Where the authentic meets the modern

The memories from my summer vacations in the West Bank (Palestine) are unforgettable. I was born and raised in Dubai; a big, busy, luxurious and recently built city. On the other hand my parents were born in a small village (Aqraba) in the West Bank; which is quiet, peaceful and has a wonderful nature.

Last summer vacation I’ve agreed with my 3 young boys whom I’m raising here in Ottawa to go for adventures vacation and spend 3 months in the other half of the world. First we flew to Dubai, then to Amman and Finally to the West Bank (Palestine). These places are located in the Middle East; while they share the same language (Arabic), religion (Islam) and culture, they’re each slightly unique in their own ways. There are many reasons for taking my boys to different places in the Middle East; first to learn where they originally came from and what is our tradition, second introduce them to the bigger family, their grandparents and cousins, and finally to practice their mother tongue language.

Here I will write about different things that we have done during our vacation.

DUBAI

As most people know, Dubai is the city of dreams, Dubai is known for its high skyscrapers, 5 star and even 7 star  hotels, restaurants, shopping Malls and of course for their beautiful beaches.

Our first few days in Dubai, people were celebrating Eid Al Fitr, a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. In Eid, the boys went for prayer with my dad; we had a big feast with family and friend. We went to shopping malls so the boys can buy toys and games also we went to amusements parks like IMG World & Hub Zero. The boys also enjoyed swimming in the sea and tanning under the sun.

Ooh I forgot to say what I’ve done for myself…I took the privilege of leaving the boys with my mom, I went to the Spa, I took a Moroccan bath, went for shopping, met with my old friends and smoked Shisha (hubble bubble smoking).

AMMAN

Amman is the capital of Jordan.  The temperature in Amman in the summer way better than Dubai, the air was refreshing and clean. The boys went for summer camp, where they met many boys in their age who speak Arabic; they went together to Royal Stables, Scandinavian Forest, and to olympic swimming pool in Aljwaeda club.

Also we went together to Jara Souk, Rainbow Street, and we attended my cosine’s wedding parties where they served a delicious Mansaf.

Food in Amman is unbeatable; we had Falafel, Hummus, Kubbah, Fateh,Roka Salad, foul, Maklobah,Musakhan and vine grapes.

West Bank

Our visit to west bank lasted for two weeks; we visited historical places and enjoyed the beautiful nature of Palestine. We spent first few days in Araba where my parents were born, we met our cuisines and we remembered our old days when we were young. We visited Khan al-Tujjar in Nablus, the 15th-century souk, it has been noted as the finest khan in the region. We went to Kanīsat al Mahd (Church of the Nativity) in Bethlehem,  the church has The Grotto of the Nativity, the place where Jesus have been born. Lastly we prayed at Al-Haram Al-Ibrahimi (The Sanctuary of Abraham)in (al-Khalil), considered the fourth holiest site in Islam.

 

the trip was an unforgettable; the boys learnd by experiancing the real life in my chidhood places , it meant much more for them than me telling them stories about my childhood.

Would you consider visiting any of these city next summer, if yes, which one?

 

 

References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_al-Fitr

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_al-Tujjar_(Nablus)

 

The Role of Social Media In Social Movement

Several hundreds of Palestinians and their supporters marched from the U.S. Embassy to the Israeli Embassy in Ottawa Saturday Dec.9,2017, to protest the decision made by the US president to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. That event which was announced on social media, made me think about how social media is being used by protesters to express their views. Social media has changed the way political views are expressed. Calling for people to support a certain movement had never been as easy and nimble as now, all it needs is an internet connection and a device.

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Social media has been the core of major protest stories lately,  from occupy Wall Street, to black lives matters, to the Arab spring in 2011. Platforms like twitter, you tube, face book made Citizen all over the world to become a News agent, they are telling their stories, capturing videos on the spot and spread it all over the world.

Women’s March on Washington

Hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington on Saturday Jan. 21, 2017, in a kind of counter inauguration after President Trump took office on Friday. In Chicago, the size of a rally so quickly outgrew early estimates that the march that was to follow was canceled for safety. In Manhattan, Fifth Avenue became a river of pink hats, while in downtown Los Angeles, even before the gathering crowd stretched itself out to march; it was more than a quarter mile deep on several streets.

 

Women march 2017.jpgWomen’s March in Washington, DC on Saturday January 21, 2017. Photograph by Timothy Fadek / Redux Pictures

How Social Networks Empowered Mass Protests against Trump?

Teresa Shook is a first-time activist, was able to launch the Women’s March on Washington with a single Facebook post. “I wasn’t that political. Something happened in me with this administration that woke up my love for people and humanity and what this country stands for,” Shook said.
When the election results became clear Nov. 8, Shook needed a place to vent. She turned to the pro-Hillary Clinton “Pantsuit Nation” Facebook page and posted that she thought a pro-women march was needed. Others agreed. She hoped someone else would take the lead, but when no one did, she asked about how to make a Facebook group and did it herself.

The idea that one woman could start the Women’s March from her computer has catapulted Shook into a sort of mini-celebrity among those of like-minded ideology. She said on the day of the march, strangers were hugging her and crediting her with making it all happen.

[Women’s marches: More than one million protesters vow to resist President Trump]

The public’s ability to coordinate massive and organized gathering like Women’s March by a post on Facebook shows how social media is playing a major role in the political movements.

what about you?Have you ever Taken Part in a Protest? Did it succeed? Do you think protests generally work?

 

Facebook: The Role of Social Media In Social Movement, to read more http://bit.ly/2BHXbig

Twitter: people protest for many reasons to read more @role of social media in political movements http://bit.ly/2BHXbig

 

References:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/palestine-israel-jerusalem-trump-ottawa-rally-1.4441665

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2017/01/31/the-woman-who-started-the-womens-march-with-a-facebook-post-reflects-it-was-mind-boggling/?utm_term=.a586b97be241

Social Media for the not-so-social children: Autism and social media

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

AutismAutism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal Communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There are many types of Autism caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences. The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism.

How Autism youth use social media?

Many youth with Autism are attracted to use technology, such as computers and video games which doesn’t require social skills, where few of them use social media platforms like Face book and Twitter. A study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders found that The majority of youths with ASD (64.2%) spent most of their free time using non-social media (television, video games), while only 13.2% spent time on social media (email, internet chatting).

Social media building communities

Social media brought many Autistic youth together. It serves like a platform for awareness, connection and fulfilling relationships. For some, social media served as a real escape from isolation and in some cases having online supporting community has stopped someone from ending their life. Social media has not only been shown to benefit adults with autism, but their families as well. Parents of children with autism often report experiencing a great deal of stress which affecting every aspect of their life. Social media have helped those families to engage with online groups, share stories, seek emotional support, and talk with other parents who are having the same challenges.

Lisa Holland a staffer at Madison House Autism Foundation says that, when her adult son with autism was a child, it was very difficult for her to form relationships with other mothers because of some of the behaviors associated with autism. She described being “the only mother in the class whose son was not invited to another child’s birthday party.” She felt that “no one wanted her around, and it was very isolating.” She turned to the Internet, especially forums for moms and parenting sites, to make connections with other parents who might be in similar situations. Lisa said that these sites were helpful to her because “there were some days when she wouldn’t have any grown-up interactions or that support.” Now, she uses the Internet to form and maintain relationships with other mothers, particularly those who have a child on the autism spectrum or another disability. According to Lisa, it allows her to “feel connected and is a great source of comfort.”Autisim

There are many elements on Face book like notification, light, sound numbers… can these elements be a distraction for those with ASD?

 

Facebook: Do you think Autistic adults can socialize with other people online?https://wordpress.com/post/algonquincollegesocialmedia.wordpress.com/72636

 

Twitter:

#social media role in building communities: https://wordpress.com/post/algonquincollegesocialmedia.wordpress.com/72636

 

 

References:
https://www.autismspeaks.ca/about-autism/what-is-autism/
http://www.madisonhouseautism.org/social-media-and-autism-building-community-or-creating-isolation/
https://autismawarenesscentre.com/social-media-for-the-not-so-social-how-to-get-your-child-with-autism-online-in-a-social-way/

Traditional bullying VS. Cyber Bullying

Bullying is aggressive behaviour that bullies influence the victim and make them feel uncomfortable and in extreme cases victim may even commit suicide. In this blog l would like to talk about a certain type of bullying. Cyber bullying has evolved by using technology which I believe it’s more dangerous on our children than the Traditional bulling. I will share with you some steps to help educating children on how to stop cyber bullying.

The difference between Traditional bullying and Cyber bulling is that Traditional bulling when someone (usually more than one) is hurting another person face to face and makes him feel uncomfortable, hurting them by kicking, pushing and saying nasty words, and the victim finds hard time to stop the bully. Cyber bullying is exactly the same but it’s happening online through using new technologies and different social media channels.

Why is cyber bullying more dangerous than the traditional bullying?

In Traditional bullying the bully and the victim usually know each other, usually they are colloquies or neighbours. The harassment takes place at school or play ground or any other place, where in cyber bullying, the bully can hide their identity which makes it difficult for the victim to know who is harassing them and the bullying occur anytime anywhere and the victim can’t avoid it. It can be through text massages, emails, posting on face book or twitter…

Another reason in traditional bullying the victim is insulted in front of few other friends where as in cyber bullying the victim is insulted in front of a larger audience, other friends & family members.

Victims of traditional bullying may seek help from parents or teachers without facing a punishment, while in cyber bullying victims find it difficult to report these harassments to parents because of the fear of losing the internet or the cell phone privileges.

Actions to stop Cyber bullying:

  • Identify bulling on post, for example if someone post” you look like idiot in this picture” this is bullying.
  • Tell the person to stop
  • Save evidence
  • Block/Report using available tech tools
  • Reach for help (parent or police)

From my personal experience, when my son was 6 years old he has been bullied, it took him long time till he gained back his confidence. Our children should be safe wherever they are, at school, gym or online. Educating our kids how to handle problems and have an open communication channel will help them to get over any problem.

Do you agree with me that cyber bulling is more dangerous that traditional bulling?

 

Facebook:

Cyber bullying is a type of bulling that can hit our children while they are home. share with your children tips to stop cyber bullying https://wordpress.com/post/algonquincollegesocialmedia.wordpress.com/72563

 

Twitter:

#Tips every parent must share to protect children from cyber bulling http://bit.ly/2nf9xbi

 

 

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References:
https://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Bullying-on-Facebook
https://www.stopbullying.gov/blog/tags/social-media

 

Social Media’s Role in the Evolution of HR

Social media has changed our world, it has changed the way we communicate, the way we market and sell our products and the way we learn, with no surprise it has changed also the way organizations attract talent. According to survey done by SHRM with HR professionals ,  Recruiting via social media is growing with 84% of organizations using it currently and 9% planning to use it. In 2011 only 56% used social media for recruitment. For most organizations 81% in 2015, it was one out of many recruiting tool used.

 

Previously recruitment was challenging for recruiters, costly and less effective in attracting talented candidate, but now social media has changed the way the recruitment process is done in organizations and gave HR managers different roles to play.

HR professional report the top reasons for using social media are to recruit passive candidate, increase the organization brand and recognition, target specific candidates with a very specific set of skills, allow potential candidates to easily contact the organization for employment.  However there are reasons for not using social media, concern about legal risks discovering information like (Age, Gender, Religious..),not enough time for HR staff to use this method in addition to other methods and questions about veracity of the information that is contained on social media.

Most Popular Social media Tools for recruiting are Linked in, Facebook, Twitter. Survey showed in 2015 the percentage of organizations used Twitter (96%), followed by Facebook (66%) and Twitter (53%).

The survey results showed that two-thirds of the organizations took steps to target smart phone users .39% career website have been optimized for mobile users, followed by job posting and job application enabled by 36% of the organizations.

 

 

please share your experience, has anyone find a job through Twitter, LinkedIn…..?

 

 

Facebook Post:

https://www.facebook.com/search/str/Social+Media+Today+4+ways+to+attract/stories-keyword/stories-public?see_more_ref=eyJzaWQiOiIiLCJyZWYiOiJoZWFkZXJfc2VlX2FsbCJ9

Twitter Post:

 

 

 

References
https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/trends-and-forecasting/research-and-surveys/Pages/Social-Media-Recruiting-Screening-2015.aspx
https://www.peatworks.org/blog/2016/may/how-social-media-changing-talent-recruiting