Social Networking and followers

Our weekly discussion went around the topic of the “pressure” of having followers on our social networks.

Let’s face it, we all love to have lots of followers/friends online. We feel special, cherished and unique and it’s becoming a source of satisfaction to those who engage in social media. If you have no followers you don’t exist… the more you have the “cooler” you are… even if you don’t know them.


If we think of celebrities, it is considered to be normal they are followed by millions of people. They tend to be artists, sportsman or icons in their areas of action. They represent “per se” a role model, success and achievement even if some of these concepts are blurry and debatable.

However, for the “mortal” that we are, we search to get this virtual recognition by following and being followed and this is where the void question comes in: what do we really get from this?

We all understand that this does not represent much, or nothing at all, other than in this fake virtual world. The fact is that most of the people that follow us, we not even aware of them individually and we would never notice if they decided to unfollow us.

It’s a number, a figure on our counter… and some of them are even fake and hide mischievous intentions underneath.

But we live with present times and social networks are a great source of communication, which can link people sometimes and allow bonding… In the end, it’s like outside, one just needs to be careful and not trust strangers 😉

In RISE… S stands for Spirit

One of the things we are more proud of is the sense of cooperation and spirit of support we get to see growing in our students.

Our Kotaro is an example of team-work and an important source of support to Yuto, one of the Junior students in our Boarding Community.

Every week they spend time together. They bond, they talk, Kotaro helps Yuto with his work and Yuto is doing better academically thanks to this.

It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of both of them for the values shared and the sense of support and companionship they represent.



What happens online… stays online

This could be the resumé of our Wellbeing session today.

Our Pillar 4 is dedicated to online safety.

The virtual world is a permanent presence in our lives and the young generations, which were born in this era, see this as something totally natural and spontaneous.

However like many other things in life, there are risks, depending on how we use it, deal with it and manipulate it.

Our conversation was triggered that people should be free to post whatever they want without being judged. However, quickly we understood that assumption was not fully accurate and above all, the reality is that the world online is more open than an open book. The facts are once we post something online, we are no longer owners of what we post. It belongs to that platform and it might stay visible, like an art masterpiece in a museum, for all who want to see.

Having said this, there are legal regulations about the contents shared online and these can be quite strict and bear important consequences. And the trick is that these change from country to country – which is something to have in mind. The boys seemed to be somehow familiar with the legal frame in their home countries: but when it comes to Switzerland, for instance…

The aim is not to scare but raise awareness that these topics are quite sensitive and one needs to be fully careful with what manipulations go online. The facts is that it can jeopardize our future, a university application, a job interview…

As an example we asked the students to Google themselves and some were surprised to see images of them, publicly visible, when they weren’t even aware of it.

A very delicate subject, that we were all somehow familiar with, which deserves our deepest reflection as quite often, we seem to dismiss the potential consequences…


Boarding Assembly – Wellbeing Workshop

Our Virtual Boarding Assembly was a full one. We had the whole Léman House together for this big event.

It started with Amirhossein and Aryan presenting their Community Service Project.

They want to collect clothes for the poor people. They are inviting students to put aside any clothes they don’t need so they can be delivered to a Institution.

After, we went to the core of the Assembly. We had the traditional musical performance, some notices and bits and pieces of information, and finally we went to the Peer Pressure Workshop. This is one of the most important parts of our Wellbeing programme.

Like in our House Assemblies, the boys were led to reflect on the importance of protecting themselves against this phenomenon which can cause massive damage to someone being victim of it.

It was great to have the whole group together. A new crucial pillar will start after the February break. More news to follow… Watch this space 🙂

How to differentiate between and good and bad friendships?

Friends are a part of our lives. As the saying goes, a life without friends is a life without a sun. So, you can definitely see the importance of friends. However, friends can be divided into two groups, which are good friends and bad friends. When making friends, you should learn to distinguish between good and bad friends.


As for me, having one true friend is better than having a hundred bad friends. A real friend is someone who you can trust very much. You can tell him or her anything without reward. And you will treat him or her sincerely. On the contrary, a bad friend is someone who will try every means to obtain benefits from you. Thus, we must be careful in choosing friends.


A friend who always treats people with honesty is a good friend. Inversely, a friend who flatters you to your face is not true friend. All in all, we must make friends with those who have good character and a kind heart.

The worst feeling in the world is to be alone and have nobody to share feelings with.


If you share your feelings with a person whom you think is a friend to you, and that person does not pay attention to what you say, this should be able to tell you that this person is indeed not a true friend, because he/she does not care about you.

In short, friends play an important role in our lives. We seriously need to learn how to deal with the different kinds of friends we have, so we can not only protect ourselves from the bad friends, we can also stop wasting time with them.

by Ayam Anand