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A little kindness

Posted on Friendship, General October 4, 2018 by Mary George

In our My Remarkable Self program, we work with children and adults to understand what bullying and cyberbullying is and how to prevent it through interactive  lessons and workshops.In observation of National Bullying Prevention Month we thought that we would share a few ideas and resources to help you be a part of the movement to stop bullying.
Kids:
  1. Ask the new student in your class to sit with you at lunch or on the bus. Check out the check out the FANTASTIC “Sit with Us” App designed by a student!
  2. Make friends with someone at school who you don’t know. Many children wish that someone had done that for them at some point.
  3. Be respectful of others’ opinions even if they are not your own.
  4. Figure out what you love to do, whether it is painting, writing, playing a sport or an instrument and do it!
  5. Be an UPSTANDER – Bullies have been known to back off when others stand up for victims.
Parents:
1.  Learn what bullying is what it is not.
2.  Set a good example and model kind and respectful behavior.
3.  Get involved in a community group where your child can interact with kids who are outside of your normal school or social group.
4.  Be a good listener – encourage conversations with your child with open-ended questions.
5.  Encourage your child to do what they love or enjoy which will boost their self confidence.
Resources:
Stopbuillying.gov
STOMPoutbullying.org
Cyberbullying.org – Cyberbullying Research Center
The Bully Project
Pacer.org – National Bullying Prevention – Resources
Bully (2011) – Documentary
Finding Kind – Documentary
— Mary & Claire

**My Remarkable Self is available to give workshops, school/camp assemblies and classes for parents, students, educators and businesses. Please contact us at info@myremarkableself.com for further information.**

 

© Kids Empowered LLC and My Remarkable Self® 2018

Digital Parenting 101

Posted on Communication, General, Technology September 1, 2018 by Mary George

As the school year begins and our to-do lists grow, the idea of getting through the first month of school can seem daunting. To add to the paperwork, meetings, and activities is the extra layer of parenting that we cannot lose sight of – technology – smartphones, apps, social media and gaming. Our children, otherwise known as “digital natives,” have access to the world that we never knew at their ages. For parents, it can be overwhelming and exhausting to the point that many turn a blind eye without giving direction to their children as to how to be respeonsible online. Think about it this way – would you drop your child off in the middle of Times Square in New York City with no guidance or instruction? Access to the world wide web is no different. They need age appropriate structure and guidance as to their usage…but how? Here comes the Digital Parent –

 

Below, we have put together a few ideas and links to help lighten your “beginning of the school year” load when it comes to our children’s technology use. We hope that these help!

 

Communication – Talk about being safe online – the age of your child depends on the discussion.

  • Ask younger children to think about being online like they would going on a field trip. Do not talk to people you do not know – stranger danger. Ask for help if you need it. Go to trusted adults if you have a problem or if someone is bothering you.

  • Older kids need to understand what cyberbullying is – define it and explain it. Help them to understand what it means to be an Upstander and if they see something online that they are not comfortable with in texts, social media or even a picture, to come to you or another trusted adult. WiredSafety is a great resource to help facilitate the discussion.
  • In addition to the above tip, Teenagers need to be aware of their digital footprint. Everything that they post on social media can be accessed and colleges and college athletic scouts pay attention to their online persona.

Contracts– Social media/smartphone contracts between you and your child.

No devices in the bedrooms – children need time to turn off and shut down. Not to mention sleep!

Stay up to date on current apps, social media platforms and be aware of who they are texting and chatting with.  Common Sense Media is a wonderful resource to help guide you.

Device free dinners. Take time to check in with you children. It is good for them to know that they have 100% of your attention.

Check out our resource page for further links to help guide you to keep your children safe online.

We also give workshops for parents on “Navigating Technology & Social Media with Your Child”  as well as workshops for children “#DigitalGeneration” and “Technology: Gaming & Social Media 102.”


–Mary & Claire