Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review of the website “THINKB4U”

Hello and welcome to a review of the site “THINKB4U”, which is basically a very helpful website of you are new to technical devices and if you are unsure what to do on the internet in different situations. This is my first review so I hope you don’t expect too much from it. :)

On the website “THINKB4U” we meet the Parkers which is a cheerful family that teaches us how to be tech-smart. There are many videos to be found that they have made to learn us about the pros and cons of the internet. The family consists of a five members: a mother, a father, a boy, a girl, and a grandma. These are the main characters, or actually the only ones that we get to meet on the website.

When you’re watching the videos that can be found there, you will need to answer some simple questions in the middle of it. The questions are quite easy and have only two answers, either a yes or a no. Since the site is about having the right knowledge and competency when you’re browsing the web, you have probably guessed that the questions are for instance if you should state your e-mail password to an unknown website. At the end of the video you can check if you’ve answered correctly, and if you didn’t, don’t worry, it’s not a big deal. You will not get anything else but knowledge when you answer correctly anyway.

First of all, let’s start with the design of the website, which suits every age group out there. It has a very well organized structure and a modern design that makes it possible to navigate through the web site without any issues. There are not any unnecessary things on the web page at all, so it’s quite user friendly, in other words perfect for kids who have just entered the world of internet and need to learn how to be careful on the world wide web.

Another thing that I personally find very interesting is that there are no ads on the page at all as far as I’ve experienced. Maybe there were some hidden ones, but I really can’t remember seeing a single ad on the webpage. Not having ads on a website means less worries when your child is browsing the web, because some ads can really make you do something stupid, while others can show some really disturbing images or material inappropriate for children.

I guess that’s everything that you have to know about the website “THINKB4U”. Feel free to comment this review if you think that something is missing, and remember to visit the site yourself  if you want to learn more about it, because this text is pretty much a summed version of what you can find there. I would recommend you to visit the site especially if you are not that familiar with the internet, and what evil can be found out there. ;)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A quite exciting visit indeed 

Last week we were so lucky to get Espen Barth Eide - the Norwegian minister of foreign affairs to our school. He was followed by two security guards into our gymnasium, and if you’re wondering if he came with a limo, I’m afraid I can’t answer that question because we were already at our seats when he came into the room. A splendid applause was given as soon as he entered the room, and when he came onto the stage, he started talking about what his job is all about. At the end we asked him some questions that we had on our minds. I didn’t bother to ask him a question because I didn’t know what to ask him, but I can tell you that some of our questions were about the situation in Syria and his opinion on it. He told us that he is not happy with it and hopes, like the rest of us, that something will be done as soon as possible. He also said something about the banned chemical weapons which I don’t quite remember. After he had answered all our questions we simply thanked him and he left our school. He is after all the minister of foreign affairs so he’s got a lot of work to do.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The situation in Syria

For those of you who don’t know, the conflict in Syria between the rebels and the regime started already in 2011, but the most shocking attack took place early hours on 21st of August this year. At 1:15AM, the Facebook pages of the Syrian opposition reported that there was heavy fighting going on in the rebel controlled areas of Ghouta, which is the agricultural belt of east of Damascus. An hour later, in the Ein Tarma and Zamalka districts of Ghouta, there have been reports that bombs with chemical containment have hit the ground. People were sleeping when this happen, so many were under extreme stress and shock when they heard the explosion. Syrian government stated that no chemical weapons have been taken in use, but that there was however a fight going on in the areas I mentioned above.

Now, even though the government itself claimed that they didn’t use chemical weapons, there are some clear proofs that there was in fact a bomb with toxic gas that hit the ground.
First of all, the bombs didn’t explode, they simply fell down from the sky and a poisonous gas started leaking from them. The people who were woke up when this happened noticed that something was wrong with the air they were breathing. Many of them were moved to hospitals because they got poisoned.

The main question now is how the world can handle this situation where banned chemical weapons have been used against Syria’s citizens? What and how can we solve this problem?
The UN Security Council is dealing with quite tough decisions; they don’t know if they should send troops to Syria in order to solve the problem, or find a peaceful way, if there is one, of course. I guess that we just have to wait and see for ourselves which decision will be made and hope for the best one. No need to panic, folks. Or at least not yet.

I've used BBC as my main source when I was writing this text. I saw a video of the bombing reports and chemical attacks in Syria on www.bbc.co.uk

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Hello and welcome to my new school blog! This year we will be working with International English, which requires higher English abilities and skills. As you can see we will be working with blogs and posts this year, too, and there will be occasions where we can write about anything we like to - in English, of course. So stay tuned because you are about to see some awesome posts in the upcoming weeks!