Have you ever heard about “Geo-location” or “Geo-tagging”?
Most people would answer yes, but few would really know what it is all about, even less are able to explain to kids. Geo-location is fun, effective and practical. Geo-location can be very dangerous. There are several internet post for parents and geeks on the subject, but I could hardly find anything for kids. I have produced a video animation and discovery guide for elementary kids on the topic.
Parents, teachers, counselors and guardians of children take note, there appears to be a dangerous trend taking place with children and teens all over the world that is directly related to a specific addiction we know as compulsive gambling.
With the ease of access to the Internet and other types of electronic devices, credit cards, casinos, and ridiculously high allowances, kids are mainstreaming faster into an adult world that is by all accounts very dangerous indeed to their futures. Teens and young adults gamble for many of the same reasons that adults find stimulating.
By betting on games of chance such as buying raffle tickets, lotteries, scratch tickets, sports betting, horse races, dog races, and even daring someone for something of value, kids like their adult counterparts, develop a liking for the thrill or “rush” produced by winning.
It used to be that the schoolyard bully might taunt or tease a child during recess or while waiting in line to board the school bus. Those could be torturous minutes for the victim of the bullying who was face-to-face with the teasing sneer of the bully. Children today, however, are faced with a new epidemic – cyberbullying.
If you’re a parent or a caregiver, it is so extraordinarily important that you have the information about cyberbullying that will help you keep your kids safe from the consequences of it – and to make sure that your child doesn’t become the sneering perpetrator.
I used the real life example of Mr. Coburn, the part owner of the race horse California Chrome. California Chrome is an amazing horse that won the first two races of the most prestigious horse racing tournament; the Triple Crown.
You can begin teacher your children good values at any age. It is likely that your children may fall victim to malicious gossip at some point in their lives. Either someone may influence them to gossip about someone else, or they may be the one spreading the gossip. You must step in and let your children know about the serious consequences of gossiping. Your children should learn about gossip from you, not their peers. Preparing your children for a situation before it occurs helps to control gossip because they already know the dangers of gossip. Talking to your children and offering real-life examples are the best ways to teach them about gossip.
Gossip is conversation pertaining to personal matters of someone else’s life, whether fact or rumor, especially when the conversations are malicious. Anyone can easily fall victim to gossiping. For example, if your child decides to tell a close friend about details of a personal matter, and your child’s friend discusses the details of the conversation with other children, gossiping has taken place. Another example is if your child’s friend changes the details of the conversation immensely, creating a negative version of the actual events.
You and I have heard lots on this world event in the past weeks. At the time I write this, few people know where this is leading us. We have seen tons of news reports and opinion clips from politicians and citizens alike stating their position and concerns on Syrian refugees. No doubt, no matter where you sit on the issue, you have been overwhelmed with heartwarming human compassion and outraged by the position and actions of others. Now, it’s time for you to hear from our future leaders.
Respect is something my parents taught me at an early age. That was the culture in my house while I was growing up. My parents respected my differences of opinion and the person I was growing to be. They did a lot for my siblings and me, including a lot of sacrifice. I recognized that at an early age and they had earned my respect.
We have all seen it; our children break a lamp, get in trouble at school, or get a bad grade on an assignment. What do they do? Typically, they blame someone else. “It wasn’t MY fault, she pushed me into the lamp”, or “The teacher didn’t give us enough time to do the work, it wasn’t my fault”.
Children tend to blame others for their mistake. Why is this? Young children don’t really understand that everyone makes mistakes. They may blame someone to avoid disappointing their parents or to keep from getting into trouble.
These children need to be taught that blaming others isn’t the right thing to do. As the child gets older, they do know better, but those children who weren’t taught to take responsibility for their actions continue to blame others. These children play the “victim” and they will continue to play that role until they are taught to take responsibility for their actions.
Your children and students surf the web. It is inevitable and inescapable. With all of the technological devices they have within their reach today, it is essential that children are taught how to surf the web safely in school and at home, and understand the dangers and deceptions of being online. Learn why and how you should talk to your children and students about surfing safely and gain some additional tips and tricks to try at home and in your classroom.