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Jana Rooheart | JRooheart

Jana Rooheart | JRooheart

Jana Rooheart | JRooheart 


Jana consults parents and teachers on online safety issues. She deliver lectures on Internet dangers in schools and teaches kids how to be safe online. She tries to fight cyberbullying, online schemes, explicit content, online predators and other problems that kids can encounter and fall for. She also consults schools and individuals helping them secure all the devices for kids.

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Apart from being a chore and hygienic necessity, spring-cleaning can also be a way to put your life in order. Have you ever notice that tidying up made you feel better? Maybe it also helped you to make up your mind about something. It lifts the proverbial weight off your shoulders and makes you happier. This effect has a scientific explanation.

Meditation

In Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, Santiago cleans crystal glasses for the merchant, saying that it helps him to clear his thoughts. Agatha Christie came up with the plots for many of her novels when washing dishes. It does work this way.

Our minds are overwhelmed. Many people today work intellectually. Even menial tasks are performed in the office environment, at the desk. This is a usual habitat for a city dweller or a townie. Even our pastimes demand some brainwork – reading, watching films, playing videogames. To reload we need switching to completely different activity. Preferably physical – workout, dances, sports, or… cleaning our house!

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Smartphones and tablets appear in the classroom news almost daily, but seldom in a positive context. Cyberbullying, sexting, binge gaming, social media addiction – the focus is too often on the downside of modern technologies. The most intuitive response is to stir clear from all that, just to be on the safe side, thus inevitably making it “a boring side”. We say “prevention”, but what we often mean is “total ban”. Well, an ostrich attitude has never led to anything good.

KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES

I understand that with new apps popping up every day, teachers, no matter how tech-savvy, often are the last to know what is going on in the smartphones of their students. We are not as interested and engaged, as they are, not as eager to discover something new. It takes all the running we can do, to keep in the same place. Even if we show a genuine interest, kids will try to hide things, doing all they can to distance from the “uncool adults”. However, it does not mean that we should give up or leave it all to parents. Avoiding technology in our classroom, we will only widen the gap and make it worse. For our students, we will be not merely outdated, but as good as extinct. For the sake of communication and understanding, we must show them that we do populate digital terrain – just as they do. I do not mean fraternizing and joining every social medium there is, but actively using technology as an educational tool. There are several other reasons to do that.

BOON

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