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Thirteen Problems with 13 Reasons Why

Two weeks ago Netflix released 13 Reasons Why, a series that diverges dramatically from the book by Jay Asher that was published in 2007.

The episodes are extremely intense.  It deals with bullying, sexual shaming of girls, rape, and suicide.  This series is set in a public high school and it shows two graphic rape scenes, and a very graphic scene of suicide.  The premise is that a girl has died by suicide and left cassette tapes behind narrating the 13 reasons she killed herself, each reason is a person.
If you have teens in your lifeyou should assume they are either watching this or know about this series.  The show’s handling of teen suicide doesNOT follow best practices for preventing suicide. Nor do they provide any resources for support.  Our 7th and 8th grade students were taught about suicide prevention in January through the Lifelines Curriculum.  Sadly, this series is contradictory to what they learned to help a friend or to help themselves.

I am very concerned about the …

What If I Raised The Bully?

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Happy 2o17!  Over the December break, we re-read this post from The Today Show Blog.  This post is written by a mother about her daughter being unkind and exclusive with a peer at school.  It is a great reminder about how we want our children to treat others and how support your child in being kind and inclusive.  
Thanks for reading! Rachel and Katie




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Another good resource on how to create a "Family Media Technology Plan"

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Just read this article this morning on how to create a family media technology plan and felt it was a great one to post on our blog.   The connection between technology use and getting adequate sleep is something we talk about often in school as many students report being tired daily due to being online, typically using social media.  If you currently do not have limits when it comes to using technology and getting enough sleep, that's a great place to start.   We hope everyone has a safe, healthy and happy November break!   Rachel and Katie   FASHION & STYLE When Tech Is a Problem Child By BRUCE FEILERNOV. 19, 2016 Continue reading the main storyShare This PageShareTweetPinEmailMore
We posted this blog post by Janell Burley Hoffmann a few years ago and we often come back to it as a resource for families looking for support on how to set boundaries with mobile phone and internet use.  Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions.  Rachel and Katie


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New Guidelines on Screen Time from the American Academy of Pediatrics

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We know it can be hard to monitor screen time at home, and between home and the middle school years, some young people are spending a good amount of time everyday in front of a screen.  The American Academy of Pediatrics just posted new guidelines for families on screen time last month.  Here is a good article from CNN on their recommendations for screen time, broken down by age.  
New screen time rules for kids, by doctorsBy Hailey Middlebrook, CNN Updated 12:06 AM ET, Fri October 21, 2016
(CNN)Digital media exposure for children of all ages should be limited, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This week, the AAP hosted a national conference in San Francisco, where an estimated 10,000 pediatricians met to discuss new children's health recommendations for 2017. Children's screen time, social media and cyberbullying were key points of interest. Previously the Academy set a general screen time limit: no more than two hours in front of the TV for k…