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Assemblymember Chau Vows to Protect Online Privacy

 , – Children, parents, educators, advocates and lawmakers gathered on the steps of the California State Capitol for a special “Common Sense Kids Action Rally” to call for stronger online privacy protections. “We should promote innovation and technology because they help improve the quality of life,” says Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park). “Yet technology can pose challenges as well. As parents, we are seeing first-hand the rapid rise of technology and digital devices among children  


Schools are watching students' social media, raising questions about free speech

PBS NewsHour         Published on Jun 20, 2017  Subscribed 1.1M         As universities have started paying close attention to the internet presence of prospective students, high schools have also begun cracking down, sometimes hiring outside companies to police social media posts for bullying or abusive language. But monitoring raises other problems, and civil rights groups are paying attention. Special c


CONTACT 13: Social media apps putting children at risk


Teens react to giving up social media for a week Good Morning America  Published on Oct 27, 2017 Teens who took part in a campaign by She Knows Media share their thoughts after they gave up social media and online games for an entire week.      


Kids and social media

hildren as young as 5 are spending more and more time on iPads, playing video games, even 9 year olds have Instagram accounts these days. Rick and Andrea talk to Scottsdale child and teen psychiatrist about when parents should be concerned that their child has a stronger social life with internet friends than with friends in person. They also discuss why social media has such a presence in the lives of children these days and how to figure out the right limits to impose on y


The most important conversation you will have with your kids | Jason Reid | TEDxLakeForestCollege

 Published on Dec 6, 2018  Subscribed 18M        In March of 2018, my 14-year-old son died by suicide in the attic of our home while we were away on vacation.  My seemingly perfect life was shattered to pieces.  I was raising beautiful, smart and happy kids in my eyes.  But what was really happening behind the scenes, deep in the soul of my  


Fearless Soul Published on Jan 8, 2019  Subscribe 919K    This speech is from the audio book "The Art of Talking to Yourself" by Vironika Tugaleva GET IT ON AMAZON: https://geni.us/SelfTalk



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Three Risks of too Much Screen Time for Teens

The Greater Good Magazine article Is Screen Time Toxic for Teenagers? cites studies that have shown that

smartphone and social media overuse can be toxic for teens. In a related article, Three Risks of too Much

Screen Time for Teens, the magazine expands on this topic and asserts that by understanding the reasons why

and what it is about smartphones and social media that may be hurtful, teens can be better assisted in using

their devices safely. Research reveals three ways the use of technology can be harmful to teens that may be

surprising. The antidote, the article asserts, is the real-life social connection.

Parents write letter about 16-year-old son committing suicide

  •  Parents write letter about 16-year-old son committing suicide — and what impact that has had:  Patrick’s Purpose Foundation

Patrick Turner's Story


On December 21st, 2001, one of the brightest smiles and biggest laughs entered the world in the form of Patrick “Patty” Turner. Son to John and Kim, and youngest brother to Emily, James and Brandel, Patrick’s charismatic, loving and compassionate personality quickly found its place amongst the Turners.

As an infant, the Turners and their close family friends remember Patrick as the baby who would giggle at nearly anything. Patrick’s legendary laugh and smile developed quickly, and his older siblings loved to play with their newest younger brother. As the youngest, Patrick wanted to be just like Emily, James and Brandel. He spent his mornings watching his siblings getting ready for elementary school, and he spent his afternoons tagging along to whatever practice John was coaching for one of the other kids.


Patrick quickly followed in his siblings footsteps. He played several youth sports for nearly a decade, and then moved on to high school baseball and football at Corona del Mar HS. Patrick was a true competitor and loved to win, but what he loved most about high school was the guys and the coaches that he had the chance to play with and learn from. Some of his last words were spent praising the coaches who mentored him.

Patrick loved all things outdoors, whether it was playing golf on a Friday afternoon with his family, catching a bullpen with Brandel at the fields, going to the beach on an afternoon with his buddies, or snowboarding near the family house in Idaho. Patrick was up for anything, and there was rarely a time when the word 'no' came out of his mouth.

Christmas of 2017 was an extra special one for the Turners as it marked the last time that all six would be together. The holidays are one of the only times that all of the kids were home at the same time, and the family made the most of it with many rounds of golf, beach trips to the Wedge, Patty’s birthday, family Christmas traditions, and a ski trip to Idaho.

Four weeks later, on January 27th, 2018, Patrick died by suicide at the age of 16. Patrick was suffering in silence with a battle that he could no longer bear. He never 

New pressures for perfection contribute to rise in teen suicide


First of  a three-part series. Read Part 2 and Part 3
Emma Pangelinan’s room embodies everything that is pure and good about teenagers, yet the quiet in the air is so heavy it nearly brings you to your knees.

Two rows of hard-earned gleaming softball and soccer trophies testify to the past. A blue-and-gold UCLA pennant on the wall promises a wonderful future.


But the athletic, bright, always-helpful 13-year-old who slept in this room, who grew up in this home of faith and family, is gone forever.

After a perfect day on a perfect Sunday blasting softballs, sharing jokes with the girls on her travel team and window shopping with Dad, Emma disappeared on the evening of Jan. 21 and killed herself.

No note, no warning, no “13 Reasons Why” voice tape as portrayed on the recent Netflix suicide series.

Just the stop of a beating heart.

In the following three weeks in Orange County, at least three more teenagers who appeared to excel ended their lives.

How many other teens have taken or tried to take their lives in Southern California in the past few months is unknown. But what is known is that smart, successful, gifted teens are committing suicide in increasing numbers, and if certain things don’t change – and change quickly – many more young lives will be snuffed out.

“We are definitely seeing an increase in self-harm,” reports Dr. Michael Brant-Zawadzki, executive medical director of the Neurosciences Institute at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. “Negative behaviors have steadily started to increase.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports suicide has become the third-leading cause of death for teens and that more than 4,600 young people – ages 10 to 24 – are lost each year.

Additionally, 157,000 youths between the ages of 10 and 24 are treated at emergency departments for self-inflicted injuries.

For many teens, suicide is no longer only about parents screaming at kids, drug addiction or bullying.

The factors causing some of these suicides as well as thousands of attempts are new, murky and very much 21st century.

They include lives lived in a digital world in which kids are measured by Instagram and Snapchat “likes,” a sense of overwhelming pressure coupled with fear of failure, and the belief that practice – and enough Internet research – can make you perfect.

But, of course, perfection is unattainable and failure is guaranteed.

“It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades,” writes Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of “Generation Me.”

“The arrival of the smartphone has radically changed every aspect of teenagers’ lives, from the nature of their social interactions to their mental health,” Twenge concludes. “These changes have affected young people in every corner of the nation and in every type of household.”

Technology’s seismic shift

A hand-carved cross about 18 inches tall hangs above the mantle in Liza and Louie Pangelinan’s home in Mission Viejo. Below, two votive candles flicker. A rosary is draped over a small statue of Jesus Christ, hands low and open. In the center, there is a photo of Emma. She is smiling and appears to lean forward, eager for her next adventure.

The candles and the photo are new. The hanging cross is not. The rosary is the same rosary that parents and extended relatives from Corona held the night that Emma’s body was discovered.

But the seventh grader’s essence is best captured in a photo that is nearly hidden. It shows Emma from the back when she was just 8 years old. Already a budding athlete, her batting helmet is cocked just so and she grasps the meat of the bat with one hand, barrel up and behind her.

Her stride exudes confidence, strength and grace – the very same characteristics Emma exuded the day she killed herself.

Emma’s father, Louie Pangelinan, played high school football in Corona, was a volunteer coach and allows that his daughter “made plays you don’t see at the high school level, and she made them look easy.”

It’s a statement not of pride but of fact, and is difficult for Pangelinan to volunteer. Exceptionally quiet and humble by nature, the longshoreman paraphrases football great Walter Payton, “When you’re good at something, you tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they tell you.”

Kids, coaches, even parents told Emma she was great – because, well, she was.

At just about everything.

Emma earned straight As, excelled at art, whisked from kid softball to club teams and then to travel teams. She played the tough job of catcher; heck, she played any position needed.

But 2016 was a very tough year. One of the girls in the league was responsible for her own death.

The coaches, however, understood the trauma and called in Casey Cooper, sports psychologist. Cooper addressed the team as a whole and also took on individuals. Emma was one.

Exceptionally shy, Emma came out of her shell under Cooper. Soon, she made friends more easily.

After a series of sessions, the therapy ended. There was no indication of depression. Just the opposite.

Recalling the day she got a text stating Emma had disappeared, the therapist echoes Emma’s parents, “There were no red flags.”

Still, like other experts on teenage turmoil, Cooper sees red flags across the nation.

The speed of technology, they agree, is moving faster than the ability of young people to process the effects.

Consider that smartphones arrived in 2007. Instagram came online in October 2010, Snapchat a year later.

San Diego State’s Twenge dates the impact: “Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011.”

Millennials grew up with PCs, moved on to laptops, gravitated to tablets and came of age when smartphones hit the market. But their little brothers and sisters practically grew up with smartphones.

The gap between millennials and their iGen siblings may be as little as five years, yet it is as wide as the gap between the World War II generation and baby boomers.

Few will admit it – many don’t even know it – but parents might as well be on Mars when it comes to understanding the new world of their teens.

“These kids are always on display,” Cooper points out. “You’re always being evaluated based on the number of likes and comments.”

Reaching for perfection

In their living room, the Pangelinans offer a gracious platter of chips and fresh-cut veggies. But during a discussion that lasts until sunset, no one touches food.

When your youngest child dies by their own hand, eating is nearly impossible. Living is hard enough.

Liza confesses she loves candy. Yet gift baskets of candy from friends stack up on the dining table untouched. She confesses, “I can’t taste them.”

Mom shakes her head at the memory of hiking with Emma a week before her little girl’s death. Liza was shocked and frightened by the carcass of a decaying deer and Emma, 5-foot-4 and strong, comforted her mother.

How could such a girl take her own life a week later?

Emma not only left her parents in mourning, she left behind an older brother and sister who thought – no, knew – their little sister “was the coolest.”

Still, Cooper and Emma’s parents allow the seventh grader was a perfectionist who could be tough on herself.

“She would talk about an error and we would say, ‘But you made 10 great plays,’” Liza says. “Emma internalized a lot of stuff.”

Emma wasn’t big on social media, Liza says. She adds, however, many teens stage elaborate photos as if to prove they are having fun and post them online in a race for digital popularity. When it’s deemed there’s an insufficient number of “likes,” they take down the photo.

“These kids have a lot more pressure than we ever did growing up,” Liza says. “There’s a lot we can’t relate to.”

After a long moment of silence, Liza allows, “Obviously there was some level of depression. Emma conquered everything except her emotions.

“They were just too overwhelming.”

Dad reflects on all the long car rides he had with his youngest daughter. Driving is difficult, he admits. It won’t be any easier come summer.

In July, Dad and Emma were going to drive to Colorado for a series of softball games. Emma even made a playlist for the trip.

It’s still in her bedroom.

Next: Teen’s suicide note details today’s pressures

How Colleges Today Are Supporting Student Mental Health


Colleges and universities are addressing well-being in students with new and innovative approaches.

BY AMY L. EVA | JANUARY 11, 2019

“Why are we ignoring our college students?” a frustrated colleague asked me last week. With so much focus on social-emotional learning, trauma-sensitive classrooms, and student well-being in K-12 schools, my friend argued passionately that young adults need our attention, too.

The challenge is clear. In 2018, researchers who surveyed almost 14,000 first-year college students (in eight countries) found that 35 percent struggled with a mental illness, particularly depression or anxiety. Here in the U.S., college students seeking mental health services report that anxiety is their #1 concern—and it is on the rise.

With demands for mental health support typically exceeding resources, how are colleges and universities addressing student well-being both inside and outside of the classroom? The emerging programs, new online resources, and innovative approaches to classroom teaching described below may encourage and inspire you—whether you’re an educator, staff member, or administrator who wants to prioritize student well-being at your school, or a concerned parent with a child heading off to college.

Increased awareness from the start

Colleges provide orientation sessions on drug and alcohol use, sexual violence prevention, and other student health and lifestyle topics, so why not address mental health more directly? Many colleges are beginning to proactively share mental health information with students during face-to-face orientation sessions.

Approaches vary from traditional presentations and panel discussions, to role plays, short videos, and student testimonials followed by small group discussions. Here, students learn how to recognize mental illness symptoms, where to find resources and support, and how to talk to friends who might be struggling.

Three Risks of Too Much Screen Time for Teens

 Nov 27, 2018 - We understand that smartphone and social media overuse can be toxic for teens (and, frankly, for all of us). But do we understand why? 


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How to Get Your Kids to Listen and Engage | Kris Prochaska 

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The Idea Collective Premiered Feb 9, 2019  Subscribe 736    The Most Important Conversation You Will Have with Your Kids  - Part 2 - https://goo.gl/xiRXrw  In March of 2018, my 14-year-old son committed suicide in the attic of our home while we were away on vacation.  My seemingly perfect life was shattered to pieces.     I was raising beautiful, smart and happy kids in my eyes.  But what was really happening behind the scenes, deep in the soul of my son was hidden.  We are never given a parent 

Cyberbullying Laws - David's Law in Texas

 In this Tech Parental livestream, Jay Andrews reviews the newly approved David's Law and its implications for parenting in today's digital world with respect to cyberbullying as well as public schools new responsibility in this crisis. 





THERESA May has been urged to throw her full weight behind a social media crackdown after a near doubling in teen suicides. Experts said they feared Britain was raising a “suicidal generation” as kids become hooked on sites such as YouTube and Instagram.

Mental Health experts to hold frank conversation about suicide at Soka University

 Police are investigating at Don Juan Avila elementary and middle schools in Aliso Viejo after an apparent suicide early Tuesday, March 5, 2019 

let's change the conversation about mental health


After my brother’s death, and knowing how preventable it was, I resolved — no matter what — to do something to change the way we approach mental health in this country.

ALISON K. MALMONFounder and Executive Director, Active Minds 

Teen suicides have spiked, particularly in Orange County, but new habits can save lives

  Carol Carlson, center, of Waymakers Laguna Beach Youth Shelter, the nonprofit operator of youth shelters throughout Orange County, talks with juveniles in crisis   long with tutor, Krista Swanson, left, and youth specialist David Cabrera, right. Wednesday, March, 13, 2019 

This 16-year-old’s suicide letters are a cry for help and a national call for change

 Less than two months ago, 16-year-old Patrick Turner — “Patty” to his family — took his life in centerfield in a nearby park. 

Internet a ‘Lord of the Flies’: Teen suicide rise started after Instagram, Snapchat began

 Dr. Courtney Harkins, a clinical supervisor at Jserra Catholic High gives a presentation to Jserra students about suicide, depression, how to recognize the symptoms   and what to do about it in San Juan Capistrano on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 



Digital predators, teen victims, Part 1: One girl shares her ordeal to ...

 Oct 14, 2018 - Against the national landscape, one 15-year-old shares her story, her struggles and how to survive. (Illustration by Jeff Geortzen, Orange County Register/SCNG) ... October 14, 2018 at 8:00 am | UPDATED: October 15, 2018 at 9:54 am ... new waves of unsuspecting and naive teens meet online predators ... 

Digital predators, teen victims, Part 2: After sexual assault, a life is ..

 News. Digital predators, teen victims, Part 2: After sexual assault, a life is shattered ... (Illustration by Jeff Goertzen, Orange County Register/SCNG) ... PUBLISHED: October 14, 2018 at 8:00 am | UPDATED: October 15, 2018 at 9:49 am .... races; sometimes there is disassociation to the point where victims report out-of-body ... 

Digital predators, teen victims, Part 3: Surviving and changing sexual assault culture

 The mother of a 15-year-old assault victim stands in court, glances at the man her daughter met on the Internet and, knees shaking, begins to read. 

Child Lures Prevention Community Plan is an evidence-based initiative

 "The purpose was to seek the concrete numbers that prove the Child Lures program is effective in student retention of concepts related to sexual abuse, abduction, and other heinous crimes upon children. Through the pre and post-testing comparison of numbers, the overall growth in the experimental group provides a foundation of proof that the objectives sought by the program's 

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018

 YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online 'almost constantly' 

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  Texas PTA first became involved in the work to reduce bullying in 2011, when we worked with legislators to pass a law strengthening guidelines for dealing with bullying in the schools. At that time, cell phones were still scarce in the schools, and administrators were reluctant to support laws that required schools to confront cyberbullying, but we saw where things were heading. We knew that while this legislation was a necessary first step, the issue was evolving, and we needed to stay on top of it. So, Texas PTA continued to monitor the prevalence of cyberbullying among students and developed programs to educate parents about the emerging phenomena and how to deal with it at home.Then, in 2016, with suicide on the rise among victims of cyberbullying, Texas PTA began to plan a more focused bill. “David’s Law” honors the memory of David Molak, a 16-year-old student from San Antonio who committed suicide in January 2016 following relentless online harassment. David’s family was determined to do everything they could to eliminate cyberbullying. They formed David’s Legacy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending cyber-assisted bullying by educating communities about the harmful effects of cyber abuse, providing support for victims, promoting kindness, and supporting legislation that prohibits cyberbullying of minors.The Molaks led the charge to pass legislation strengthening the law passed in 2011, so that school leaders would have clarity on their responsibility in investigating allegations, informing both law enforcement and parents of suspected cyberbullying, and, when appropriate, disciplining the cyberbully. From nearly the beginning, Texas PTA joined forces with the Molaks—working side-by-side leading up to the legislative session to ensure passage of a new bill. This was no easy task. While it was clear that cyberbullying had become an epidemic, there was still opposition to the bill.To gain the support necessary for the bill to pass, we spent many hours in meetings with legislators and advocacy groups and made a few changes to the bill’s language on their recommendations. Leadership within Texas PTA testified multiple times at committee hearings, prepared and distributed background information, participated in press conferences, and wrote op-eds and letters to legislators. Grassroot members participated in multiple action alerts to urge support for David’s Law. At Texas PTA’s Rally Day in February 2017, PTA members advocated for David’s Law in meetings and even on the steps of the state capitol.📷The new law made many changes to how schools could and should operate:

  • Schools in Texas now have the authority to address cyberbullying that occurs off-campus;
  • They must notify a victim’s parents of the incident within three business days after it has been reported and notify the parents of the aggressor within a reasonable amount of time;
  • They must create procedures for students to anonymously report incidents;
  • They may expel students who engage in serious bullying, including bullying that encourages a student to commit suicide, incites violence against another student, or involves releasing indecent photos of another student;
  • They have strong protections from civil or criminal liabilities when reporting criminal bullying to law enforcement officials;
  • They must provide mental health education;
  • They must expand the role of school counselors to include mediating conflicts among students.

We hope that other state PTAs will consider working to support similar legislation to protect our nation’s most valuable resource—our children. Texas PTA was proud to work with the Molaks to pass David’s Law and we have continued with this partnership. The Molaks regularly present at Texas PTA conferences and provide information about David’s Law through PTA communications. 


‘Tell my story:’ After Murrieta teen’s suicide, his father is on a mission to prevent more deaths


 Jason Reid’s 14-year-old son, Ryan, committed suicide in the attic of their home, Reid said he and his wife never saw it coming and completely missed the signs of his son’s depression and suicidal ideation last March as he stand with family pictures some of them with Ryan in them in Murrieta on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, 

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Visits the Netherlands



A photo of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos inspecting a wooden device. The Secretary is holding the top of a long wooden pole that is connected to three smaller poles, two of which are tied to a red chair. Three young students and a gentleman in a suit look on.Secretary DeVos with students in Rotterdam

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, travelled to the Netherlands for an official program on June 11-12, as the second stop on a three country trip to Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, to explore the vocational education, decentralized school systems, and apprenticeship programs within Europe.

Her visit to the Netherlands, planned by the Dutch Ministry of Education, focused on vocational education, school choice, and advancing education options to prepare students for the modern economy. Secretary DeVos started her trip by meeting with the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, and the Ministry helped to plan her visits. She viewed how Imelda Primary School in Rotterdam has incorporated arts into the school to advance student understanding of abstract concepts and to encourage problem solving.  She spoke with students at Edith Stein College in The Hague about the Dutch educational system and challenges faced by students.  She also visited students [at] Lucia Marthas Institute for the Performing Arts in Amsterdam, where students were preparing performances for their end of year productions.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos stands with a man in a suit and a student in jeans and a t-shirt as they look at the undercarriage of a car that has been raised on a jack to the side of them.

Secretary DeVos with a student at ROC Amsterdam

Secretary DeVos had a hands-on program at the Regional Vocational Education Center Westpoort in Amsterdam where students demonstrated skills they were learning in the fields of electrical engineering, automotive repair, catering, and other programs.  Her visit explored different aspects [of] secondary vocational education within the Netherlands, and how it prepares students for technological jobs.

Secretary DeVos had two round-tables during her trip.  The first focused on school choice, funding, and administration in the Netherlands with a teacher, a parent and board member, a professor and expert on Dutch education law, and a school administrator.  Her second round-table was a discussion with student ambassadors from IMC Weekend School on motivating students to seek potential career opportunities.   She also met with American teachers currently in the Netherlands as Fulbright Scholars and English Teaching Assistants.

DeVos also looked at the links between education and culture at institutions such as the Anne Frank House and the Teekenschool at the Rijksmuseum.  Each day ended with special dinners, the first hosted by Ambassador Hoekstra and the second hosted by Minister van Engelshoven and the City of Amsterdam.

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There’s a lot we as Americans can learn from other countries and how they set their students up for successful lives and careers. That’s why as part of my first trip abroad as Secretary I chose to visit Switzerland and witness their innovative approach to apprenticeships. There this sort of educational opportunity is not only the norm, it is highly coveted by students!

In Switzerland, the education sector partners closely with businesses to provide apprenticeships for students in a variety of professions. Two-thirds of current Swiss students pursue their education through one of the 250 types of government-recognized apprenticeships. Meanwhile, only 17 percent of U.S. students have worked in an internship or apprenticeship related to their career goals.

Betsy DeVos and other Republicans love local government — except when it gets in their way



On March 13, 2017, not long after Betsy DeVos was confirmed as President Trump’s education secretary (in the most divisive Senate vote for a Cabinet nominee in U.S. history), she issued a statement that said: “I trust local school leaders to do what’s right for the children they serve.”

Since then, she has said over and over that she believes the federal government should stay out of education policy and leave it to state and local officials. It’s a classic Republican mantra.

There was the July 20, 2017, speech before the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council:

 DeVos is just one of the many “small-government" Republicans who have espoused local control while disparaging the federal government — except, of course, when local control gets in their way. 

Frazier: The Importance of Career Technical Education


 Sacramento) - Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) spoke passionately about the importance of career technical education (CTE) during a hearing on the future of CTE in California. Frazier benefited from CTE – previously called vocational education – when he was in California public schools. The skills he learned in shop classes that he started taking as early as junior high put him on a career path in construction after high school that eventually led to him becoming a contractor and building a successful home construction business. CTE courses have been disappearing from California public schools in recent decades. As an employer, Frazier says this has frustrated and saddened him.  “A lot of kids come out of high school, and they go into the workforce and don’t have this training, and they’re embarrassed because they can’t be helpful so they give up,” Assemblymember Frazier said. “So then they flounder around looking for a place. I think we need to be able to give opportunities to these young individuals.” To hear the rest of his testimony, watch this Assembly Access video. 

#RethinkSchool: Choice Matters for Military-Connected Students



There are so many active-duty military families today who are making decisions about how they advance within the military, or where they are going to live… based on educational opportunities for their children,” Secretary DeVos recently said in a conversation with Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation. “I think we have the opportunity to change the dynamic for them.”

Maddie Shick is from one such family – and, despite being a bright student, she faces challenges that accompany a military-connected lifestyle.  A self-proclaimed “professional new girl,” Maddie is now a sophomore at Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida.



Cell Phones in Schools: To ban or not to ban?


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- To ban or not to ban cell phones in schools is a decision all school districts have to make. There is no denying cell phones are a distraction, but they can also be used to enhance the curriculum and used during emergencies.

Germantown High School takes a restrictive approach to cell phones in school. In fact, students caught with their phones can be fined up to $218.

The School Resource Officer says students 16-years old and younger face a $124 ticket. This is where the money goes:

$50-Germantown Police Department police department

$33-Court costs


$13-drug fee-state

$10-jail assessment -Washington County Jail

$13-goes to a penalty assessment (state)

Students 17 and older face a $218.50 fine.

“There is a municipal ordinance which means that if they're in violation of it or non-compliant they can be ticketed,” Germantown High School Principal Joel Farren said.

The school has been banning cell phones since 2006.

Six students have been ticketed so far this school year, 159 students fined since the policy went in place.

“I think students are much more engaged and focused on academics and being with each other,” Kellie Hasbrook, Germantown High School Student said.

Students at Germantown High School can't have their phones on them, but Principal Farren says they have a plan for emergencies.

“We have 20 people with security radios in the building,” Principal Farren said. “We have an elaborate lockdown system. Every classroom has a phone.”

Now, other schools, like Menomonee Falls High School, are turning to Germantown for inspiration to create their own cell phone rules.

Menomonee's new policy this school year requires students put their phone away during class.

If students are caught, they have to hand it over to the teacher.

“I'm sure that there are some that aren't really happy with me, but the overall information that I've gotten from kids is thank you, you've taken a distraction away from us,” Menomonee Falls High School Principal Robert Vitale, said.

Principal Vitale says he didn't want to completely ban phones because he wants students to learn how to use their phones responsibly

“They can use them in study hall, they can use them in the cafeteria, so getting that college and career feel that there are times when you can use your phone, but there are times where you cannot use it,” he said.

We looked at eleven school districts in Southeast Wisconsin and found that ten ban cell phone usage in the classroom.

Here is a list of some of the schools that ban cell phone usage in the classroom:



Elementary, Middle And High Schools

This list (first international schools followed by US schools) covers bans of cell phones that occurred after the schools found cell phones in classrooms to be distracting and problematic. It is not necessarily because of the radiofrequency and health issues. This is not a complete list but rather a running list of bans EHT noted in 2017 and will update as we receive updates.   Hyperlinks go to the news article or source. 

If you know of more schools with cell phone bans, please send the information to info@ehtrust.organd we will update this list. 

Sensible screen time: How much is too much time online for your kids?


If your kids spend too much time staring at a screen, wean them off it with these tips.


It's clear that children are spending more and more time using tablets, smartphones and laptops - however knowing what the right balance is can be difficult for parents.

New guidelines published by the UK's Chief Medical Officers have finally given some clear guidelines and while it still doesn't offer a set time limit it does provide clarity around when children should and shouldn't be using electronic devices.

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Getting screen time under control

Screen time can offer children opportunities to learn and develop new skills at a touch of a button but like anything, too much of it can have a negative effect on their wellbeing.

As children get older and more independent online, finding the right balance for your family can be challenging but the key is to think about it early on and set some clear boundaries around their online use.

Navigate our screen time guide to find out more about its impact on children, practical steps you can take to make it work for you and your child and resources available to support them.

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World health officials take a hard line on screen time for kids. Will busy parents comply?

 The World Health Organization issued new guidelines on screen time Wednesday for infants and children under 5. (iStockphoto)By Craig Timberg andRachel SiegelApril 24

The World Health Organization issued strict new guidelines Wednesday on one of the most anxiety-producing issues of 21st century family life: How much should parents resort to videos and online games to entertain, educate or simply distract their young children?

The answer, according to WHO, is never for children in their first year of life and rarely in their second. Those aged 2 to 4, the international health agency said, should spend no more than an hour a day in front of a screen.

The WHO drew on emerging — but as yet unsettled — science about the risks screens pose to the development of young minds at a time when surveys show children are spending increasing amounts of time watching smartphones and other mobile devices. Ninety-five percent of families with children under the age of 8 have smartphones, according to the nonprofit organization Common Sense Media, and 42 percent of children under 8 have access to their own tablet device.


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Pediatricians urge parents to limit kids' "screen time".  Her 12-year-old has sneaked a laptop into bed a few times and ended up groggy in the morning, "so that's why the rules are now in place, that that device needs to be in mom and dad's room before he goes to bed.". Sara Gorr, a San Francisco sales director and mother of girls, ages 13 and 15,... 

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Jan 28, 2019 - Importance Excessive screen time is associated with delays in development; however, it is unclear if greater screen time predicts lower performance scores on developmental screening testsor if children with poor developmental performance receive added screen time as a way to modulate challenging behavior. 


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