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about 19 hours ago

"We've known for a long time that only a relatively small number of abuse cases come to the attention of the authorities, but this report by the Children's Commissioner for England is a comprehensive attempt to measure and understand abuse that is hidden from view.

Its conclusion that only one child in every eight facing sexual abuse comes to the attention of the authorities is a staggering figure, but it does not surprise many working in the field.

Experts will often describe the abuse that is reported as the tip of the iceberg. This research attempts to measure the whole iceberg. "

It can be overwhelming to think about the number of people who either are, or were, abused during childhood. I prefer, instead to think about the number of people who have had this terrible experience, and been able to overcome it. That number should be our inspiration and our hope as survivors, while also motivating us to do better to prevent more children from having to experience it in the first place!

about 20 hours ago

"There are important warning signs — knowing them could save someone close to you."

If you have teens, or spend a lot of time working with teens, reading this and learning the signs wouldn't be the worst idea.

Nov 24, 15

An online quiz that illustrates the words you use the most on Facebook as a "word cloud" has gone viral -- and it's a great reminder of why you should be wary of connecting ostensibly fun games with your account. UK-based VPN comparison website Comparitech has delved into how it collects not just your name, but also your birthdate, hometown, education details, all your Likes, photos, browser, language, your IP address and even your friends list if you link it with Facebook. Too many details for a simple game, right? If you agree, you may want to think hard before linking any other FB quiz in the future, because most of them require you to give up a similar list of information.

Nov 24, 15

"It’s pretty obscene and appalling that just about everyone watching at home could tell something was up after the play was over, but the people who are entrusted with handling the safety of these players stood idle and did nothing. There are certainly questions that need to be answered as to how that was allowed to happen."

I'm in total agreement here. I didn't see the play on Sunday, but I saw a replay yesterday and Case Keenum was out on his feet. That was plain to see to anyone watching, yet somehow was missed by the guy who's job it is to watch for any signs of a concussed player.

As they say, "You only had one job".

Nov 24, 15

"One panelist, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kristen Mix, who sits in Colorado, said the first thing lawyers need to remember is that most judges don’t have Facebook pages, and may know about how the site works only through their grandchildren’s explanations.

“Our understanding is nowhere near as thorough as complete as if we were users,” said Mix."

And yet, when it comes to making legal decisions about social media evidence, those decisions are left in the hands of lawyers and judges who admit to not using them or understanding how they work?

I wouldn't be proud of that. Would you?

Look, the article is absolutely correct. Data is being created in millions of different places that didn't exist even a couple of years ago. That data could be evidence. That data could be the most important piece of information about a case.

That's why bar associations are laying down rules that say lawyers need to be competent or hire someone who is, when it comes to dealing with this data. More and more, cases hinge on data created is not being created on a local computer, but online, in various networks, websites, cloud storage locations and so on. Not understanding how these things work is not an excuse to not do your job.

Nov 23, 15

"For months, Erin Hagerty tried to get the young boy to open up about his traumatic past. Instead, he spent entire sessions avoiding eye contact, staring at the wall and refusing to speak.

But Hagerty, a clinical psychologist with the Advocate Childhood Trauma Treatment Program didn't give up on the child, who had been abandoned by his parents and sexually abused by multiple relatives. She built predictable routines — like starting sessions with a joke — into each meeting. She offered him choices in activities, which helped him feel more in control.

In time, the boy learned to trust Hagerty and began sharing his feelings and experiences, while he and his new adoptive family learned how to work together. Eighteen months later, Hagerty said the young boy's smiling, playful and trusting personality epitomizes the importance of work done by the Advocate Childhood Trauma Treatment Program, one of only a few agencies in Illinois specializing in mental health treatment for children who have suffered trauma or sexual abuse."

We need more resources like this, and more people like Erin Hagerty, to help children learn to overcome at a young age rather than being traumatized well into adulthood.

Nov 23, 15

This seems like a good idea, given the arrest of Jarrett Stoll and talk of somewhat common cocaine use in the NHL coming from some other places, let alone the information in the article about the current samples that were tested and seem to indicate a rising usage among players. Wonder when it'll go into place and how much head's up the players will wind up receiving prior to it being part of the test.

Nov 23, 15

"3. Generic Presentations

Not taking the time to tailor your presentation to your audience is a sure-fire way to lose your audience. You run the risk of sounding like you are on auto-pilot, and it's disrespectful to people who have come to hear you speak. Making your presentation unique to your audience will help you deliver your information in a new way, and will keep your audience engaged."

For training, I think this is the tricky one. Obviously, when teaching a class, especially as part of a certification, you have to cover the material. Doing so, while still being able to make it relevant to the audience, and their interests, requires something more than just knowing the material, it takes interpersonal skills and the ability to think on your feet. You have to know how to react to what the audience is giving you, without losing sight of the content of your course.

That's a tricky line to walk, but doing it well results in a training engagement that leaves everyone better off.

The other 12 habits are things to look out for too!

Nov 22, 15

"The experiences of abuse take us to a dark and heavy place that no one should ever know. It’s ugly, it’s painful, and it can swallow up everything good we ever knew. Moving on from these times isn’t a step-by-step process you can get from a therapist. It’s a journey. A lifetime of learning from today’s challenges by turning to the wisdom we gained from experiences of the past. It’s no simple process, but it’s a powerful one.

I’m years into my own journey now, with some of my hardest years actually coming as an adult. I went through a terribly painful relationship that took my childhood pains to a new extreme and was nearly the end of me. Hard as it was though, the pain eventually had me more determined than ever to change my life. I wanted to break the cycle I carried and show my children that we can rise above the darkest of times.

Breaking free of those traumatic years hasn’t been easy. I put a lot of work into breaking free from my past. And I mean a lot. But while I’m still very much a work in progress, I have found some simple ways to make life better than ever…"

Some decent advice in this article, especially the reminder that there is no "one way" step by step way to healing. Everyone is different and their journey will be different, but everyone is also capable of it!

Nov 22, 15

This isn't a good thing, at all. I don't think it's just teens either. Advertising has become so prevalent on the web, and so embedded, that the difference between actual "news" and an ad is pretty blurred. That means that savvy marketers could influence public opinion with stories that seem to be news, but truly aren't.

I mean really, people already like and share things on social media that aren't remotely true, how much of a stretch is it to think they would see an ad and assume it's journalism?

Nov 22, 15

"In the aftermath of the horrific episode, things went from bad to worst. Instead of sharing empathy with the victimized Imran, locals embarrassed him by sharing rumors about his “homosexual relationship” with Athar. The word spread like wildfire.

“Boys started taunting me,” he says. “They thought it was a consensual relationship while as the truth is that it was rape.”"

This story is from India, but that quote could be from just about anywhere. Boys who are molested by men are often faced with that choice, be silent and keep getting raped, or say something and be mocked as part of a homosexual relationship, and also probably continuing to get raped.

Not much of a choice.

Nov 22, 15

One, he's not saying anything Ohio State fans aren't saying. And, he's not wrong.

Two, it's tough to have a kid; and really let's remember that college football players, for all the glamour, money, and prestige involved in big-time college athletics, mostly aren't even old enough to drink; dealing with the media immediately following an emotional loss like that.

Three, still, it's not exactly a good look when it comes to getting drafted next season. NFL coaches might be hard-pressed to play someone willing to publicly air their grievances with coaching. I mean you and I can do it on Twitter, but having a player do it is another thing.

Four, did anyone expect him to come back next year? Can we really be surprised that he'd leave, along with a bunch of other juniors now that there's basically no hope of being two-time defending champs?

Nov 21, 15

"I don’t think Twitter can convince bloggers to pay for sharing data directly. But what if Twitter announces – and I’m telling you right now to expect this – that sharing counts are only available on the Twitter Analytics dashboard? In truth, the data available there is already pretty sweet, and if Twitter put sharing data exclusively in that dashboard, what will happen? A LOT MORE people will log on to that dashboard, slavishly scanning the numbers for their daily dose of social proof."

This wouldn't surprise me either. I'm not thrilled that Twitter eliminated share counts on my own, and other, sites, but I also understand that Twitter will do what's best for Twitter, not necessarily me.

Getting more people to their site, and viewing their ads, is in their interest, but they will have to weight that against ticking of their own user base. I don't think this will impact that much though. Most of the Twitter users I know don't really care that much, it's website owners who care, and it's not like we're going to stop using Twitter over it.

Nov 21, 15

Poor play from a goaltender can get a coach fired, and make another coach look great. It's that simple.

Nov 19, 15

Yes, you should probably do this. If you've stored a credit card with Amazon, now that they are supporting two factor authentication, you need to enable it.

I will be!

Nov 19, 15

Remember, no matter the size of the audience, if you are reaching one person you are doing something amazing.

I love this sentiment when we talk about our stories as survivors.

Nov 19, 15

It’s the 10th-leading cause of death, but you’ll almost never see it mentioned in an obituary.

It kills as many people as breast cancer nationally, but it’s not recognizable by a ribbon or race.

In Ohio, it claims a life every seven hours.

Experts say this is 100 percent preventable. We can stop these deaths.

But we haven’t.

Like cancer in the 1960s and AIDS in the 1980s, suicide is a public-health crisis — one whose victims largely have been ignored by lawmakers, medical professionals and much of the public.

“These are the forgotten people,” said Jan Gorniak, the former Franklin County coroner who now is the deputy chief medical examiner in Washington, D.C. “It doesn’t make the newspaper, and it’s not on TV. We could save lives if we just talked about it. Mental-health problems are real, and we can’t ignore it any longer.”

Nov 18, 15

They keep tying to make Google Plus relevant, but it just keeps missing the mark. It's tough to get people to move from networks they've already come to depend on that have the people they want to communicate with on them already.

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