Today’s tweens and teens spend a lot of their free time playing video games. Are you concerned by this? Are video games good or bad for kids?
You be interested in watching this video featuring Jodi Gold, M.D. She is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and author of Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices, on the benefits and drawbacks of video games.
We can across a great resource for parents and wish to share it with you. It’s a website called Parent Toolkit. Created and developed by NBC News Learn and Pearson website, it offers information about almost every aspect of a child’s development.
Healthy, successful children can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. There is also advice on important topics for navigating life after high school.
Technology is an integral part of our lives today and we cannot imagine our lives being run, staying away from it. However, like every medicine, technology has its side-effects because it provides everyone a platform to do their deeds – good or bad! In today’s world, technology is accessible to kids at an age earlier than they are ready to handle the pitfalls and threats that it poses if not used with right intentions.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is one of the fastest growing crime which has its victims at every age, majority being young kids & teenagers. Cyberbullying, by definition, is the use of electronic communication mediums, such as text messages, emails, social media, internet forums or chat rooms to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. A bully can use harsh, mean, or cruel language on Social media, emails or text to harass someone OR impersonate a victim online to hurt or embarrass another person. Studies suggests that about 1 in 4 teens have been the victims of cyberbullying, and about 1 in 6 admit to having cyberbullied someone.
How to stop Cyberbullying?
First step is to recognize the bullying. If you are a victim, you should stop the communication with the bully immediately as soon as you feel uncomfortable with any of the conversations. As a parent & teacher, you should observe a change in behaviour of the kid or their sudden change in amount of time being spent on internet, as signs. Second, you should keep records of everything. It is easy to keep record of electronic communication and it is important to document it as a proof against the bully. Last & the most important, report to your closest support, a friend, parents and teachers. In majority of cases, bullies are from your real world, people you already know. By reporting and sharing, you can also help save others being a victim to the same bully.
There is often disagreement over class size. Does it really make a difference? Well, the latest research out of Northwestern University published for the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder makes it very clear, size does matter, a lot.
The study shows that class size is an important determinant of student outcomes. The study also suggests that the larger the size, the higher the cost to society in the future in terms of formation. Regarding low-income and minority children, class size reduction shows an immediate payoff for these groups.
Small classes work in part due to higher student engagement, teaching is tailored to each student and increased time on each task.
Back to school is a period of stress for students but also for parents. How to ensure that this period goes smoothly? Here’s a few simple tips that will help you prepare for the return. These will help defuse the stress at this time of great change often tinged with anxiety for students and their parents. Avert a disaster by anticipating and preparing now, before the end of summer.
To ensure that your children are not too disturbed and tired when the time comes, it is a good practice to help them achieve a rhythm with their sleep at least a few days before schools starts. If you are able to change the schedule a week ahead, this allows your children to be ready for the change of pace of school. The first week of “Back to school” will not be experienced as too brutal.
It is also essential to talk with student to prepare psychologically for this autumn. If possible, start introducing back into your conversations, subjects related to school materials and supplies as well as clothing choices. If budget permits, go shopping with the student for these.
If your child is changing schools, it is important to become familiar with the new school by visiting the premises in advance. This allows the student to visualize and project themselves mentally in at the school. This in turn will reduces their anxiety. The new school will no longer be unknown.
If despite this, your student still shows signs of anxiety, it is essential to calmly listen and reassure. We’ll be right here to help them along.
“I hate school!” “Math stinks!” “I’m dumb!” Statements like these are often signs of a child who’s frustrated with schoolwork.
When kids get frustrated, they often:
Refuse to continue working on something.
Quit what they’re working on and go on to something else.
Refuse to talk about why.
Make statements of disgust about their own performance skills.
Put the teacher and school down.
To help a frustrated child, share a story of how you struggled with something when you were young. Explain how you worked through it. Then gently encourage your child to try again. Give some hints to help your child solve the problem.
Each solution your child reaches will give him more self-confidence to try and succeed the next time. If frustration continues, talk with the teacher. Discuss what help with homework might be available.
Did you know that every year, Choices Charter School invites 5 to 10 students to attend the Sacramento Speaker Series events for free? On top of it, the students may arrive early and participate in a special Q&A session with the speaker before the actual presentation begins. It provides interested students with an opportunity to expand their horizons a bit, so to speak.
The next sessions are:
April 5, 7pm: Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia
May 3, 7pm: Cheryl Strayed, author of New York Times bestselling memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Interested students can sign up through any of their teachers. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!
UPCOMING EVENT DETAILS:
– Julia Gillard – There are 4-5 tickets left as of 3/19/17. The deadline to sign up for Julia Gillard is Friday, March 24. Students can reach out to Kori Moore (916-979-8363 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more details and reserve a seat. Roxanna Summers and Scott Cermak are the event chaperones. We usually ask parents to drive their students to the event and meet the chaperones there by 6:30 pm sharp.
– Cheryl Strayed – the author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Her book was made into the movie, Wild starring Reese Witherspoon in 2014. We will have 8 student tickets. Reserve your spot now.
FILM CLASS at Choices Charter School has produced their first short film. Students wrote the script, story boarded the scenes, learned how to use video cameras and audio recorders, and edited footage to produce a finished project. Take a look!