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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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    What's the difference between 'clean away', 'clean up', 'clean out', etc.?

    (13:31:05 PM 19/03/2014)




    Before I explain the differences between "clean up", "clean out", etc. here's a warning: if you don't already know these phrases, it's a bad idea to learn them all at the same time. Read this blog post to find out why.

    If you already know these expressions and you'd like to figure out exactly how they're different, read on!

    Spaces and messes

    When you talk about cleaning, you're talking about two different things:

    1. the space that you're cleaning
    2. the mess that's in that space

    You can use each form of "clean" to talk about either cleaning the space:

    We need to clean up the living room.

    Or cleaning the mess that's there:

    We need to clean up those dirty dishes.

    The different forms of 'clean'

    You "clean out" the inside of a space that has a large mess in it:

    • clean out the refridgerator
    • clean out your car
    • clean out your desk

    You "clean off" a flat surface:

    • clean off the counter
    • clean off the whiteboard
    • clean off your windshield

    You "clean up" a room or a larger area:

    • clean up your bedroom
    • clean up the city
    • clean up after the concert
    • clean up your hard drive

    "Clean away" is different from the others because you only use it to talk about the messy things that you're cleaning, not the space that those things are in:

    • clean away the dishes
    • clean away the mud
    • clean away the broken branches

    'Clean' by itself

    What about just using the word "clean" by itself? 

    It usually means to clean the most obvious part of something. For example:

    • clean the toilet

    This means to clean the inside of the toilet bowl.

    • clean the floor

    This means to clean the surface of the floor.

    If using the word "clean" by itself would lead to any confusion, use one of the other phrases instead. For example, instead of saying "clean the cabinets", say:

    Can you clean out the cabinets?


    Can you clean off the cabinets?

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