Internet Use and Teenagers

Teens everywhere are using the computer to connect to family, friends and even strangers. My Space and MSN are two very popular avenues that they use to communicate with one another. Teens love the convenience of being able to log online and talk with people from all around the word. Unfortunately, parents are less than enthusiastic about such sites. If you are the parent of a teenager, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the Internet.

In Australia, nearly 93% of all children have a computer they can use at home. Of those students, 83% have access to the Internet. Teens use the Internet for a variety of reasons. 63% of kids use it for sending and receiving emails. 59% of use is for instant messenger, such as MSN. With such high percentages, it is clear why it is so important for parents to be involved with their kids' computer usage.

MySpace: the ins and outs
MySpace is a website that allows your child to post blogs, post pictures and send messages back and forth to anyone connected online. My Space allows people from any part of the world to send messages back and forth. The site also allows people to search for other people with certain demographics. This site is probably one of the most popular sites among teens.

MSN: The ins and outs
MSN allows user to access their Hotmail email along with many other features. One of the main features teen love about MSN, is the messenger program. With MSN messenger, teens can chat with others who also have the messenger program. The use of a messenger program often interrupts teens who are supposed to be working on their homework. Instead of concentrating on their homework, they are distracted by messages popping up from their friends, who are trying to chat with them.

The risk to teens:
Like a lot of things teenagers try out, there are risks to using the Internet. Predators fill the Internet just looking for vulnerable people to prey on. Often times, they will pretend they are teenagers in order to gain trust. Once a bond is formed, they may ask to meet with your teenager. Ensure your children never give out their personal information, name, age, location, school, sporting team etc.

Interruption to study or homework:
Czerwinski, a leading expert in interruption science, says, "The danger of interruptions is not really the interference – it's the havoc they wreak with memory; what on earth was I just doing?" Although we believe teenagers are far better than any generation at multitasking their flow of work will suffer when MSN or MySpace pop up to alert them that someone wants to chat. It can take anywhere between 5 and 25 minutes to return, with the same kind of attention, to the task they were working on.

When completing work that requires flow, such as writing an essay, it is best to turn off all programs that pop up at you. If working on an assignment that requires you to multitask then the distractions are not so bad. Managing the distractions is the most important thing, and some teens are not great at controlling this. Software programs are a great way to monitor and control your teen's use of the Internet. There are many great ones available – if you would like to know more you can email me directly.

The Internet can be a fascinating place when used properly. Begin by educating your pre-teen or teen on how to safely use the Internet. Become an involved parent with your child's Internet usage. With some proper guidance, the Internet can be a fun and safe place. So the next time your teen wants to log on, be sure they are equipped with proper Internet safety.

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iPhone Apps for Radio Stations

The business of radio has been in some turmoil even before the economic downturn of 2008-2009. There’s a lot of consolidation, competition, and less advertising to go around. Add in satellite radio and internet radio to the mix with earthbound stations and the pie seems to be getting cut up into more pieces. The Radio industry will have to look to new technologies and innovation to get healthy again. iPhone applications are one of these new innovations to watch for.

Radio is moving in a new direction with streaming audio on iPhone apps. The mother of all radio iPhone apps would be Clear Channel’s „I Heart Radio“ application, which feeds off of Clear Channel’s „I Heart Radio online streaming website of 750+ radio stations. Last count showed 150+ stations streaming via I Heart Radio on the iPhone. But streaming individual stations on a giant aggregator app like this can sometimes be slow with lengthy buffering times.

Another option is for a radio station, either land based or online or satellite to have its own dedicated iphone app. Why be one of hundreds or thousands of radio stations on someone else’s app when you can have your own custom Streaming Radio iPhone app with its own icon on your listener’s iPhone screen? Your radio station gets one step closer to your audience, and your listeners have direct icon access to your streaming broadcast! Add advertising to your Radio Station iPhone app for increased revenue and social networking features to build your listener community.

A recent count in the iTunes App Store showed over 40 radio stations of all kinds with their own iPhone apps for streaming their broadcasts. From large organizations like Public Radio to smaller niche online stations like Classical Philippines Radio, streaming broadcasts via iPhone apps.

The cost to develop a streaming radio app is very reasonable if the station already has an MP3 or other compatible stream. A basic streaming radio app can cost as low as $1200.00 with optional upgraded features possible, or the app can be upgraded at a later date. The initial development cost can be offset by adding advertising, sponsorships, selling playlist music through iTunes, and more.

Will iPhone applications turn the radio industry around? Not by themselves, but this new technology should be seriously considered by any radio station that’s seeking to position themselves for the new era of broadcasting.

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The 7 Myths People Have About Messaging and Music On Hold and 7 Dispelling Facts You Need to Know

Myth #1: We do not put our callers on hold, our phones are answered by live receptionists.

Fact: All businesses put callers on hold. Even if your phones are answered live by people, your call is put on hold when transferring a call to the appropriate party. This can take 5 seconds up to 40 seconds, or more.

Also, when the receptionist is busy on one line, your other lines (two, three, and/or four) are likely answered by the system. Again, this is an „on hold“ situation which your callers are exposed to.

Bottom line, even if you are answering your phones „live“, you are putting callers on hold. Period.

ACTION: Call your office from your cell phone for one week and see how often you are in fact put on hold. You’ll be surprised the time you are „in limbo.“ This is what your callers are going through daily and they hate it. And it’s hurting your image and your profits.

Custom messaging and music on hold is an ideal „patch“ for replacing silence or the radio when putting callers on hold.

Myth #2: Custom Messaging and Music on Hold is too expensive.

Fact: Custom Music on hold is more affordable than you think. Advances in technology have driven down scripting, recording, and production costs. Fully custom messaging and music on hold is just a few hundred dollars with nothing more to buy ever. Also, professional on hold players are a great investment and usually price discounts are available when buying messaging at the same time. Always look for a player with a multi-year warranty.

Myth #3: My phones will not support messaging and music on hold.

Fact: Almost all phones (99%) support on hold messaging one way or another. If you have a professionally installed PBX/Key phone system, then you are 100% guaranteed compatible.

If you have standard office phones (AT&T, Panasonic, RCA, Brother, Uniden, Sony, etc.) then you most likely can use on hold messaging.

You’ll want to discuss your set up with a qualified on hold provider so they can ask you the right questions to make a determination for you. However, rest assured that most phones will work with music on hold these days so compatibility is not an issue.

Myth #4: My customers don’t want to be „pitched to“ when waiting on hold. It annoys them.

Fact: Most on hold callers (85%) when surveyed reported that they prefer to hear SOMETHING as opposed to hearing NOTHING. Isn’t that what you prefer too?

Silence is a killer on hold and it increases hang-ups. Moreover, a custom messaging and music on hold production need not be a „pitch-fest“ any way.

Helpful information on hold is very useful for your on hold callers. This includes: your location, your hours of operation, your website address, your slogan, your service offerings (most people only know some of your offerings, not ALL like you think they do), and how long you have been in business. All people need information like this…

Again, useful information is HELPFUL, not annoying. Silence is annoying. The radio blaring is annoying. Help educate your callers while on hold using custom messaging and music to keep them in the loop. Your image and sales will rise accordingly.

Myth #5: We use the radio (or silence) on hold and no one is complaining about it, so it must be working.

Fact: Hogwash. Just because your callers aren’t providing you feedback doesn’t prove it’s working. „Absence is not evidence.“ Most people are being polite by not criticizing you, and also, they don’t care enough to tell you how to make your business better. That’s your job to figure out, not theirs.

Radio on hold is illegal (BBB Oct. 2002) and silence is just downright amateur. The benefits of custom messaging and music on hold are worth their weight in gold, and you need to start realizing just how important it actually is to your image.

Myth #6: We can’t afford messaging and music on hold. We spent all of our advertising dollars this year.

Fact: You need to re-allocate your marketing dollars to include custom messaging and music on hold. Yellow pages, billboards, TV, radio, and all the other advertising mediums are ridiculously expensive. And you know it.

You can shave off just a little bit ($100) from each medium and get messaging and music on hold. Again, total costs are just a few hundred dollars, with nothing more to buy, ever. If you look for the dollars, you will find them.

Myth #7: We have WAY more pressing issues to deal with right now.

Fact: What can be more important than the first impression you make to your callers? And what can be more important than your prospects and customers?

After all, they are your „life line“ to profits and you need to understand just how important looking professional is. You NEVER get a second chance to make a first impression.

Custom messaging and music on hold not only makes you look less amateur it also shows your callers how much you really do care about them. Not only that, the on hold message process is automated. The instant the callers are placed on hold, your music on hold plays through your phone, time and time again. Day after day. Week after week. Month after month.

What to do next…

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Rock Music – History and Facts Revealed

Rock music is often associated with heavy instrumentation, reverberating through a sound system, and played by hyperactive musicians wearing all-black garb. This kind of music has enjoyed over half a century of popularity with its strong beat and catchy melody.

Rock music started in the 1940s and the 1950s as a fusion of rhythm and blues, gospel music, and country music. Originally known as rock and roll, as branded by disc jockey Alan Feed from Ohio, rock music combined influences resulted in simple blues-based style that was fast and danceable.

Instrumentation for rock music often include electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, and keyboards. Others add to their line-up reed instruments like the saxophone and the French horn. String instruments like the mandolin and the sitar are occasionally seen in the realm of rock music. Of all these instrumentations, it is the guitar that is considered to be the star of the show. Guitars come as solid electric, hollow electric or acoustic.

The electric guitar was played rock and roll style by early rock legends Chuck Berry, Link Wray and Scotty Moore. Texas blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan played a fusion of blues and rock. As multitrack recording was developed by Les Paul along with electronic sound treatment by Joe Meek, it was not long after when rock music artists like Jackie Breston and Bill Haley came out with their first rock and roll records. Breston released his record Rocket 88 under recording label Sun Records. And then several years after, Haleys Rock Around the Clock was launched and topped the charts of Billboard magazine in terms of record sales and airtime plays. Sun Records also produced rock and roll king Elvis Presleys first single labelled Thats All Right (Mama). Shake, Rattle & Roll of Big Joe Turner was also topping the Billboard R&B charts during this time.

The fusioning of rock music extended into the 1960s and the 1970s, with rock music being combined with folk music to create folk rock, with blues to create blues-rock, and with jazz to create jazz rock. Electrical instrument ambiance was incorporated into rock music to create the carefree psychedelic rock. Influences from soul, funk and latin music were integrated with rock music to pave way for subgenres as soft rock, heavy metal, hard rock, progressive rock, and punk rock.

Rock music took a metallic turn in the 1980s and 1990s with the entry of rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, Aerosmith, Kiss, AC/DC and Black Sabbath. Hard rockers heightened the commercialization of rock and roll with albums and concerts being launched all over the country. Arenas and other similar big venues were used as a places to gather crowds and crowds of rock music fans. Live performances in rock concerts had rock fans screaming and going wild over rock bands performing to full performance level complete with stage design and pyrotechnics.

Some of the other developments in rock music are retro style grunge, theatrical glam rock (Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and the New York Dolls), intense Britpop (John Lennon and the Beatles), indie rock and nu rock (Police, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, and the Culture Club).

Rock music has not been as popular with music critics at some point in time owing to its dark and overly loud metallic sound. But innovations and developments in look, style and sound has slowly developed a following for rock music not only in the young crowd but for the public in general as well. Rock music still manages to chalk up big hits in popular music.

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Albums of Pop Star Rihanna

Rihanna And Albums which are most famous are Good Girl Gone Bad, A Girl Like Me and Music of the Sun. These albums helped her gain a lot of fame and popularity and stayed on the charts for a pretty long time.

The album Good Girl Gone Bad featured 12 songs and has pop music written all over it. The lead song Umbrella is one of the best songs that Rihanna has sung and the album brings out the best in her. A Girl Like Me complements Rihanna's sexy voice and each of the 13 songs are unique in their own right.

Four singles of the album SOS, Unfaithful, Break it Off and We Ride all made it to the top 100 of the Billboard charts. SOS had debuted at number one when it was released and Unfaithful and Break it Off debuted at the top 10.

With each album Rihanna had proved her versatility and range of singing with her fans wanting more of their favorite singer. Most of her songs are about young women wanting to express themselves and not been able to do so.

She sort of tries to bring out the feeling that women go through in life. Her albums are a personal account of the state of mind that she goes through at that point of time. Emotions like love, betrayal, family, trust and friendship are all bought forth.

She gives a lot of importance to lyrics and her soulful voice uplifts the entire song. Rihanna And Albums are a must buy for fans of Rihanna.

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Kpop Music is Conquering the World

Kpop music or Korean popular music is music that comes from Korea, also famous in other parts of Asia such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Honk Kong and some South Eastern Asian countries. The rise of Kpop music is considered part of the rise of the Korean Wave („Hallyu“). Korean music was challenged in 1992 when a Korean popular music group called Seo Taiji and Boys mixed traditional Korean music with American rap, rock and techno influences.

Their success, followed by other experimental groups (line panic) is what contributed to the present day’s popularity of Kpop. Korean popular music scene met afterwards the influence of dance-oriented acts such as the famous hip-hop duo Deux, followed by teen idol groups such as Baby V.O.X., Fin.K.L., g.o.d, H.O.T., Shinhwa, Sechs Kies, and S.E.S who were highly popular in the mid 90s.

Today, pop groups are still fashionable, despite the current emergence of R&B and hip-hop in Korean music. MC MONG, 1TYM, Rain, Big Bang and Epik High are some of the bands that have made hip-hop popular, together with other underground artists such as Drunken Tiger, Tasha and Dynamic Duo. Rock music has also gained recognition lately, represented by artists such as Yoon Do-Hyun Band and Seo Taiji. For techno/dance Korean music lovers, Lee Jung Hyun and Kim Hyun Jung, two of the veteran artists in the industry, are the favorites. Kpop music has become famous worldwide, thanks to artists such as BoA, who has become Korea’s highest-selling international artist.

Apart from BoA, other artists as well have contributed to the popularity of Korean music outside their country’s borders. Rain and Se7en are some of the artists who sold their albums in other countries from eastern Asia. However, the greatest challenge for Korean artists (in fact, for all Asian artists) is to enter the profitable English-language music market.

As English has become an international language, the only way for a singer to achieve international recognition is to sing in English, so that everyone should be able to understand the lyrics. Korean singers are aware of that and a few of them (Rain, Se7en, Skull, a reggae artist and Min form JYP Entertainment) are planning to make a debut on the USA music market soon. Once they have managed to conquer the American listeners, the door to worldwide fame will stay open for them.

R&B, hip-hop and dance are the popular music styles today in Kpop music, which one can compare, from this point of view, with English pop music. Boy bands, girl groups, pop singers and R&B stars, currently dominate the Korean music scene. Ballads are also very popular. Some people argue that more diversity is necessary in Kpop music, but perhaps the rock industry will also develop in the future and everyone will be satisfied. The future looks bright for Korean singers and it is probably just a matter of time until they will conquer the US charts and the rest of the world. Kpop is gaining more and more fans every day and Korean artists are gaining popularity in US and Europe.

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Source by Ron Mark