Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Busy like a bee

Holla! What is up, my friends? School's been crazy. Big surprise. Right now I'm on campus procrastinating writing my religion paper. I have to write a paper addressed to seminary students about why marriage is important. Perhaps they should tell me. Anyways, I kind of love stumbleupon.com, and here are some of the gems I've discovered lately. Enjoy. 

Also, as I've been researching Utah and national statistics on child pornography and cyberbullying, I've been shocked at the things I've discovered. For instance, did you know:

  • The pornography industry is a $97 billion business worldwide 
  • Every 39 minutes, a new pornographic video is made in the United States.
  • Nearly 80 percent of unwanted exposure to pornography is taking place in the home
  • Seven out of ten youth have accidentally come across pornography online
  • Research indicates that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before adulthood
  • One in seven kids received a sexual solicitation online.
  • 13 percent of 2nd-3rd grade students report that they used the Internet to talk to people they do not know, 11 percent report having been asked to describe private things about their body and 10 percent have been exposed to private things about someone else's body.
  • 43% of teens aged 13 to 17 report that they have experienced some sort of cyberbulying in the past year.
  • More girls are cyberbullys than boys (59% girls and 41% boys)
  • 81% of youth agree that bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.         
This is scary stuff. Enough is Enough is a really great organization and I'm excited to be working with them this semester, because believe it or not, Utah is in the top tier of the national statistics. Parents need to be aware of what's out there and it needs to be stopped.  

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sleep is for Losers

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. School has been CRAZZZY. But in a good way. Here's basically a run-down of my typical day:

  • 8-10 am - class. Either in the religion, geography, or grammar variety
  • 10 am - interview for Daily Universe story
  • 11 am - Bradley meeting
  • 12 pm - back to the newsroom to work on story
  • 1-5 pm- work
  • 5-10 pm - homework. Usually of the DU variety. Sometimes, very rarely, I socialize with other human beings during this time.
  • 10-1130 pm - watch TV. Because of course.
Somewhere in between I eat food. Usually. But can I tell you something? I love being this busy. My classes are actually really interesting. I LOVE writing about arts and entertainment. (Here's the link to my first article). I mean, I've already gotten to interview a movie director, a band, and the guys from the Kid History videos. Best homework ever. Even if it does take up about 40% of my time. And I'm an Account Executive in Bradley this semester, working for an awesome non-profit, Enough is Enough, So yeah, I love my life. Even though you probably won't see me this semester.

And really, if you haven't seen it yet, this needs to change. Kid History's newest episode:

 "There's only one minute left in my brain!" My thoughts exactly, John.