Social Media & Homelessness and How We Can Help

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Did you know that famous celebrities such at Tyler Perry, Halle Berry, David Letterman, Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Lopez were once homeless

How many of you remember the story of a homeless man whose offer of assistance to a stranded motorist, using his last $20 to buy gas, netted him over 400K from a GoFundMe page that she started?  Or how about Ted “Golden Voice” Williams a former radio host who went from homeless to Hollywood after a Dispatch Reporter heard him sing at a busy street intersection?

There are many more stories of homeless men, women, and children who are being helped by unsung heroes, and on this Podcast, I will be speaking with Dr. DeBorah Gilbert White, Founder of HerStory Ensemble, Community Empowerment Institute on ways she is working to educate the public, challenging myths and stereotypes about homelessness and how you too can help in this fight.

 

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“Housing Not Handcuffs”

Dr. Deborah Gilbert White knows all too well about why we need to change our mindset about those who are experiencing homelessness and she talked more about it here on the Podcast as well as what ordinary citizens such as you and I can do to spread the word.

 

 

Learn more about the Homeless Bills of Rights and how you can get involved using social media to help our most vulnerable citizens and make this world a better place. 

If you missed the Podcast, click here to hear the rebroadcast.

 

Social Media and Self Esteem in Tweens and Teens

Social Media has both positive and negative affects on a teen’s and tween’s self-esteem and health.  It is up to our future generations to not let it take over.  Social Media deprives teenagers of who they really are, but it is also up to teenagers to change their beliefs and what they are defined by.

Think about it, before social media took over the way we connected with one another, there was radio, books, magazines, television and movies.  Even then low self esteem was a concern especially when young kids didn’t see anyone who looked like themselves represented in those mediums.  

Social Media and Self Esteem Podcast

We can all agree that most teens love social media whether it’s Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Youtube and many of them become “overnight sensations’ because of them. However, what many teens don’t seem to understand, especially in the beginning is just how much of an impact it has on their self-esteem. With social networking, teens are worried about how many “likes” they can get, how many followers they gain and how many retweets they have, even though none of it matters.

According to the Dove Self-Esteem Project, “Social media creates an environment where disordered thoughts and behaviors really thrive,” Without a lot of “likes,” followers, or retweets, teens may see themselves as “not good enough.” They are constantly exposed to seeing this “perfect image” of who they should be on social media. Some feel if they can’t become that “perfect image,” then they’re not good enough for anyone or themselves.

My special guest, Linda Kiedi, creator of Kiesse, LLC talked about an incident that occurred before her daughter’s fourth birthday and then her inability to find diverse party supplies.

Click here to listen to the entire interview.

Social Media and Self Esteem in Tweens and Teens

We can all agree that most tweens and teens love social media whether it’s Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or You Tube with many of them becoming “overnight sensations’ because of them.
However, what many of them may not seem to understand, especially in the beginning is just how much of an impact it may have on their self-esteem.

With social networking, tweens and teens are constantly checking their social media feeds worried about how many “likes” they can get, how many followers they gain and how many retweets they have.  According to the Dove Self-Esteem Project, “Social media creates an environment where disordered thoughts and behaviors really thrive,” Without a lot of “likes,” followers, or retweets, teens may see themselves as “not good enough.”
They are constantly exposed to seeing this “perfect image” of who they should be on social media. Some feel if they can’t become that “perfect image,” then they’re not good enough for anyone or themselves.  The constant exposure to “perfection” from social media affects a teen’s self-identity, self-esteem and may even cause depression. Social media can affect a teen’s self-esteem and this can create depression as they struggle to be socially accepted.

This depression can lead to teens having severe insecurities and social networking can even lead to addiction, which can also affect a teenager’s health. It can cause anxiety, sleeping problems and they may not being able to function in the real world.  However, social media wasn’t meant or intended to ruining lives, even Mark Zuckerberg has admitted this so hopefully there will be some positive changes coming to Facebook soon.
The social networking world does have some positive aspects, there are teens that are famous for trying to create a positive self-image and explain to their generation that perfection doesn’t matter.  A lot of these famous teens always say to“be yourself.”Many of them inspire others to be themselves and have helped them and their peers who love them to embrace being themselves.

There is a high level of importance of being a positive role model like ones we may have had when theCosby Show, Family Tiesand other fictional family sitcoms were on the air.  Social media was initially created to connect us with family and friends, to quickly catch up on what’s happening throughout the world.  It helped to keep us informed of major news and important events in our neighborhoods and around the world; to inspire us to make a change, and to explore the network by seeing other people’s interests, lifestyles and more.
Similar toblogging, it became the new white picket fence, where we went to share, congratulate, commiserate and check in with our family and friends. So the problem isn’t social media, it is the kind of people and accounts that tweens and teens follow on social media, which can say a lot about who they are, or who they want to be. There can be negative effects but we must encourage our teens to understand that we are born into society, not “accepted” into one.  All in all, social media has both positive and negative affects to tween’s and teen’s self-esteem and health and it is up to our future generations to not let it take over.
Think about it, before social media took over the way we connect with one another, there was radio, books, magazines, television and movies and low self esteem was also a concern when young kids didn’t see anyone who looked like themselves.  Which is why I love this picture ofPresident Obamaleaning over a young boy who just wanted to feel his hair to see if it felt like it own – that is a very powerful image.

Many experts have agreed that the best thing parents can do to minimize the risks associated with overuse of technology by their teens and tweens is to cut back on their own.   It’s up to parents to set a good example in everything and now more than ever especially when it comes to healthy computer usage.  Kids should be used to seeing our faces, not our heads bent over a screen.   I have actually seen parents texting and driving with the kids in the back seat…some even strapped into their car seats.Did you read about the Day Care Center in Houston that posted a sign that read in part:
“We have heard a child say ‘Mommy, mommy, mommy…’ and the parent is paying more attention to their phone than their own child. It is appalling. Get off your phone!!”

Parents can create a technology-free zone in the house or technology-free hours when no one uses the phone, including mom and dad. Don’t walk in the door after work in the middle of a conversation or walk in the door say ‘hi’ quickly, and then just check your email.  Try to get up a half hour earlier in the morning or stay up after the kids are in bed to check your email, give them your full attention.
No one should be using phones in the car commuting back and forth to school because that’s an important time to talk.  Especially when the kids are young because trust me, time flies.  As soon as you get used to buckling them into a car seat – they are buckling themselves into their owncar’sseats!

Not only does limiting the amount of time you spend plugged into computers, laptops and tablets provide a healthy environment for you and the family it also strengthens the parent-child bond and makes kids feel more secure. Kids need to know that you are available to help them with their problems, talk about their day, or give them a reality check, even when they don’t seem like it.
I still remember sitting at the foot of our sons bed when they were younger or reading a book or watching a movie together created such a wonderful bond for us that even now, in their 20’s, they are comfortable with me sitting at the foot of their bed talking about school or work or hubby laying down watching a game with them.

When offline you can help your kids build healthy self-esteem by getting them involved in something that they’re interested in. It could be sports or music or volunteering, anything that sparks an interest and gives them confidence. When kids learn to feel good about what they can do instead of how they look and what they own, they’re happier and better prepared for success in real life.
What is your opinion on Social Media and Self Esteem in our Tweens and Teens?

Healthy Eating and Exercise For Our Kids

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African-American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of our children are overweight or obese.
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If we don’t solve this problem, one-third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.
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I was so proud of then First Lady Michelle Obama when she worked hard withPresident Obama in the implementation of the”Let’s Move” program which included healthy eating as well.  She too understood the importance of keeping our kids healthy if we wanted them to grow into healthy adults.
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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle for our kids is very vital and it takes only a few changes to make it happen. So check out my Podcast interview which was on and popping with guest Queon Jackson, owner of Summer J Pops, “Delaware’s Coolest Desserts!”
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“There is Hope Man” – Welcome Home Joe and Jill Biden

Welcome Home Celebration for Joe and Jill Biden in Delaware
Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to be part of the Press Corp in welcoming back Vice President Joe Biden and his lovely wife, Dr. Jill Biden at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.
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I will not bore you with the details about who was there and which dignitaries spoke as you can always check the WDEL or DelawareOnline websites or head over to see my Facebook timeline.  
However, what I am going to do in addition to sharing a few pictures (of which I took over 200), is to share these four words which were spoken by the VP, and were my takeaway of the day.
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“THERE IS HOPE MAN!”
Vice President Joe Biden
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It was such a long day for the Vice President, his family, staff, and security that I didn’t think that I would have a chance to get a picture with him and I almost didn’t.
However, with a little perseverance and quick thinking, I was able to have these pictures taken with my new “cousins” from Nigeria.
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Picture with the Vice President
Vice President Joe Biden adminiring my shirt
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I was wearing the shirt from the first Inauguration in 2009 of which the Vice President admired, which had me so tongue tied that I forgot to introduce myself as the Delaware Blogger and to tell him that as part of my Podcast introduction I say,
“…coming to you live, from the middle of Delaware, home of our current Vice President Joe Biden”.
Tomorrow’s intro will remain the same, however, I will change the word current to former Vice President.
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The following are a few pictures that I took with my new Nikon camera which I had purchased the day before at Best Buy.  Although I had stayed up late reading the instructions you will note that I need a bit more practice!
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Getting ready for the Welcome Home event
Music before the event
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Vice President Joe Biden
Public Allies in the stands
Military Guards
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Valerie Biden embracing VP Biden
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Valerie Biden speaking
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The following pictures were taken with my Samsung Smartphone.
Vice President taking selfies on the rope line
My picture with the Vice Prsident
WELCOME HOME JOE AND JILL BIDEN
WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!!