6-Year-Olds on Facebook

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So, Facebook recently came up with this new app called Kids Messenger. It basically allows 6 -13 year olds to talk to each other, their friends, their parents and grandparents. This app is partially of controlled by the parents of the child, so they get to decide who their child can talk to and who they cant talk to, they completely control the contact list. From what I saw so far, this app seems like a mixture of Snapchat, Skype and messenger. You can video call with more than 1 person at a time, it allows you to use different filters  and you can also text one another using fun stickers and much more. This app doesn’t seem so bad, I would actually try it. According to Facebook, children can use this without a phone number, there wont be any ads or in-app purchases and once the child turns 13, Facebook will ask if you want to upgrade to the adult version of Facebook, seems pretty interesting.

Facebook says Messenger Kids will not display ads, nor collect data on kids for advertising purposes. Kids’ accounts will not automatically be rolled into Facebook accounts once they turn 13. –WEIRD

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There’s actually something similar to this for kids. YouTube Kids, many people haven’t heard of this, I recently found out about it while doing some research about Messenger Kids. It’s simply YouTube, for kids; and for this app, YouTube had to remove hundreds of videos that would be bad for children. Anyways, going back to Messenger Kids. This app hasn’t been released in Canada yet, but was released in the US on Monday, December 4th.

In some ways this app can be seen as a good thing, but in other ways, not so good. At least now kids wont have to make accounts with fake ages, they can just use Messenger Kids. It can promote safe communication for kids with friends and family and since its controlled by an adult, their every move can be monitored to keep children safe. But now, children have more reasons to be all around technology. Giving little kids access to things like Facebook kids will impact their future with technology, mainly leading them to be addicted. What do you think about Messenger Kids?


Employment Skills

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Hi everyone, Today we’re gonna talk about employment, its actually a very interesting topic. You know the times when you have no idea what skills you need to get a job, doesn’t matter what job, just any job in general. Worry not, i’ll help with that.

Lets start with what employability skills are in the first place. They are basically qualities that you should or could have in order to work, just basic skills like communication, problem solving, planning and organizing, adapting well to situations, and efficiency in something. Basic qualities like these are very important in getting a job and these qualities are simple to get. Communication is key, without communication you cant really do anything. There are many skills and abilities that you can apply to a wide range of careers. These are skills you can get from volunteer work, your hobbies, or just simple work you do here and there, you would call them transferable skills.  Transferable skills are things like, leadership, time management and analytics. They include hard and soft skills.

Hard skills are teachable skills, so you can develop these skills through teachings, and are specific abilities which help people carry out different jobs. These would be things like computer programming, foreign language skills, typing, proofreading or even a degree in something would be considered a hard skill. Soft skills on the other hand are abilities you pick up through abilities, self- developed attributes. These are skills like problem solving, patience, team work.

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This leads to our next topic. What are the top skills employers are looking for? When you are getting  job, it doesn’t matter how big or little it is the top skill employers want is communication. Without the ability to communicate well with anyone, its really hard to do anything really. Other than that, the ability to analyse and sort information is really

important, this would show others that you can actually understand the information that is being given to you. Next, would be flexibility, which proves that you can adapt well to different situations and a changing environment. following that would be problem solving. It’s a basic skill that comes in handy almost all the time, no matter what you’re doing.

Lastly, you never know what skills you will need 5-10 years from now. Currently, there are careers and skills that most likely didn’t exist 10-15 years back. The world is now becoming very technology based and because of that, in the future being able to understand and properly use electronics is necessary. Children in the 21st century always complain about how people older than them don’t understand them. 10 years from now, thinking similar to the way the ‘younger’ audience thinks will be the greatest ability.

Computer Stimulated Life

Virtual Reality, the dictionary may define this as a computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment, but I would say that its a completely different way of life. Using virtual reality we can go to places we normally wouldn’t be able to go to easily. I can go to the Caribbeans, or go to Dubai in just a matter of seconds. Not just that, virtual reality allows us to be younger in a different world. I can be 50 or 60 in real life, but in the world of virtual reality, I can be 20 years old.

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This amazing creation can also come in handy when it comes to medical uses. Using virtual reality, we can heal the human mind. It helps in depression, people who have anxiety:

“For a person who stutters, talking in front of an audience, for instance, can be an intimidating and heart-raising task,” said Walkom. “But with the growing availability of virtual reality technology, people could practice exposure therapy in ways previously unavailable to them from the comfort of their own home.”

Not just that, this can also be used for education and most amazingly, it can help teach people who are going into medicine and surgical fields. In my opinion this is the most beneficial factor about virtual reality. What’s a better way to learn than preforming the actual task yourself? Soon virtual reality will become very popular among people. It will most likely be used in education programs, businesses and just regular lives in general, but personally, I wouldn’t see it taking over actual reality. If this were to happen, then humans would stop interacting with one another, people would be sitting in their homes alone with their V.R glasses on and no one around them.

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One of the biggest confusions people have is between Virtual reality and Augmented reality. Virtual reality is basically a computer generated recreation life and is stimulated by the users hearing and sight. To experience this you would have to have a V.R headset, its like a combination of goggles and a helmet, you would put your phone in it and then go wherever in the would you want to go.  Augmented reality on the other hand, delivers virtual elements as an overlay to the real world. It gives a 3-D affect to things in real life using an electronic device. This would come in handy when you’re doing online shopping, this way you can see exactly how your new sofa would look in the living room, or what the perfect kitchen table for you kitchen should look like.

I think Virtual Reality is amazing. I would honestly love to go to a haunted house whenever I feel like it, or go cage diving with sharks when i’m bored.

To learn more about Augmented and Virtual Reality click here.

What do you think about virtual reality? Comment below!



Take A Stand

“I want to get rid of the Indian problem. I do not think as a matter of fact, that the country ought to continuously protect a class of people who are able to stand alone… Our objective is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic and there is no Indian question, and no Indian Department, that is the whole object of this Bill.” Dr. Duncan Campbell Scott – 1920

Welcome back! Today I’m going to be talking about something very important, something not many people understand fully. Residential schools “a special institutions for the Aboriginal peoples“, a way to kill the Indian in the child. Something shown as wonderful, safe and educational is actually the total opposite, children beaten, locked in dark basements, abused physically and emotionally. These innocent children from as young as 6 to 16 years of age did more labor work than homework, they were forced into the religion of the Europeans, stripped of their nationality, their individuality and their culture.

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Many people say “oh well it wasn’t even that bad” and that is where Truth and Reconciliation comes in. Acknowledge the truth, don’t deny it. To me, reconciliation means to heal, and put together something that was once broken. It means that we make a sincere effort to try make up for past injustices to the aboriginal people.

Residential schools were torture institutions where the children were beaten if they tried to be themselves, if they spoke their language, used their indigenous names, or even tried to communicate with their siblings. These things may not affect us directly, but indirectly everyone plays a role in the treatment of indigenous peoples. Yes, we could not have done anything in the past, but now we can. We can speak up and make a difference. Some people might say “well, I don’t care, it doesn’t have anything to do with me” but what if it did, what if instead of the First Nations peoples it was one of our groups in that state? What if we had to fight or our rights and freedoms like this and no one cared because they didn’t have anything to do with it?

Let me briefly explain what happened. A long time ago, when the Europeans decided to travel and settle in different places, they came to Canada. They took over all the land that belonged to the Aboriginal people and gave them little to no land to live on and make a living out of. The Europeans made tiny reserves far away from them to stuff the Indigenous people in because according to them, they were uneducated filthy people. Then came the treaties, something the Indigenous people thought is an agreement that will grant them education and basic human rights, land and freedom, but instead it gave them nothing but pain and contempt. Children were ripped from their parents forcefully and sent to these residential schools that they thought would probably educate their children. Little did they know about the reality. Siblings were sent to different schools so they wouldn’t be able to communicate with one another. Their braids were cut, and everything that tied them to their “Indian” side was taken from them. The goal of these schools was assimilation, take the Indian out of the child, turn them into Europeans, make them forget that they were ever aboriginal people. There was a story about this little girl who was so happy that she was going to school. Her mom bought her an orange shirt that she happily wore on her way to the residential school. When the little girl got to the school, he shirt was ripped away from her and she was put in a uniform that didn’t even fit properly. What she thought would be a wonderful place, was in reality a form of hell. down below is a story about another little girl whose life changed drastically due to residential schools.




Next Great Technologies

Compared to back in the 1900’s Technology is HUGE now. You would see almost every person with some sort of technology in their hands or even on them. From the first tools ever invented to the worlds largest tech companies We have advanced greatly in the world of technology.

In today’s world, people may ask “What is the next great technology?” This question has hundreds of different answers.

Going into the past, lets start with Google. Google, founded in 1998, is the worlds largest search engine, it literally has anything and everything you’re searching for, just type it in and google has the answer. In 2005, the first android was unveiled operated through google. It was the first google phone, a phone running Google’s Android OS.

Moving on into current times, Surgical Robotics, a.k.a The Da Vanci System, which in my opinion is incredible. The Da Vinci is basically a machine which operates on you, but, your surgeon is controlling it. It interprets the movements of the one whose controlling it into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

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Soon CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) will be in use by many people and we will have genetically modified humans. Through CRISPR-Cas9 we will be able to permanently modify genes within organisms. Now we can edit parts of the genome  by removing, adding or altering sections of the DNA  sequence. Via CRISPR doctors can eliminate a patients cancer by removing the cancer gene, develop new drugs, make designer babies, Create super plants and much more.

No one really knows what the next great technology will be. It could be anything, another great Iphone which has even more advanced things in it, the Iphone X has no charging port, God knows whats next. Or it could be a device that can see into the future, or something that can take you back in time. Maybe we will be able to clone humans or find a permanent cure to cancer or other incurable diseases.Whatever it is, it’s probably going to leave us all speechless.



All The Way To BC

When summer vacation started I would sleep all day long, my bedtime would be at 4 – 5 am everyday and I would wake up near 2 or 3 pm. Then on June 30th, my family and I all went on a road trip to British Columbia and I had to wake up early in the morning everyday, it was a pain. We got there in time for the Canada Day fireworks and they were beautiful.  Anyways, I guess it probably took us 2 days to get there but on there we stopped in Calgary. Sitting in the car for 10-

15 hours straight was horrible.. and especially if its with your siblings. We stayed in Surrey, BC, which was an average sized city, and we would drive to Vancouver or wherever we needed to go. The thing I loved most about Surrey was how almost everyone knew each other.

On the first day, we went to The Grouse Mountain and we all wanted to go zip lining, I really wanted to go and was terrified, but I still went.  We went on the speed of approx 80 km/hr and were more than 200 ft high, it was really an amazing experience. Then on the second day, we went to Stanley Park and Vancouver Aquarium which was beautiful. There we watched a seal show, saw everything in the aquarium and also got to touch some stingrays. Then we went to Playland went on several rides from which my favourite one was called ‘The Beast‘.  We didn’t get the chance to go onto all the rides because we decided to take all the big rides first which made us dizzy, but we played a lot of games and won a huge stuffed monkey which is just a little shorter than me. After that when we reached Delta we went to a restaurant to eat and we were just walking around the place when we found a shop called Paan Palace (paan is made of some type leaf and has sweet stuff in it. I don’t really know how to describe it) and the man who worked there told us that there will be the 4th of July fireworks near the border, so we made our way there and watched the fireworks.


The next day we went to White Rock, there were so many little shops and we found a shop called  spiritual flavours which had rolled ice cream which I had been dying to try, and it tasted SOO    good! On July 6th, we took a ferry to Victoria. When we reached there we went to the museum which was okay right outside there was the Victoria harbor which was beautiful. We didn’t get to see all of Victoria but we explored the harbor and went to China Town. We left BC on July 7th and on our way back to Regina we stopped at the Enchanted Forest which was really fun and from there, we went straight home.


The City Of Bones

The City Of Bones: By Cassandra Clare

The City of Bones from The Mortal Instruments series set in modern New York City written by Cassandra Clare. It was Originally published on March 27, 2007.  There is another world; a world filled with supernatural beings. While Simon and Clary were at a club Clary saw a blue haired boy going to the back with a girl and were being followed by two boys with knives. Clary followed them and saw the two boys, Jace and Alec, and the girl, Isabelle, fighting with the blue haired boy and told Simon to call for help. Jace, Alec and Isabelle noticed that Clary can see


them and were surprised because mundanes can not see shadow hunters. They informed her that the blue-haired boy is really a demon and not a human. The blue haired demon boy attacked Jace and Jace killed him. The body of the demon disappeared and when Simon and the security guards arrives they could not see Jace, Alec, and Isabelle. Clary then tells Simon she was mistaken about the boys with the knives, but he doesn’t believe her.

There were two characters form the story who changed. One moment Clary was living a normal life and a few hours later she discovered that she is supernatural. This all happened after clary came back from the club, she woke up and there were these papers with a symbol everywhere. Clary panicked and took some of those papers to a cafe where Simon and her were meeting. There she sees Jace and goes to him, Jace then tells her that she is not an ordinary human. He says that he has to take her to the institute to talk to someone named Hodge. When Clary meets Hodge he tells her that there is one of a group of humans called Shadow hunters, they hunt demons. Shadow hunters are the type of people that that normal humans (mundanes) don’t know about.

The other character that changes during the story is Simon. Simon is Clary’s best friend hence he knows everything and goes everywhere with her. After Clary found out that her memory had been sealed they went to the Silent Brothers, very powerful shadow hunters, the Silent Brothers then examine her and find out that there is a spell on her mind and the only person who did the spell can remove it. With the help of Dorothea, a witch, they get the name of Magnus Bane, the most powerful warlock of Brooklyn. Magnus tells them that he placed a spell on Clary every two years to make her to forget what she saw with her sight at her mother’s request. Meanwhile, Simon drinks a fairy drink that turns him into a rat and he gets kidnapped by vampires. Jace and

Clary go to the Vampires hideout to get Simon back and succeed in doing so. Later on in the story the leader of the vampires bites Simon and he had two choices, they can bury him, he will go into transition and will then come back, undead, as a vampire, or they can steak his heart and he dies a  normal human death. Clary chose to bury him because she did not want to lose her best friend. After transition Simon came back , undead as a vampire.

I felt many different feelings as I read this book. The book kept on getting more interesting. In th

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e beginning of the book it was all about finding Jocelyn, Clary’s mother and locating the Mortal Cup. Soon they found the Mortal Cup and the story became about different things such as protecting the cup, dealing with Simon, Alec’s feelings for Jace, and Jace and Clary’s feelings for each other, Isabelle’s relationships with the Seelies and members of the underworld and the evil

that Valentine has created. Sometimes it was the shadow hunters versus the werewolves, sometimes it the shadow hunters versus the vampires and sometimes it was the vampires versus the werewolves. As all of this happens it pulls me into the book even more and makes it even more interesting.

After reading this book I thought about a lot of things. One of those things were, wouldn’t it be so amazing if all of this could happen in real life? But, when I started to think about it, I thought that it would be horrible if these things were real. One thing that made me think a lot was did clary make the right decision by bringing Simon back to life by turning him into a vampire? After a lot of thinking I thought that Clary did not make the right decision my bringing him back to life. There are many reasons for this, one reason is that although her friendship with Simon was strong and she did not want him to die she turned him into a monster that has no feelings. Simon and Clary will not be able to be the same again because now simon can not feel pain, and he can not feel emotion. The second reason for this is that Clary should have thought of the consequences of what she was doing, Simon would not be able to live a normal life because sunlight burns a vampire. He would not be able to meet his own family because there are specific things that a vampire can not do such as see their own reflection.

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I really enjoyed reading The City Of Bones and that is because it had adventure, mystery and fantasy. Her work is very unique and different, I have read many books in which there were vampires, werewolves, demons and other supernatural things but, this book is the only book that had demon hunters, shadow hunters. There were things that I have never heard of before. I couldn’t stop reading it because I always wanted to know what happens next. All of the characters are unique and they are all different from each other. One thing that surprised me the most was that Simon turns into a vampire and that Clary loved him so much that she could not have let him die. One more thing that is different is that i have not read any book that has runes in them. There is a rune for healing, speed, strength, angel power, speaking in different languages and many more.

I would say that the author has achieved her purpose. The purpose of teaching a moral, which was to always try your best and never give up until you reach your fullest. Even if you do reach your fullest you should try to go beyond it. The author made the characters in the book all different and unique, all of them had different thoughts and their own ways of doing things; their emotions and feelings seemed so real. Those feelings and that knowledge are what made the author achieve her purpose. The author also achieved her purpose of entertaining the audience. This book entertained me a lot, I was surprised when Jace said that he is a shadow hunter but he does not believe in God. It surprised me to hear that because shadow hunters have angel blood in them, they are half angel and half human.