What is Child Exploitation?


The very words exploit means to use unfairly for one’s own advantage. Sexual abuse can take the form of child exploitation for example, by photographing the child in a compromising situation, with the intent to either use the photos for their own sexual stimulation or to sell the photos as pornography. It can also mean kidnapping and selling children into prostitution, or even just forcing someone younger and weaker to do your will.

It has been estimated that 25% of the exploiters of children are other children!

When I read the above statistic, I was astounded. Then I started asking questions. Teenaged friends told me about a group of local middle school kids who have oral sex parties after school for money or drugs. Adolescents need freedom, but they need boundaries more. For a free article on setting boundaries, please go to my website http://www.ArtichokePress.com.

The range of abuse is so wide and varied that it is hard to pin down a specific definition that can be agreed on by experts in the field, let alone those who have experienced it.

Trauma May Take Many Forms

The fact is– sexual abuse of children involves varying degrees of violence and emotional trauma, and can be defined in a variety of ways, depending on the culture, context and purpose of the definition. However, the one consistent factor that is always present is that the child does not know how to protect himself when someone bigger and stronger has power over them.

What many parents, police and others don’t understand is that the fear, intimidation and loss of trust are frequently much more harmful and hurtful than the actual act of sexual violation. All these emotional stressors cause confusion about roles, boundaries and sexual awareness.

A child or teen that has been abused sexually will need patience, understanding, support and tools to deal with the trauma. They will need support and reassurance that it is was not their fault and that adults should protect children, not hurt them.

What Can We Do?

Our challenge as a community of caregivers, teachers and parents is to prepare children for any eventuality of sexual exploitation without scaring them to death. We have to counterbalance their natural deference to authority by providing them with a strong sense of what other people should and should not be permitted to do to them under any circumstances. They must know that they will be supported in their efforts to act and speak out against being victimized.

If, for whatever reason, they are not being protected within their own homes, they need to know that there are other supportive avenues of help available. In that regard, school personnel and other adults who have contact with children must be alert to the visual signs and halting messages of children in trouble.

Child victims of sexual abuse can only be as strong and effective in acting on their own behalf as the protective system and the caring adults who are standing behind them. Use your energy to heal, reassure and love the children in your circle of influence.

Sexual Abuse: What is Child Exploitation?

© 2006 Judy H. Wright, parent educator, author & International speaker


Source by Judy H. Wright

Why You Should Not Read German Newspapers And Watch TV When You Are Learning German


When trying to learn German, people go with ANY POSSIBLE resource with a hope this is going to help them improve in mastery of the language. Often most of these turn out to be no more than false rumors.

Have you ever hear of people saying: When you learn German (or any other language) read German news, watch German TV, be in contact with the language all the time. The shocking fact is that doing this will only CONFUSE YOU, not HELP YOU.

Why? Simple. More than 99% of the newspapers are written in high, complex style that will not at all suit you as a beginner. Let me give you an example.

When you are trying to learn how to count, does reading and trying to solve advanced calculus tasks helps? NO. You'll finish only watching some weird numbers and become confused and discouraged. It's the same learning to speak German.

I am very frustrated when I see people all around the web spreading rumors that also watching TV in German will help you learn the language. The answer to this is again one big, fat NO.

If you plan to watch German TV, watch it with translation. That will not help either in the long term. There is a very smart reason why those videos and audios for beginners were invented. The reason for that is for you to immerse yourself into the language and to fully understand all the words on the tape.

Reading a newspaper or watching TV will not get you anywhere. You simply will not understand over 90% of the words and you will become discouraged. In the end, it is bad for your motivation.

Once you know this, it is easy to escape from the paradigm. The solution should be to listen and watch audio and video tapes for beginners. There are many free or paid programs out there which will help you become fluent in German. Plus, you will enjoy the feeling understanding everything and your brain will start to motivate itself for more and more success.

If you want a recommendation about very good language program to start, you can go to my website for more information.


Source by Darren Welder

The Philippine Nation’s Two Unique Positive Traits – The Values of Filipinos


There are two unique positive traits that show the values of Filipinos in life. These values toward the truth, family, and respect to fellows are the foundations of the core strengths of the character of the Filipinos. As a Filipino, I can say that the Philippine nation is known for honesty or “katapatan” and its strong sense of family and community ties due to the orientation of its people.

Known as the value of “katapatan” in the Filipino language, honesty is one great positive attitude of Filipinos. This virtue of righteousness and truthfulness in both mind and heart makes Filipino workers world class. This virtue particularly strengthens the nation with trustworthy citizens.

This does not mean however that all Filipinos are honest. This article only explains that honesty is very visible among the Philippine society and even portrayed in every detail of life. In fact, honesty is always emphasized and highly regarded in movies and daily television shows in the Philippines. Thus, the Philippine audience is always attracted to stories of righteousness, a strong expression of their hope for better days in their choice in siding with the good.

Honesty results to the second positive trait which is the strong sense of family and community. This indigenous trait of the Philippine people is called “pakikipagkapwa-tao” in the native tongue. The strong family orientation is further extended in the community, encouraging cooperation among the neighborhood and at the work place.

To exemplify this strong sense of community, Filipinos are fond of interaction with fellow especially in times of crisis. You can see this in times of death where family, relatives, colleagues, and friends extend financial, moral, and emotional support at this depressed time. This concept of neighborliness is further shown in spending time with each other more with mutual visiting and even exchanging food.

These two values are unique positive traits of the Filipino people. Indeed, Filipinos take pride in their selves these values founded on a life of truthfulness with close family and a highly cooperative community.


Source by Robert Ian Maranon

Healthy According to Lionel Messi


Who does not know Lionel Messi? Miracles in the world of Argentine football this star could glint, though arguably somewhat dimmed in the period 2013-2014. The appearance of stars who often called Leo is somewhat decreased throughout 2013-204. He only packed 41 goals throughout the season, the lowest record since 2008-2009.

He even failed to deliver Argentina to the 2014 World Cup champions after the German bent 1-0. In order to improve performance on the ground, this footballer changes lifestyle and diet. With the help of his friend, fellow Argentine Martin Demichelis, Messi met with Italian nutritionist Giuliano Poser.

The meeting agreed earlier this year, Messi routinely visited Poser and got a good nutrition recipe. “After the World Cup, something has changed for him, Messi knows what to change, he has the humility to make a change in his professional career since January, he looks stronger,” Poser said. Investigate a calibration, one of the causes of decreased appearance Messi due to his hobby eating pizza.

Barcelona attacker was also experiencing weight gain due to lifestyle and eating patterns that are less attention. In order to improve performance, Messi decided to reduce the consumption of animal-containing menu. Well, since following the direction of Poser, in a relatively fast time, proved his appearance changed drastically.

Physical rapidly changing his fitness fit throughout the game. “He changed his diet, did not eat processed foods and replaced them with foods rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre contained in grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil,” Poser said as quoted La Gazzetta Dello Sport. Apparently, not just Messi who became a client Poser.

Manchester City striker, Sergio Aguero, also adopted the diet advocated by Poser. “We (Aguero and Messi) are undergoing a normal nutritional examination to check the condition of the body, he recommends food to improve our physicality, I am happy because it is important to look at the body and know what I want,” Aguero said.

No one denied the fact that Lionel Messi is the best footballer at the moment. Behind the performance that good, FC Barcelona star has a good diet.

In order to perform well on the pitch, Messi runs a diet program. There are some foods that must be consumed every day, but some are forbidden.

Dietician Messi, Giuliano Poser, revealed that sugar became one of the strikers petty striker with the nickname La Pulga it.

“Sugar is the worst thing for muscles,” Poser told Mundo Deportivo.

According to Poser, sugar contains many calories that can damage the body’s metabolism and interfere with muscle development. The more Messi away from sugar, the better.

In the meantime, there are 4 mandatory meals on Messi’s diet menu list. Is that?

“Water, good quality olive oil, grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables that are not contaminated by pesticides, therefore can cause massive damage to the body,” Poser said.

“My method is unquestionable – everyone can see how Messi looks from week to week,” Pose said.

A healthy and balanced diet leads Messi to the top of his career. At the age of 28 years now, the captain of the Argentina national team has already bagged 7 La Liga titles, 4 Champions League and 5 Ballon d’Or trophy.

Only one event that has not been conquered Messi, namely the World Cup.


Source by Cipto Doangan

Ten, the New Fifteen


As frightening as it may seem, our kids are growing up faster than every before. A recent study concluded that many girls aged nine and ten were physically entering puberty. Is it something we're eating, perhaps pollution or food additives? All I know is that it was difficult enough when my daughter entered those vulnerable early teen years, let alone having to deal with it at age ten. It makes me shudder.

One could understand the adaption in early history when the average lifespan was forty and girls were often married at twelve. But considering we live into our eighties plus these days, why are our kids maturing so early. What the hell happened to childhood?

It has always freaked me out, those damned beauty pageants, with little kids dressed up in alluring outfits with caked on make up, parading around like mini strippers. It's just so wrong. But I guess that society is to blame as advertising and marketing is more and more targeted to a younger market. Image is shoved down our throats, projected models a paragon of perfection. The problem is that not many of us can attain these perfect images, let alone our young children. As adults, and as a result, we can often struggle with self-image and confidence, so imagine how these high standards are affecting ten-year-olds, trying to both grow up too quickly and be perfect.

It seems to me that social expectations for children today are unrealistic, encouraging them to forgo their childhood and grow up into a world of overwhelming demands. No wonder kids are having so much trouble with the world, for example not able to deal with school, both scholastic and socially. Many become depressed and act out and rebel against their parents and the establishment that is expecting far too much from them. The world is a scary place for kids, and one only has to turn on the news to understand that. From a kids perspective it is far worse, stark reality making them feel unsafe and offering little hope for a positive future.

All we can do as parents is to let our kids have a child, in fact insist on it. Do not let them be teenagers at ten: make up, cell phones, skimpy fashion clothing and the like. The world will still be around when they are older and with a more mature outlook, helping them deal with the demands of modern life.

What first is viewed as distasteful from a societal perspective, can often become accepted in the end, and numbered down from use. The use of profanity for example is common among youth, acceptable because they hear it all the time, in movies, games and of course their piers. If I uttered the "F 'word when I was a kid, I would have been flogged within an inch of my life; even uttering' bloody 'was a misdemeanour. because it's happening does not mean its right.

Being a parent today is no walk in the park, you're up against a world of change and not all of it good. Peer pressure, the media and so it sees physiological change, are playing havoc with our young. All we can do is to try to give our kids a safe, normal childhood and hold on to that innocence as long as we can, because it does not get any easier.


Source by Tony DeLorger

Sorry About That Chief – Errors and Correction Notices in the Newspaper Business


Nobody likes making mistakes; but for journalists, the consequences can be nothing short of catastrophe, ranging from mild ribbing in the newsroom to outright mockery at the local watering hole – not to mention other consequences, of course, such as innocent people having their good names tarnished and such.

In any event, mistakes are things that most editors try to avoid. Still, they happen, and when they do, newspapers are quick to publish corrections.

Are not they?

Not so much, according to "Accuracy Matters: A Cross-Market Assessment of Newspaper Error and Credibility" ( Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly , autumn 2005). The study, conducted by Scott R. Maier, an associate professor at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication, surveyed 4,800 news sources to find out how accurately their information had been reported. The rate of inaccuracy ran from 55 to 70 percent and included factual errors, misquotations, and absence of essential information. Of these errors, a whopping 98% went uncorrected.

Proponents of on-line news reporting, of course, gleefully located upon the report. "So, this really puts into light the age old question … 'how do you verify all of the content citizen journalists send in,'" gloated Leonard Brody of NowPublic.com, who went on to say, "Worse off [ sic ], it demonstrates [ sic ] how much better user generated news is at unearthing errors rather than burying them. "

Appropriately proponents of "user generated news" do not consider errors of grammar and spelling worthy of being "unearthed."

Still, the results of the study are unnerving – even if there is some concern about the methodology of the study: having sources rate the accuracy of reports. We've all witnessed too many sources on a Bible that they never said what a news outlet reported they said, despite the evidence of tape recorders and videos.

Regardless of that, the fact is, we make too many mistakes, and often are not vigilant enough about correcting them.

Corrections need not be painful

There is no reason why corrections have to be grudging and boring. Craig Silverman is a well-respected journalist and author based in Montreal (a fellow Canadian, I'm pleased to say). His Regret the Error site is an exhaustive record of daily newspaper corrections. It's educational (no, not really) and intense fun (definitely).

The Times : In a story in yesterday's Times on the Trenton Softball Hall of Fame, Harvey Hyman was referred to as the "late" Harvey Hyman. Mr. Hyman is alive and well. The Times apologizes for the error.

As Silverberg knows, a good correction can go far in mitigating even the worst mistakes, and to that end he has introduced the Ian Mayes Award for Writing Wrong, in honor of Ian Mayes, whom Silverberg calls "one of the, if not the, premier corrections artistes . "

"Using very few words, he often turned a simple correction into something amusing or enlightening. In the process, he made the paper's corrections more than just a recitation of error."

Here's a sample of Mayes' work:

In a misplaced outbreak of politeness, the Weatherwatch column, page 39, November 1, described average temperatures in Tromso and Bergen as being "0C and 3C respectfully".

This year's winner is David Hummerston of the West Australian who corrects include this masterpiece of punnery:

Birdbrains : We swiftly swallowed the information supplied to us which described a photo of a bird in flight as a Rottnest Island Sparrow (The science of fine photography, page 19, August 16). As any eagle-eyed ornithologist would attest it was, of course, the much less rare Welcome Sparrow.

So there's tip number one: When you make a mistake (and you will), confess it promptly and with as much humor as possible. The amount of effort you put into the word will be worth much more to the offended party than the fact of the correction itself.

Plus it gives you a shot at the Ian Mayes Award, and it's always fun to be rewarded for screwing up.


Source by Christopher Simpson

A Few Additions To A Columnist's 18 Things To Hope For In The 2018 Baseball Season


Jordan Foster of the Sporting News wrote a column this week identifying eight things that he wanted to see during this baseball season, which is set to begin in two weeks with the sunset of Spring Training. Several of his dozen and a half items are ones that appear perennially in his column, while others are unique to the upcoming season.

As he has proposed in the past, Foster wanted to see the designated hitter rule applied in both leagues. He also makes a strong argument for the return of bullpen carts to transport relievers to the mound, a sound idea the huge number of pitching changes that occurs in almost every game.

In the article, Foster also desires to see the end to the pace of game discussions that have become the latest obsession for those running baseball. Most fans, he alleges, find the pace more relaxing than annoying.

Shoetei Ohtani, who over the winter signed with Los Angeles to be both a pitcher and an everyday player, is the subject of one of Foster's wishes. He is hoping to see the former Korean star succeeded on the mound as well as at the plate. There are a dozen other suggestions in the piece, but here are a couple of others Foster could have added to make his list the nice round number of twenty.

It would be nice to see a team accomplish the rare feat Minnesota managed last season, going from the worst record earlier to the playoffs the very next year. Having only 59 games in 2016, the Twins improved so much that they won the Wild Card spot in the postseason.

As rare as that phenomenon was, there is a quite likely chance that baseball fans could witness it again this fall. San Francisco, which had already won three World Series Championships during this decade, could have this year's version of the Twins.

After suffering a miserable season that left them finishing in last place, the Giants have fortified themselves with several noteworthy trades. They picked up All Star third baseman Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays, and later acquired former Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutcheon from the Pittsburgh Pirates to solidify the outfield.

The Twins last year were also involved in a rare feat that I hope will not be repeated in the upcoming season, and I am certain most baseball fans will agree with me. Minnesota was one of the only five American League teams to finish with a winning record. Needless to say, the clubs that comprated that quintet competed in the postseason.

All the other ten clubs finished under .500, a most embarrassing situation for a sport that promotes itself as one in which every team is competitive. We were one surprising team, the Twins, from having to invite to the postseason a club that lost more games than it won.

So here's jumping that the Junior Circuit will boast at least half of its clubs with winning records, making for a much more exciting pennant race in 2018.


Source by Doug Poe

Grow Your YouTube Gaming Channel With Video Responses


YouTube video responses, good or bad? There is one key word that is massively important to YouTube & Google, I'll come to it later, but when we understand this word, I'm sure that you will agree with me, video responses are a good thing, for both parties .

I can remember when I first started out on YouTube, and I read somewhere (I can not remember where, sorry!) That having a video accepted as a video response helped both channels in various ways.

The most obvious way, is that providing the response is accepted, the responding video will be displayed underneath the existing video, and some viewers may click on it and check it out. Since the latest redesign of YouTube, I have to say that this particular aspect has probably died in usefulness, as video responses are shown quite far down the page, below top rated comments.

It is this particular factor though that has led to a lot (if not most) people refusing to accept video responses, the fear being that instead of further searching through that person's content, they'll be leaving to go watch another channel.

That's a very understandable concern, but I think it is over-anticipated. Here's how I see it breaking down on my channel.

Most of my subscribers know that I publish a lot of content, and there is a degree of variety in that content, with comments either being game related, or completely 'off-topic' and could be discussing gaming news or news in general, with a few atheist / religion themed comments as it's a particular hobby-horse of mine.

They watch my content for a reason, odd as it may seem, there's something there that they like, and when they are in the mood for my content, they will come and watch it. When they've had enough, say after about three minutes, they'll want to go and watch something else. In particular, if a video of mine has expressed opinion about something, they may well want to go and watch something else related to that. If there is a video response to that video, it's an all-round good thing for them to go and hear someone else's opinion, even if it disagrees with mine.

Now, if they go watch someone else's opinion, they may come back to comment on my video.

Even better though, the person who has the posted video response, some of their viewers may come and check out my content too! Their video will be showing as a response to my video; this is VERY important.

The key word I mentioned? Engagement. YouTube LOVES us when we engage with our communities. The more engagement we have, the more YouTube thinks we must be wonderful, and pushes us up search engine rankings, not just on YouTube, but on Google too.

No one outside of YouTube knows exactly how YouTube algorithms work, but I think it's a fairly safe bet that every type of engagement does not carry the same value. So for example, a comment is worth one point, a comment from a subscriber is worth 2, a video response we post ourselves (of our own content to our own channel) is worth 1, a like is worth 10, a video response from another channel is worth 50.

I'll admit I'm pulling figures out of the air here, but there will surely be some kind of weighting system, and video responses from one channel to another will be pretty high on that list. I'd also guess that as YouTube loves engagement so much, more weighting will be given to acceptors of video responses than the video posted as a response.

If I'm correct, what this means is that the person accepting the responses will actually be getting as much (if not more) out of the deal as the person who posted the response.

YouTube loves engagement, and so should we.

I'm also gonna look at another aspect, that of altruism.

Altruism is basically the concept of doing some good for someone with no anticipation of reward. I've always argued that there is no such thing as 'true' altruism, cos when we do something good for someone, we get a buzz out of it.

Let's assume that I'm way off base with my understanding of how YouTube factors engagement. Is not doing something good for someone else just a pretty good thing to do anyway? Do not it make you feel good?

Seriously, if you think that by accepting a video response you're risking someone leaving your channel and not coming back, you have very little faith in the quality of your content, and that's what you really should pay paying attention to!

Lastly, I'd like to recount some of my experiences with littlebigplanet.

For those of you not familiar with the game, users make levels, and getting plays on those levels is pretty much like getting views on YouTube.

I started having a degree of success on LBP. most of what I published would be on the 'cool pages', a couple of developer picks, and I was fortunately enough to have many of LBP's top creators collaborating with me on projects.

I would very often make a link at the end of my levels taking players directly to someone else's content. Most of the level I would direct to would be a complete 'unknown' within the world of LBP, but someone who I deserved deserved some exposure for their efforts. Like a video response takes people off my YouTube channel, a LBP link would take them off my planet.

It never did me any harm, if anything it enhanced my reputation among LBP, and made more people come and check my content.

So, let's wind up here.

Simply put, video responses increase engagement for the person who posts, AND the person who accepts.

YouTube LOVES engagement.

It feels good to help other channels out, especially if they're just starting their YouTube 'career'.

I will ALWAYS accept a video response as long as it is in some way relevant or interesting to my viewers, if you'd like to send me a video response, go for it!

Do's and Dont's for Video Responses on YouTube

Do make sure it's relevant in some way.

Do send the channel owner a short message telling them why you think it is a good response.

Do demonstrate that you've actually seen their content & you're sending an appropriate response (this may be obvious in video title)

Do offer for them to feel free to make responses on your channel.

Do not spam everyone. No-one likes spam.

Do not bombard people with video responses.

Do not get irate or dismissed if responses are ignored.


Source by Michael L Parris

How to Stimulate a Woman Sexually


Want to learn how to stimulate a woman sexually? I can see you nodding your head so I am going to spend a few secrets which will make you her best lover ever.

You see it's not always about the sexual activity which women love, it's the entire experience and every thing leading up to climax. So first let's begin with foreplay.

Foreplay Techniques to Stimulate Woman Sexually

You might find this surprising, but foreplay does not have to start with skin contact. It can begin in her mind when you leave a sexy note on the refrigerator or by calling her and leaving a message at work. Or my favorite techniques is by arranging for a limo or taxi if you're short on funds, to pick her up from work or at home. Just make sure she does not know where it's going and have her meet you at a fancy hotel or top notch restaurant.

Cunnilingus Tricks to Stimulate Woman Sexually

Oral sex is a proven way to make women orgasm if you understand the secrets to performing it properly. Do not just go down there the minute she is unclothed. Linger over her erogenous zones awhile with soft kisses and gentle strokes of your hands and then begin the act of oral sex.

Best Intercourse Positions

After all the foreplay and oral sex it's time for some intercourse. If there is one position I favor over all the rest. It's rear entry. And the reason is it frees up your hands to massage areas on her body and places all of the focus on her. It evens allows you bring into bed her favorite toy. So she can enjoy those vibrating pleasures she loves so much.

How to stimulate a woman sexually is not always about sex, but also the process which leads up to the magical moment.


Source by RT Bucher

Great Homes at Fayetteville Real Estate


Have you ever wanted to move into a new place in which you can have your dream home that is beautiful and affordable? Do you enjoy the hustle and bustle and exciting entertainment that the city life has to offer? Would you like to spend your time enjoying great restaurants, visit great shops, as well as enjoy the art forms and historical culture of a city?

Well, now you can! Yes, there is a dream home and great city life waiting for you at Fayetteville real estate in North Carolina. This is definitely the home and the city for you because there if offers great affordable homes, and you can enjoy everything the city has life has to give you.

Before going further on the type of home you can have, I think it would be great to have a little basic information about the beautiful city that you will definitely enjoy and the history behind it.

Fayetteville city was actually named after a revolutionary war hero named Marquis de La Fayette. There are also many cities in the United States named after him; however, amazingly Fayetteville NC is the only city he had actually visited in his lifetime.

Fort Bragg is also the army base in Fayetteville that it is best known for. Since there is an army base, then there is very much a diverse racial mix of people who live there. Military families are constantly moving in and out. Experiencing diversity can indeed be an exciting thing.

There are also so many entertaining things you can do in the city. You will not need to worry about feeling bored because there is always something new that can be done. If you love any form of arts then you can visit the Art Center that has great exhibits and is also in the heart of the downtown area.

At the Fayetteville Art Museum, there are always world class art exhibits taking place and if you are interested in joining different workshops, educational programs, concerts, and more then this is the place to go.

If you are worried about your children being bored, then you no longer need too.

Fayetteville has the Fascinate-U Children's Museum that allows them to learn about their world through many fun activities and games. You can be sure that your child will learn many great and interesting things about themselves and the world around them.

So when it comes to buying a home in Fayetteville, as I have mentioned before it is affordable. There are so many types of homes to choose from, and price range will vary according to what you pick out. However, if you have dreamed of living in a large home or even an estate house; that dream is possible at Fayetteville.

You will get great quality in the home you choose, yet it is affordable and that is great news! So go ahead and choose from townhomes to condominiums, single family homes, to large 5 bedrooms homes, or choose from estate homes or just simply buy a lot and build your own home. It is all possible at Fayetteville real estate.


Source by Dawn Ray