Social Media – It’s All Fun and Games Until Somebody Gets Hurt!

Everyone… well, most people… enjoy posting on Social Media sites. It can help us stay in touch with friends and family, find out what the newest products are from our favorite stores and even stay on top of current news. But sometimes you see things that make you wonder what was going on in someone’s mind when they posted. Here are the top 5 things that I see people doing on Social Medias sites that spell T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

1. Your Social Security number, Phone number, email address or home address – I can’t stress enough how important it is that you NOT share this information anywhere online. Please don’t post your phone number or address on any social media platform ever. This is just plain unsafe. First of all, there are bots online that specifically search for this type of information and you will end up on every phone and mailing (snail mail and email) list known to mankind. Second of all, remember that person who had a crush on you way, way back when? Do you really want them, or some other random odd person, showing up at your doorstep? Can you spell stalker? It’s really not a smart idea… thumbs down on sharing your social security number, phone number, email or physical address online.

2. Your Social or Vacation Plans – When you post on different social media platforms (and I am thinking specifically about Facebook in this scenario) everyone can see your information… so a friend’s third cousin’s best friend’s Uncle may be seeing your posts. What I am getting at here is that you may not know everyone who sees your posts. Posting that you will be out for the evening or in Hawaii from March 15th through the 25th may not be the best idea. I am specifically referring to the potential for criminal activity in your home.

3. Drama – Social Media is a place for happiness to take place. Connect with old friends, share good news and stay up to date with friends and family… but don’t share your arguments and air your grievances online. It hurts relationships, creates more drama and it makes you look bad… no matter how awesome you really are.

4. Complaints about Coworkers and Bosses – If you want to ruin your relationships with coworkers and maybe get fired then make sure that you complain often and publicly on Social Media. But if you value your reputation and your job I would avoid complaining online about your work, bosses, coworkers or anything to do at all with your job. And besides… put yourself into their shoes. Would you want to work with someone who would rather complain publicly than come and talk with you openly about the issues that they are facing? Me neither. This doesn’t just make an employer look bad – it makes you look unprofessional.

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5. Don’t post pictures that you wouldn’t want your Grandmother to see – This is pretty self-explanatory. We have all seen pictures of people in situations where you just know that they shouldn’t have been posted publicly (near nudity, drunkenness and general all around debauchery come to mind). Employers and potential clients (if you own your own business) look at your social media to get a feel for who you are in your personal life. Your posts and pictures speak volumes about your character and ethics. Do you really want to miss out on your dream job because every picture you post is from a party or from participating in events that may be deemed as not acceptable? My advice for determining whether or not you should post a picture is “don’t post it if you wouldn’t show it to your Grandmother.” Leave that picture in an album to remind you of just how fun and crazy you can get and only share it with your most trusted friends.

Here is a great way to decide if you should post something on social media. And it can be used as a gauge for making just about any decision. Just ask yourself “How would I feel if I saw this on the front page of my local hometown newspaper?” I think that your gut will give you your answer.

Electronic Catch Phrase Reviewed: a Fun Party Game

Electronic Catch Phrase is a fun party game that the world has gone crazy over. It’s a game that will turn your party upside down. Basically one player grabs the small electronic unit and gets his or her teammates to say a word that comes up on the screen. Meanwhile a timer counts down. Once the player get’s the team to guess the word or phrase, the unit is passed to the next team. It’s a lot like hot potato. The unit buzzes when the time is up. The team stuck with the electronic catch phrase in his/her hand loses. It’s a riot!

There are more than 10,000 words in the electronic catch phrase unit. The game is built for hours of party fun. I’ve watched boring parties turn from “blah” to amazing once Catch Phrase was introduced. If you want a fun party game, you need to check it out. People will literally go wild and start to have a great time as soon as Catch Phrase comes out.

It’s a lot like the classic fun party games Charades, but is even more fun. Catch Phrase seems to to taking the place of games like Pictionary and Trivial pursuit at parties. I say, check out Catch Phrase for your next party and watch your guests have fun! They will thank you and probably even send you an email the next day about how much fun they had playing it. Never again is there an excuse to have a boring party.

Why You Should Use Fun ESL Games in Your Classroom

If you are teaching in a school where some children do not speak English as their first language, you have a lot of challenges ahead. In some schools, ESL students are mainstreamed with the other students, making it difficult for teachers to focus on helping them understand. One of the ways you can make things easier is by using fun ESL games as part of your lesson plans. These games can help you in many ways.

Encourage Participation

Children who are self-conscious about their inability to effectively communicate with their peers may withdraw and avoid participating in class whenever they can get away with it. As a teacher, it is your job to encourage participation among all your students. One of the best ways to get students to participate is by playing fun games with them. If you have ESL students, playing fun games that focus on ESL topics will get everyone involved, particularly the ESL students you need to reach the most.

Make Learning Fun

While many children are eager to learn, if learning is difficult for them due to language barriers, they will begin to dread going to school. However, when you use fun ESL games as part of your lesson plans, you will make learning fun for everyone, especially those who are having trouble understanding due to the language barriers. When you strive to make learning fun for all your students, they will again look forward to coming to school and learning more.

Try Out Concepts

Even if the ESL students have grasped the concepts you are trying to teach, particularly in the subject of language, they may not get a real chance to practice those concepts. This is especially true if their family members don’t speak English at home. ESL games in school will provide them with plenty of opportunities to practice what they have learned in an environment that is fun and stress-free.

Teaching ESL students can be a real challenge, especially if they are integrated into a classroom with students who aren’t ESL. When you incorporate fun ESL games as part of your lesson plan, though, you will be able to create an atmosphere conducive to their learning. These games will encourage their participation, make learning fun for them and allow them the perfect opportunities to try out what they have learned. As they are able to exercise what they are learning, their confidence will grow, along with their command of the English language.