Archive for October 2017

How to's for parents of teens

How to's for parents of teens
Parents can’t be expected to know it all. “How do I help my teen with this?” is a question that passes through my mind several times a day, at a minimum. Thankfully, there are people sharing valuable wisdom for those circumstances in which we aren’t experts. Here are some “how to” articles that I’ve read recently... Read more »

Jane Goodall on the very best kind of mother

Jane Goodall on the very best kind of mother
Last week, I heard an interview with Jane Goodall on Science Friday on NPR. (I know, you’re shocked I wasn’t rocking out during my commute to kick off a wild weekend, but allow me to proudly flash my geek credentials. If you missed it, you can listen to the full episode here.) I was struck... Read more »

Tips for parents on discussing sexual harassment with teens & tweens

Tips for parents on discussing sexual harassment with teens & tweens
The news about Harvey Weinstein and the “#MeToo” campaign on social media have generated much conversation about the topic of sexual harassment. In both instances, many victims say that they were first harassed as children, and that is in keeping with the findings reported by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Their data shows that every two... Read more »
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10 elements of digital citizenship and why it takes more than a week to teach them

10 elements of digital citizenship and why it takes more than a week to teach them
Digital Citizenship Week is October 16-20, according to some websites, like Common Sense Media. Other sites said it was back in September. Another says it’s in February and it’s just a day. At first, I was a bit confused. And, I admit, a little frustrated. Then I realized that the lack of agreed upon date... Read more »

Helpful, free resources for teaching kids about media literacy

Helpful, free resources for teaching kids about media literacy
Media literacy is becoming an increasingly important skill to have in the 21st century.  Our kids spend a large amount of time consuming media and there is a vast amount of information available to them. It’s imperative that they have the basic skills to evaluate what they are reading, seeing, and hearing and think critically about... Read more »

What happened when I commented on my Senator's Facebook page

What happened when I commented on my Senator's Facebook page
Today, I left a brief comment on a Facebook post by my Senator complimenting him on one topic and asking what he plans to do about another, both related to his initial post. Within minutes, commenters attacked my appearance, saying I looked “disgusting” and like a bitch and that seeing my face “makes people sick.”... Read more »
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When a student brings a gun to your child's high school

When a student brings a gun to your child's high school
When the phone rang, my first reaction was to ignore it. I was finally making progress on a work project after an otherwise slow day and didn’t want to lose momentum. The ring persisted, slicing through the midday silence and demanding attention. I glanced at the phone. It was from my daughter’s school. I thought that was... Read more »

When words fail in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas

When words fail in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas
I’ve been a lot of things today in the wake of the news of the nation’s largest-ever mass shooting in Las Vegas: horrified, teary, angry, baffled, weary, and just profoundly sad. One thing I haven’t been: eloquent. I have no words to explain evil to our kids, or ourselves. Other people offered words about how this doesn’t... Read more »