Teenage Boys and Social Media

Social media has a huge impact on young people today, including young men. Teenage boys are on social media a great deal, even if they tend to do different things than girls do when they are on it. If you are interested in what your teenage boy is doing on social media and how you can help him use it wisely, then keep reading.

How Social Media Influences Teenage Boys

Social media has an influence on most children who use it. Teenage boys are drawn into the fun aspect, and find it easy to bond with others friends who are online, along with the fact that they can easily turn it off when they get bored.

Its influence is shown in how often teenage boys are online, and how much they talk about it when they are not. If you spend any time at all with adolescent boys, you will hear how much they quote and think about what they see online on various social media outlets. Not only do teenage boys enjoy spending time surfing on social media, it also has an influence on their social perspective and opinions.

What Teenage Boys Are Doing on Social Media

Although male teens spend a lot of time on social media, as do their female counterparts, they tend to use it differently. Some of the things you will notice your teenage son using social media for is sending jokes and memes to his friends, and researching interests such as vehicles, sports and sports figures. He will use social media as a way to find more articles on those interests, and will post about these topics himself.

A huge component of social media for boys includes online gaming. In fact, this is one of the biggest social media type outlets that you may notice your son spending time on. Online gaming attracts boys because of its competitive nature, and provides a way for him to connect with his friends through this means. Many young men even meet online friends this way, playing games regularly with the same group of people they come to know as an online presence.

Of course, social media would not be complete without the added attraction of an easy way for boys to meet girls and converse with them, especially during the earlier teen years which can be awkward for both genders.

How to Prepare Your Son to Use Social Media Responsibly

It is very important in this age of easy internet access that you teach your teenage son to act responsibly when online and when using any social media outlet. Without social media etiquette and a sense of personal responsibility, the online world can become a dangerous place.

Give your son rules such as a time limit on his internet and social media use, and conduct careful parental monitoring in regards to whom he is contacting online. Educate him on his personal responsibility not to join in online bullying, and make it clear to him that he can come to you if he is feeling threatened by anyone in any way.

Social media is a huge part of the life of modern teenage boys, and will likely continue to be for quite some time. By learning more about your son’s social media use, you will become a better parent. Steer your son in the right direction, as he participates in what is now a cultural norm and will continue to be for years to come.

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Are Foods Labeled “Gluten-Free” Free of Gluten?

When you’re eliminating gluten from your diet, you wonder if foods labeled “gluten-free” are really free of gluten. This is actually a really important question – especially if you have an allergy to gluten that causes life-threatening health problems.

There are very specific requirements for a food to be labeled gluten-free in the United States. These rules are determined by the US Food and Drug Administration. There are several tests a food must pass in order to get this designation.

One way a food can earn this label is if it doesn’t contain any wheat, barley, rye, or any grains that are crossbred with these. If these grains aren’t listed in the ingredients, then it may be considered gluten free. However, it has to pass the next test.

Another requirement is that if the product contains any of these grains, they must have been processed in such a way that the gluten was removed. Gluten can be removed from products through special manufacturing.

Finally, a food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. How would gluten get into a food that’s not made of wheat, barley, or rye? It can happen if it’s cross-contaminated with these grains in a manufacturing plant.

You really need to worry about this designation when it comes to foods or beverages that might contain gluten. However, there are many products that don’t contain gluten to begin with so they won’t be labeled “gluten-free”.

For example, fresh fruits and veggies are naturally gluten-free. They don’t require a label to advise the consumer. Unprocessed meats are also naturally gluten-free. You’ll only need to check for gluten if a meat is processed – such as deli lunch meat.

So the gluten-free label is important if you’re looking at processed foods. Another thing to keep in mind is that food companies aren’t required to add the “gluten-free” label to a product. So a product might be gluten-free but not be labeled as such.

However, most manufacturers want people to know that their product is gluten-free and will use that label if approved by the FDA. Especially the in case of celiac disease it’s important to know what foods you can trust and what foods you should pass up.

Understanding how to read food labels is critical if you want to live a gluten-free lifestyle. You can be pretty sure that the “gluten-free” label is accurate. If you’ve wondered are foods labeled “gluten-free” free of gluten – the answer is yes.

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41 Cooking Tips

Never sear meat in a non-stick pan: It wont brown nicely you may end up with splotchy, grey meat.
Never heat non-stick pans past the manufacturers instructions (or past medium heat, if you no longer have the instructions).
When cooking crock pot meat, sear first. Use meat with the highest fat marbling to prevent greyness.
Make your own incredible butter. Whip 35% cream until it is firm. Squeeze out whey. Add orange zest & a splash of juice.
Keep cheesecloth in your kitchen. Its handy for straining liquid from yogurt, tofu and straining whey from home-made butter!
Rub your steak or roast with fresh cut garlic before cooking. Stick slivers of fresh garlic deep into your meat for incredible flavor.
Be prepared! Always keep your pan lid handy for dowsing fat fires they do happen! (Put lid onto pot to smother flames.)
Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher handy in your kitchen and learn what to do for different types of fires.
Use vegetable oil instead of butter in cakes containing dense, starchy fruits and veggies like carrots, apples and banana.
Next time you make gingerbread cake, try replacing your liquid (but not fat) with ginger beer!
Do as much of the prep as you can the night before for stress-free cooking. (What do you set out in advance?)
To add oil to a dish already cooking, add it in the edge of the pan. That way, it will be heated when it reaches your food.
Make sure fruits and veggies are stored in a refrigerator no warmer than 40 F.
Wash your fruit and veggies before peeling not after. (Too much risk of contaminating the knife, if you wash after.)
Soak veggies like broccoli and cauliflower in cold water for at least three minutes to make sure contaminants are released.
Add a splash of milk to salted water when cooking to keep cauliflower white. Rinse momentarily in cold water before serving.
Dry your potatoes before mashing by returning them to the pan after draining. Cover. Let them sit on turned-off burner for 5 min.
When storing fresh herbs, stand the stems in a glass of water in your refrigerator. They shouldnt go limp and will stay fresh.
For a quick and easy meal, cover uncooked ribs in roast pan with BBQ sauce and 1 liter Coke. Cover and simmer at 325F for 2 hours.
Save leftover sauce in ice cube trays. When frozen, add to bag of same type of sauce cubes. Reheat and use for quick dishes.
Crack egg into bowl. Use clean plastic water or pop bottle. Place bottle mouth against egg yolk and squeeze to separate from white.
Never over mix muffins and quickbreads. Fold dough with large spoon until flour is barely mixed and dough is lumpy.
Sprinkle your cutting board with salt before chopping fresh herbs. It will keep them on the cutting board.
Store sharp knives in a knife block or stick wine corks on their tips before placing in drawers.
If you need to finely chop bacon, put it in the freezer for 20 min. This will make it easy to chop without being stringy.
To test if your oil is hot enough for frying, use a thermometer or stick the end of a wooden spoon in the oil.
Always let meat rest for at least 10 minutes when you take it out of crockpot, pan or oven. It will cut much more easily.
Get to know parchment paper. Great for lining baking pans or preventing pastry from sticking to your roller.
When rising dough containing yeast, cover loosely with plastic wrap instead of the traditional tea towel.
Run out of baking powder? Combine 3/4 of a teaspoon of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
Never slice cake more than 15 minutes before serving. It will not taste fresh and may dry out.
Never open the oven door while cooking soufflé. And when you take your soufflé out of the oven, never bang the oven door.
For perfect Baked Alaska, make sure your cake is not warm and your ice-cream is the hard-brick type not the creamy type.
Learn base recipes and then experiment by adding different seasonings or ingredients basic sauces, muffins, cakes and bread.
Dont just bring your butter to room temperature when preparing to bake: Do it to the eggs youre planning to use also.
Cool your cakes on a wire rack, upside down. (Place rack on cake; then flip over, holding both sides of pan and rack firmly.)
Make ordinary cake, cookies or pancakes special by using heart-shaped Valentines Day pans.
Make a Valentines Day trifle in a heart-shaped bowl (large or individual-sized) for extra visual impact.
When camping, fully prepare soups, stews and other one-dish items ahead of time. Just reheat while youre in the woods.

Camp foods that dirty very few dishes: Hot dogs and smokies cooked on a stick, baked potatoes cooked on coals, meats cooked in a roasting cage and smores.
There is no right or wrong cheese for a pizza. Go with what you like and what you have on hand.

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka #Poetry Challenge # 22 – “Door & Friend”

Word Craft: Prose & Poetry

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Happy TANKA Tuesday everyone! Welcome to the TANKA CAFÉ. Are you ready to get groovy with your poetry? Then, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, order some coffee or tea and let’s write some TANKA poetry.

Grab a cup of joe or a cup of tea and read what’s below…

SO, LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CREATE THE TANKA POETRY FORM.

It’s worth taking a moment to check the best way to create a Tanka.

Tanka poems are based on syllable structure much the same way a Haiku is written in the 5/7/5 format.

The Tanka form is easy to create: 5/7/5/7/7 and is a Haiku with two extra lines, of 7 syllables each consisting of five separate lines.

What makes a Tanka different from a Haiku is that the first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s…

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