Ready to learn?

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaA television or computer may be easier to find than a babysitter. In the long run, they may even be cheaper. But they’re far from ideal ways to give your children a head start on their education.Too much screen time could hurt children come school time, says Don Bower, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension human development specialist.Bower said the issue for many teachers is “at what cost is a child spending time at a screen instead of playing with friends and exploring outside, activities that are important for a successful school experience.”Schools focus on teaching children specific subjects. When kids show up at school lacking the basic skills necessary for learning, teachers have a much more challenging task.”The kids who show up ready to learn usually go on to be more successful students and, in turn, successful adults,” Bower said. “Schools do try to address students’ deficiencies. But it’s when children show up at pre-kindergarten and kindergarten without the building blocks for learning in place that puts them behind.”Bower sees a connection between intense screen time and decreased readiness to learn.”Kids involved in screen time aren’t involved in activities that are more interpersonal and physical,” he said.Television is the No. 1 activity for children ages 6 to 17, according to the Center for Media Education. By mid-adolescence, the average child has watched 15,000 hours of television. That’s more time than they’ve spent with teachers, friends or parents.”The number of screen time hours continues to increase,” Bower said. “The average U.S. child watches 25 or more hours a week. The American Academy of Pediatrics says there should be no screen time for kids under the age of 2 and only one to two hours per week as children get older. There’s a huge disconnect between what is healthy and what is actually happening in many homes.”Electronic media isn’t necessarily the bad guy, Bower said. “There are many electronic activities that complement and supplement educational learning. I hope parents become better consumers of electronic entertainment so their children can become better users.”His main concern is unmonitored screen time.“Parental monitoring of their children’s activities is a strong predictor of kids staying on track,” he said. “That monitoring includes discussion of the amount of time that kids are ‘plugged in’ and regular checking of their online activities.”When the screen goes off more often, students have a greater chance of developing building blocks for school success: the seven elements research has shown all successful students have in common. Bower gives tips on each to help students hit the ground running when they show up for school.Sense of curiosity: Children are naturally curious. But with more time in front of an electronic screen, there is less time to feed curiosity.Imagination: Electronic media doesn’t ask for much interaction. Instead of screen time, help your kids play games, make projects and read books.Ability to focus attention: Reading, art, science and building projects, as well as outings, are all activities that reward your child for paying attention.Ability to maintain attention: Too much fast-paced media trains children to expect constant sensory stimulation. Avoid extremely fast-paced programs, movies and games, especially when children are very young.Persistence: Television and computers often offer instant gratification. Too much media affects a child’s ability to stick with an activity when things get frustrating.Language: Talk to your children, read to them and expose them to the wonder of books from their earliest days. Early school success is related to the kind and amount of reading and talking at home.Inner speech: Most electronic media doesn’t engage critical thinking. Encourage your kids to think before they act. The ability to reflect and have a private conversation with ourselves helps us think things through and control our impulses.”When it comes to success in school, a healthy media diet is just as important as what your child eats,” Bower said. “Do your kids a favor and turn off, or limit, the electronic screens.”last_img read more

Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge

first_img2014 marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, the legislation that established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands. Congress, through this Act, recognized the importance of Wilderness as a resource for generations to come.In celebration of this anniversary, The Southern Appalachian Office of The Wilderness Society wants you to get out and enjoy the Wilderness Areas near you!The Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge is a chance for you to visit the wildest places that are preserved by The Wilderness Act. Log 10+ miles in 12 Wilderness Areas in the Southeast, show us and tell us about it, and you could win outdoor swag.The Challenge? Hike 10+ miles in 12 Wilderness Areas in the Southeast.Eligible states include: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia (Participants may piece together 10+ miles in a Wilderness Area over several shorter hikes, particularly if a Wilderness Area’s size does not permit a single 10-mile hike. They may consider round-trip mileage toward the 10+-mile requirement.)How to Join the Challenge:• Register to participate via the Dirty Dozen Hike Challenge online form at www.southeastwilderness50.org.• Submit the Hike Experience Submission Form online for each hike you complete. This form must be submitted along with required photo for each of the Wilderness Areas you hike.• You will be asked to submit one photo for each Wilderness Area hike you complete. Send a photo of your hike: of you on your hike, or something awesome you saw along the trail. You can also submit additional photos with your Hike Experience Submission Form, which will be considered for our best photo prizes at the end of the challenge.TWS_hiking-shot_082914Some hike experiences and photos may be selected for inclusion on the southeastwilderness50.org blog and/or in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine coverage throughout the year.A list of Wilderness Areas within the Southeast, including maps, and all hike challenge details can be found online at www.southeastwilderness50.org/dirty-dozenSwag:Those who sign up for the challenge will receive an official Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge sticker. Those who complete the challenge will receive an embroidered patch and may be eligible for additional prizes.Connect!Check out experiences from other Dirty Dozen challenge participants, and share your wilderness moments on social media. On Twitter or Instagram, use #dirtydozenhikechallenge and #wearethewild, and like the hike challenge Facebook page to stay connected.Prize Winners:In addition to recognizing all of those who complete the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge, additional winners will be recognized in the following categories:• Finished First• Hiked the Most Miles• Hiked in the Most Wilderness Areas• Hiked in the Most States• Best Hike Photos• Most Creative Hike Experience DescriptionsA celebration event will be held to congratulate those who complete the challenge. Some of those who participate in or complete the challenge may also be featured in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine throughout the year. Winner of the best hike photos and most creative hike descriptions will be recognized in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.tws_dirtydozen_graphic_v2last_img read more

UberBOAT available today in Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik

first_imgThe world premiere of the UberBOAT service, which will be available during the summer months in Croatia, was officially presented in Split today. Through Uber’s application, users will be able to order a speedboat for transfers from the coast to the island, as well as for half-day and full-day excursions in just a few strokes on the smartphone screen in Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik. The goal of the service is to provide all users with a unique, reliable and safe transfer at sea with the experience of ordering speedboats on request.UberBOAT has already been announced by numerous influential media outlets such as the American magazine Architectural Digest, the British Independent and Metro, the German Bild, the influential portal Welt and many others. The new Uber service was also recognized by the American Thrillist, whose video about UberBOAT was watched by as many as 2,7 million people and collected more than 19 comments, which certainly brought us a lot of free advertising, ie our tourism.”We want to provide users as well as many foreign and domestic tourists in Croatia with a reliable and simple service. By launching the UberBOAT service, our goal is to provide a new way of exploring and traveling along the Croatian coast, which will significantly contribute to the development of Croatian tourism. In addition, I’m excited to launch the service just at a time when Uber has globally crossed as many as 5 billion rides, an increase of 3 billion in the last 11 months. It shows how much customers want our services, and it is a motive for us to continuously work on new, innovative solutions”, Said Davor Tremac, Uber’s CEO for Southeast Europe.UberBOAT is offered through two separate services, transfer from the mainland to the island or vice versa, and as a half-day or full-day adventure. The price of a transfer from Split to Hvar (or vice versa) on a speedboat for up to eight passengers is 2600 HRK, while the price of a larger XL speedboat that can accommodate up to 12 passengers is 3300 HRK. In addition to transfers, users can rent a speedboat for a half-day or full-day adventure to nearby islands, the price of which depends on the miles traveled and the duration of the adventure.Users can determine their own travel plan or organize an adventure according to the suggested most popular excursions, and the speedboat will be with them as much as they want, regardless of whether they visit famous sea caves or sail from island to island.With this service, sailing ends at the place of embarkation on the same day as the embarkation. The UberBOAT service does not offer the possibility of spending the night on a speedboat or renting a boat without a captain. The UberBOAT service always implies the presence of captains and sailors. “I am very happy that UberBOAT was launched in Croatia, I think it is a great service for both locals and tourists. It will enable them to get to the desired destinations faster and easier, and we will have more work and safer earnings. A lot of people have already heard about the service, both locals and foreigners are inquiring about transfers and excursions, so I think this will be a good season as far as UberBOAT is concerned”, Said Said Hadžiarapović, captain on the Uber platform.last_img read more

Taylor: No link in Suarez cases

first_img Suarez was suspended for eight games last season when an independent disciplinary panel found the Liverpool striker guilty of abusing Patrice Evra at Anfield in October 2011. The fact Suarez received a greater sanction for sinking his teeth into Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday has raised an eyebrow in some quarters. However, Taylor does not feel the two cases are linked, and he said: “I don’t think there is a suggestion the FA think biting is more serious than racial abuse.” He added: “I think if there was any more racist abuse the tariff would increase. It is not easy to get justice right. (Suarez) got seven (for biting in Holland), eight (for Evra) and now 10. There has been a divided opinion. For some people it is not enough, others think it is too much. “I take the view if there are points being made on both sides the balance is probably right. I actually feel there was needed to be more encouragement for the player to improve his behaviour and maybe the ban could have been longer, say 12 matches, with some of it suspended.” Liverpool will consider the written reasons behind the verdict before deciding whether to appeal against a punishment that, as it stands, rules Suarez out of action until the back end of September. Taylor is unconvinced by the Reds’ present annoyance at the severity of the punishment. However, he is in a tricky position as well given Suarez is one of six contenders to win the PFA Footballer of the Year prize on Sunday and is strongly fancied to be included in the Team of the Year. “The vote was made by the players and the first criteria is footballing ability,” said Taylor. “This was not normal behaviour. “Luis Suarez is a great footballer. The job for everybody, not just Liverpool but the PFA, Premier League and FA is to make sure, along the way, we see the right pattern of behaviour. “Sometimes bad behaviour is excused by intensity. But as so many top players have shown, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you have bad discipline and you get disciplined for it, that just leads to more frustration. It doesn’t help anyone.” Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor insists the 10-match ban handed out to Luis Suarez does not indicate biting is more serious than racial abuse.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trending up: Parris provides reliable late-down option; Secondary holds Louisville in check

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) fell to Louisville (5-1, 3-1), 28-6, at the Carrier Dome on Friday night, but here are three bright spots for what was ultimately an ugly game for the Orange.1. Josh ParrisParris has been working back from a knee injury he sustained in training camp, and Friday looked to be his first real run as the primary tight end. Without second-string tight end Kendall Moore, starting H-back Brisly Estime and top target Ashton Broyld, Hunt used Parris as a safety valve and he proved a reliable late-down option. Parris caught five passes for 34 yards, with three catches earning first downs — and two of those three coming on third down. He lined up in the slot, on the line throughout the game and was targeted out of the slot on the left sideline for what would have been his longest catch of the game. But Hunt threw the pass high and out of his reach. All of SU’s success came on underneath routes, which allowed Parris to turn his hips and get upfield for mid-sized gains.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Pass defenseJulian Whigham didn’t think Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon was telegraphing his passes, except on his first-quarter interception that set the tone for a solid day for Syracuse the secondary. Louisville quarterback Reggie Bonnafon finished 12-for-22 with 174 yards, and the Cardinals ran the ball 48 times. Had SU been able to control the  ground game — an advertised strength of the defense — the Cardinals would have had an even harder time in the air and an even harder time moving the ball. But when the Orange front did stop the run on early downs, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough was able to insert an extra safety on the field for what SU calls the “Okie” package. Cornerbacks Whigham and Brandon Reddish and safeties Darius Kelly, Durell Eskridge and Ritchy Desir dropped back in a Cover 3 and allowed the line and linebackers to get good pressure on Bonnafon — which resulted in the Cardinals going 7-for-16 on third down.The SU secondary did get hurt when the Cardinals ran underneath routes to counter the Cover 3, but Whigham said a few tweaks to the umbrella coverage can stop that wrinkle. 3. Ben Lewis Let’s forget that Ben Lewis let an easy touchdown catch fall through his fingers. It’s not easy, but his full body of work against the Cardinals can help. Without Estime and Broyld, Lewis worked mostly out of the slot and only had two catches for 54 yards in the game. But his 48-yard reception in the third was his third big gain in as many games, and without penalties and his drop in the end zone, it should have set up a Syracuse touchdown.Touchdowns never came, but Lewis fell a yard short of the end zone, caught a score that was called back and missed one that he catches nine times out of 10. “Close” doesn’t show up on the scoreboard, but he looks to be a reliable option moving forward. Comments Published on October 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more