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Seksualiteit is ’n integrale deel van ons kernidentiteit - Lulani Vermeulen en Char­lene van der Walt

HomoseksualiteitHomosexuality“Seksualiteit en die uitlewing van verbondenheid staan nie op die buitewyke van ons menswees nie. Dit is ’n integrale deel van ons kernidentiteit.”

Sé skryf Lulani Vermeulen en Char­lene van der Walt in ‘n artikel vir Netwerk24 oor die voortdurende NG Kerk-debat oor homoseksualiteit. “Die landskap het in die laaste paar weke ’n paar keer so vinnig verander soos ’n woestynwêreld wat oornag nuwe kontoere kry,” skryf die twee teoloë nadat die algemene sinode se besluit om gays te verwelkom eers tydelik op ys geplaas is.

Vermeulen en Van der Walt meen dié jongste besluit verneder lidmate wat aangetrokke is tot dieselfde geslag. Lees die artikel:

Die besluit is uitgestel, die hitte is afgedraai en dinge kan weer vir ’n rukkie terugkeer na “normaal”.

Vir sommige kan dit wel na ’n uitweg klink – ’n welkome verligting in ’n fel woordestryd.

Vir ons vir wie hierdie egter nie net ’n “saak” is nie, nie net nog ’n punt op die agenda nie, maar eerder ’n deurleefde werklikheid – vir ons wat hierdie “lastige situasie” in die kerk beliggaam – is die huidige toestand onuithoudbaar.

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3 Things to Expect from the Anonymous Cyber War against Isis, According to Arthur Goldstuck

Tech-Savvy ParentingArthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx and co-author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, spoke to IT Web recently about hacktivist group Anonymous declaring cyber war on ISIS.

Anonymous announced their move in a video released on Sunday night, and according to Goldstuck: “Collective cheers were heard around the world.”

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Goldstuck says there are three things we can expect to come out of Anonymous attacks:

  • 1. Tremendous vigilance of Web sites created by ISIS and sustained attacks on them.
  • 2. Attempts to compromise ISIS’ anonymity.
  • 3. A divergence of ISIS resources as the group will have to invest more in cyber security to keep Anonymous out.

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Goldstuck says Anonymous attacks are specifically targeted, with less chance of collateral damage.

“The video was very symbolically powerful because it used the same techniques as ISIS. People do not realise how technology- and Internet-savvy ISIS is. Anonymous has met them on their battleground with this video.

“The terrorist group is powerless to retaliate as Anonymous are what they are: anonymous,” says Goldstuck.

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Hoe gemaak as jou kind gedragsafwykings toon? Anchen Witthuhn gee raad

Change Your Child's BehaviourHoe moet ouers reageer wanneer hul kinders in die openbaar begin huil? Wat moet jy doen as jou kinders voortdurend met mekaar baklei? Hoe gemaak met kinders met gedragsafwykings?

Hierdie is ‘n paar van die vrae wat JB Roux onlangs gestel het aan Anchen Witthuhn, die skrywer van Change Your Child’s Behaviour.

Witthuhn vertel dat dit belangrik is dat ouers nie aggresief moet reageer nie, maar ferm en met deernis met hul kinders moet gesels. Ouers moet verder met kinderoppassers ooreen kom oor hoe dissipline gehandhaaf word. “Dit is belangrik vir kinders dat daar standvastigheid is,” sê sy.

Laastens gesels Witthuhn oor goeie ontspanningstegnieke, waarvan televisiekyk nie een is nie.

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“Dit is ook nie nodig om op jou kind te skree nie. Om te skree is ook ‘n vorm van aggressie en daar mag geen aggressie wees wanneer kinders ter sprake is nie. ‘n Ferm stemtoon is meer as genoeg.

“Moet ook nie wanneer jy jou kind dissiplineer, enigiets doen wat as wreed beskou kan word nie. Daar is ouers wat byvoorbeeld, wanneer ‘n kind ‘n woede-uitbarsting het, haar in ‘n kas of kamer toesluit om haar te kalmeer. Dit is nie aanvaarbaar nie. In ‘n situasie soos hierdie het jou kind liefde nodig.

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Hoe gemaak as jou kind gedragsafwykings toon? Anchen Witthuhn gee raad

Change Your Child's BehaviourHoe moet ouers reageer wanneer hul kinders in die openbaar begin huil? Wat moet jy doen as jou kinders voortdurend met mekaar baklei? Hoe gemaak met kinders met gedragsafwykings?

Hierdie is ‘n paar van die vrae wat JB Roux onlangs gestel het aan Anchen Witthuhn, die skrywer van Change Your Child’s Behaviour.

Witthuhn vertel dat dit belangrik is dat ouers nie aggresief moet reageer nie, maar ferm en met deernis met hul kinders moet gesels. Ouers moet verder met kinderoppassers ooreen kom oor hoe dissipline gehandhaaf word. “Dit is belangrik vir kinders dat daar standvastigheid is,” sê sy.

Laastens gesels Witthuhn oor goeie ontspanningstegnieke, waarvan televisiekyk nie een is nie.

Lees die artikel:

“Dit is ook nie nodig om op jou kind te skree nie. Om te skree is ook ‘n vorm van aggressie en daar mag geen aggressie wees wanneer kinders ter sprake is nie. ‘n Ferm stemtoon is meer as genoeg.

“Moet ook nie wanneer jy jou kind dissiplineer, enigiets doen wat as wreed beskou kan word nie. Daar is ouers wat byvoorbeeld, wanneer ‘n kind ‘n woede-uitbarsting het, haar in ‘n kas of kamer toesluit om haar te kalmeer. Dit is nie aanvaarbaar nie. In ‘n situasie soos hierdie het jou kind liefde nodig.

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3 Questions Your Children Must Ask Themselves before Posting Anything Online - Nikki Bush (Video)

Tech-Savvy ParentingNikki Bush, parenting expert and author of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, was recently featured on the Expresso Show to speak about the risks and potential for children when they interact online.

Bush discusses cyber-bullying, YouTube stars and what parents need to do to steer their children in the right direction, with presenter Ewan Strydom. She says it is most important “to teach children to make the best possible choices they can online. They need to understand that everything that they’re doing is a choice”.

Bush lists three questions children should be taught to ask about every action online, whether posting content or simply responding to others’ posts. Children need to consider: “Is this good for me?” “Is this good for the person I’m talking about?” and “Is it good for my reputation?”

Finally, Bush emphasises the importance of valuable connections in teaching children that people are more important than what happens online.

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Coleen Cronje, Homeschooling Company CEO, Explains the Increased Popularity of Homeschooling (Podcast)

Homeschooling High SchoolHajra Omarjee recently hosted a conversation about homeschooling on her Power Drive radio show on Power FM.

Omarjee cites a newspaper article which suggests that violence, overcrowding and poorly trained educators in schools have resulted in more and more parents deciding to homeschool their children. In 1997, 2 000 children were reportedly taught at home, and by 2011 the number had reached 57 000.

Coleen Cronje, the CEO of Brainline Learning World, was on the line to speak about homeschooling. She says that “many homeschoolers are very active in the community”. Distance learning allows many learners to compete in sports or keep up with school despite illness.

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For more information about the hows and whys of homeschooling, read Homeschooling High School by Shirley Erwee.

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