Studying A Business Degree Online Vs. In Person?

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Submitted by James Andrews

workdeskIf you want to study business then you may be trying to decide whether it’s best to study online or at college. Many of the courses you find being offered by a college or an online provider cover a lot of the same topics. Much of the difference is to do with the way you learn rather than what you learn. Studying online can be a very different experience from studying in a college environment.

Of course business courses are available at many bricks and mortar colleges as well as at many online providers, such as this college. There is certainly no shortage of choice. What you need to decide is whether you are better suited to studying online or in the traditional manner. We are going to take a look at some of the differences.

Flexibility

The level of flexibility is one of the biggest differences between online and traditional study. Many activities at a bricks and mortar college are set at a specific time and place. If you are studying online then there tends to be more flexibility around when you can study. You can read material when you choose to read it, and often you can view webinars after the fact. This makes online learning a good option for people who are trying to juggle study with raising a family. It can also make it a good option if you are already working and are looking to build on your qualifications.

Self-discipline

Arguably, online learning requires more self-discipline. Obviously, even if you are attending college you have the option of skipping lectures and socialising instead of studying. But at college you have people around you to help motivate you. If you are studying online then you are totally reliant on motivating yourself. On the other hand, you don’t have the distractions of other students and college life to deal with.

Interaction with others

This is partly linked with the previous point. If you are studying online then you don’t have the same face to face interaction with other students and teachers as you do in traditional learning. Some people find this hard, but for many it can be a blessing. Some people find it quite difficult to interact face to face, so dealing with people in the digital world is perfect for them.

The amount of reading

Let’s face it, if you are studying business you are going to have to read a lot. The difference with studying online is that pretty much all your study is reading based, so you need to be prepared for that.

Digital expertise

Much like reading, you are not going to get very far studying business anywhere if you are not digital savvy. The difference in the case of online study is that digital knowledge is pretty much essential to everything you do.

We have taken you through a few of the major differences between studying business online and studying traditionally. Now it’s up to you to decide which type of study suits you best.

Shaming Your Kids Online Can Permanently Damage Their Self-Esteem

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By Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC

twokidsunWhen you reflect back on your childhood, it’s likely you remember hearing these words at least once during your childhood. “You should be ashamed of yourself.” These words probably made you feel bad because you knew your parent was upset, embarrassed or hurt by something you said or did.

That was discipline and discipline is an important part of parenting. However, telling your child they should be ashamed of themselves is very different from shaming your child on social media. For one thing, anyone can see your display of shaming and it’s permanent, making it impossible for your child to be fully forgiven.

Parents who shame their children online can’t possibly understand the repercussions of their actions. Discipline is one thing, and kids do need discipline, but discipline with public shaming and humiliation is not healthy punishment or parenting. It causes all sorts of other problems as the parent/child relationship continues.

For example, kids who are shamed using social media become better at hiding and lying about what they are doing.

* They stop trusting their parent and will no longer be comfortable going to them when they are hurt or scared.

* They may become more narcissistic as a way of over-compensating for feelings of shame and humiliation.

* They may develop increased anger, leading to severe depression and anxiety.

* A child whose private life becomes public is also less secure with boundaries. After all, if their parent can’t be trusted to protect them, who can they trust?

Parents need to discipline their kids, but discipline should be done within the home. Taking access to social media away from the child and allowing them to earn the parent’s trust back is most effective when rules have been broken.

groupkidsIf you feel at your wits end–and you want to make a point with your child–I would advise you to remember these simple rules regarding social media shaming.

* Remember, you’re the adult. Never post something permanent when you’re angry, tired or in a bad mood. Think it over for at least 24 hours.

* Keep family business within the family. Shaming your kids, your spouse or your friends says more about you than it does them.

* Children are vulnerable in regard to their self-esteem because they’re still in the process of learning who they are. A public humiliation could permanently damage their sense of self.

* If you have any apprehensions about posting anything, don’t post it.

* If you want to stop the behavior, begin with talking to your child. It’s common courtesy. Since you are modeling for your child, reflect on what you are modeling when you post something that is going to humiliate them.

Parenting a child is difficult, and your job is to protect your child and help them become successful, well-adjusted adults. Social media outlets can be helpful to parents and children, but using a social media outlet to shame or punish your child is not wise. What you post never goes away, nor do the scars they cause.

– Mary Jo Rapini, MEd, LPC, is a licensed psychotherapist and co-author with Janine J. Sherman, of Start Talking: A Girl’s Guide for You and Your Mom About Health, Sex or Whatever. Read more about the book at StartTalkingBook.com and more about Rapini at maryjorapini.com.

If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online

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techkidsFrom Your Health Journal…..”Recently, I was interviewed for an article about children and sedentary lifestyle, and I remember an older article I quoted from the New York Times by Tamar Lewin about three years ago called If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online. Although it is an older article, it was an excellent article to share with the community here, as I feel technology is one of the major culprits in the rise of childhood obesity. So many children spend almost 8 hours a day using some form of electronics, but to me, technology = sedentary lifestyle – and in my opinion, needs to be cut back significantly and replaced with physical activity. Habits start early in life, and so many young children are exposed to computers and video games at young ages, and carry these sedentary habits into adulthood. This, in combination with less physical activity and poor diet is hurting children on so many levels. Please visit the New York Times web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

The average young American now spends practically every waking minute — except for the time in school — using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones.

And because so many of them are multitasking — say, surfing the Internet while listening to music — they pack on average nearly 11 hours of media content into that seven and a half hours.

“I feel like my days would be boring without it,” said Francisco Sepulveda, a 14-year-old Bronx eighth grader who uses his smart phone to surf the Web, watch videos, listen to music — and send or receive about 500 texts a day.

The study’s findings shocked its authors, who had concluded in 2005 that use could not possibly grow further, and confirmed the fears of many parents whose children are constantly tethered to media devices. It found, moreover, that heavy media use is associated with several negatives, including behavior problems and lower grades.

The third in a series, the study found that young people’s media consumption grew far more in the last five years than from 1999 to 2004, as sophisticated mobile technology like iPods and smart phones brought media access into teenagers’ pockets and beds.

Dr. Michael Rich, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Boston who directs the Center on Media and Child Health, said that with media use so ubiquitous, it was time to stop arguing over whether it was good or bad and accept it as part of children’s environment, “like the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat.”

Contrary to popular wisdom, the heaviest media users reported spending a similar amount of time exercising as the light media users. Nonetheless, other studies have established a link between screen time and obesity.

While most of the young people in the study got good grades, 47 percent of the heaviest media users — those who consumed at least 16 hours a day — had mostly C’s or lower, compared with 23 percent of those who typically consumed media three hours a day or less. The heaviest media users were also more likely than the lightest users to report that they were bored or sad, or that they got into trouble, did not get along well with their parents and were not happy at school.

To read the complete article…..Click here

Tech Tools – Steve Mehr

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Offline is the New Online: How a Fitness Company Can Improve their Online Marketing Offline

By Steve Mehr, CEO of WebShark360

successThe health and fitness industry is highly competitive, much like the world of internet marketing. These days, internet users are savvy surfers who can spot traditional marketing tactics a mile away. According to Google, only 25% of advertising results in click throughs from internet visitors. That means 75% of traffic comes organically. But how do you increase your internet traffic? Try thinking outside of the box and expanding your online marketing to include offline efforts.

Offline marketing and online marketing does not need to be mutually exclusive. In fact, in 2013, marketing streams will start to merge and businesses will see a definite boost from merging the two marketing streams. To gain that leg up over your competitors, abandon the techniques the rest of your industry is using. Instead, position yourself as a leader and expand your marketing efforts in an intelligent way.

Market Offline to Boost Online Efforts

The internet is a big place, but advertisements for fitness products and health companies are a dime a dozen. They’re usually focusing on miracle pills, diets, and companies claiming that using one trick, you too can obtain magic results. Do you want to run your business as a scam and attempt to trick consumers into using your products?
Instead, try branding your company in a different manner. Step out of the shadowy generic ranks of fitness marketers and define who your company is and what your product stands for. Try using these offline tactics to reach your audience and build engagement.

Throw an event to publicize your products and services to online industry specialists. Do you have a new workout video to market, a new gym, or other new product?

• Throw an event to publicize your products and services to online industry specialists. Do you have a new workout video to market, a new gym, or other new product? Own it on and offline. Throw an event and invite fitness industry bloggers, journalists, and leaders. Create an online #hashtag to publicize the event and encourage these writers to use the hashtag when talking about your event. Offer these writers a draw- the ability to use the new product, take pictures using equipment, leading classes, or otherwise participating. Track online placement with the #hashtag you created. Upload photos of the events to your social media and offer journalists and bloggers the ability to access fun photos later. These kinds of offline events are becoming increasingly popular in business and have helped boost online engagement incredibly.

• Sponsor contests offline such as a local fun run. Encourage online participation and engagement by challenging participants to come up with training regimes, fun ways to unwind after the race, or contests for logos in advance of the event that will be featured on your website and social media. By reaching out to sports enthusiasts and participants, your brand can build familiarity with consumers and encourage engagement with your brand.

stretch• Host a day of fitness for the community. Offer free classes, demonstrations, races, or whatever’s appropriate to your products and services. Create a specialty #hashtag to promote the day of fitness within the community online. Reach out to local media to similarly promote the day and your business’ brand. Reach out to members of local government like City Hall to come participate, to announce a race, or to similarly preside over the day. By combining these efforts, your brand can effectively gain organic press, online exposure, and community favor.

Think Outside the Box

Fitness and health industry marketing is a highly competitive arena. Results are hard to achieve if your business is trailing behind the pack trying to replicate the efforts of others. Be a leader instead and merge your online and offline marketing streams to gain more consumer engagement and press. Think up a creative way in which your business can reach out to industry leaders, press, and consumers. You don’t have to break the bank to obtain publicity for your brand. With some creativity, your business can spread the word of mouth offline to start a wave online.

– Steve Mehr is CEO of WebShark360, specializing in online marketing services. His clients include highly successful plastic surgery practices, high profile attorneys, and more.