Sunday, 11 February 2018

Does social media cause isolation?

Is our dependence on social media networks positive for our health though, or is there a case to be made that over use of social media creates damaging levels of social isolation?

Social media has dramatically changed our ability to stay focused on what’s going on immediately around us and lets us “escape” and instantly go “elsewhere”.The potentially damaging effects of this social media use can be tied to the fear that we are addicted without actually realising it, feelings of loneliness are exacerbated by being online too much. As I see in many of my companions, while they are on their devices they are switched off and only focused on the virtual world, in many instances I have had to repeat sentences as they have not heard my announcement.

Although social media can allow people to maintain connections with family and good friends, it can also give us the misguided impression that we share the same connection with virtual strangers or passing acquaintances.Anyone can friend anyone, without ever actually having met in person. This can prove to be dangerous as social media has become a favoured place for predators of every kind!

The way social media sites are distancing people from each other include allowing us to read and look at pictures of people’s everyday lives that we no longer feel the need to personally be involved in their life. We are offered the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship. This leads to isolation and depression of all individuals because they don’t have any social interaction.  They turn to social media because they desire to be connected to one another yet there are obstacles preventing this from happening.

By changing your daily routine to less than 2-hours on technology you began to be more social and it leaves more time for the things you love outdoors!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Internet plagiarism

There’s nothing more infuriating than someone taking credit for your work. We want to believe that our work speaks for itself. But “in the real world, it matters who gets credit. Not all theirs lurk and dark alleys and parks. Some sit with their faces lit by the glow of their technology copying, pasting, and printing.

It may just seem like just another helpful source of information, but the internet has taken the theft of intellectual property to a new level. Part of the problem is most students don't really know the definition of plagiarism or it's consequences. Many people now have turned to plagiarism as the internet rapidly changes plagiarism has become easier and whenever you make something easier more people will do it. Imagine a full written story in front of you, do you feel the urge to use that story on an upcoming test, it's the easy way out isn't it?

But the internet is not just some kind of information smorgasbord you can turn to, it's actually some body's work and needs to be credited! How would you feel if your writing was put up on the internet and free for everyone to use. A student who has formally plagiarized commented “I regret doing what I did because now I have a record showing a suspension. I wish I had never looked at her essay at all. I lost a great friend and no one deserves what I put her through. I should have used my own words, whether they were good or not, because no one can be perfect”.

But still one thing is clear, the internet will change and those changes will affect plagiarism, for better or for worse!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Design, production, education (DPE)

In DPE I am in woodwork and the school has provided us with all the materials you need to make a speaker! I used tabs for my speaker and the tabs connect up and make a box, its just like doing a jigsaw puzzle. Each year 7&8 kid gets a powerbank and the cord with the powerbank, two speakers, and a passive radiator. We each get 15weeks to complete our designs. For the back of my speaker I use a photo shop app called GIMP that you can get on your computers and is free. I have put a edited flower onto mine. Also by singularly using gimp I created a wall art hanging which was by editing a cow picture and it got laser cut onto a peice of 6ml wood. Myself and my teacher (Mr Tai) are working together on our speakers as we have the same design and concept!

Here is the picture down below:

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Otago rail trail

Today Wednesday the 31st is the last day of school as I am going on a trip down to the south island called the rail trail. We are flying from New Plymouth airport then to auckland, and down to queenstown! We are then traveling out to clyde where we begin our 150km (killermetre) bike ride over the course of three days we will be also stopping after everyday and sleeping in one of the cabins! There are also food places out there some may include a little cafe and also a pub where we could get a meal! We also get these booklets when we start traveling and stamp off all the places we have gone. It will be very exciting? We travel back on Monday, the queens birthday holiday!

Saturday, 26 November 2016

New kittens

On Monday 21st November our cat brought in a little kitten up on our back porch and we fed it then we heard another little squeal, it was coming from under the house!! So I looked and tried to see if anything was under the house and there was…….

Another little kitten a exact look alike of its mother, as I was walking to find the kitten our cat came and followed me and brought the kitten out, so all we knew was that she only had two, We fed the two kittens and our cat some jelly meat and they dug into that, they were starving!! 

After they had finished eating there food we put them in a box and kept them worm, our next task is to keep the cute little kittens alive as the weather hasn't been great this week, unfortunately one of the two kittens has got a sore eye so we will have to take it to the vet and get checked! Keep check of my blog to be informed!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Fantastic news

Sorry I haven't posted in awhile my internet at home has been slow!! But I have some fantastic news for you, this week on Tuesday the 8th of November we had our annual Moa Awards/ Moa Kluster. I got entered in for two things, those things included, Best passion blog, and best Music video that I performed the song UP by Olly murs and Demi Lovato. The night was a great turnout and all the four schools, Matapu, Auroa (My school) , Kaponga, and Opunake all had to dress up as it was a formal night. Auroa done fantastic! Plus I won my Best passion blog, it was a great night. Plus it was a bonus as I had already won the category the year before! For the winners we received a Glass plark that had Moa Kluster and the subject you had been awarded for, plus a cool certificate! My sister (Madaline) also got entered in the same category as me but in the seniors and won hers! It Was a great night and I can’t was for 2018 for another Moa Kluster!

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Guy Fawkes

Today the 5th of November, a day like no other that is named guy fawkes that embarks of the capturing of the man himself! Guy Fawkes also know as Guido Fawkes was born and educated in York,England. His father died when Guy Fawkes was eight years old, after that happened his mother remarried a recusant Catholic. Guy Fawkes converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years, War. He later met Thomas Wintour, with whom he returned to England.Wintour introduced Guy Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James~1 and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. The plotters leased an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes was placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. Prompted by the receipt of an anonymous letter, the authorities searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November, and found Guy Fawkes guarding the explosives. Over the next few days he was questioned and tortured, eventually he confessed. Immediately before his execution on 31 January! To this day we have lit fireworks in the sky since 5th November 1605.

Does social media cause isolation?

Is our dependence on social media networks positive for our health though, or is there a case to be made that over use of social media crea...