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The dangers of Facebook

The most popular social networking site among teenagers is Facebook, which is used by 7% of teens who use social networks. Facebook, once a closed system limited to school and college communities, has recently become more open. Facebook puts a greater emphasis on actually knowing the people that you connect with. Other social networks used by teenagers include 2go, Yahoo and Baboo.

Positives and Negatives

Apart from the social benefits, social networking sites can be used to document school research, promote artistic talents and experiment with other forms of content creation. They provide a way to interact with others who share the same interests and to get constructive feedback on ongoing projects.

Along with these benefits come some risks. Most social networking sites are open to all, especially MySpace, which means that your teen could be exposed to harassment, bullying or sexual advances.

Cyber-bullying and harassment are most often perpetrated by other teens and tend to happen most to older girls and to teens of either gender who have a strong online presence. It may take several forms: publicizing private instant messages, text messages or e-mails, posting threatening messages, posting photos that will cause embarrassment and spreading rumors.

It’s rare for harassment to spill over into real-world conflicts, but it can still be a cause of emotional distress for teens.

A greater danger is that teens may become targets of pedophiles. The anonymity of some social networking sites makes it easy for unscrupulous people to target young teens and engage them in harmful conversations. It’s easy for predators to pose as teens and lure children into harmful real-world contact as well. Most social networking sites have privacy controls in place, but teens seldom use them. Active monitoring of profiles and behaviors catches some predators, but not all of them.

Another risk is identity theft, which can occur when teens share too much information about their name, date of birth and location.

Social networking safety

It’s up to parents to make sure their kids are safe when they use social networking. Many of the same rules that apply to online chat apply to these sites:

*Use an alias.

*Don’t give out personal information to people you don’t know. A last name and a town are enough for a predator to locate your child.

*Don’t assume that people are who they claim to be.

*Immediately end any communication that makes you uncomfortable and report it to a parent.

*For younger teens, you should investigate any sites they’d like to use. Find out what privacy protections are in place and insist that your teen uses them. For children under 16, that often means a private profile that can only be seen by approved friends.

*Older teens may want a public profile to promote a band or other creative work. In this case, have your child create a second, public profile for the project while still restricting the personal profile to family and close friends. It’s best to set up these profiles with a free e-mail from Yahoo or Google using an alias that can’t be traced back to find personal information.

*Encourage your kids to tell you if they’re victims of cyber bullying or harassment. Many teens will try to deal with this on their own, which can have disastrous consequences. If your child knows who’s behind the harassment, involve the other child’s parents or school officials. If it’s anonymous, remind your child that it’s  not personal; some people just think it’s fun to say mean things about others.

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The Making of a Legend: When Neil Armstrong left his footprints on the moon [Pictures]

Armstrong smiles from the Rocket

The world woke up to news that the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has passed on at the age of 82 – some 43 years after he made his name. The former astronaut, captained Apollo 11 mission to the moon and famously uttered the quote moments after setting foot on the lunar surface: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Armstrong steps on the Moon

But have you ever wondered what that historical sight looked like? Well, here’s a picture special of how Armstrong, not only left his footprints on the sands of time, but on the surface of the moon!

His footprint on the Moon

Armstrong and Aldin placing the American flag on the Moon

 

Today, the world celebrates the life of a brave man, a hero and a legend; the first man that took the very first bold and victorious steps on the Moon, Neil Armstrong.

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Why I posed nude – Charlyboy

Charlyboy, AKA Areafada has made headlines recently on different newspapers for posing nude in a picture. In this interview, the enigmatic social crusader and the eccentric one has finally disclosed why he posed nude in the picture that went viral on the internet.  The Excerpt.
Quotes: Now I know that at 61, my body still attracts
.Question: One wonders where you have been this period that the media has gone wild about you.

I have been hibernating in my room, sipping fruit punch on the rocks, and having a damn good laugh at some peoples timid, conservative and myopic mindset, and I will always thank God that am different and special, and not bugged down by such pedestrian intelligence.

Question: We are wondering why you continue to keep quiet over series of stories that are being circulated about you.

You know I will always remain cool with a smile when everybody is loosing sleep over my actions or inactions. No matter what, anything I do attracts attention, and even at that, not doing anything at all attracts attention. Everyone is entitled to his or her perception of the brand. what they feel or believe the brand represents doesn’t really matter. We all see an issue from where ever we stand, so if you are an artiste, you will for instance see the so-called nude picture from a creative standpoint. If you are a deeper life kind of person, you will start to moralize and may even paint me the devil. For me, it all comes with the territory; I’m an entertainer and an artiste, so if people start to swallow panadol on my behalf, should that be my concern? I know damn too well who and what I am and that is why am severely myself, because I believe in me, as a result, I don’t give a damn what you think that I am, because I already know who I am, and am confident in that knowledge. So why should I have anxiety over my playfulness and youthfulness. I no send anybody massage oooo.

Question: You filed a suit against National Mirror; at what point is the case now?

My case is still in court with the National Mirror, I know some dumb asses would feel like, Oh, he just wanted to make noise. He is not serious about the matter, but I guess time will tell who the real fools are. I know some people in this country feel like because they have money, they can buy anything even justice they don’t even deserve. Lagos high court went on vacation over the past months so as soon as they come back in the next few weeks, the matter will be called up. And let me warn, if ‘mago mago’ gets into my matter, I will show Nigerians another side that they have never seen before. Don’t forget that I on my own have faced corporate bodies in this country and have won, so Jimo Ibrahim and National Mirror are small fries in my book. I have taken on bigger platforms. Una go hearam soon, stay tuned.

Question: Even while battling with National Mirror on the controversial issue of gay and lluminati, your nude picture hit the internet again. How did this happen?

So? Don’t I look good for my age? How does one get to look that good if you don’t take care of yourself? Did you see craw craw on my body? If you see nudity, what I see is discipline. I challenge you to find in this Nigeria, 61 year old men who look like me and are in the best mental, physical and spiritual shape.

You think it is moi moi? Do you know how hard I work to keep that body like that? How else, if it is not discipline? I don’t drink, I no longer smoke cigarettes, I don’t womanize, I workout every day and I watch what I eat. I do so many things that I know a lot of people don’t have the will power to do. On my blackberry profile, I post different pictures on it, sometimes it’s all about my beautiful children, sometimes it’s about my parents, most of the time it is my beautiful wife, sometimes it’s about the people I inspire, the youths. Of cause, if I want to be mischievous, I post me sleeping in my casket, or showing off my beautiful body. So why are they not spreading the pictures of my fine wife and children? Why are they not spreading the pictures of my struggles or all the motivational things that I do, can’t you see where their minds are? In the gutter of cause…

Question: What were you trying to achieve by displaying such picture on your Blackberry profile?

I’m in the comfort of my house doing my thing, and you are asking me what I’m trying to achieve. People in my area see me every morning jogging as if I am training for Olympics, and I should not celebrate with myself the result of all the hard work I have been doing over the years? What is your damn business whatever picture I put up on my own phone? If you are on my contact and you see that kind of picture, why don’t you ignore it?

But no, they will be the first to put it on their own profile and be circulating it all over the world; I really don’t mind sha ooooo, because I know I look too good for my age. God worked overtime on my body and made me

ever special. I thank him every day for that, so dey there dey ask me what am trying to achieve. All of una with una boring and frustrated life, no be una subject of discussion for the past one month? You no see how my matter they sweet for them mouth, abegi…abegi. And who said they were nude pictures anyway? Did you see my blocos there?

At best you can say that the pictures were suggestive; everyone knows am a big tease.

Question: Obviously, this is not the first time you are posing suggestive in a picture. Can you tell us why you keep doing this?

Why not? I’m happy with my body and I’m telling you that I work very hard to keep it in shape. I have it, so I’m flaunting it; do you mind?

Question: We understand that most of your fans are mainly young people. Don’t you think that appearing like that in a picture could easily be misinterpreted by them?

My life story has inspired many young people, they understand my playfulness and my youthfulness, because there has been so many positives things I have done and still doing in the past 35yrs of the brand. They remember my contribution to the entertainment scene in Nigeria, how I brought respect and big money into the scene. Listen, no need to blow my trumpet, you know my contributions and how I have championed many other peoples causes. So they know and they understand and I’m happy about that. If you can’t get it, na your business be that.

1.      How positive or negative do these several rumors affect your business?

My own is that I’m making Bank, and business is good. Do not forget that I am a communicator. Most of the things you consider negatives may be positives to me, and even when you force the negatives too much on my face, I will convert them to positives. I am on top of my game sha.

Question: How do your children feel, seeing their father appearing waggish?They are so tickled with my swag. They like the Charlyboy character but they love Mr Charles Oputa; that is who they know.

Question: What would you consider the worst story ever about you?

The one they said that I ‘said” when I did not say. That is why we are in court. Enough of this jungle journalism. It is getting so obnoxious.

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What Big Brother has joined: “I’m here in Nigeria to show Goldie I love her” – Prezzo

The Big Brother Africa star game second runner up Prezzo says he will marry Goldie if she says yes to his request.

The 32-year-old Kenyan who is currently visiting in Nigeria, says he did not just travel ‘all the way from Kenya to play in Nigeria’; but to come and express his feelings to a woman nature brought his way in the Big Brother star game house.

Prezzo, who apologized to Nigerians for the way he treated Goldie in the house, says he’s announcing his interest in Goldie publicly because they both met publicly in the Big Brother house; adding that he is ready to do whatever it takes to make her his Mrs.

‘I was not able to express all my feelings to Goldie in the house due to paranoia and I am ready to come and fight for a prize that worth it and that will make me a real winner…’

No word yet from Goldie. Wishing the two love birds a fun time together ****wink****

 

 

 

Source: The NET

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“I know Nigerians were disappointed in my actions, I am sorry” – Prezzo

Prezzo is in Nigeria. And no he is not here for a vacation. The Kenyan, who represented his country at the just concluded Big Brother Africa Stahas touched down in Lagos to reunite with Goldie.

Ardent viewers of the reality show, already know about their on and off relationship, before the Nigerian was evicted from the show. And some of them were pissed by how the whole episode played out.

Well, ‘The Masai Warrior’ is well aware of your grudges and he says he is sorry for everything.

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“I didn’t quit smoking by myself, Prophet T.B. Joshua helped me” – Tonto Dike

 For years now, Tonto has been facing harsh criticism from fans and media for her nicotine      addiction. She began her deadly affair with cigarettes at the mere age of 12, and she’s had a long history of smoking. Back in May, Tonto Dikeh revealed on twitter that she’s quit smoking

‘I QUIT SMOKING**#Puppyface#’, @tontolet tweeted

Quitting can be extremely challenging, the controversial actress revealed in a recent interview how she finally kicked the habits thanks to Pastor T.B Joshua.

“I didn’t quit smoking by myself. I was watching a program on TV with Prophet T.B. Joshua and he was laying hands on people and praying for them. I love to watch his programs on Emmanuel TV. When he was praying, he said, ‘Lay your hands on the TV’ and I just laid my hands that day. I actually needed something else from God, not to quit smoking because I loved smoking! However, after praying I sat back and I think I slept off.”

“When I woke up, I took a stick of cigarette and I felt crazy. I couldn’t even imagine that I took it up to smoke in the first place. It felt like poison!”
Source: Channel801

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Rita Dominic announces theatrical release date for The Meeting

 

The Audrey Silva Company (TASC), a company founded by Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo has confirmed that October 19, 2012 is the date for the theatrical release of highly anticipated Nollywood movie The Meeting. Silverbird Distribution Limited will distribute the movie, which has generated much interest among film distributors in Nigeria.
The romantic comedy stars Rita Dominic and Jide Kosoko and features appearances by Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Basorge Tariah, Nse Ikpe-Etim, and Chinedu Ikedieze.
 “We are excited about this film because it is a truly Nigerian story that cuts across borders. Anybody anywhere in the world will find something about this film to like. We are not only introducing upcoming stars in Femi Jacobs and Linda I. Ejiofor but we are also showcasing a different and dynamic Rita Dominic,” said Managing Director of TASC Mildred Okwo of the company’s first cinematic offering.
A MORD Pictures production for entertainment company TASC, The Meeting is directed by Mildred Okwo, produced by Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo and superbly written by Tunde Babalola. The story set in Abuja follows the trials of Lagos-based corporate executive Makinde Esho (Femi Jacobs) who finds himself at the mercy of political patronage, bureaucratic red tape and Cupid’s arrow while in hot pursuit of a ‘meeting’ to secure a government contract.
The Meeting addresses an array of contemporary issues audiences are sure to identify with from love to African time, to the trials of tackling officials and manoeuvring red tape. It also brings together a stellar cast of Nollywood stars that are sure to draw audiences to the cinemas in October.
The Audrey Silva Company (TASC), a company founded by Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo has confirmed that October 19, 2012 is the date for the theatrical release of highly anticipated Nollywood movie The Meeting. Silverbird Distribution Limited will distribute the movie, which has generated much interest among film distributors in Nigeria.
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