Victoria Bowman

Safe Spaces For Children And Youth

Safe Spaces For Children And Youth

The children and youth are vulnerable sectors of our society. They are at a stage in their development when they want to exert their freedom yet they also need security and protection. They are seeking their identity and to be able to express themselves while at the same time needing the love and care of a family. At such young ages, they face seemingly big issues that would define how they view life and how they see themselves. That is why they need safe spaces where they can be free to explore and express themselves.

Child and youth safe places should be foremost their homes or family, their schools, and churches. Camps are also considered safe spaces for these individuals. As they struggle with their issues in life, they must have the assurance that they are loved unconditionally. They can get this assurance from their families and homes. The children and youth need to know that there are people who will support them no matter what and will actually help them resolve these issues so that they can emerge victorious in the end. Schools and churches are two of the best places to get this support. They need to develop resilience and key strategies in resolving conflicting issues, unleash their potentials and maximum capacities so that they can be the best version of themselves and defy the odds and risks that they face. Now, camps are a good place for children and youth to be honed holistically. There are activities designed to challenge them and to help them discover a lot about themselves along the way.

Children and youth need safe spaces for them to thrive in this world. In this crucial stage of their development, may we provide them with these safe places where there are no judgments, only love and support for who they are and what they want to be.

Media Effects of Presentation of the Ideal Physique on Eating Disorder Symptoms

This statistical research made use of past experimental studies about the media effects of the exposure on the ideal body image to the tendency of the participants to succumb to eating disorders. The media portray models that exude the ideal physique and when people are exposed to them, there might be an effect on how they perceive their body image that could lead them to have eating disorders in their hopes of having a perfect body. The study concluded that exposure to the ideal body image had insignificant effects in the development of symptoms for eating disorders among the participants.

The researchers made a systematic search for available literature and identified 33 studies related to the media effects of the portrayal of the ideal body image on the possible occurrence of symptoms related to eating disorders among the participants. Media effects were manifested in the participants’ satisfaction with their respective body images and positive or negative affect towards their bodies such as their levels of self-esteem, anger, or anxiety. The researchers distinguished these factors as facilitating or hindering influences to the development of eating disorders. The results of the study showed that exposure to media’s presentation of the ideal physique had an insignificant effect in the development of eating disorders as there was little effect on their self-esteem and negative affect towards their own body image. However, the researchers also noted that there were moderate effects among participants who already had a high risk for depression. They were dissatisfied with their bodies and exhibited symptoms of eating disorders.

This research made use of different studies to examine the media effects of the exposure to the perceived ideal body image to the occurrence of eating disorders among the participants. It sought to quantify the attitudes and behaviors of different people. This kind of quantitative research limits our view regarding a serious issue such as eating disorders. Some people want a systematic analysis of how individuals behave. However, people are complex beings and there are numerous factors that influence their attitudes and behaviors that cannot be covered or captured in a controlled setting. The study also failed to identify which eating disorders they were referring to as there are several types of eating disorders that have different symptoms. There is no denying that media can have a big influence on people’s perception of the ideal body but it was not clear in this research how much exposure is deemed unsafe for a person to develop a negative body image that could lead to having an eating disorder. There are also different modes of communication and it would also be an important factor to identify which channels were used to expose the participants to the presentation of the ideal body image. A study of eating disorders also needs more time and assistance of mental health professionals. Thus, one should be cautious in interpreting the results of this study.

How Social Media Affects Our Youth

How Social Media Affects Our Youth And What Can We Do About It

One cannot deny that social media has become part of the people’s daily lives, especially among the younger generation who use these sites for social connectedness. The researchers showed how students used Facebook to maintain contact with family and friends. When used properly, social media can enhance human connections. These social media sites allow a person to express himself and share his feelings through his posts. However, the researchers also pointed out the risks in using Facebook and other social media networking sites. These sites become channels for spreading gossips and feeding ugly rumors. Despite these perceptions, they still felt the need to share information to get approval from their peers and get a larger social audience.

Still, a more serious threat is the invasion of privacy. They become vulnerable to hacking, phishing, and harassment. Thus, there is a need for users to change their attitudes like being vigilant and careful in sharing information in these social networking sites.

When the youth depend so much on the perception of other people about them, this could lead to anxiety and depression.

There is a need to teach the younger generation about being responsible and cautious social media users so that they can enjoy its benefits without putting themselves at risk. Or better yet, we should take them away from their smartphones and gadgets and encourage them to engage in a different world outside of the virtual reality that they are living in. They can join camps and retreats designed for the youth so that they can discover their potentials, hone their skills and talents, and meet other kids their age. The best way for the youth to escape the negative effects of social networking sites is for them to live a life away from the internet and start living in the true world.

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It’s That Time of the Year for Mud, Guts and Glory

Are you ready to face the challenge of Mud, Guts, and Glory? Are you ready to get down and dirty?

Do you have what it takes to be this year’s obstacle course racing champion? A lot of guts is all you need to attain that ultimate high, the glory of being the winner of this year’s most anticipated race. Be warned that we have made it more challenging this time around so you better come prepared.

Welcome to the website of Mud, Guts, and Glory! This is the annual obstacle course racing that has become a tradition for many people and an attraction for the state of Ohio. Each year, the obstacles become increasingly more difficult as the race is designed to challenge not only the body but also the mind and spirit of all those who dare to join the race. This is not your ordinary race. We challenge you to take on our intense trails. In Mud, Guts, and Glory, we go off the beaten path, over the creek, and into the woods for the challenge of a lifetime.

Mud, Guts, and Glory is brought to you by King’s Domain. King’s Domain is a nonprofit organization that serves at-risk urban youth. King’s Domain is a social center in Ohio that offers retreats, conferences, and camps. They design activities and training for youth development and enhance their leadership skills. Their clients are the urban youth who are dealing with issues of poverty, social challenges, family problems, and those who struggle with anxiety and depression due to exposure to violence.

Mud, Guts, and Glory started as part of King’s Domain’s youth camp activities to hone participants to be the best they can be. They had to overcome the obstacles presented to them by using all their physical, mental, emotional, and social skills in their arsenal to make it to the end of the race. King Domain did this to help at-risk urban youth defy the challenges that they are facing in their lives. They saw the need to toughen them up with the right skills and values so that they can thrive in this life. King Domain has made the muddy pathways and trails a world-class venue and permanent obstacle course.

Browse through our website to see our photo galleries and videos for the past events so that you can relive the moment or have an idea of what Md, Guts, and Glory is all about. Be updated with the latest news about this most anticipated obstacle course racing of the year. You can register here if you wish to participate in our event.

Our website also features blogs and research about different issues concerning the youth of today. This is our way of spreading awareness about the challenges that they face and how families, schools, churches, and society, in general, can help them overcome these adversaries so that they can become the best version of themselves.

On July 2018, be sure to go out of your garage doors in Phoenix and join us for this exciting event. See you there!