Babel Vs. the PC

Written by Lady Camelot

Babel vs.repparttar PC by Lady Camelot

Imagine a time when mankind was young. Migration led many torepparttar 132454 land of Shinar. It was during that time, that man came together and decided to build not only a city but a tower that would reachrepparttar 132455 heavens. Seeingrepparttar 132456 structure,repparttar 132457 Lord was not very pleased. In fact, He knew what trouble this could lead to, so He confused mankind with different languages and scattered them acrossrepparttar 132458 face ofrepparttar 132459 earth. Thus, isrepparttar 132460 story of Babel. (Babylon,repparttar 132461 remains of an ancient city, is now located in Iraq.)

Eerily, times of a rich, historical past parallel today's society. The familiarity to modern civilization is uncanny. Inrepparttar 132462 biblical tale ofrepparttar 132463 tower of Babel, men came together with one language and one common goal:repparttar 132464 desire to controlrepparttar 132465 land and all that lay beneathrepparttar 132466 tower. Makingrepparttar 132467 impossible - possible to Human nature.

The construction ofrepparttar 132468 tower of Babel tells a story of man and its amorous lust for greed and power. To build such a massive structure that led directly torepparttar 132469 heavens, what a marvel it must have been. Thoughrepparttar 132470 tale is simple, its meaning is vast. Herein liesrepparttar 132471 virtue of society itself. Withrepparttar 132472 industrialized world at its peak and infinite computerized technological advances, we have reachedrepparttar 132473 brink of Babel. In this day and age, mankind hasrepparttar 132474 means to communicate torepparttar 132475 far outreaches of allrepparttar 132476 earth. With mere strokes upon a keyboard, we can speak with persons of different languages, cultures, race, religion and region. There are no boundaries torepparttar 132477 human initiative.

SPECIAL REPORT: Weapons in the Hands of Children

Written by Susan Dunn, MA, Personal and Professional Development Coach

New technology brings new ways to stay in touch and guard your child's safety but it also brings new ways to steal, cheat, bully, act irresponsibly, and harm others.

1. Bullying via camera cell phones andrepparttar Internet is an international problem.

A January 2004 article in Canada’s Globe and Mail says cyber bullying is already “common” in North America, and gives examples from Europe,repparttar 132452 UK and Japan, as they anticipaterepparttar 132453 problems to come fromrepparttar 132454 huge number of Internet-connected camera cell phones given to teens and preteens overrepparttar 132455 holidays.

The London Free Press subtitled an article, “Educators describe cell phones asrepparttar 132456 fastest-growing method of tormenting children.”

One in six workers inrepparttar 132457 UK reports having been bullied via e-mail.

2. Misuse starts younger than you can imagine.

BBC News reports that one in nine five to nine year olds has a mobile phone and predicts this will rise to 20% by 2006, making thisrepparttar 132458 fastest growing group of mobile phone users.

A British survey found that more than a third of primary school children with mobile phones have received name-calling text messages, and 10% have received serious levels of threats which could be classified as “bullying”. Here is how an obscene message to a 4th grader was handled - each/articles/email.ballad.html .

3. Preteens and teens use cell phone cameras to photograph peers and humiliate them overrepparttar 132459 Internet.

For instance, photographing a student naked inrepparttar 132460 locker room and then sending it into cyberspace. Text messages are also being used for harassment, and for cheating on exams.

4. The ability to distribute photos onrepparttar 132461 Internet adds a new level of threat.

Using cameras for surreptitious photographs is not new, according to Douglas Thomas, associate professor of communication atrepparttar 132462 University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who says a camera that fits inrepparttar 132463 button of a shirt and costs only $35 has been available for years. What’s new isrepparttar 132464 cyber possibilities. [Christian Science Monitor, fall 2003]

5. Teach your children that with privilege comes responsibility. One middle-schooler given her grandmother’s hand-me-down cell phone for two months quickly racked up a bill over $1,500.

6. Legislation is starting aboutrepparttar 132465 privacy aspects of such photography, beginning with restrictions on federally-owned lands.

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