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PETALING JAYA – Besides the good and bad habits, they brought their different cultures and beliefs into the marriage.

That was how carpenter Darrel Khar, 30, said of his union with Syeronella Poksiu, who is a Sabahan from the Dusun tribe.

“I am used to mingling with different races and cultures, but when I met my wife she was from a whole different culture that I did not encounter in the peninsula.

“I believe that made me really interested in her and also, of course her beauty, ” said Khar, 30.

Marrying someone from a different race was never an issue with him, he said, since he was of mixed Chinese and Indian parentage himself.

About his wife, who is a nurse, he said: “Having to learn to adapt to the Dusun Tatana culture was very different than most of the races which I used to mix with.

“The culture of the Dusun Tatana has a mixture of animism, Buddhism and Christianity.”

He added that they would deal with problems and differences as they come along.

Yesterday, the Department of Statistics Malaysia said that 9 per cent of the marriages last year involved those of different ethnic groups.

This represented a minor increase compared to 2017.

For Gary George, who is a training manager at a hotel, race was never an issue for him and his Sabahan wife, lecturer Jenna Desiree Robert, when they walked down the aisle.

They only focused on what they had in common, he said.

“We look at our cultural similarities rather than differences.

“I embraced Sabah’s culture while she embraced my Indian culture.

“We have more in common rather than differences.

“And we are both Catholics, ” he said.

Jenna said she viewed Gary, 33, as man who was “respectful and responsible”.

“It was quite easy to adapt because there was no language barrier and we liked many of the same things.

“Sometimes, if I do not understand something in the Indian culture, I would ask him about it and he would explain.

“But culturally, I think my husband has been finding it a challenge to love some of the more local Kadazandusun dishes and raw seafood but he’s always up for the challenge, ” she said.

Senior HR consultant Ashvin Raj, 49, said he fell in love with his wife, who is Chinese, at first sight.

“It was kind of natural for me as I am quite used to the Chinese culture.

“But I always think of myself as a Malaysian first, ” he said.

Ashvin said the only difference that was apparent with his wife, Amy Teoh, 45, was when she speaks in Mandarin with her family.

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A small-scale Brazilian research project suggests that stress when driving could be reduced by listening to instrumental music.  

Brazilian researchers from São Paulo State University recommend listening to classical or instrumental music to reduce stress behind the wheel.

Researchers at the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil, Oxford Brookes University in the UK and the University of Parma in Italy also took part in the study which has been published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.

To test this hypothesis, researchers conducted an experiment on five women aged between 18 and 23, who were monitored in the course of several driving sessions.

The participants, who were in good health, were in the habit of driving once or twice a week, and had obtained their driving licenses one to seven years earlier.

The first exercise consisted of a 20-minute driving session during rush hour (17:30-18:30) on an extremely busy route in the town of Marília (situated in the northwest of the São Paulo state in Brazil), without listening to music.

The next day the volunteers drove on the same route at the same time, but while listening to instrumental music.

“To increase the degree of traffic stress, we asked them to drive a car they did not own,” points out Vitor Engrácia Valenti, who co-directed the study.

To evaluate their level of cardiac stress, volunteers were fitted with heart monitors and their heart rate variability (HRV) was measured.

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Sekarang semua boleh jadi artis

November 4, 2019 | Trending | No Comments

Perkembangan teknologi digital pada masa ini diakui membuka banyak peluang untuk artis berkarya sehingga membolehkan ada dalam kalangan mereka bergelar jutawan.

Manakan tidak, seorang penyanyi ketika ini hanya memerlukan sebuah single terbaik untuk dimuat naik di YouTube sebelum mereka bakal menerima durian runtuh daripada penyedia platform terbabit.

Berbeza penyanyi terdahulu, mereka bukan saja perlu memiliki banyak lagu, tetapi berdebar menantikan penjualan album untuk layak menerima royalti.

Perubahan masa di era milenium ini ternyata memudahkan penyanyi generasi baharu atau lebih dikenali budak-budak baru nak up (BBNU) untuk meraih pendapatan apabila mereka memerlukan jumlah tontonan tinggi untuk menukarkannya menjadi wang.

Berkongsi perkembangan itu, komposer Harry Khalifah berkata, bagi setiap lagu yang dimuat naik di YouTube, pihak pengurusan dan artis layak menerima royalti.

“Inilah kaedah pembayaran baharu bagi menggantikan royalti album kepada penyanyi. Disebabkan itu penyanyi sekarang tidak lagi menghasilkan album sebaliknya cenderung memiliki single untuk dimuat naik ke dalam platform berkenaan,” katanya pada temu bual eksklusif di MVM Music di Taman Shamelin Perkasa Cheras, di sini, semalam.

Menurut Harry, dalam pengetahuannya, sejuta tontonan dan langganan video muzik akan menghasilkan RM3,000 dan jika mencecah 60 juta penyanyi bakal menerima RM180,000 untuk hanya sebuah single.

“Jika lagu dihasilkan sendiri melalui syarikat miliknya yang berdaftar, maka penyanyi itu akan kaya. Jika dihasilkan secara berkumpulan, ia akan dibahagikan antara syarikat rakaman, penulis lirik, pembuat lagu dan penyanyi,” katanya.

Katanya, jika bernaung di bawah syarikat rakaman penyanyi menerima antara 20 dan 30 peratus daripada perolehan bergantung kepada perjanjian.

“Perkembangan dunia sosial pada hari ini bukan saja membuka peluang untuk artis, tetapi sesiapa saja yang mahu berkarya. Bukti dapat dilihat adalah personaliti YouTube, Syahmi Sazli, Yoe Parey dan Asif yang berjaya menerusi Drama Spontan mereka,” katanya.

Menurutnya, pada masa ini sesiapa sahaja boleh menjadi artis kerana semuanya tersedia di depan mata iaitu telefon pintar.

“Sekarang ini mudah, buat lagu sendiri dan masukkan ke dalam YouTube. Kemudian, bina laman sosial seperti Facebook atau Instagram untuk mengumpul pengikut seramai mungkin,” katanya.

Jika nasib menyebelahi, katanya, individu terbabit yang memiliki ramai pengikut akan dijemput menyertai rancangan realiti sebelum disambar syarikat rakaman untuk menjadi artis.

“Mereka kemudian akan diundang bagi menjayakan persembahan nyanyian dan menghasilkan pendapatan. Bukan itu saja, BBNU juga akan menjadi duta produk, dijemput berlakon dan menjadi pengacara selain menerima royalti jika lagu diputarkan di radio,” katanya.

Dalam bahasa yang mudah, tegas Harry, artis pada zaman ini kebanyakan mewah berbanding artis terdahulu.

“Semuanya disebabkan teknologi, telefon pintar dan media sosial,” katanya.

Begitupun, katanya, lambakan BBNU menghakis kualiti nyanyian dan karya dalam industri seni tanah air.

“Berbeza di era 1960-an hingga pertengahan 2000, seseorang penyanyi bermula di jalanan sebelum bakat disaring bagi menghasilkan kualiti. Artis dahulu berdepan kepayahan menyebabkan hasil produk mereka amat bermutu tinggi,” katanya.

Dia yang bertapak dalam industri hiburan sejak 1998 meletakkan 100 peratus pada kualiti penyanyi terdahulu berbanding 80 peratus artis sekarang.

“Walaupun artis BBNU berlambak, ada juga dalam kalangan mereka bagus seperti Floor88 dan Azzara Band. Kalau dulu, ketiadaan media sosial menyebabkan semuanya sukar tetapi sekarang, platform itu menghasilkan pendapatan,” katanya.

Harry dalam pada itu menyelar sikap artis baharu yang mengharapkan pujian semata-mata berbanding artis terdahulu yang sedia menerima kritikan bagi memastikan mereka sebenarnya berbakat.

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If you love fast food and are curious about the wave of plant-based “meat” sweeping across the country, it looks like you might have a chance to experience it in pizza form soon. 

According to a press release, Pizza Hut is following competitors like Burger King and Dunkin Donuts by testing a pizza that features MorningStar Farm’s “Incogmeato” Italian sausage. MorningStar Farms is owned by Kellogg’s which you probably know for their breakfast foods, like Pop-Tarts, Eggo, and a lot of cereals. 

What’s more, the Garden Specialty Pizza featuring Incogmeato will be delivered or sent home in a round pizza box, all in the name of sustainability. Pizza Hut partnered with sustainability company Zume on the effort.

In case you’re looking at that round box above and wondering, “WHAT IS THIS DEVIL MAGICK?,” it’s not exactly original. For instance, Apple patented a round pizza box for its on-campus cafe years ago. But none of the national pizza chains have made the switch yet which is why Pizza Hut is able to call the the new box “revolutionary” and “innovative.” 

Pizza Hut claims the round box, which will be made of compo-stable materials, will result in “delivering hotter, crispier pizzas” and will require less packaging. It also looks like it’ll be a little easier to carry and won’t be quite as bulky when you stuff the leftovers in your fridge at the end of the night.

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Ayuh ‘think about it’

October 8, 2019 | Education, Trending | No Comments

KENYATAAN selebriti popular, Maya Karin dalam Twitter menjadi trending kelmarin disebabkan persoalan ‘how old are you?’Ramai yang mengecam kenyataan itu apatah lagi Maya turut tagging beberapa individu termasuklah Menteri Pendidikan, Dr Maszlee Malek.

Namun tidak kurang juga yang menyokong apa yang dimaksudkan oleh aktres jelita itu.

Bagi penulis, pertanyaan itu tiada khilafnya. Hala tuju ayat itu bergantung kepada bagaimana kita membaca serta memahaminya.

Jika dibaca ayat akhir pada tulisan Maya itu ‘think about it’, ya memang Kementerian Pendidikan kena fikirkan semula.

Bukan apa, pertanyaan Maya kepada murid terbabit adalah satu persoalan asas yang mula dipelajari di peringkat tadika lagi.

Ibaratnya jika kanak-kanak tadika belajar bahasa Melayu, persoalan siapa nama awak? Berapa umur awak? Itu persoalan utama yang dipelajari dalam memahami bahasa Melayu.

Jadi, kebimbangan Maya terhadap penguasaan bahasa Inggeris murid tahun empat itu ada asasnya. Ya, Maya pun tidak sebut dia salahkan sesiapa namun kita yang berfikiran terbuka ini sepatutnya faham bahawa sesuatu perlu dilakukan terhadap silibus dan pembelajaran subjek bahasa Inggeris di sekolah.

Jika ingin membincangkan cara pembelajaran bahasa di sekolah sebenarnya memang ada kelemahannya. Penulis tidak pasti di mana betul letaknya kelemahan itu tetapi ada pengalaman untuk dikongsi.

Penulis mempunyai anak berumur 10 tahun. Semasa berumur empat tahun, dia dihantar ke tadika swasta. Semasa di tadika, pembelajaran bahasa Inggerisnya sangat memuaskan hati.

Dia boleh bertutur dan membaca dalam bahasa Inggeris dengan sangat jelas dan lancar walaupun di rumah, bercakap dalam bahasa itu bak kata P Ramlee ‘kadang-kadang saja ia berlaku.’ Itu waktu berada di tadika.

Tetapi apabila dia masuk sekolah rendah, dia dah kurang bertutur dalam bahasa Inggeris. Di rumah apatah lagi, boleh dikira ayat bahasa Inggeris yang dituturnya.

Memang ada silapnya penulis sendiri yang tidak bertutur sepenuhnya dalam bahasa itu di rumah. Tetapi persoalannya, bagaimana tadika boleh mempraktikkan pembelajaran bahasa Inggeris secara berkesan sedangkan di sekolah lain caranya sehingga langsung hilang ayat dalam bahasa Inggeris yang keluar dari mulut anak penulis.

Penulis tidak salahkan cikgu sepenuhnya apatah lagi ‘cikgu’ utama di rumah pun tidak mempraktikkannya.

Namun betul apa yang Maya mahu Menteri Pendidikan lakukan iaitu ‘think about it!’ memang ada asasnya.

Begini, kita faham benar persoalan bahasa sama juga seperti agama, sangat sensitif dan hampir tidak boleh disentuh langsung.

Namun, seiring dengan zaman yang pantas beredar, penguasa negara perlu melakukan sesuatu agar generasi masa depan mampu menguasai bahasa Inggeris dengan baik tanpa meminggirkan bahasa kebangsaan.

Mungkin ramai yang tidak sedar, hampir semua anggota Kabinet, profesor, ahli perniagaan dan tokoh korporat boleh berbahasa Inggeris dengan baik malah, sebahagian besarnya mendapat peluang belajar di luar negara. Itu mungkin suratan rezeki mereka.

Jadi bagi kita yang berada pada tahap pertengahan ini, tidak perlu melatah, melantun atau memberi reaksi segera yang mempersenda apa yang Maya katakan kerana kita sendiri belum tentu menguasai bahasa Inggeris dengan baik.

Penulis juga sekadar memberikan buah fikiran, bukan menyokong secara bebal apa yang dikatakan pemilik nama sebenar Maya Karin Roelcke itu.

Artis itu hanya suruh kita semua termasuk kementerian bertanggungjawab berfikir sedalam-dalamnya senario yang berlaku dan oleh kerana bahasa Inggeris digunakan oleh berjuta-juta orang untuk bertutur, jadi mari kita ‘think about it.’

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)- Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation.

The growing threat to what some call “the lungs of the planet” has ignited a bitter dispute about who is to blame during the tenure of a leader who described Brazil’s rainforest protections as an obstacle to economic development.

The president’s defiance came as Brazilian federal experts reported a record number of wildfires across the country this year, up 84 percent over the same period in 2018. Satellite images show smoke from the Amazon reaching across the Latin American continent to the Atlantic coast and Sao Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

Onyx Lorenzoni, the president’s chief of staff, accused European countries of exaggerating environmental problems in Brazil in order to disrupt its commercial interests.

“There is deforestation in Brazil, yes, but not at the rate and level that they say,” said Lorenzoni, according to Brazilian news website globo.com.

The allegation came after Germany and Norway, citing Brazil’s apparent lack of commitment to fighting deforestation, decided to withhold more than $60 million in funds earmarked for sustainability projects in Brazilian forests.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the Amazon fires are an international crisis and that G-7 leaders should hold an urgent meeting about them at their summit in France this weekend.

“Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” Macron tweeted.

Bolsonaro fired back on Twitter: “I regret that Macron seeks to make personal political gains in an internal matter for Brazil and other Amazonian countries. The sensationalist tone he used does nothing to solve the problem.”

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres tweeted: “In the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity. The Amazon must be protected.”

Federal prosecutors in Brazil’s Amazon region launched investigations of increasing deforestation, according to local media. Prosecutors said they plan to probe possible negligence by the national government in the enforcement of environmental codes.

Bolivia is also struggling to contain big fires, many believed to have been set by farmers clearing land for cultivation.

Bolsonaro said there was a “very strong” indication that some non-governmental groups could be setting blazes in retaliation for losing state funds under his administration. He did not provide any evidence.

Bolsonaro, who won election last year, also accused media organizations of exploiting the fires to undermine his government.

“Most of the media wants Brazil to end up like Venezuela,” he said, referring to political and economic turbulence in the neighboring South American country.

London-based Amnesty International blamed the Brazilian government for the fires, which have escalated international concern over the vast rainforest that is a major absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The rights group this year documented illegal land invasions and arson attacks near indigenous territories in the Amazon, including Rondonia state, where many fires are raging, said Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty’s secretary general.

“Instead of spreading outrageous lies or denying the scale of deforestation taking place, we urge the president to take immediate action to halt the progress of these fires,” Naidoo said.

The WWF conservation group also challenged Bolsonaro’s allegations about NGOs, saying they divert “the focus of attention from what really matters: the well-being of nature and the people of the Amazon.”

Brazil contains about 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest, whose degradation could have severe consequences for global climate and rainfall. Bolsonaro, who has said he wants to convert land for cattle pastures and soybean farms, won office after channeling outrage over the corruption scandals of the former government.

Filipe Martins, an adviser to Bolsonaro, said on Twitter that the Brazilian government is committed to fighting illegal deforestation and that many other countries are causing environmental damage.

The Amazon will be saved by Brazil and not “the empty, hysterical and misleading rhetoric of the mainstream media, transnational bureaucrats and NGOs,” Martins said.

Sergio Bergman, Argentina’s environment minister, appealed for people to overcome political or ideological divisions to protect the environment. He spoke at a five-day U.N. workshop on climate change in Brazil’s northern state of Bahia.

“We all, in a way, understand that it is not possible to keep using natural resources without limits,” Bergman said.

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Sure, seeing half the galaxy’s population dissolve into dust with the snap of a finger is sad and stunning, but imagine if half your search results vanished just as quickly.

With Avengers: Endgame now in theaters, that’s the downright scary proposition Google on Thursday began offering users of its search engine who did a simple query for Thanos, the fictional supervillain who snapped away half the universe in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. (The Easter egg originally launched Wednesday afternoon but — as if snuffed out by Thanos — it quickly vanished until Thursday.)

The Thanos search triggers an Easter egg that presents Thanos’ Infinity-stone studded gauntlet in the upper right corner of Google’s search results. But be warned that the power the image wields is far-reaching. Before your very eyes the random elimination of half the search results will unfold.

Google even gives you an updated count on search returns to show you the magnitude of your actions, displaying its familiar number of search results in the upper left corner. They decline from about 90 million results to just 45 million.

Thanos, of course, used the glove to reduce the population of the galaxy because he thought it too crowded. Perhaps Google secretly feels the same about search results on the web.

But take heart. Though those Thanos search results have vanished, you can restore them with another click on the mad titan’s glove.

Clicking Thanos’ Glove above will do the destruction.

This isn’t the first time Google has planted an Easter egg in its search results. For less destructive but definitely more disorienting results, search on Google for “askew,” “anagram” or “do a barrel roll.” (Pro tip: Keep the Dramamine handy for the last one.)

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We can all agree that moving our bodies to a song we love is something that comes naturally.

But expressing oneself through dance in public is definitely something most would shy away from, but not for this high school student.

That’s why the video of him busting some major moves to Blackpink has taken Malaysian internet by storm.

The performance was a special one organised during a Teacher’s Day celebration at SMK La Salle, Klang, and it drew praise from netizens in the Twitter-verse.

One was commenting on how fearless the kid was.

“Nowadays, there are a lot of guys out there who can dance, and in public at that. Omg, I’m so jealous.”

Another commended his moves and that anybody can dance.

“Despite his body shape, his moves were sharp af.”

“Deal with it society, don’t judge a person by their appearances. If you can’t do it, just be silent and watch them slay.”

One even lamented how she wishes she could emulate the confidence of the individual.

“This is a kid living his life, having fun, doing what he loves, not hurting anybody. Wish I had even 1% of that sass.”

Surely the teachers of the school were thoroughly entertained by the performance.

With all the positive comments coming his way, it is almost certain that this teen’s passion for dance will not end here.

Who knows, we might just be looking at the next Asia’s Got Talent star.

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This is the reason why Japan is the role model of the world.

In December 2018, a Japanese company launched an ‘umbrella-sharing’ system called iKasa in Tokyo where members of the public can rent umbrellas strategically located in convenient stores and shops across the city. The renting process is fairly simple as well and all they need to do is:Add iKasa account as a friend on LINE

  1. Add iKasa account as a friend on LINE
  2. Press the ‘Rent an Umbrella’ button
  3. Click on a spot that’s close to your current location. Then, check if the place is open and if there are any free umbrellas
  4. Proceed to the spot, scan the QR code on the handle and the umbrella is yours for the day
  5. Once you’re done using it, scan the QR code at the return stand

Press the ‘Rent an Umbrella’ button

Click on a spot that’s close to your current location. Then, check if the place is open and if there are any free umbrellas

Proceed to the spot, scan the QR code on the handle and the umbrella is yours for the day

Once you’re done using it, scan the QR code at the return stand

Customers will be charged 70Yen (approx. RM2.50) per day on their pre-registered credit card. However, should they forget to return it on the same day, it will incur extra charges. That said, once the charges snowballs to 420Yen (approx. RM15), customers can keep the umbrella and don’t have to return it anymore. They would’ve basically bought the umbrella! 

This system has been running for a few months now and the management was happy to report that the return rate for the umbrellas is 100 per cent, which impressed netizens worldwide because similar initiatives have been carried out in other countries like China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia before this and the results were pretty embarrassing.

For instance, in 2018, property developer Aspen Group placed 4,000 free umbrellas at 12 bus stops and five schools in Penang for those who need to shield themselves from sunlight and rain. It was hoped that the users would return them after using but sadly, all 4,000 of them went missing. Yikes! 

This story has shown just how civic-conscious the Japanese are and hopefully, Malaysians could take a page from their book.

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Catherine Amores is shopping around for a new smartphone – only it’s not for her. It’s for her eight-year-old son Jacob. 

The stay-at-home mom says she will feel safer if her second-grader has an iPhone with him at all times. 

“Everything I see on the TV news makes me worry all the time. There was a school lockdown in our neighbourhood recently. That’s why I think it is very important to get him a smartphone,” said the Hayward mother of three. “Being able to get a hold of him immediately will give me peace of mind.” 

As smartphones dominate our daily lives, many parents feel pressured to buy them for their children at younger and younger ages. Some, like Amores, fear losing touch with their kids in a crisis. Others believe the devices offer priceless educational opportunities or worry their kids will feel left out because their friends have phones. 

By the age of 13, 83% of kids have their own phone – up from just 34% in 2012, according to a Common Sense Media report last year. And a widely cited 2016 report by Influence Central put the average age for a child to get a cellphone at about 10, though some experts say that is trending downward. As the age drops, parents are left wrestling with the question of how young is too young for a smartphone. 

“Phones are status symbols especially in our tech-worshipping society. But it is parents’ responsibility to make the right call for each child, not just ‘because everyone has one’,” said Caroline Knorr, senior parenting editor at Common Sense Media. “The risk with younger kids getting phones is that the devices are very powerful and require some level of maturity and responsibility.” 

California students could soon be restricted or banned from using smartphones at school under a bill proposed by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, which would require schools to limit or prohibit the use of cellphones on school grounds. Experts have long warned that exposing children to smartphones too soon poses a long list of potential dangers, from health concerns to social setbacks. 

“Research tells us that increased use of screens is associated with poorer academics, obesity, decreased fitness, reduced social interaction and disturbed sleep,” said Richard Bromfield, a professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. 

The very structure of the brain can be rewired by too much exposure to a smartphone as a child, scientists warn. Children who use smartphones and other screens for more than seven hours a day are more likely to experience premature thinning of the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain that processes thought and action, according to a 2018 study released by the National Institutes of Health. 

Yet many parents feel that the risks of a scary world are more pressing worries. Amores wants to give her son a smartphone, instead of a flip phone, so she can video chat with him and pinpoint his location. 

“I feel like there is no safe place anywhere,” Amores, 24, said. “If he has the phone on his body, we will be able to trace his location.” 

Adamma Ison hasn’t gotten her four-year-old son Jeremiah a smartphone, but she has let him use her Samsung so much he thinks it belongs to him. Jeremiah began watching YouTube to learn his letters, his numbers and the difference between an octagon and a hexagon around the age of two. She says the phone has been a great educational tool. 

“It can be hard to hold a small child’s attention, but YouTube catches his attention and keeps it,” said Ison, 39, who lives in Vallejo. “It has helped him absorb complex information, expand his vocabulary and teach him life skills.” 

Eighty one percent of parents with children age 11 or younger let their child watch videos on YouTube and 34% do so regularly, according to a report last year from the Pew Research Centre. However, having the Internet in your pocket also means running the risk of addiction to constant stimulation, doctors say. 

“My biggest worry is the way too much smartphone, and social media in all its forms, trains a child’s brain to think about nothing but the latest tweet, text or ping,” said Bromfield. “I worry too that today’s children seem unable to tolerate their own company.” 

That’s why Emma Wrankmore’s children don’t have phones. She worries they would distract her children, Blake, 10, and Natalie, 7, from the pleasures of childhood like climbing trees and playing tag with friends at the park while also exposing them to cyberbullying. 

“I plan to hold out as long as I can,” said the Fremont mother. “Elementary school feels too young to me. I will probably give in once the majority of the school class has them so I don’t feel cruel – but don’t know when that will be.” 

Two years ago, Brooke Shannon started the online Wait Until 8th pledge, a national movement urging parents to hold off on smartphones until 8th grade or age 14. The pledge only kicks in when 10 other families in your kid’s grade and school have also signed up. 

“We all got swept away by the tidal wave of technology. It’s been very normalised so that everywhere you go, you see little kids using smartphones,” said Shannon, who lives in Texas and started the effort after seeing legions of first- and second-graders with smartphones. “But the fact is that it’s not good for them.” 

Parul Naresh, of Fremont, is also interested in putting off the day her son Veer, eight, gets his own handheld gadget. 

“There’s too much inappropriate content, and it’s a super waste of time,” she said. “I wish I myself was never trapped into using it.” 

But Ison sees it differently. She’s well aware that she has to constantly monitor what Jeremiah is watching on her phone. She said she would never use the phone as a babysitter. 

“The parents who have trouble with technology are the ones who aren’t paying attention,” said Ison. “They aren’t really present with their kids. Technology is not permission to check out. You have to supervise it.” – The San Jose Mercury News/Tribune News Service.

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