Did You Know That People BUY Followers?

In an era of fake news, it comes as no surprise to me that a thousand or a million likes on social media platforms are actually fake.  Celebrities and politicians buy fake followers to boost their popularity and to move political agendas.  Yup! Companies like Devumi offer Twitter followers, views of YouTube, plays on SoundCloud, and endorsements on Linkedin – often for as little as a few cents per follower. It doesn’t just stop here in the US, this is happening in China, Ecuador, and all over the world. According to Rami Essaid, founder of Distil Networks, a cybersecurity company that specializes in eradicating bot networks, “Social media is a virtual world that is filled with half bots, half real people.”  What you see on social media may not be what you think it is.

What’s wrong with insecure people buying followers – kind of like buying friends?  It makes the rest of the population feel insignificant by comparison.  So many young people suffer in silence as they see how popular others are.  Aspiring artists and musicians feel depressed when their follower stats are low. 

I hope cybersecurity companies can reveal true numbers and shame abusers of the system so we can establish some sort of semblance of real facts and real news.

Chore Checking: The Easy Way!

After a long day at the office, there’s nothing more irritating to find out when you return home than your kids not getting their chores done. Right? They get home at 3:00 pm but can’t manage to make their beds or do their chores.  The super annoying part is that they have no problem playing video games or hanging out on InstaSnapFace for hours.  So rather than punish after-the-fact or grumble with anger, get them to do their chores before they spend hours online.  How?

Change the WIFI password before you leave for work.  When the kids get home from school, ask them to send you a photo of the completed job with an object that you name placed right in the photo.  Select something like the Giants cap that they put on the empty dishwasher rack or the clean room.  That way they can’t send you the same photo every day.  Then, you can text them the new password so they can go online.

This system could also work for homework as long as they don’t need to go on the internet to retrieve homework assignments or to do research.  You know your children’s work load so you can determine how far you want to go with this system.  But, if your child is doing social media before starting homework, I guarantee you that their homework and studying is not going to be anywhere near as good as it could be had they started with homework when they got home from school. 

So now the kids won't have one over you when it comes to the internet.  Stay ahead of them and get them to take care of chores and homework BEFORE going online!

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