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‘61% parents use social media to keep tab on kids’



New York, March 20: While social media has been associated with a negative impact on children, 61 per cent parents feel that the online medium has enabled them to keep a track of “tweens”, according to a survey. “Tweens” is a term given to children between the early elementary grades and those entering teenage.

55 per cent of parents would read their tween’s texts or social media pages to learn if their tween was invited to a boy-girl party at the home of an unfamiliar family.





Also, 39 per cent of parents reported tracking their tween’s location on their cell phone during the party.

Mothers were more likely, than fathers, to say they would use technology to monitor their tweens, according to a report from the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

“The tween stage brings new challenges for parents as they often must balance their child’s desire for more freedom and independence with supervision. It’s not an easy balancing act,” said Sarah Clark, poll co-director.

“In some families, reading text messages or social media posts might be seen as ‘spying.’ But in others, parents discuss rules including sharing passwords,” said Clark.

“Establishing family rules around the use of social media, and discussing the reasons for those rules, is an important part of parenting tweens,” Clark said, in a statement released by the varsity.

However, 91 per cent still wanted to get the information about their child via the traditional way, which includes talking with the parents of their kids’ classmates.

About one in four parents reported being very concerned about their tweens experimenting with sexual activity, marijuana or other drugs, beer or liquor, and guns or other weapons.

Importantly, two-thirds of the parents agreed that tweens need some freedom to make mistakes, and balancing freedom with supervision.

“Parents must balance their responsibility to help their tween learn to be responsible and make good decisions while ensuring their tween’s safety,” Clarks said.


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People prone to guilty feeling may be more trustworthy: Study



New York, July 20: If you want to identify who is the most trustworthy person in your team, then pick the one who is more prone to feeling guilty, says a study.

The findings showed that a person’s tendency to anticipate feeling guilty, which the researchers call “guilt-proneness,” is the strongest predictor of how trustworthy that person is — more so than a variety of other personality traits (extraversion, openness, agreeableness, neuroticism, and conscientiousness).

Guilt-proneness differs from guilt, as it reflects the anticipation of guilt over wrongdoing and causes people to avoid transgressing in the first place. On the other hand, guilt elicits reparative behaviour following a transgression.

People who rank high in guilt-proneness feel a greater sense of interpersonal responsibility when they are entrusted, and as such, are less likely to exploit the trust others place in them.

“Trust and trustworthiness are critical for effective relationships and effective organisations,” said Emma Levine from University of Chicago.

“Individuals and institutions incur high costs when trust is misplaced, but people can mitigate these costs by engaging in relationships with individuals who are trustworthy.

“Our findings extend the substantial literature on trust by deepening our understanding of trustworthiness: When deciding in whom to place trust, trust the guilt-prone,” Levine said.

For the study, published in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the team conducted a series of six studies including economic games and surveys to measure trustworthy behaviour and intentions.

They found that individuals who scored high in the personality trait of guilt-proneness returned more money to others than individuals who scored low in guilt-proneness.

Further, individuals who were primed to behave responsibly as a result of reading a code of conduct were more likely to return money to others than the individuals who read a passage about the importance of looking out for themselves.

“Our research suggests that if you want your employees to be worthy of trust, make sure they feel personally responsible for their behaviour and that they expect to feel guilty about wrongdoing,” Levine said.


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Where is Overtourism Leading Our Holiday Destinations to?



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When the rigours of daily life and the grind get too strenuous, nothing relaxes your mind, body and spirit like the perfect vacation, right? You can choose to soak up the sun and the sea on a beach, be one with nature in the hills and perhaps just indulge your senses at a historical destination.

Except when you arrive at your dream destination, it turns out to be a nightmare. It’s crowded beyond expectations, and the destination only compounds everything you hate about city life. It’s far from paradise. It has turned into an over-commercialized and overpopulated version of the place you loved. This is a disaster, a holiday-goers worst nightmare come true.

By Jay Kantawala, Founder of WIYO Travel said, “The tourism industry has grown at an exponential rate. So much so, that a lot more people are travelling now than they once used to. The emerging middle class has the means and the ability to visit more places now than ever before. And this has given rise to a very real fear dubbed ‘overtourism’.

The term ‘overtourism’ was coined last year and denotes the phase when far too many tourists travel to a destination. While primarily used in a negative context, there are two sides to the concept of overtourism. Let’s look at both the pros and cons of this phenomenon.

With more tourism, there are more opportunities for employment. It allows the people of any locality to earn a better living. Moreover, with more visitors, the economy of the destination benefits leading to better infrastructure and a better standard of living for residents. Ultimately, well-travelled tourists are found to be better adjusted and knowledgeable about the culture of various places. This eventually leads to a peaceful and harmonious world.

But then again, ‘overtourism’ also has its detriments. Residents in Barcelona and Venice have actually organized protests and made graffiti urging tourists return from whence they arrived. This is because overtourism can have an adverse effect in terms of jammed roads, littering, destruction of the ecology of the tourist destination and much more.

So how does one strike a balance between the pros and cons of this phenomenon? The change needs to stem from the tourist himself, who needs to make a very positive difference. While passing through a destination, he/she needs to be responsible so as to not cause an adverse effect on the destination, on the environment and on the residents of the place.

‘Overtourism’ was added to the dictionary when it became a problem for those affected by its menace. Perhaps in the times that follow, ‘responsible tourism’ or ‘sustainable tourism’ will be added to the dictionary as well.

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Ideal Diet for Luscious and Stronger Hair




One of the often repeated adages that one comes across is ‘you are what you eat’. This phrase is especially true when your objective is to grow a thick head of hair. What you eat determines how thick, how strong and how luscious your hair is. Let’s look at some items that can help you achieve your dream of a perfect, majestic crown.

By Dr Vinod Sonawane, MD- Hair Transplant Surgeon, PG Diploma in Trichology & Managing Director at Bloom Hair Transplant said, “If green and leafy vegetables are not a part of your regular diet yet, include them right away! In addition to assisting in hair growth, they also have a variety of other benefits for your body. With regard to hair growth, they are rich in iron and therefore, keep your hair from breaking and becoming brittle. Plus, with the right preparation, they can be delicious too!”

Eggs can be just as useful when it comes to your hair! Much like green, leafy vegetables, it also is a rich source of protein with vitamin B12. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Moreover, they are also rich in three other essential hair growth components, namely zinc, sulphur and selenium. Start your day with an omelette or a breakfast of Scrambled Eggs. You can also get the same nutrients from poultry and oysters when they are available.

Seafood lovers can rejoice. Fish and prawn can be absolutely fantastic for your hair. Fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acid which can keep your hair smooth and silky, for a long time. As for shrimp and prawn, they’re rich in Vitamin B12 and Zinc and make your hair seem fabulous. Plus, who can say no to a large helping of some delicious seafood regularly? Don’t worry vegetarians. There are enough haircare options for you that are just as tasty and healthy as the non-vegetarian options outlined. Prunes and beetroot can prevent your hair from thinning. Beans and pulses can make up for the protein deficiency that comes from not consuming meat or seafood. Moreover, berries are highly recommended for hair growth because they contain a high degree of vitamin C.

Why is Vitamin C important? Vitamin C helps absorb iron from the diet, and we’ve spoken about how essential iron is for hair growth. Moreover, it produces collagen, an essential component for non-brittle and thick hair growth.

Ultimately, the simplest recipe for the perfect head of hair could just be a big glass of water. Water is the source of life, and therefore, also the source of your hair. It keeps your scalp hydrated setting the stage for perfect hair growth. It moisturizes your hair and skin, leading to picture-perfect growth. Ensure you drink enough water every single day if you’re aiming for the perfect head of hair.

No two people have the same scalp or hair, really. It is recommended that you visit experts in your city to figure out the perfect diet for your hair. Bloom Hair Transplant Clinic in Mumbai consults with countless patients and assists them in achieving desired hair growth. Visit your local expert today.

Finally, let’s take a look at what food is bad for your hair. Sugary foods, diet soft drinks and fast food have been linked to hair loss.

Adopt a healthy diet! Grow a thick head of hair!

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