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.
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.
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!