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Over the course of this semester, I have written, commented, and submitted a collection of posts to Newsactivist. In this project, our final Newsactivism post, I will reflect on my news summaries, my volunteering opportunity, and the overall connection between all the work I have completed during this semester.    

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I care about the topic of drug-free treatment for mental illness because I strongly believe that it should be encouraged around the world. I’ve seen people in my life that are close to me suffer from mental disorders and the horrible side effects they had to go through while taking pharmaceuticals and visiting doctors every week. I care about it even more than I did before because I know a lot more about it now. In order to get my results, I read and analyzed specific chapters from 3 different novels that I found the most relevant to my topic.

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  Business Model Canvas: SMART HELMET   Key Partners:   Sleep Number INC - Memory Foam - Montior system(s)   Baver - Plastic for outer layer   Mexia Tech - Spider silk  

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An organization called “Kids Help Phone”, allows individuals to contact professional counselors, day or night, 365 days a year. These counselors provide support and advice for all sorts of problems, no matter how big or how small the problem is.

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Kids Phone Help (Jeunesse J'écoute) is a non-profit organization aiding children through the rough patches of life. This organization is astounding in its ability to get these children through and past these situations. One change many be needed to tweak their theory of change to not only focusing on the individual child, but also changing the communities and environment the children are living in.

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The use of Internet and cellphone without restrictions could be bad for children as explained in the article "Ban Cellphones, Internet Use in Children's and teenagers' bedrooms, U.S Doctors Urge Parents" from the National Post, written by Lindsey Tanner.

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  Jimmy Lovelass           Blog Research 2      

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I found an article Are Recent College Graduates Finding Good Jobs? (Jaison R. Abel and colleagues., 2014), which did a great job on discussing issues about unemployment and underemployment of people who do or do not have a bachelor’s degree or higher, and have recently graduated or not, and formatted figures based on data of different way to look into the question.

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Sport activity is analyzed to see how it most positively affects youths both personally and socially.

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As you may have noticed, I have for a few weeks now focused on issues related to youth and their relationship with the internet. Therefore, I decided that my final project will relate closely to this issue by volunteering at the organization Jeunesse, J’Écoute that works closely with cases related to young people facing problems such as cyber bullying, a recurring subject in my research. Jeunesse, J’Écoute provides help for youths with any kind of issues via their telephone line and online chatting device.

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Internet or gaming addictions are becoming more and more frequent these days. The growing presence of technology in our life has a huge effect on how much time we can spend online; smart phones, portable computers, tablets they facilitate our access and can lead to a serious addiction.

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Is there a clear link between internet use and self-harm or suicidal behaviors? A research from the United kingdom and linked with Oxford University was done in order to find the effects of Internet on young people. The article called “The power of the web: a systematic review of studies of the influence of the internet on self-harm and suicide in young people” describes in details the process of their research. 

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For many weeks now, I decided to concentrate on problems related to youth while trying to find solution or ways to end these problems in our society including organizations where you can go and make a change yourself. During this research, I found many organization and people who tried to make a change, but one of them really inspired me : Craig Kielburger.

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The children of today are exposed to the Internet, and all of its wonders, far more than ever before. Is this ever increasing usage of the worldwide-web a positive or is it hindering the long-term development of these youths?

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A closer look at an article that explores the vast amount of reasons casual sex has become so popular in college. This trend may be linked to the behaviors of the people who affect first-year college women.

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The purpose of this article was to find out the content, motivation, and intention behind what the researchers are calling “fat talk” among adolescent girls. To be more specific, the authors wanted to find out why young women are using negative language in reference to their bodies when engaging in conversation with other adolescent women. In order to accomplish this, the researchers gathered a sample size of 186 undergraduate women ranging from age 18-23.

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1. What is the speaker's purpose? Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah Winfrey discuss why women today mistreat each other. They both address the 4 weapons women use to hurt each other. 1st weapon: Betrayal, (our confidance in each other, whatever secrets we have told to each other, we tell other people. Especially when it is not our place to.) 2nd weapon: Gossip, (having third party conversations, talking behind your back about what's wrong with you, instead of just addressing it directly to you.) 3rd weapon: Lie, (we lie on each other and to each other)

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Me to WE is an organization that demonstrates how better choices can lead to a better world. They take care of the environment and have a shop that reflects their missions. They offer life-changing experiences such as volunteering trip across the world. Those trips are used to built schools, work with the rural community, and to learn about other cultures. Half of the profit they make is donated to Free The Children, an international charity foundation.

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The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation assure the support of excellent health care for children at The Montreal Children’s Hospital of McGill University Health Centre. Their mission focuses on three main points : obtaining cutting-edge medical equipment, developing research in childhood related diseases and continuing the progress of teaching.

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Sun Youth is an organization in place to improve the situation of people in society using different approach such as education, awareness and material assistance. It is dedicated to the entire society without discrimination of any kind with a variety of services from emergencies, to sports, to crime prevention.

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Jeunesse, J’écoute is an organization that strives to improve the well-being of the young people in society by providing them with a diversified bilingual service of help 24/7 on any type of problems anonymously. They are three available services: a phone line, an online chatting device and a section where you can ask questions and read information about your problem. The organization has no particular project for 2014 apart from continuing what they do since 1989.

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Cyberbullying is fairly common among the younger communities and people have a hard time deciding how to deal with it.

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This article looks at different peoples research and views of cyberbullying and also how boys and girls differ when it comes to this topic

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                In the article Bullying by Rubel Shelley the readers are introduced to the social issue of bullying and the bullying can be conducted in more ways than one. Bullying has affected many individuals and families, because bullying becomes more that just simple teasing it can lead to severe harassment. In this article a grandmother who is 68 years old was being verbally abused on the bus she drives by the children on the bus. The children were making dreadful comments about her dead grandson who committed suicide (Shelley, 2012).

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Sexting is the act of sending explicit photographs or messages to another person in a highly suggestive way in order to lead to sexual encounters. Last November, nine boys, between 13 and 15 years old, were arrested for sexting and possession of child pornography in Laval. In the article “Laval Teens charged in ‘sexting’ case back in court” published in the Gazette, Jason Magder explains the situation and the charges that stand against these young boys.

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Amanda DoonanFebruary 2nd 2014Would you support killing someone to save them from a life of suffering?

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Young Canadian are now accessing the Internet on their own and with their own devices. Nowadays, fewer parents feel the need to enforce rules for their children regarding Internet use. After all, a lot of teenagers own a Smartphone or a personal laptop, parents have less control over what young adults do on the Internet.

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            Published on October 28, 2013, the article “Pediatricians want bedroom ban on smartphones and limits on kids’ Internet, social media use” by Lindsey Tanner highlights the problem that has arisen with unregulated media use and proposes a few solutions based on the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy.

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This week a woman in New Delhi was violently attacked because she decided to marry someone who did not belong to the same community. The chief of her village said that the young couple was breaking the rules and forced them to pay a fine of  27,000 rupees (it equals to $442 US.).

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Melissa Dahl, author of the article “Texters can’t walk in a straight line, study shows” published January 22, 2014 informs us of a new problem, texting and walking. A new study has shown that texting on your phone while walking actually changes someone demeanor, it causes people to walk slower and also making it harder to walk in a straight line. Some Australian researchers filmed 26 men walk while texting and once walking normally.

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