Many technologies are created to be addictive. We're distracted and sometimes isolated within our online social networks. At the same time, we have an entire population of people interacting with one another, sometimes anonymously, who show no respect for one another.
If your kid is among the 73% of teens who have access to a smartphone, you're well aware of the app obsession that can take over a brain and body in seconds.
Will you be the parent who has the "talk" with your child about hazing? Will you be the parent who tells your child that any form of hazing isn't okay, isn't "tradition," and isn't "just harmless fun?" Will you be the parent who prevents a tragedy from occurring to your kid... or someone else's... during those first few weeks of school?
When I attended elementary, middle and high school, things were different. There was no real anonymity. I knew which classmates wanted to humiliate me. I sat next to them in class. They would sign their actual names on their mean notes to me in between periods.
Going back to school is always going to be a little nerve wracking. Kids will always worry about classes, friendships, and keeping up with the latest fads. But they should never have to worry for their safety.
It's one of the most frequently used quotes to describe the efforts of citizens, movements and determined individuals to impact change. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world," anthropologist Margaret Mead said, "indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Teens have a secret life. Much as it may be hard to digest for parents, a trot down memory lane into one's own teenage will prove that there are some circles in the teenager's life that exclude parents.
His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.
Claiming there is no price to pay for speaking up against inequality is akin to colorblindness. It may be well intentioned, but it is a dangerous lie. When a kid says that they "don't see race" they may have the best of intentions.
While it is easy to be caught off-guard when a child uses inappropriate language online, it is important for the parent to not overreact or belittle the child because the parent's response to the child's probably experimental rebellion may have a lasting impact on her. A warm and positive relationship with the child will induce her to seek the parent out for information and advice about words and behavior.
Dr. Tracey C. Burns is a Project Leader at the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Directorate for Education and Skills in Paris (@OECD_Edu). She is considered a global expert on the subject of bullying.
Any law is enforceable only with cooperation from all parties involved - the legislature, executive, judiciary, and most importantly the public. Legal systems that oversee the Internet are geographically restricted.
I can't seem to pinpoint a moment in history in which we placed more focus on everyone else's lifestyle choices rather than our own, as we do now.
Last weekend I traveled to Chicago for a high school reunion that we decided to hold outside of the usual decade milestones. This was #43. I couldn't make the 40th as I had a wedding that same weekend, but it was fairly well-attended and everyone seemed amenable to getting together more often.
When it comes to what classroom teachers really want in terms of preparing students for a successful year, however, stylish school bags and math memorization don't even make the top ten list. Rather, Teachers' Wish Lists include specific skills and teachable traits that make for a peaceful classroom and productive learning environment, such as.
Mob mentality. Public lynchings. Dark reminders of a past that makes us shudder. We in the United States hope that such things are behind us and can't happen anymore. Unfortunately, the reality is starkly different. The only thing that's changed is the medium.