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Staying safe online


The internet is a great tool for us to use to gain knowledge, play games and communicate with other people.  But how safe are you online?

Here’s our top 5 tips for staying safe:

1.  Never give out personal details such as address, phone number,  via social media.

2.  Don’t accept friend requests from people you have never met or don’t know.

3.  Don’t use your real name on social media sites.  Everything you do online leaves a digital footprint that remains forever.

4.  If you are concerned about anything online report it to a parent / guardian.

5.  Don’t meet people that you have only met online.

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How to Beat Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is bullying that happens online.

It’s not just a problem for under 18s, adults suffer from bullying online too. Cyberbullying takes lots of forms, such as making threats, spreading untrue rumours, blackmailing, making nasty comments or opening an account in someone’s name and pretending to be them. It’s anything that scares or upsets you or makes you feel uncomfortable.

Don’t let these bullies make you unhappy. If you can’t talk to parents or teachers, there are a number of websites that can give you information, like the Bully Zero website.

If you are being bullied you can block the messages, unfriend the bully or report it. All social media sites take a stance against bullying if it is reported, and the bullies can lose their right to have a social media page.


To report bullying just read the following to find out what to do:


To unfollow someone on Twitter, go into their profile and click the ‘Follow’ box, which then becomes ‘Unfollow’. To block messages again go into the person’s profile and next to the ‘Follow’ box is a settings icon, click on it and scroll down the list until you reach ‘Block or Report’ – click on this.  If you want to read the advice set out by Twitter, read the Online Abuse page in their Help Centre section.


 You can ‘Unfriend’ a person on Facebook by going into their profile and clicking on the ‘Friends’ box and scrolling down to ‘Unfriend’. If you want to report bullying, click on the box with the three dots inside – this is next to the message box on the top right hand side. You can also block messages from here.

You Tube

You can’t put anything that’s graphically violent, contains nudity or has hate content. If you want to report a video because you think it’s inappropriate, click on the three dots and the word ‘More’ underneath the video’s title and click ‘Report’. Have a look at their ‘Help’ page in the Reporting Centre for more information.


 If you want to report abuse on your Myspace account, go into the person’s profile and click on the ‘Report Abuse’ link. All reports are personally reviewed by a member of staff.

If you are being bullied online, don’t rise to the bait and reply to the bully. Block, unfriend or report them immediately, so you can continue to enjoy social media, without becoming afraid or upset.

Let’s beat cyberbullying together! Why not share this article with your friends on Facebook or Twitter?

Source(s): Bully Zero, Bullying UK


Impressive Achievements By Under 18s

There are lots of restrictions for under 18s. However, being under 18 does not restrict you from being amazing!

In fact, people are often far more impressed when young people do amazing things than when older people do them. Read on to be inspired by these 8 young people and their impressive achievements.

1. Brian Zimmerman

In 1983, an 11-year-old Brian Zimmerman acquired a small amount of power through his work, he campaigned to be mayor of a small town in Texas called Crabb, which had a population of 225 at the time. Throughout his campaign he used slogans like “The mayor isn’t there to sit about, keeping his job, he’s there to do what’s best for his people.” His campaign won round 23 out of the 30 voters and he was successfully elected as mayor.

Zimmerman became famous nationwide and his story was adapted into a movie called The Lone Star Kid. Even though he was a mayor he didn’t enjoy the publicity and declined an appearance on Good Morning America. Sadly Brian Zimmerman passed away at the age of 24 from a heart attack.

2. Saugat Bista

Saugat Bista released his debut movie Love You Baba (Father) in December 2014, at just 7 years old, making him the youngest ever to direct a professionally made and distributed feature-length, movie according to Guinness World Records.

The synopsis explains that the movie is a drama about a single father raising his daughter. It seems unusual that a 7-year-old would be interested in the premise of this story let alone want to direct a 2-hour movie about it. But Saugat was obviously very passionate about documenting interesting stories from the get-go.

Directed by a child shot on 35mm film, which costs tens of thousands of dollars for a movie this length, the film was heavily promoted pre-release. This garnered a big pay off with a positive reception from critics who said the film gave them “weepy eyes”.

3. Thomas Gregory

The first person to swim the English channel was Captain Matthew Webb in 1875. Swimming the 21 mile length is a high profile way to prove athleticism and endurance, but there is also a big risk factor involved. Among the people who have attempted, six have died during the swim, even while accompanied by safety personnel.

In 1988 in the UK, Thomas Gregory left France to swim to Shakespeare beach at the age of 11 years old. Just two weeks prior a 20-year-old professional swimmer died during his attempt. After 11.75 hours Gregory became the youngest to swim the channel. He also beat the previous record holders time by around 3 hours and his age by almost 3 months. Upon arriving at Dover, the first thing he said was that he wanted to sleep for two days. We do not blame him.

4. Kieron Williamson

In 2009 a 7-year-old Williamson was selling his paintings at £900 a piece. By 2014 he was selling out art exhibitions in minutes ,with pieces costing nearer to £400,000 and he had over 10,000 followers of his newsletter.

His subjects include quaint, rustic rural settings featuring sail boats, geese or houses surrounded by trees changing season. They’re soft and look like the work of a veteran professional.

Williamson is a more accomplished painter than most adults. According to an interview he wants to buy land to raise cows on, just so he can paint them. Now that’s what we call dedication!

5. Willie Johnson

War is horrible there’s no doubt, but it’s even worse when children are involved. During the US Civil War it was standard procedure to use children as drummer boys. The courage these children showed earned many of them the Medal of Honour which is the highest distinction in American military.

The youngest of the group was 11-year-old Willie Johnson of the 3rd Vermont Division. During the 1862 Seven Days Battle in Virginia, his division were being pushed back by confederates. Johnson stayed calm and drummed the beat for a retreat, his division was the last to leave. President Abraham Lincoln personally gave him the Medal of Honour, he was one of 48 soldiers under the age of 18 who received it.

Thankfully child soldiers were banned in the 20th century. During that century the youngest to receive the honour was 17-year-old Jack Lucas who shielded others in the battle of Iwo Jima.

6. Victor de Leon III

In 2005, a 7-year-old Victor de Leon from New York became the youngest signed professional gamer; he attracted so much attention a documentary was made about him. That year he made enough money to pay for future college fees.

His family thought it was inevitable, since he had been playing video games since 2 years of age. When he was 4 years old, he participated in various tournaments and competitions and won them. Gaming success runs in his family. In 2005 in a Chicago tournament with over 550 contestants, he came second to his own uncle.

7. Jake Marcionette

Christopher Paolini’s finished the first of the book series Eragon when he was just 17 years old. Jake Marcionette hasn’t matched Paolini’s success or sales just yet, but he still has plenty of time.

In 2012, 12-year-old Jake decided to get an agent because he wanted to become a writer. By 2013 he had an agent and a publication deal with Penguin Young Readers group. Fast forward to 2014 and his first book is ready to be published. Just Jake is a comic, semi-autobiographical novel with illustrations. It made its way onto the New York Times best-seller list.

8. Marjorie Gestring

In 2008 controversy surrounded the Chinese gymnastics team over whether they were under too much pressure at too young an age, one of their team was just 14 years old! But back at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the US team included a 13 years old, Marjorie Gestring.

Gestring was up to the task, her springboard diving show made her the youngest person to win an Olympic gold medal – this was just the beginning of her career which lasted for decades. She won the American Athletic Union eight times but was unable to qualify for the US Olympic team a second time.

Surprisingly, she wasn’t the youngest to win a medal at the 1936 Olympics. That honour goes to Inge Sorenson, a swimmer from Denmark who was only 12. However, she only won a bronze medal.


What if I Fail?

“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” – J.K.Rowling


You probably read this and wonder what J.K.Rowling, the woman who wrote the infamously successful Harry Potter books, knows about failure? But did you know that 12 publishers rejected the first manuscript of Harry Potter before Bloomsbury finally picked it up? J.K. Rowling must have felt as though she had failed with each rejection. Chances are, those 12 publishers probably felt like failures after the Harry Potter series went on to sell 450 million copies worldwide!

It is becoming harder not to feel like a failure. Thanks to social media and the perfect images people publish of themselves, our expectations are raised of our daily lives and the way that we look. A friend’s Facebook status update, announcing the A* they received in the test, when you only just scraped a pass in the same one, could make you feel like a failure. However, there is usually someone comparing themselves to you in exactly the same way and feeling like a failure as a result. It is a vicious cycle.

For every success story there will be about a dozen stories of failed projects before it. The only way to truly fail is to let the fear of failure or the failure itself defeat you. Going back to the example of a school exam, if you consider your grade a failure, then in order to turn that fail into success you must pull yourself together and study even harder for the next exam. By learning from your own mistakes and putting in the effort you will reach your full potential.

In many cultures the act of failure is actually considered to be a gesture of politeness. By allowing yourself to be imperfect you are showing an act of courtesy to your fellow human beings. To be hugely successful would be considered rude as you would be inspiring feelings of envy and jealously in others. And who really wants to be responsible for that?

Think about some of your favourite celebrities and TV characters, who are the personalities you’re most drawn towards, is it Mr Burns in his mansion of accomplishments and lack of human empathy? Or do you prefer Homer Simpson who often fails but never gives up? When it comes to surrounding yourself with friends wouldn’t you rather be around people who know what it’s like to fail and will be able to help you when you do? By having failed you become more empathetic towards your friends when they fail.

Failure is nothing to be afraid of and it is important to think about the benefits we have mentioned rather than feeling defeated. Time to stop asking yourself ‘what if I fail?’ and start thinking ‘how will I deal with my failure?’


Learn a Language Online

Did you know that roughly 6,500 languages are spoken in the world?

That’s a lot of options to choose from. Knowing more than one language not only opens up a whole host of career choices but looks good to future employers. It will help you make friends if you ever decide to go travelling. Learning a new language also increases your brainpower.

Thanks to the internet, it’s now easier than ever to learn a new language. Here are 5 awesome sites that will help.



If you choose to learn a language through Duolingo then you may become addicted to learning, as these bite size lessons are taught through games! When you get an answer correct you earn points to move up a level – but be warned, you will lose a life if you make a mistake. You can even download an app to your phone and learn on the move!



After just 200 hours (that’s only 8 days!) of studying with Lingvist you’ll be able to read texts, watch movies and have casual conversations in another language – how cool is that? The more you use the website as you learn then the faster you’ll pick up the language, don’t just take our word for it though!



Busuu has ingeniously combined learning a language online with social networking in order to help you practice your new language with someone who speaks it natively! Over 50 million users are already using the website to learn up to 12 languages, so why not join them?



Similar to Busuu, Livemocha is an online community of native speakers or language fanatics, such as teachers and experts, who come together to help one another learn. Users help each other out by leaving feedback, creating online exercises or lessons and even via video or audio chats!

BBC Languages


Crikey, first the BBC treats us to BBC Bitesize and now they’re helping us expand our linguistics with their language-learning programme! With BBC languages you can take part in online video and audio courses and tests and even watch the soaps that are popular in the country you’re learning!


First Jobs of Tech Giants

They run the world’s biggest technology companies, but what were their first jobs?

You’d be forgiven for thinking that all the tech industry’s biggest players leapt straight into high-powered jobs at the start of their careers. On the contrary, plenty started off with unglamorous jobs before soaring up through the ranks.

Tim Cook – CEO of Apple


Now the CEO of the company responsible for the iPad, iPhone, Mac and Apple Watch, Tim Cook started his career delivering newspapers in Alabama as a teenager.

He then worked in a paper mill and an aluminium plant before joining the world of tech.

Marissa Mayer – President and CEO of Yahoo!


She’s worth an estimated $380 million dollars and boasts a $42 million salary, but the president and CEO of Yahoo! took her first ever job working at a grocery shop.

Her next stop was a degree at Stanford, followed by a stint working for Google. In 2012 she was poached by Yahoo! and is now one of America’s highest paid CEOs.

Jeff Bezos – CEO of Amazon


Jeff Bezos’s very first job was flipping burgers at McDonald’s, a far cry from his current gig as Amazon’s top dog.

However, it didn’t take him long to discover his business skills. After McDonald’s, he set up a summer camp for kids.

Jan Koum – Co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp


In January 2015, WhatsApp became the world’s number one messaging app. In 2014, the app was purchased by Facebook for a whopping $19 billion.

Its co-founder and CEO Jan Koum was born in a small village in Ukraine, before moving to America at 16. There, he started out sweeping the floors of a grocery shop to help his mother with household expenses.

Soon he discovered an aptitude for technology, working for many years at Yahoo!, before spotting a gap in the market and founding the popular app.

Tell us what your ideal job would be and why?

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5 Places to Learn to Code

Most of us spend a big chunk of our time on the internet and use our smartphones, tablets and computers every day.

But how much do we know about how our gadgets actually work?


If you want a better understanding of computers and technology, why not try coding?

Code is the computer language used to create websites, apps, games and programmes. Learning code means you can get ahead in the job market in the future, use it to start your own business, or simply gain a better understanding of computer science.

Despite what many people think, anyone can learn to code – not just tech geniuses. If you want to brush up your technology skills and get to grips with code, here are five places you can learn for free:

Code Academy

Code Academy offers a range of lessons, such as HTML, Make a Website, and Make and Interactive Website, that are simple enough for absolute beginners to understand. Take your first steps in programming with the interactive courses, then move on to the more advanced modules.




With Scratch, you can learn the ideas behind coding by creating games, stories and animations. Once you’ve crafted your very own piece of work using the principles of coding, you can then share it with other users on the online community.



Khan Academy

Khan Academy’s mission is to provide top-quality, free education online – coding included. There are introductory lessons to get you started, and more advanced ones once you’ve nailed the basics. There are also interesting profiles of people who work in the computer science industry, which show where coding could lead you.



Code Kingdoms

Code Kingdoms (suitable for ages up to 13) is a fun and creative way of learning programming, where you build your own world through interactive games that also teach you real coding language. You can share your world with friends, and challenge them to create something better!




CoderDojo is a global organisation that provides volunteer-run coding and computer programming classes for 7-17 year olds. At a Dojo you can learn to design brilliant programmes, apps, games and websites in a creative way, while also meeting a bunch of like-minded people. There are more than 675 Dojos across 57 countries, find your nearest one here.

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Why You Should Learn to Code

Playing computer games, checking social media, using apps on our phones – without coding, we would’t be able to do any of these things.

Code is like a language for computers – it tells them which complicated tasks to perform when a user clicks the mouse or hits a button.

With digital skills growing ever more essential in our lives, there are plenty of reasons to give coding a try, here are just a few:

It’s a great skill for future jobs

Computer programmers are in high demand, as more and more companies try to stay ahead in the digital world. Knowing how to code is a great asset for job hunters, and may well rocket your CV to the top of the pile. As the technology industry continues to grow, so does the importance of having these skills.

It lets you bring new ideas to life

Have you got a brilliant idea for the next game-changing app? Think you’ve dreamt up the next must-click website? With coding, you can actually make your dreams a reality and build something entirely new. You never know, your website could become the next Facebook.

Learning code is good for your brain

Like tackling any new skill, learning to code helps your brain in heaps of ways. It teaches you how to tackle big problems using logic, it encourages you to be creative and it helps you to break down mammoth tasks into manageable chunks.

You can be as creative as you like

Computers these days are so clever and advanced. The only thing that limits what you can create is your own imagination. Think how much has changed in technology over the last 20 years. Just think what could be possible in the next 20, and you could be the one to make it happen!

It’s not as hard as you think!

Coding, programming, the languages of computers, it all sounds very complicated. However, it’s possible to pick up the basics of coding in a few hours, and you certainly don’t need to be a technology whizz or a maths genius. Don’t be put off by the idea that it’s too difficult, anyone can learn to code.

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8 Ways to Break Out of Your Shell

Would you say that you’re shy?

Everybody can be a little shy from time to time. And shyness isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But if you feel your shyness is holding you back, perhaps it’s time to break out of your shell.

Here are 8 ways that you can begin to overcome your shyness and feel comfortable in your own skin.

Try to understand your shyness


Try to understand what’s causing your feelings of shyness. What situation is triggering it and how might you be able to confront the problem? Of course, the reasons behind your shyness may be quite complex. Try and understand a little bit more about yourself each day.


Learn to love yourself

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A lot of people suffer from shyness due to lack of confidence and self-esteem. It can be really helpful to remind yourself that you are unique and perfectly fine the way you are. It’s what makes you special.


Focus more on others around you

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In social situations, try not to worry about how you are fitting in or how you are coming across. Think more about what’s being said and listen to the conversation(s).




Words and thoughts sometimes affect us more than we imagine. If you repeatedly put yourself down with negative thoughts then you may just convince yourself. Try the opposite. Keep reminding yourself that you are an awesome human being. Why not start by focusing on some of your strengths?


Don’t leave uncomfortable situations

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Try not to immediately run away from awkward situations. How about turning them into a learning experience? See how far you can go before you need to retreat. Push yourself that little bit and learn where your current boundaries lie.


Stop labeling yourself

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Stop labeling yourself as this or that, just because you read it in a magazine or heard someone say something about you. These labels don’t tell the truth about the real you.


Practice Social Situations


To excel at anything in life, you need to practise. The same can be said for social skills. It’s not weird to take some time to think about interesting conversation topics to bring up when you are next with your friends. It can be really helpful. Before meeting up with people, consider some questions you might ask or be asked and try out a few responses to yourself in your head beforehand. This may help smooth over any awkward silences.


Try something new

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Why not try something new. If you’re feeling confident, throw yourself into situations you wouldn’t normally be in, talk to new people or new groups and learn about new things.

Source(s): Think Simple Now



Teenagers Didn’t Always Exist

Teenagers aren’t just the future, but the present.

Teenagers all around the world are making a difference, changing the world for the better! Let’s take a second to celebrate that.

Last year, an awesome film came out about teenagers, called Teenage. Take a look at the trailer above. The documentary explores what it means to be a teenager and revisits the time when the term “teenager” was starting to become a thing.

The origin of the word “teenager” goes back to 1922. The word “teener” existed from 1894 but wasn’t commonly used.

It’s strange to think that there was a time when no one used the word “teenager”. People were children, and then they were adults. There was no need for a word that marks the transitional phase between the two. But then things started to change. Adolescents were starting to become more independent, staying in school for longer and generally living the way they wanted. The teenager was born!

As the film’s website says: “Teenagers didn’t always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape.”

Watch the clip and enjoy. It’s fascinating stuff!


John Nash: A Beautiful Mind

It’s important to celebrate people who achieve great things. If for no other reason than to inspire us.

On this occasion, we visit the world of mathematics to pay tribute to John Nash, who recently passed away. John Nash is considered one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century. He was a key proponent of game theory (ask your maths teacher!) and left an indelible mark on the world of academia. They even made a film about him, called A Beautiful Mind.


John Forbes Nash, Jr. was born on June 13th in West Virginia. From an early age, he showed signs of his great intellectual ability. He received a scholarship to study at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he begun a chemical engineering major, but eventually switched to mathematics. When he was applying for Princeton University, one of his former professors wrote him a recommendation that consisted of one line. It said:

“This man is a genius.”

John Nash excelled in the field of mathematics, coming up with new theories and angles from which to view previously unsolvable mathematical problems. His work won him numerous awards and acclaim. Although he was a mathematician, his theories apply to lots of different subjects, including biology, computing, artificial intelligence, politics and economics.

However, in the 1960s, it became clear that John Nash suffered from mental illness. Nash started experiencing severe paranoia, believing that there were people plotting against him. His illness drastically affected all aspects of his life, including his work. In 1959, when speaking at the American Mathematical Society at Columbia University, it was noted immediately that his lecture was incomprehensible. He was hospitalised and diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

After around 30 years, Nash began to overcome his mental illness, having been in and out of psychiatric wards and mental institutions. In the 1980s, he  managed to continue his work in mathematics and game theory.  In 1994, John Nash was awarded the biggest prize of them all, the Noble Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

On May 23rd, 2015, Nash died in a  car crash, but his work and legacy will live on forever. If you’re interested in this spectacular man’s life, then why not read A Beautiful Mind, a book about his life authored by Sylvia Nasar, or watch the movie of the same name.


All About Bill Gates

Celebrity culture is everywhere.

So much so that it’s hard to avoid. Unfortunately, a lot of the most popular celebrities aren’t the most inspiring role models. At Vivo HQ, we‘re only interested in celebrities that inspire us. It can be hard to pick the right role-models to follow? How about Bill Gates?

Bill Gates is mostly known for being extraordinarily wealthy. However, the man who created Microsoft and was the Richest Person in the World for 13 years, is more than just a billionaire. With his wife, he set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a charity  organisation that they have donated $28 billion to.

Bill Gates sold his first computer programme to his school when he was 17 for £4,200. Compared to his net worth now that’s nothing, but he had to start somewhere! At school he bragged about how he was going to be a millionaire by the time he was 30 years old, and no one believed him. He was a billionaire at 31.

5 facts about Bill

1. If Gates drops $100, it’s not worth his time to pick it up.

2. Of his $79 billion dollar net worth, hes leaving $10 million each to his three children. He claims they must make their own way through life.

3. When Gates took his Standardized Test (SATs), he scored a crazy 1590 out of 1600.

4. 6 million lives have been saved by Gates through his donations to vaccines and healthcare.

5Gates DOESN’T have a college degree

We think Bill Gates is inspiring because of his amazing contribution to charity work and the fact that, even with all his success and money, he is still very down to earth. He doesn’t let his success cloud his personality.


5 Unique Approaches to School

How about taking lessons in a cave or in a forest?

Check out this list of some of the most unusually unique schools from around the world.

Brooklyn Free School

Brooklyn Free School

First up on the list is Brooklyn Free School, and we have a feeling you might be interested in this one. This is a school where the kids decide what they want to do. Sounds crazy, eh? Well it’s true. The kids decide what classes they take. If they don’t want to do any classes, then they don’t have to.

The classes on offer are a bit different. For instance, there’s a class where students go out to eat in local restaurants and evaluate them. The teachers believe it is up to the child to decide what they want to get out of school and do in life.


The Dongzhong Mid-Cave Primary School

Dongzhong Cave

The next schools uniqueness comes from its location. The Dongzhong Mid-Cave Primary School is located in a cave in the Guizhou Province, China. This part of China is very poor and lacks any kind of government funding. So, in 1984, instead of constructing a whole new building, the locals decided to start a school in the caves.


Ohio College of Clown Arts

Clown College

This school isn’t really that unusual, so long as you’re aspiring to be a clown (which is completely fine by the way). The Ohio College of Clown Arts is a school dedicated to educating and developing your clown skills. Just think, you would never get detention for “clowning around”.


Witch School

Witch School

Now, how about Witch School? This schooling can be completed on an online course; however, if that’s not your style, there is an actual Witch School location —  not Hogwarts. If you want to join up, then hop on your broomstick and head to Salem, USA, the place of the Salem Witch Trials 200 years ago. The school will teach you all you need to know about witchcraft.


Forest Kindergartens

Forest Kindergarten

For our last on the list, we have a really awesome school that has adopted an awesome approach to teaching. Forest Kindergartens believe the kids would benefit much more from being outside with nature. School activities are designed so they can be carried out in a woodland environment and aim to help build team work skills, develop imagination and educate on physical awareness. Imagine having your maths lesson in the middle of the woods?



10 Weird Jobs You Can Actually Do

Water slide Resort Tester

For Mr Lynch, who lives in Liverpool, England, travelling 27,000 miles in one year for his job is no problem at all. He gets to travel the world and test the world’s greatest water slides. As Lifestyle Product Development Manager, Lynch must check for height, speed, water quantity and landing of the flumes, as well as all the safety aspects of the water slide. He has to do this so that First Choice, the British travel company, know which slides are good enough for inclusion in their SplashWorld collection. Having travelled to places such as  Lanzarote, Majorca, Egypt, Turkey, Costa Del Sol, Cyprus, Algarve, Dominican Republic and Mexico, it’s no wonder he considers it the best job in the world.

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Snake Milker

No, this isn’t about some sort of Snake-Cow cross-breed. When we say ‘milker’, we are referring to someone who extracts snake venom. You may think of it as a quick way to lose a finger, but trained animal care specialists extract snake venom and then use it to make serums that actually treat snakebites. In places where snakebites are common, this could save someone’s life.


Fire Scientist

Humans and fire have come a long way since the first cavemen rubbed two sticks together, a very long way.  Fire scientists do everything from checking gas leaks to blowing things to smithereens. Fire scientist graduates from the University of Maryland learn the science behind fire and are trained in things like Emergency Management and Arson Investigation.



Ice Cream Taster

John Harrison is a very lucky man. He works for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream as their official Ice Cream Taster. He is paid to sample three cartons of ice cream a day to make sure the quality of the product is up to scratch. He has to stick to a strict diet in order to be able to perform his daily task without becoming ill. I think you’ll agree  that it’s a small price to pay!



Gold Stacker

At Fort Knox in America, there is presumed to be about $194 billion worth of gold bars. When these 27 pound bars need to be moved, they must be moved by hand. A team of workers are employed to carry out this strenuous task.

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Bike Courier

Also known as ‘Bike Messenger’, this job is common in busy cities where traffic is a huge problem. Need to get an important parcel across town fast? Solution: give it to someone on a bike, who can easily dodge the traffic.

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Certfied Ethical Hacker

Setting up a website for your company? Make sure you enlist the help of a Certified Ethical Hacker. What they do is use their tools as a hacker to test the security of  websites to see if they need more work on their be made more secure.

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Golf Ball Diver

Ever wondered what happens to golf balls that fly off course and end up in a lake? Well, they get whipped up by Golf Ball Divers, of course! With some divers retrieving one million golf balls a year and selling them at around 5p to 10p, it’s not that bad of a pay check.

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Warden of the Swans

This isn’t a character from Lord of the Rings; it’s a genuine job. The Warden of the Swans has to protect all of the swans in the UK, seeing as the Queen owns them all.



Face Feeler­

When companies offer “The Closest Shave Yet”, they like to make sure they get as close to their promise as possible. So they get someone to shave using their razor and then get someone else to feel that person’s face. This is also done with other products, like moisturiser etc.


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Welcome to Getting Ahead

Welcome to Getting Ahead. This area of Vivo Edge is all about trying to help YOU – students of the world – get ahead in life.

What does that mean, exactly? For most of you, it means getting the most out of school – all kinds of tricks and tips to make school as enjoyable as possible.

It also means preparing for life after school. For older students, we will be publishing articles and videos on careers advice, volunteering and work experience opportunities. If you think this sounds a little dull, think again. Vivo Edge will put its own spin on everything we put up on here, so that it’s always worth taking note of.

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Dealing with Shyness

Being shy can be really tough, especially as a teenager at school.

Check out this video of Harry. As a teenager, Harry was frightfully shy and had few friends. Harry found a way to deal with his shyness and he wants to inspire you to do the same.

Vivo’s favourite quote from the video.

“If you, right now, are in a shell, you should know that you’re not alone, that there are many, many other people like you.”

Source(s): zefrank1



In a society where we are constantly bombarded with our flaws and downfalls, there is no wonder that these are the things we find ourselves focusing on. I AM THAT GIRL has been working to build a community both online and offline which counteracts this.

Whether you have a worry, a tough decision to make, an endeavour to accomplish or even a story to share, I AM ThAT GIRL allows girls of all ages to communicate freely in a healthy atmosphere.

Most importantly I AM THAT GIRL aims to better the emotional, physical and mental well-being of girls through targeting their inner confidence and self-worth. Ultimately, I AM THAT GIRL want each of their members to be the best version of themselves. They ask each member to “speak her truth, see the best in others, and leave this world better than she found it.”


I AM THAT GIRL co-founder, Emily Greener, introduces the new series ‘I AM THAT GIRL Speaks’. She emphasizes the importance of speaking truthfully and honesty about the things that matter to us individually, rather than getting dragged into the same monotonous conversations about the things that don’t.


If you are usually the girl that is left sitting by herself, afraid to introduce yourself to others, you are not alone. It’s okay to be shy. Kendall Battle didn’t come out of her shell until she turned 15, but she ended up just fine. Her top tip is to “take things day by day” and you will grow into your inner confidence.


Try not to let your dreams get lost or crushed just because someone tells you they are too big. Monica Hiesler, a Local Chapter Leader for I AM THAT GIRL, tells us that nothing is unattainable. If you reach a point where you don’t know where you are heading, then it just means you need to make an important decision about what will make you the happiest. Monica explains: “if you’re going to doubt anything, doubt your own limits.”

Source(s): I AM THAT GIRL

Written for Vivo by Bethany Connor