Nameless, Faceless Children (Blogs & Internet Safety)

Julie A. Cunningham writes

Online threats related to student blogging, as long as students are not disclosing personal information like “I’m home alone after school and here’s my address” or utilizing chat rooms/messaging where they engage in cyberbullying, are really not a threat.

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I think we need to realize that we put our children ‘at risk’ regularly. Take a look at the following risky scenarios:

Scenario 1: Johnny has a recreational soccer game on Saturday morning for the 7 & 8 year old league, which was published in the newspaper. His last name is on his jersey. His parents and uncle cheer loudly from the sidelines “Go Johnny!”. He holds a water bottle with his elementary school name and logo printed on it. Oh, and by the way, his face is visible. (Personal Information Disclosed: child’s full name, school name, age, and image)

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Learn basic skills from the friendly monsters

Monster Teaching Time

Kimbo Audio

Friendly "monsters" teach basic skills in an imaginative way.
Kids will learn about shapes, manners, colors, counting,
following directions and more.

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

Every September, millions of parents try a kind of psychological witchcraft, to transform their summer-glazed campers into fall students, their video-bugs into bookworms. Advice is cheap and all too familiar: Clear a quiet work space. Stick to a homework schedule. Set goals. Set boundaries. Do not bribe (except in emergencies).

And check out the classroom. Does Junior’s learning style match the new teacher’s approach? Or the school’s philosophy? Maybe the child isn’t “a good fit” for the school.

Such theories have developed in part because of sketchy education research that doesn’t offer clear guidance. Student traits and teaching styles surely interact; so do personalities and at-home rules. The trouble is, no one can predict how.

Yet there are effective approaches to learning, at least for those who are motivated. In recent years, cognitive scientists have shown that a few simple techniques can reliably improve what matters most: how much a student learns from studying.

The findings can help anyone, from a fourth grader doing long division to a retiree taking on a new language. But they directly contradict much of the common wisdom about good study habits, and they have not caught on.

For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.

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Give your kids a head start in their homework

Lucky are the parents who have kids who love school and studying. These kids sit right next to their books the moment they reach home without being told. These kids get on with their assignments with minimal input or supervision from they parents. And the best part is, they do not hesitate to ask if they find some things confusing.

However, not all kids are thrilled with studying. In fact, most kids dislike the idea of school and making assignments. These kids are very moody when they make their assignments, and they get easily frustrated when they come across something they find confusing. On top of that, they usually complain and get frustrated about their assignments.

Because of this, some parents make their kid’s assignment to avoid getting into a fight with their kids. Children with poor frustration tolerance often make homework a battlefield, which is why parents end up answering their child’s assignment instead. In order to maintain a positive atmosphere at home, parents end up making their kid’s assignments.

However, doing this does not solve the actual problem. While parents must help their kids through their homework, they should not do the actual work for their kids. There are some parents that you can do to help your child build a positive attitude when it comes to school and making assignments. If your child finds making assignments too tiring or too boring, perk his senses up by doing some changes.

At home, make sure that your child has his own place for studying and making assignments. This will help your child see the positive side of doing schoolwork. Give him a study area that is free from distractions and interruptions. Make it ideal for learning by making sure that it is well-lit, organized, and has useful books and encyclopedias for reference.

Aside from a study area, you should also give your child a particular time for studying and making assignments. Develop a certain time routine, and follow through it every single day. When the time is set, make sure that your child sticks to it. By doing so, you will help your child feel less frustrated because he is following a structure.

But the most important thing that you should remember is to give your child a head start when it comes to making assignments. Especially if your child finds the topic difficult, help him through by giving him an idea or the first few words of the answer and let him finish the assignment on his own.

Giving your child a head start helps him accomplish his homework without over functioning. Aside from that, you are also letting your child make his own decisions and exercise his own ideas when it comes to completing his assignment.

Looking for parenting help? We highly recommend The Total Transformation Program for parents dealing with Obnoxious Children. Check on the link for more information.

A game to play – Save the donkey

One donkey is running in the farm in which many objects are placed. Some objects are harmful, some objects are helpful. The mission is simple, keep the donkey alive as long as you can. The more time, the higher your score. Click!Click!Click! Good Luck:)

BULLYING: Off the playground and into cyberspace

Bullies used to be those big kids who picked on the little ones; the ones who would tower over you on the playground or corner you with their fists clenched. But bullies are no longer restricted to methods of physical intimidation, letters or phone calls. Not anymore. Today, more and more bullies are hiding. They’re hiding behind computer screens and cell phones, text messages and social networking sites, using the available technology to battle against others mercilessly.

Space travel to the moon – watch an Apollo video

Apollo 11 Introduction
This montage video shows highlights from the Apollo 11 mission, from liftoff in Florida to departure from the moon.