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Safety Education For Kids and Teens

I thought I was knowledgeable about the dangers our children face in our crazy mixed up world. After all I raised five special needs children as a single parent after my wife passed away. It was not until I read some articles about the dangers facing our children on the internet that I realized I was only seeing the tip of the iceberg.

Safety education for kids and teens is critical and should be on the top of every parent to do list. Parents must take action immediately to assure the safety of our kids not only on the internet but in other life events as well.

Here are some really frightening statistics from law enforcement agencies:

*When your child enters a chat room and engages in conversation with someone there is a 50% probability that the stranger they are talking to is a pedophile pretending to be a child.

*At any time you are on the internet there are over 5 million pedophiles online with you.

*Your child can gain instant access to 1.8 billion pornographic websites.

*Even if your child has no interest in porn sites there is a 25% chance your child will still be exposed to pornographic images without warning while surfing the net.

*Around 75% of our kids will share personal information over the internet that could cause them or their family to be at risk.

*33% of our children will be subjected to cyber bullying, a serious danger on the internet.

*41% of cyber bullying victims will not tell friends, family, or teachers about the incidents and will keep the pain and depression they are experiencing to themselves, sometimes resulting in suicide (Bullycide is the new term).

*Online predators target kids 14 and older 77% of the time. 22% are between 10 and 13 years of age.

So we take a sigh of relief when they shut off the computer and go outside to socialize.

Then I see that according to statistics from another source violent crime statistics:

*47 murders as a daily average are committed!

*257 reported forced rapes as a daily average are committed!

*1142 reported robberies as a daily average are committed!

*2364 reported aggravated assaults as a daily average are committed!

Like most statistical data found in research the stats above are a few years old. Ask yourself if you think things have gotten better or worse over the past few years? I thought you would say that and I agree that things have gotten worse.

With all of this in mind we must figure out a way to provide safety education for kids and teens. It is not an easy task.

A parent must judge at what stage of development each child they have is in and tailor the education towards that level of understanding. There is a fine line as to how much information to give a child who is functioning on the level of an 8 year old and the information you would give a child operating at a level of a 15 year old.

Yesterday Career Guidance Was For Whites Only – Today Still No Career Guidance For All

Career guidance is under siege, I opine. Those who have an urgent need for it cry bitterly for help, the select few who access it prosper, while those who have a responsibility to provide it continue to search for solutions in all the wrong places, and this has been so for very long now.

The foremost tactical error for those who have a responsibility for the provision of career guidance is the lack of understanding of what it is actually they need to provide. In truth, there is plenty of clarity to be found in the present already. Personal experience, four years of incubating the idea plus two years of study and research into career guidance have made this abundantly clear to me.
The lack of an appropriate career guidance system even with the democratic dispensation -and much more so before and during apartheid- continues to make blacks and rural black women in particular, differently-able persons, coloureds, Indians and poor but few whites to be confronted with vast inequality in the South African society.

Mull over this subsequent truth.

If you are born in the rural areas, you are likely to be born into poverty, and very likely to die at an early age, as you would if you were born in the urban areas. If you were fortunate enough to survive, for this is your purpose in life, you will be far more likely than the rest of South Africans to grow up in a zone where there is no career guidance, and so, high rate of unemployability, hopelessness, hard labour, abundant leisure time, very high maternal and infant mortality rate, starvation, crime and mental illness and virtually all adults of the working age will have drifted to the economically viable cities or will have been prisoned or executed in the past decades by their enemies. If you are black and are in other places of the world other than Africa, in the same way, your ancestors will have been slaves anyway. Alas, you will have ended up learning to survive rather than live. When you did, you will have learnt the subordinate way of life at the service of your racial counterparts.

Recently in South Africa, you surely will have taken part in the wage strike, if not because your job is to provide ‘essential services’ and you went to work instead of joining the action, you will have been threatened by your comrades for betraying the struggle and subsequently warned by your employer, at the end, you will have been affected by ‘no-work-no-pay’ rules. One thing for sure, you will be far from complacence.

Today, in the rural conditions where no career guidance is available to the people, families suffer because few heads of households -if any- are able to find the kinds of jobs that enable them to express their innermost interest and provide economic support for their household. As a result, separation and divorce shoot up. Mothers find it difficult to support their children with staple food or social grants. When children reach the school going age -often without believing in their ability to succeed- they attend schools where the buildings are degenerating and often with perfectly demotivated educators. Mental health problems thrive because those who reside in such places live in difficult situations and are prone to stressors.

Yesterday career guidance was used as a means to insert the continuing reality of unequal opportunities between races in the South African society. Even today, the situation is such that people in racial groups who grow up in areas where career guidance is deficient will not have the same opportunities in life as their counterparts who are in conditions of career guidance abundance. This has had real devastating effects – the most obvious being to equate the white race to absolute purity and their black counterparts with mediocrity.

I have opined elsewhere that there is enormous evidence to prove that the current interventions have not been enough to counteract the continuing, and to a great degree, deepened economic ostracism and the education and work mismatch, in the areas where most blacks, coloureds, Indians and poor but few whites live. My concrete suggestion is that career guidance must be professionalized. This will address the questions of content, modes of implementation, availability, accessibility, usability, and leadership in the field of career guidance service. Ideally, you should have career guidance practitioners as you have your medical practitioners and lawyers, of course, they must be independent of educators and psychologists. In the prospect, not doing so will be to certificate socio-economic inequality and will be to further divide a South Africa that is so alive with the possibility of ultimate unity.

By definition, this service is meant to support people of all ages, races, genders and capabilities at all stages of their lives, to make informed decisions about the way of life they choose. Yesterday this service was for whites only; today I call for professionalized career guidance for all. Let’s engage.

Real Estate School – A Career For All Ages

Real estate school is a requirement of many states for those who want to become licensed as a real estate agent. Some states don’t require any education at all, while some will require a lot of education prior to the license testing. Either way, it is always in your best interest to make sure that you get an education before you take your licensing test. That way, you will be able to ensure that you know exactly what you’re getting into, and that there will be no guesswork involved either on the exam or once you get into your new career.

Each state has its own requirements for the licensing test, which is why you need to find out from your state licensing board what you need to do. Some states will require a certain amount of education, while others will just require you to take some form of classroom training before you take the test without being specific as to what you need to study. If you aren’t sure what your state requires, you need to find out in order to be successful in your career. Most tests are multiple choices, but some states do have different formats so you should take your real estate school seriously and be prepared for anything.

Real estate school isn’t just for new career seekers, though. Many people seek out training in order to meet continuing education (CE) requirements for their state. Many states have these guidelines in place, which helps to keep agents up to date on things that have changed in the real estate industry and various laws that may have gone into effect or are no longer effective. It’s essential that you are aware of your CE requirements if you have them and get them done in the time allotted by your state.

Ultimately, real estate school is useful to many people. New career seekers, investors who want to learn a little more about their market, and even current realtors who need to brush up on training to meet CE requirements can all find what they need with real estate school. If you’re considering becoming an agent or need refresher courses, consider online training for one of your options. It’s quick, efficient, and affordable training that you can do right from the comfort of home. Just make sure that your state recognizes online education as a means of training or continuing education so that you don’t waste your time or money. After all, this is your career and you wouldn’t want to jeopardize it.