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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?
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    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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    Under, below, beneath, underneath

    (02:17:49 AM 21/03/2014)

    What's the difference between "under", "below", "beneath", and "underneath"?


    These words are all similar in meaning, but figuring out the differences between them can be a little tricky. First, it's helpful to know how common each word is:

    1. "Under" is the most popular.

    2. "Below" is used about 1/4 as often as "under"

    3. "Beneath" is used 1/2 as often as "below"

    4. "Underneath" is used less than 1/2 as often as "beneath"

    So if you're struggling to choose the correct word, "under" is probably the safest choice.

    Now let's discuss each word in detail.


    "Under" is the default choice. In most situations, you can replace any of the other words with "under".

    Compared to "below", "under" is more often used to talk about 3-dimensional objects. For example, you'd talk about something being under a table, under a book, etc.

    "Under" is also good for talking about layers of something:

    I have on a t-shirt under my jacket.

    You can use "under" for numbers:

    I did it in under 7 hours.

    We were able to raise just under fifteen thousand dollars.

    "Under" also shows up in expressions like:

    under stress

    under pressure

    under someone's control

    under someone's influence

    under consideration

    under construction

    under a spell


    Compared to "under", you use "below" more often to talk about the level of something on a flat plane. For example, if you're describing two photos that hang on a wall, you can say that one of them is "below" the other.

    Use "below" to talk about the level of something, like a temperature:

    It's supposed to drop below freezing tonight. 

    In writing, you can use "below" to talk about something later on:

    Please read the instructions below before you begin.

    The opposite of "below" is "above".


    "Beneath" is more formal than "under":

    In the unlikely event of an emergency water landing, you may find a flotation device beneath your seat cushion.

    It can also suggest being covered by something:

    beneath the blankets

    beneath the surface of the water

    When you're talking about someone's actions or decisions, you use "beneath" to talk about the true emotions that a person is hiding:

    Beneath it all, he still loves her.

    When you're talking about human relationships, being "beneath" someone is very negative. Things or people that are "beneath" you are disgusting. They're too low for someone with your social position:

    She acts like some kind of princess, like we're all beneath her.


    "Underneath" has a kind of casual and expressive feeling. You can choose "underneath" instead of "under" to explain the location of something with a little more emphasis.

    A: You found it! Where was it?

    B: It was underneath the sofa.

    Think of "underneath" as a more emotional, exciting version of "under".

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