Luciana Pesce, Chile
All the teenagers in our society have a mobile phone that allows them to be permanently connected in social networks, but if used incorrectly also can bring serious problems. Nowadays cyber bullying occurs very frequently with teenagers. This a very substantial problem because this can lead to depression, anxiety, impotence and even suicide. Cyber attacking can be very bad for the person affected by this, because it influences their self-esteem and spreading rumors and intimidation is nothing good. Also this type of bullying is particularly worrying because it is constant, general and very, very public.
Firstly, cyber bullying can occur at all times and affect the mental health of adolescents to have depression and isolate themselves from their responsibilities, family and friends, leaving them helpless to the insults directed towards them. To show that, many teenagers end up committing suicide since they can no longer live with the insults, or being humiliated, and even the harassed cannot afford to rest from the fear when they arrive at home or anywhere else away from the environment of their stalker.
Furthermore, once published, the content shared on social media and instant messaging applications become uncontrollable, making it impossible for the victim to know who the message has reached or if it will be repeated. As a result of this, the harassed person does not know when or by whom he will be bothered, generating anguish and the desire to end everything around him to feel relieved.
Finally, the victim hides his situation as a result of the shame, until he even think that he is to blame for what is happening to him, and think what they say about him is true. This leads to parents not knowing what is happening to their child, and that they try to solve it without any positive results. If the parents knew, they could solve it with psychological or even legal help, getting beneficial results for their child.
As I said before, cyber bullying is very bad, but there are some ways to prevent it. The first one is to talk with the kid about what is cyber bullying, if he knows someone who is being bullied and what the child should do if notices acts of bullying. Secondly, parents should monitor social media activity, including Facebook and Instagram, view all text messages, call logs and general online behavior.
There is no simple solution to cyber bullying or the best way to handle a bully, but, since cyber bullying is rarely limited to one or two incidents, it’s far more likely to be a sustained attack over a period of time. But you can handle it with not blaming yourself, do not beat yourself up, try to view bullying from a different perspective. Report the threats of harm. Do not seek revenge or do not respond to any messages or posts.
Post graffiti, murals, frescoes or Urban Art, the Universe of the Street Art is known under many appelations. But where does it come from ? What were the changes ?
These different kind of appellations have evolved over time and with the artists in this movement. At the beginning the Street Art was known as “Graffiti” which was an act of vandalism during the 1960/1980s decades. Nowadays, this form of Art which is exhibited in the international galleries, festivals or fairs like the “Urban Art Fair” in Paris, “District13 Art Fair” in Paris [which is coming soon in September 2018], “Beyond The Streets in Los Angeles” a huge showcase of graffiti and street art or the different festival of POW ! WOW ! in Hawaii, Long Beach, Washington and many other countries in the world.
This big change about Street Art in our time period evolved the attitudes and beliefs in this Art movement. Now, this kind of Art is perceived as cool and “in”, Artists don’t really need to hide anymore. Some of them became famous and can live on the income from their Art. Companies, city halls, associations and different kind of institutions call on these artists to beautify their buildings and facades. Artists are not perceived as “delinquent” like in the past when they could be arrested and go to jail for vandalism, but this fact depends as well on many aspects (location where the artists “graff” and if it can be legal or not).
Street Artists now are reconignized and some of them have their exhibits in Galleries because they deserve to be famous and well-known and live off their passion for their art. Their passion became their profession. However, if Street Art tends to be exhibited in galleries and only in galleries the movement will lose its meaning/value. If Artists forget the space that gave them their reputation, their birth as an Artist and they will expose/exhibit in Galleries, the fact that they wanted and desired to make Art accessible to the street, to people who don’t go on or are used to going in galleries will be lost and the debate on this accessibility and about money and business can be questioned.
In other words, Artists should continue to do murals on the street and for free when they can/want and they have the right, as well if they wish to show and exhibit their Art in Galleries, Fairs, Festivals etc. Both can be combined for the well-being of each Artists.
Do you have a pet ?
Yes my thoroughbred horse , two cats , and one fish
What is your favorite meal ?
What your favorite hobbies ?
What type of music do you listen ?
Techno , house
Why did you choose Santa Barbara ?
because of the sun and it’s s small city.
By Antoine Marotte from Belgium
- If you could drink only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- What is your biggest goal in life?
– To be happy all my life.
- How old do you think our substitute teacher Kevin is?
- What do you think you will be doing in 20 years?
– I think I will have a good job and my own family, and hopefully be married.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
– I think, in Spain.
- Who is the most important person to you?
– My sister.
- What makes you happy?
– The sun, going out with friends, my family, and eating.
- What makes you sad?
– If I see other people being sad or unhappy.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
– My grandmother.
- Do you have any big regrets in life?
– My ex-boyfriend.
- Why did you come to Santa Barbara?
– Because I wanted to learn English in a sunny place and I heard a lot of good things about Santa Barbara.
- What do you talk about to avoid awkward silence?
– Always asking the other person questions.
- Where is the best place to spend a Saturday night?
– In a good club.
- What would be the first thing you bought if you won 10 million dollars?
– A car and a house.
- What is important in a best friend?
– That you can always go back to the same person, knowing that she would never abandon you.
By, Ali Alghamdi, Saudi Arabia.
And, Ali Ahmad, Saudi Arabia
Traveling is one of our hobbies. We have traveled since we were young. We have many reasons to love traveling, such as changing our daily routine, learning about other countries culture, meeting new people from different countries, and visiting museums help us to learn the country’s history.
We have visited about 30 cities in 17 countries in the last five years.
One of the most beautiful cities we visited was Auckland in New Zealand. The weather was perfect and the people were more friendly there. We loved this city because it was amazing.
Also we would have so much fun in Milan, There was a big mall that has many brands, Italian foods and it was beautiful .
We visited Selangor also in Malaysia and it was amazing city for tourists to relax. And if you need to marry you can go to there as a honeymoon.
Eventually, traveling has positive and negative sides but we will keep traveling until the last day of our lives.
By Diane de Molinari (Belgium)
My video about the life at EF Santa Barbara
I made a video about the life here, at EF Santa Barbara, to show you, future EF students or parents, how SB is a real paradise.
I have been here for 3 weeks and I am leaving this beautiful place on Saturday, to go to Miami for one month more.
I think one month is the perfect duration to stay here. As you can see in my video, you can do a lot of things here and you never get bored.
I stayed in the residence and I can tell you that the environment there is very good. Everything is very organized and always clean. I have a lot of friends who are in host families, like you saw in my video, and I think that it is very different than the residence, but that is also good for your learning and to discover the Californian culture.
During the weekends, and sometimes in the week, there are different activities. You can do activities with or without EF. Personally, I went to Camarillo, which is a big outlet with a lot of brands, and I also went Jet Skiing. It was very beautiful and so fun to do it. There are a lot of different aquatic animals in Santa Barbara!
The meals at the residence’s restaurant are always very different and delicious, both breakfasts and dinners.
In the residence like in host families there are some rules like that you have to be in your room at 10pm but it is not really boring because you do so much things during the day so you are very tired in the evening that you want to sleep!
The EF teachers are very cool. It is not like your teacher at your school, there are so cool here and sometimes they just ask you what you want to do, like more grammar or more vocabulary and they understand you so that is really great.
I think that to go away from your family and friends for 2 months is a beautiful experience which teaches you a lot of things. This is the kind of experience which grows you up and which teaches you to be independent.
So if you are hesitating to book a trip with EF, just do it, you will not regret it.
Diane de Molinari, in Santa Barbara since the 30th July until the 26th August 2017.