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"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream "

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  • Topic of this Week: "RAISING CHILDREN IN THE 4.0 ERA (Novemver 28, 2021)"

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    It is obvious that the Internet and social media have become a part of 4.0 technologies. In a survey of 2019 by the Management Development Institute (MSD) and Save the Children in Vietnam, 66.1% of children had access to an Internet-connected device of which 43,4% had an average use of 1-3 hours per day.
    There is no denying that smart devices have brought plenty of benefits in our daily life. Smartphones or tablets are considered as crucial tools for parents in feeding children, teaching and entertaining them. However, many people are concerning the impact of 4.0 technology on children’s lives. Without smartphones, children will not eat and keep crying. The question is that “Do parents need to have the courage to put their phone down or learn to live with technology especially in educating your children?
    Questions to ponder:
    How long do you let your children/ cousins/ nieces use social media? Why do you let them use media?
    What are the pros and cons of allowing children to approach the Internet at a very young age?
    In your opinion, at which ages can children use mobile phones? Can you share some tips to raise children effectively in the 4.0 era?
    Case 1: You are so busy with an urgent task but your child is crying, what will you do, will you give him/her a mobile phone/TV or do something else?
    Case 2: Anytime you do not pay attention, your child will take your phone to play games or watch YouTube, etc. what will you do?
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    (02:16:15 AM 21/03/2014)

    How sure should I be when I say 'I believe ~'?


    A reader emailed me this question:

    Can you help me with "I believe" please? – which I'm sure suggests that "I'm not entirely sure about what I'm going to say", but at the same time, is it based on my knowledge or experience. 

    When I say "I believe that~", does it mean that I'm "just guessing" or more than that? Wondering how sure I should be when I'm using ‘I believe’?

    The different meanings of "I believe"

    To understand "I believe", you need to know that it can mean a two completely different things. 

    1. "This is my strongly held opinion."
    2. "This might be true, but might not be."

    "I believe" for discussing your beliefs

    People use "I believe ___" to talk about their beliefs. A "belief" is something that you strongly feel is true, although some people disagree and it can't be proven. For example:

    I believe that God is watching over us.

    This is a religious belief that a lot of people share. Most beliefs have to do with religion, philosophy, morality, or politics.

    "I believe" for things you're not sure about

    If you have information that you're not completely sure about, you can say "I believe ___". 

    You can use this version of "I believe ___" when:

    • you can't clearly remember something
    • you got information from someone but haven't confirmed its accuracy

    For example:

    I believe he's at a meeting.

    How to tell the difference

    When English speakers share their strong opinions, they stress the word "I" or a later part of the sentence:

    I believe that everyone should have access to free health care.

    When they're not sure about something, they stress "believe":

    I believe it's spelled with a "K".

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