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Text-message Bullying Becoming More Common

Posted on February 02, 2012

Of more than 1,100 middle school and high school students surveyed in 2008, 24 percent said they had been "harassed" by texting. That was up from about 14 percent in a survey of the same kids the year before. "Harassment" meant that peers had spread rumors about them, made "rude or mean comments," or threatened them. Outright bullying, which was defined as being repeatedly picked on, was less common. In 2008, about eight percent of kids said they'd ever been bullied via text, versus ju

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Dad’s Depression May Raise Kids’ Risk of Emotional Problems

Posted on February 02, 2012

Study Shows Impact of Fathers' Depression on Children's Emotional Development Children of depressed dads are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems, compared with kids whose dads are not depressed, according to a new study. According to the findings, a child's risk for emotional or behavioral problems was still much greater if their mothers, rather than fathers, were depressed or had other emotional problems (19% vs. 11%, respectively). Children were even more likely to

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Developing Social Skills and Relationships

Posted on February 02, 2012

Learning to successfully interact with others is one of the most important aspects of a child's development, with far-reaching implications. Although most children acquire social skills by example, and possibly osmosis, research clearly suggests children with learning disabilities (LD) may have difficulty making and keeping friends. Adolescents with LD have also been shown to interact less with their peers and to spend more leisure time alone, addicted to TV, computer games, and the Internet

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Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice

Posted on February 02, 2012

This policy brief reviews what researchers have learned about racial disparities in school discipline, including trends over time and how these disparities further break down along lines of gender and disability status. Further, the brief explores the impact that school suspension has on children and their families, including the possibility that frequent out-of-school suspension may have a harmful and racially disparate impact. Findings of this brief strongly suggest a need for reform. A

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Reduce Bullying by Improving Classroom Climate

Posted on February 02, 2012

Bullying takes many forms, including intimidation in classrooms by peers, or at times, by teachers. Intentional or not, when students don't feel safe to participate in the classroom, their learning is severely impaired. Even the most stellar curriculum cannot get through when students are worried about negative reactions when they participate in class. Creating Relationship-Centered Classrooms and Schools The following is a condensed list obtained from the SECD Laminated Guide. If teac

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Little Evidence of Heart Risks From ADHD Meds

Posted on February 02, 2012

But appropriate screening, monitoring recommended, researchers say TUESDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Medications commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder don't appear to raise the risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems in children and young adults, new research shows. And if any increased risk from stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta does exist, the danger in absolute numbers would be extremely low, said Dr. William O. Cooper, lea

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Can Schools Discipline Students for Online Behavior?

Posted on January 01, 2012

Court Upholds Discipline of Student Over Internet Bullying A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the school discipline of a student who allegedly bullied a classmate with an Internet page describing her as a "slut" with herpes. "Such harassment and bullying is inappropriate and hurtful and ... it must be taken seriously by school administrators in order to preserve an appropriate pedagogical environment," said the unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appe

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Less Stress May Mean Less Fat

Posted on January 01, 2012

Researchers are finding that stress is a key factor in obesity, particularly childhood obesity — leading them to observe that social safety-net programs may be keeping families fed and healthy. (Hemera Technologies) Obesity has generally been explained as the interaction of three factors: diet, exercise and genetics. Researchers, though, have begun to look at another element — particularly as it relates to childhood obesity — and their findings have implications for government-run s

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Kids Who Use Facebook Do Worse in School

Posted on January 01, 2012

Research has found that students in middle school, high school and college who checked Facebook at least once during a 15-minute study period got lower grades. Other studies have discovered that teens who use Facebook tend to have more narcissistic tendencies, while young adults who are active on the site display other psychological disorders. And daily use of media and technology — what teen doesn't use tech each day? — makes kids more prone to anxiety and depression. The bad news wa

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Engaging Students with Behavioral Disabilities With Technology

Posted on January 01, 2012

A former National Teacher of the Year finds that multimedia instructional technology helps engage students with severe emotional disabilities. I regularly receive such students, young people who have slid down the "continuum of educational services" and landed hard at the high school where I work. Most arrive angry, and some threaten to drop out of school. They are part of a subculture of students classified with emotional and behavioral disabilities, the type of students who do not belie

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