join us as part of this exciting event to honor them.”

To find out more about the event or to purchase a ticket to the reception, call the Iowa Department on Aging at: 515/725-3312 or toll-free: 800/532-3213 and ask for Machelle Shaffer.

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