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How much screen time is too much for kids, and how to cut it back?

A blog from the Harvard Medical School looks at the reality of screen time for kids these days, and the down sides.  The post includes alternative ideas for spending time with kids and a “calculator” tool, which might help parents plan more helpful screen time in their homes.  The information is good for parents, and also for teachers and school psychologists who are also parents!

Early bullying has long-lasting impact

A large-scale study from the University of Delaware, reported in EurekAlert, suggests that students who are bullied in grade 5 go on to develop serious mental health and addiction problems later in their school years.  Recommendations for pediatricians and teachers to be aware of, and prevent, the effects of stigma, which the authors suggest may be at the root of bullying, on students were made.

Smartphones may be threatening kids’ mental health

A new study from Duke University, reported in HealthDay, suggests that increased use of screentime devices is associated with higher rates of inattention and behavioral problems for children and youth at-risk for mental health problems.  Although there were positive effects associated with the social connections, including decreased anxiety and depression, the caution was made that limiting screen time was warranted for as-risk students.

13 Reasons Why

In a commentary in yesterday’s Globe and Mail, Andre Picard discusses a NetFlix series called “13 Reasons Why” which presents youth suicide from the victim’s perspective.  While he does not endorse the series, he does recommend that parents watch the series with their children and discuss it.  Silence is suicide’s best friend.

Developing a positive approach to school discipline

A recent article in District Administration suggests that school psychologists can be very helpful in coaching administrators in techniques of CBT to reduce aggression and tension in students being disciplined and create a more positive school climate.  Yet another pro-active role, and professional development opportunity, for school psychologists!

Parents’ role in bullying

A new study from the University of Delaware, cited in Reuters, looked at the advice parents gave to their children about how to respond to bullying situations and what the children actually did.  Interestingly, telling a child to stay out of a bullying situation seemed to lead to participation of bystanders rather than helping the victim.  Maybe educating parents on best ways to address bullying would be advisable!

A history of inclusive classrooms/schools

An article in the April 2017 issue of Educational Leadership looks at the evolution of inclusion in classrooms and schools, and offers some directions for the future.  An interesting read!