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Childhood Depression

By ACS Distance Education on May 11, 2018 in Health & Psychology and Counselling | comments

Childhood depression can easily go unnoticed.

Children will more often than not, hide their true feelings from adults and even peers, as they are still developing the coping skills to deal with life.

Understanding childhood depression better is important for anyone who interacts with children - from parents and teachers, to youth leaders and anyone else.


How to Learn Plant Names

By ACS Distance Education on May 9, 2018 in Gardening & How to Learn Better | comments

Taking photos of plants, then naming and cataloging those photos is a very effective way of learning to identify a lot more plants.



Secure Internet using HTTPS

By ACS Distance Education on May 4, 2018 in Business and Management | comments

People have used Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to browse the web for a long time; but then security issues became a concern.

In response Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) was born as a more secure version of http. 


What Chemicals are in Herbs?

By ACS Distance Education on April 23, 2018 in Gardening & Health | comments

Herbal medicines have real effects, but they are complicated. The main active ingredients of lavender for instance are linalool, linalyl acetate, linalyl butyrate, volatile oil, cineol, pinene, limonene, camphor, geraniol, borneol and tannin.

Each of these chemicals can do different things to the body though; and the % of each chemical varies between cultivars. Some cultivars of Lavendula angustifolia will contain very little camphor (which can be toxic if ingested in quantity), but many other lavender species are high in camphor.

Using herbs whether medicinally, in cooking or cosmetics can be a very positive thing; but it should be done with a proper understanding of the herb.

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Healthy Eating for Children

By ACS Distance Education on April 21, 2018 in Gardening & Health | comments

It is challenging for parents to get their kids to eat any things that are healthy.

One way of making healthy food interesting to kids is to involve them in gardening, growing and picking the food they eat, or just by helping in the kitchen. Small children are especially keen and love getting involved so this is the time to catch them! Many kids don’t even realise that there is more to what they eat then opening the pantry or fridge door. It’s a process. If you get them involved in that process you can establish an interest in food and good eating habits.