(Off the phone, already. And, no, that doesn’t mean Facebook time!)

(Off the phone, already. And, no, that doesn’t mean Facebook time!)

Turn off the phone!

Looks like the stereotype of the telephone-addicted teen is taking a back seat in Louisiana. Second-grade teacher Jen Beason asked students to write about inventions they wished were never invented. And – surprise, surprise – not one, but four students wrote about telephones. Specifically, their parents’ phones.

Why? Adults are always on them.

Beason posted one student essay on her Facebook page. The result was a whopping 261,000 hits, a whopping dose of adult guilt, and teachers communicating more of what their students have to say about parental preferences. Awkward that a teacher has to let parents know what their own children think of their behavior, but there it is.

(A reality check from 2nd grader, complete with illustrations)

(A reality check from 2nd grader, complete with illustrations)

“We had a class discussion about Facebook and every single one of the students said their parents spend more time on FB then they do talking to their child. It was very eye opening for me,” Abbey Fauntleroy, another teacher, commented according to THV 11.

“Monkey see, monkey do” is a saying for good reason. So watch out.

According to USA Today, “Phone addiction isn’t a new topic, but most conversation is pointed at teen or young adult use as opposed to how parents are modeling the behavior in front of their children. A study published last May in Child Development suggested ‘technology-based interruptions in parent-child interactions’ is linked to restlessness and anger outbursts in young children.”

Being ignored is no fun. Emotional neglect breaks up many a marriage, and can hardwire kids to shut down and eventually do the same to their parents, spouses and the creativity that leads to things like the invention of the telephone.

Check out some of the surprising inventions made by kids and see which ones you like … or not:

Looks like these lucky children had parents who listened and the world benefited from what they had to say!



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Where can you find good help these days?

Used to be only a certain class of families could afford house staff. Today, electronic options are helping increasing numbers of people get the help they want with mundane tasks.

Consider this plug from Amazon’s Alexa. The handy home app voice automated speaker is there to make life easier. “Just ask Alexa to check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control your compatible smart lights, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more.” Amazon advertises limitless potential. But Alexia is learning all the time.

She can even order up a pizza, an Uber lift or control your TV, if told. There’s no selective deafness as with real house staff. “With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction – even while music is playing,” Amazon boasts.

What’s not to love?

Try being heard (and obeyed?) when you’re not asking for anything. “A woman in Portland, Oregon claims that her family’s Amazon Alexa smart speaker recorded a private conversation and sent it to someone on her contact list,” KIRO 7 News reports.

Yikes. Check out the details in the video below:

“The woman, named only as Danielle, received a phone call from one of her husband’s employees in Seattle, who received a recording of the conversation,” according to Fox. The claim was initially met with disbelief on her husband’s part until the employee proceeded to relate a private conversation about hardwood floors.

Wiring in all rooms was swiftly disconnected to disable the “helpful house staff.”

Amazon has since confirmed what they’ve dubbed a rare occurrence did, in fact, happen. They are working to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Tweaking software? Who knows?

In the interim, if you value privacy, staff of any kind might be better avoided.



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Spiderman lives – no really!

Does depressing news have you dreaming of heroes, those fantastic legends of self-sacrificers who risk it all for another? Well, time for a reality check. Mamoudou Gassama, a Malian migrant worker in Paris, is no fantasy and neither is the four-year-old child who could have lost his life had this real-life hero failed to act.

“The incident took place at around 8:00 pm (1800 GMT) on Saturday in northern Paris,” Yahoo reports.

Spying a little one dangling from an apartment balcony with no means of aid, the 22-year-old didn’t think. He acted by scaling the building in a daring rescue that must be seen to be believed.

Check. It. Out.

The rapid rescue has led to rapid reward from France’s President Emmanuel Macron.

“You have become an example because millions of people have seen you. It is only right that the nation be grateful,” Macron told the 22-year-old, adding that his immigration status would be “put in order”.

The child’s parents weren’t home during the incident. The child’s father was held for questioning while the mother was not in Paris at the time,” AFP reported.

Gassama, working illegally in construction since arriving in France last September, also received a medal for bravery from the French President; but more importantly, a legitimate job offer from the fire service.

Way to go Spidey!



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What the royals didn’t want you to hear at the royal wedding

Fake news. You hear it all the time. And for those who believed England’s Prince Harry told his new bride, “You look amazing,” think again.

The following video clip demonstrates what was really said, front and center, at the royal wedding:

What’s amazing is how nobody thinks the public will find out!

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