Here are 5 things you should know.
1. You can help combat child sexual abuse and sex trafficking by uploading photos of your hotel rooms to TraffickCam.
If you travel and stay in hotel rooms please consider using TraffickCam
Take a couple of quick pictures of the room any time you stay in a hotel/motel and upload them to the website. These images are added to a database that can be compared to the background of sexual abuse images and videos. Sex traffickers also regularly post photographs of their victims posed in hotel rooms for online advertisements.
This can help law enforcement identify the location where offenses took place, as well as the identity of the victims and perpetrators.
There’s also an app under the same name which you can keep on your phone. It only takes a few minutes and you could really be helping a vulnerable victim.
2. Mental health tends to improve with age. If you feel like things will never get better, know that multiple studies have found an improvement in happiness and a decrease in neuroticism with age.
As a teenager or young adult, it’s common to feel like your mental health issues won’t get better, but they almost certainly will. Source and Source 2 for anyone who needs a reminder that it will get better!
3. If you have young children that use YouTube (not YT Kids) that many YouTubers have tried to switch platforms and cater to adults, leaving children subscribed to creators that post highly inappropriate content.
Jake Paul, for example, has tried to change his audience without changing his subscriber base, meaning millions of children who watch him are getting recommended videos he shoots with p*rn stars as guests.
4. Attending university in Germany is free for everyone, no matter where you come from.
Some people can‘t believe it, but it’s true. There are also programs for both bachelor and master completely in English. There is tons of information out there! A good start: 1. German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) 2. Study in Germany You should also know: health insurance is mandatory (!) for everyone in Germany, it costs about ~$100 to ~$120 per month full coverage for students. The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) e.g. offers combined health, accident, and personal liability insurance for trainees, students, and academics – as well as their partners and children who come to Germany. In some states in Germany, there is a small administrative fee for everyone to pay, mostly between ~$100 and ~$200 per semester (which often includes public transportation) and only in a few cases non-EU foreigners have to pay a tuition fee per semester – doing your research is key here!
5. If you really want to support your local restaurant, don’t order third party delivery (GrubHub, DoorDash, etc). Instead, order directly from the restaurant. Delivery providers charge the restaurant 15% to 30% of the total.
Imagine you place a $30 order. 25% of that may come off the top for the delivery provider. The restaurant is left at $22.50. For that original $30 order, 25% of that covers the cost of the food itself and the packaging. Now the restaurant is left with $15. 25% of the original total is to cover labor. Now the restaurant is left with $7.50. 25% of the total covers other things like electricity, rent, water, etc. Now the restaurant is left with $0. Yes, ordering third party delivery helps them keep the lights on and their employees working but it really doesn’t help the business.
These percentages are going to vary from restaurant to restaurant but should be close.