Parents, teachers, and counselors have all expressed their concerns with the way their students and kids interact through social media channels. Snapchat has become one of the most popular apps for teenagers. And a lot of the times, teenagers end up humiliated after racy photos end up on the internet or in the hands of someone else.
Snapchat recently released a 6 page booklet titled, “A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat,” which tells parents that “sexting” via Snapchat has been blown out of proportion since Snapchat has a “no nudes” policy for younger users. “Keep it legal. Don’t use Snapchat for any illegal shenanigans and if you’re under 18 or are Snapping with someone who might be: keep your clothes on!”
So does this mean Snapchat will start deactivating or flagging underage users who violate the policy?
Source: NBC News
Growing up is both fun to do and hard to do. Transitioning from one stage of life to another can cause confusion and a feeling of unpreparedness. Apparently being 12 is one of those confusing and awkward times. Watch as these pre-teens share what being 12 entails in this adorable video.
Source: Huffington Post
A recent bake sale stirred some controversy after 3 girls made it their goal to raise awareness about gender inequality by selling chocolate chip cookies at different prices. Boys were asked to pay $1 for a chocolate chip cookies, while girls were charged 77 cents for the same chocolate chip cookie. Why? “Because in America, for every dollar a man makes, a woman only make 77 cents.” Read more about this, here!
Source: Good 4 Utah
Sometimes we just need a little motivation to kick start our week! We hope you find something to be enthusiastic about this week.
While TV shows, movies, and the media tend to promote “mean girls” & “queen bees” as teenage bullies who tease and hurt the averages joes as well as their enemies through rumors, gossip, and exclusion (thanks Lindsay Lohan), a recent study found that “mean boys” might actually be a bigger problem in schools. Read more about this pressing problem here!
At Stanfield, we want to help teach your student how to deal with bullying, teasing, anger, criticism, and more; which is why we developed the #1 conflict management program in America, BeCOOL! Find out more about this proven effective program, here!
Source: Huffington Post
One of our favorite daily news sources tells us how household chores actually brings several benefits for children-“Giving children household chores at an early age helps to build a lasting sense of mastery, responsibility, and self reliance….adolescents who began chores at ages 3 and 4 were more likely to have good relationships with family and friends, to achieve academic and work success, and to be self sufficient, as compared with those who didn’t have chores or who started them as teens.” Read more here!
Source: Wall Street Journal
May your day be touched by a whole lot of Irish luck!
Ever share too much information? WSJ calls it BYB—Blabbing Your Business. Thanks to social media channels and reality TV, where it’s perfectly normal (& expected) for people to share every single detail of their daily lives, we have a generation of kids and teenagers who find it difficult to distinguish between appropriate topics for small talk and serious disclosures.
Now there are many events that occur in our lives, and some of these deserve to be shared and boasted (I mean, if you run into Taylor Swift at the mall, you’re going to want to share that with everyone)! But then there are some events which are best kept to ourselves, or at least within the circle of our closest friends and family. The current state of our parent’s divorce, that nasty rumor about Becky (which you don’t even know is true or not), or the minutiae of past indiscretions are among the many topics best not discussed with classmates, at social gatherings, or with strangers on the street. Fashion, sports, current events, and other common interests not involving personal topics are all appropriate subjects for small talk and social media sharing.
To learn more about the Circles rules of social boundaries, including how to: TALK to, TRUST, & TOUCH people in your different Circles, click here!
Sometimes we just need a little Monday Motivation!
Chester has a busy day ahead of him teaching kids social skills, social boundaries, conflict resolution, and much more!
Does having a puppy, cat, turtle, or even a guinea pig around increase the chances that kids with autism will engage socially with the people around them? A study found that kids with autism were more likely to talk, make physical contact, & look at other people’s faces with the presence of animals in comparison to toys. Read the full study here!
Source: Disability Scoop
According to new research done by the National University of Singapore, making some kind of vocalization may be an effective way of coping with pain. “Vocalizing interferes with pain signals traveling to the brain, thus distracting you from the uncomfortable sensations you’re feeling.” So next time you stub your toe or bang your funny bone, perhaps it’s best to let out an “ow” or “ouch.”
Read more about this study here!
Source: Huffington Post
Oh and when he’s not busy breaking the Internet, Chester spends his time teaching kids social skills, conflict resolution, and much more!
It’s Friday & we think you deserve a little laugh!
“After he became confused during their most recent morning lesson, sources confirmed Friday that local preschooler Alex Hamlin asked to borrow the notes that classmate Liam Benson had taken on shapes. “Hey, Liam, can I see your notes from today, ’cause I’ve really got nothing written down after the stuff Mrs. Leclair said about circles,” said Hamlin, who figured that Benson—a student who’s widely recognized for knowing all the colors—had paid close attention to the lecture, which covered material that would almost certainly appear on an upcoming test.” Read the rest of this hilarious post by The Onion here!
Source: The Onion
Recent Yale study found that younger siblings of children on the autism spectrum have a 20 percent chance of developing the disorder by age 3! Find out more about this study here.
Source: New Haven Register
Did you know…
42% to 87% of dating violence occurs on school grounds?
At Stanfield, we are big advocates of healthy relationships & dating abuse prevention, so in honor of National Teen Dating Abuse Awareness month, we would like to share this great (& educational) info-graphic created by the What Is LOVE organization.
Source: What Is Love Organization
“I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I’m standing here,” he said. “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.” – Graham Moore
One of the best highlights from last night’s Oscars is Moore’s moving and inspirational speech! His touching speech deserves an Oscar of its own. Suicide thoughts, depression, bullying, and feeling like a misfit are all too common with K-12 (& beyond) students. So of course we are thrilled that Moore took the time (during his Oscar speech) to address the beauty behind being different. We too would like to emphasize this message and pass it along to you! We feel this message is especially important and useful for our special education students who often are victims of bullying.
Source: Huffington Post
We find this TedEd video on first impressions very educational! At Stanfield we believe that students should know the importance of making a good first impression because truth be told, we don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression.
Our First Impressions video-modeling curriculum explores the 4 basic things that make an immediate impression on someone else: hygiene, grooming, dress, & attitude. Read more about First Impressions here!
We’re always told “EAT YOUR GREENS!” but could this really be? According to Disability Scoop,
“A chemical that’s found in broccoli and other vegetables may be able to dramatically improve behavior and social skills in those with autism.” Read the full article here!
Source: Disability Scoop
Love is in the air & pink and red color schemes follow us everywhere we go lately. One of our favorite daily news sources tells us how small-everyday-acts-of-love can go a long way for your happiness and satisfaction. Read more here!
Source: Wall Street Journal
Have you ever helped set a table and found yourself wondering where to place the forks? Enjoy some simple and helpful etiquette tips from TedEd!
Want to learn or teach even more about mannerisms and etiquette? Check out our Mind Your Manners series here!
Video Source: TedEd
“PATHS and FastTrack aren’t the only programs of their kind. A social-emotional learning program called RULER, developed at Yale University, has shown promising results, as well. And every year, the Chicago-based Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning rates the top evidence-based emotional intelligence programs around the country.”
We recently published a blog on how SEL (social & emotional learning) goes a long way for students, so we enjoy reading articles that reinforce the importance of social and/or emotional learning! This article comes from NPR, and mentions how students should be learning about emotions and conflict negotiation in the same way they learn about math and reading.
With January over, what will happen in the world of education during the remaining 11 months of 2015?
NPR’s awesome sketch compilation gives us a few #EdPredictions and a whole lot of laughs.
Read their #EdPredictions here!
“Where teachers once graded students on traditional math or English skills, they now judge attributes such as grit, gratitude or being sensitive to others…When it comes to attributes such as grit or being sensitive to others, they give students one of four marks: A for almost always, O for often, S for sometimes, and R for rarely.” Read more about this SACBEE article, here!
At Stanfield, we think students of all ages, including those in special education, should learn that being a good person is just as important as being successful. As parents and teachers, teaching our children and students to be mindful of others could also make them more successful. Academic success can open up doors for students, but character education is where they can learn valuable life skills and social skills that are integral to achievement. Read more from our Being Good vs. Being Successful blog post, here.
Source: The Sacramento Bee
Say we dropped a bagel this morning at the Stanfield office, the “5 second rule” can save our lightly toasted blueberry bagel right? WRONG…This week we’re revisiting a hygiene article from Discover Magazine that we once encountered. (which compliments our First Impression Curriculum very nicely!)
“1: “Hygiene” comes from Hygieia, the Greek goddess of health, cleanliness, and . . . the moon. Ancient Greek gods apparently worked double shifts.
2: The human body is home to some 1,000 species of bacteria. There are more germs on your body than people in the United States.
3: Not tonight dear, I just washed my hands: Antibacterial soap is no more effective at preventing infection than regular soap, and triclosan (the active ingredient) can mess with your sex hormones.
4: Save the germs! A study of over 11,000 children determined that an overly hygienic environment increases the risk of eczema and asthma.
5: Monks of the Jain Dharma (a minority religion in India) are forbidden to bathe any part of their bodies besides the hands and feet, believing the act of bathing might jeopardize the lives of millions of microorganisms.
6: It’s a good thing they’re monks.
7: Soap gets its name from the mythological Mount Sapo. Fat and wood ash from animal sacrifices there washed into the Tiber River, creating a rudimentary cleaning agent that aided women doing their washing.
8: Ancient Egyptians and Aztecs rubbed urine on their skin to treat cuts and burns. Urea, a key chemical in urine, is known to kill fungi and bacteria.
9: In a small victory for cleanliness, England’s medieval King Henry IV required his knights to bathe at least once in their lives—during their ritual knighthood ceremonies.
10: That’s their excuse, anyway: Excrement dumped out of windows into the streets in 18th-century London contaminated the city’s water supply and forced locals to drink gin instead.
11: A seventh grader in Florida recently won her school science fair by proving there are more bacteria in ice machines at fast-food restaurants than in toilet bowl water.
12: There’s no “five-second rule” when it comes to dropping food on the ground. Bacteria need no time at all to contaminate food.
13: The first true toothbrush, consisting of Siberian pig hair bristles wired into carved cattle-bone handles, was invented in China in 1498. But tooth brushing didn’t become routine in the United States until it was enforced on soldiers during World War II.
14: Please don’t squeeze the corncob. In 1935, Northern Tissue proudly introduced “splinter-free” toilet paper. Previous options included tundra moss for Eskimos, a sponge with salt water for Romans, and—hopefully splinter-free—corncobs in the American West.
15: NASA recently spent $23.4 million designing a toilet for the Space Shuttle that would defy zero gravity with suction technology at 850 liters of airflow per minute. That’s a lot of money for a toilet that sucks.
16: In 1843, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. campaigned for basic sanitation in hospitals. But this clashed with social ideas of the time and met with widespread disdain. Charles Meigs, a prominent American obstetrician, retorted, “Doctors are gentlemen, and gentlemen’s hands are clean.”
17: Up to a quarter of all women giving birth in European and American hospitals in the 17th through 19th centuries died of puerperal fever, an infection spread by unhygienic nurses and doctors.
18: TV kills! University of Arizona researchers determined that television remotes are the worst carriers of bacteria in hospital rooms, worse even than toilet handles. Remotes spread antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus, which contributes to the 90,000 annual deaths from infection acquired in hospitals.
19: It is now believed President James Garfield died not from the bullet fired by Charles Guiteau but because the medical team treated the president with manure-stained hands, causing a severe infection that killed him three months later.
20: What on earth made them think manure-stained hands were remotely acceptable to treat anyone?”
Source: Discover Magazine
The child who is ‘left behind’ most is the one who leaves school without transition readiness.