As we worriedly watch our children navigate the ever-changing digital landscape, there’s a great deal of talk these days about “digital addiction”. But several experts say we should teach kids to think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like meth or heroin.Children’s use of devices ranges along a continuum from healthy to compulsive to addictive, said Dr Dimitri A Christakis, the director of the Center for Child Health, Behaviour and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington. “I think the phenomenon of tech addiction is quite real,” he said.In a commentary published last week in JAMA, Christakis suggested that the relationship between media exposure and health in adolescents might turn out to follow an “inverted U” pattern, that is, that very high exposure and very low exposure … [Read more...] about Is ‘digital addiction’ a real threat to kids?
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MANILA, Philippines — Was the automated election system (AES) used by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the midterm polls compromised? Poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is conducting an extensive examination of the AES, particularly an audit of the logs in the transparency server to ensure the integrity of the system used by the Comelec. PPCRV national chair Myla Villanueva revealed yesterday that their team of IT experts is examining whether there were external interventions on the system – especially during the seven-hour glitch at the start of canvassing. “We are looking into those security issues. We will determine if there were interventions on the system,” she told The STAR. But the PPCRV head was quick to qualify that any findings they would make would have to be carefully reviewed due to the sensitivity of issues involving the AES provided by Smartmatic. “As you know, these security issues have a legal … [Read more...] about Poll watchdog probing auto poll security issues
Want to work for a company like Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. or Google? You’re hardly alone. Many tech companies offer their employees nearly every perk imaginable, from free meals and booze to on-site doctor and dentist appointments, gyms and haircuts to massages and fitness classes. Everything, that is, except the service that would help moms most: on-site child care. “Sure, you can bring your dog to work, but you are (mostly) on your own with your baby,” Bloomberg Technology anchor Emily Chang notes in her book “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley.” “That’s because Silicon Valley companies have largely been created in the image of their mostly young, mostly male, mostly childless founders.” Their food-, entertainment- and service-filled campuses enable and even encourage staffers to spend most of their waking hours at work, which works well for people like the young singles who helped create many tech … [Read more...] about Working moms need child care, not fun job perks
In times of crisis, it is important to keep in touch with loved ones. Often our technology fails us in emergencies, but we can always take precautions to minimise damages. Here are a few free tools that can prove helpful with early warnings of disasters and information on disaster management. Even if you find yourself in danger, these apps can notify family and friends to help you out. Disaster Alert/DisasterAWARE® Functions: Early warning; real-time coverage With Disaster Alert, you get early warnings of disasters. It is created by the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), which is a 20-year-old applied research centre. Their app Disaster Alert is available on iOS and Android. It has an expanded desktop version as well. The app provides early alerts for 18 different hazards from a global, scientifically verified geospatial database. They use modelling tools to predict the path of disasters like cyclones and hurricanes, eruption timing of volcanoes and other natural disasters. Life360 … [Read more...] about 5 free apps to keep you alert during emergencies
An OFW asks, 'Should I buy my health insurance now for my retirement in the Philippines 10 years from now?' Question: Hi Miss Rose! I wish to check your thoughts on this po. OFW po ako in Singapore. Maganda ang health insurance coverage namin dito pero gusto naming maghanda para sa aming retirement sa Pinas probably in 10 years. Naisip naming kumuha na kami ng insurance kahit na overseas pa. Kaya lang parang walang health insurance product sa Pinas na suitable sa OFW. Any suggestions po? Mag-iipon na lang po ba kami at bibili na lang ng health insurance paguwi namin sa Pinas? Ang downside po kasi e baka may pre-existing conditions na by that time. Looking forward to your inputs po. Thanks and God bless. Answer: Hi Resie. I’m glad to hear that you currently have a good health insurance coverage in Singapore. I also admire your proactive attitude about your retirement and a good retirement definitely includes your health matters taken care of. It is … [Read more...] about An OFW asks, ‘Should I buy my health insurance now for my retirement in the Philippines 10 years from now?’