Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bullying: New survey has disturbing results

The topic of bullying is not going away and until changes are made, bullying prevention needs to be a constant discussion among families, schools, and your community.

Over the past year, South Florida has make national headlines in the ugliest ways when it comes to bullying and school violence.  From 16 year-old Michael Brewer, who was viciously doused in alcohol and set on fire by other teens, to Josie Lou Ratley who was savagely stomped nearly to death by yet another teenager, these stories are true and South Florida based.

To compound these stories, we look in Central Florida to Chatari Jones, 12 years-old with cerebral palsy, who was taunted, harassed and physically bullied by other kids on a school bus.  Since when do children throw open condoms on others?  They also took a thrill in twisting her ears and verballying teasing her.

Now reach up to New York and hear about the tragic suicide of Tyler Clementi.  A freshman in college who was pushed to the limit when his classmate videotaped him with a webcam having sex with another boy.  Having sex is not a crime and neither is being gay, however the humiliation of your private life going viral can be difficult to emotional handle.

Now go over to Texas and you will hear about 13 year-old Asher Brown (he shot himself) that recently told his parents he was gay, it is time that our society takes action.  Asher Brown came to a breaking point after another boy kicked Asher down a flight of stairs twice while at school and kicked all of his books out of his hands.

This is only a small fraction of the results of bullying.  According to experts, bullying can have negative lifelong consequences both for students who bully and for their victims.

This week the Los Angeles-based Josephson Institute of Ethics, bullying is widespread in American schools, with more than 50% of high schoolers admitting to have been either victims or initiators of bullying behavior during the past year. The study also found that one-third of all high school students say that violence is a big problem at their school, and nearly one in four say they do not feel very safe there. The problem is much less pronounced at private schools, where the figures drop to less than 10 percent in those two categories.

The survey found that at least 50 percent had "bullied, teased or taunted someone at least once," and 47 percent had been physically abused, harassed or threatened in a way that seriously upset them.
Back to the headline, bullying, haven't we heard enough?  Yes, we have heard enough about the tragedies, but until there bullying becomes extinct, we will never hear enough about bullying prevention.

The Children’s Movement of Florida is spearheading the newest political movement making waves in the United States, calling themselves, endearingly “The Milk Party.”  They are working toward educating and informing communities in Florida about bullying and school violence prevention.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Teens Swapping Calories for Booze - Drunkorexia

Between the expanding technology, learning about Internet safety, texting and cellphone use, bullying, drug use, huffing, inhalants, rainbow parties, choking game, learning the teen lingo etc.... Parents can add one more worry to their list of raising teenagers:

'DRUNKOREXIA'


What is Drunkorexia?  It is the term used to describe a mixture of alcoholism, bulimia and anorexia.  Schools and universities are dealing with a new student issue and it is an concern for counselors and parents.
In 2008 the New York Times was one of the first times we heard about this issue that is becoming a trend. The Denver Post just ran a recent article, "Drunkorexia" act swaps food calories for alcohol.  ABC News Health also just posted Drunkorexia: Alcohol Mixes With Eating Disorders.

Health workers warn drunkorexia is a serious medical condition that can harm the body. It is also often coupled with other psychological disorders. Statistics suggest that 30% of 18-24 year olds skip food in order to drink more according to Diet-Blog.com.

What can you do if you suspect your teen is substituting alcohol for food?

Communication and education is the key to prevention.  However most parents know that talking to our teens can be difficult.  Getting them to actually listen is even harder.  But you can't stop talking about it - you can't stop sharing with them the harm it does to their health and body.

Drinking alcohol and body image is part of life for today's teenager. As the parent of a teenager you have a responsibility to educate your child in order to ensure that he or she has a healthy relationship with alcohol and self-confidence to feel good about how she looks. Get educated and get talking; don't let your child be another teen drinking statistic.

For more information, go to nationaleatingdisorders.org, or call the toll-free helpline, 800-931-2237.

Be an educated parent, you will have healthier teens.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Parent Monitoring: Tracking Your Teens or Invasion of Privacy

When safety trumps privacy - is when invasion of privacy is thrown out the window.
As a parent keeping our children safe, especially our new young teen drivers is a priority. Many teens believe they are invincible and accidents only happen to other people.  Sort of like those other people are the only ones that get STD's or have bad things happen.

Newsflash - bad things can happen to good people.


NBC's Kevin Tibbles had an interesting segment today on TODAY about how parents are taking back technology, that their kids are so far advanced in, and using it to protect their teens and children.  The question is, how much parental monitoring is too much? (Watch segment on sidebar.)
The three resources of advanced technology that were discussed are as follows:
  1. ZPass | Ridership Tracking:   For Student TrackingZPass was designed specifically for pupil transportation to monitor student ridership in a safe and non-intrusive way.  Knowing if and when a student got on or off the bus accounts for a significant portion of calls parents make to schools and is information that schools need to know.  ZPass provides accurate and immediate answers. Learn more at http://www.zonarsystems.com/products/zpass/
  2. All Track USA: Receive notification via e-mail or text message when your child arrives at school, pulls into your driveway, goes over a pre-determined speed limit & more. And all speed alerts and Electric Fences changeable on-the-fly on the internet any time!! Learn more at http://www.alltrackusa.com/
  3. My Mobil Watchdog: My Mobile Watchdog monitors your child's cell phone use and instantly alerts you if he or she receives unapproved email, text messages or phone calls. Learn more at http://www.mymobilewatchdog.com/
This is not an endorsement of these products, however an example of technology that is available to help protect and secure the safety of your teens.

The statistics are clear: Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers who drive. Drivers who are 16 years old are more than 20 times likely to have an accident as are other drivers. And teenage drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group, and 16-year-olds are the worst.

As  a parent we have a right and a responsibility to take control of the safety of our teenage drivers, you could be saving a life.  If the teen wants to view it as an invasion of privacy, that is something we can live with.  Afterall, they are alive to view it at all.

With the increase of predators online, your child's cell phone is another way these predators can invade their private lives.  Again, as a parent, we can and will do all we can to protect our children.  It is not about being nosy, it is about safety.  We live in a different world today.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Employer's are now asking for your Facebook URL: What does yours say?

At first glance you would think this is a misprint, but after applying online to a health food store, a young college grad student was asked to provide his Facebook link as part of the application process.  Before doing this, he did change his photo, and this is not implying his photo was inappropriate, however really wasn't what you want a potential employer to view.  It was a silly photo of him and his friends on a Merry-Go-Round, not exactly a first impression you want a future employer to view or misunderstand.

In reality, many employers and college admissions are viewing Facebook pages.  We don't need The Social Network movie that took the number one spot for two weeks in a row, to remind us of how powerful the Internet has become.

Just recently, Jessica Bennett, wrote an amazing article for Newsweek - "What The Internet Knows About You."  If you haven't read it, now would be a good time, and remember to pass it on to your friends and family.
With each passing day your privacy is becoming slimmer and slimmer.  When it comes to your safety and the safety of your family, you need to take precautions to insure your cybersafety and your virtual resume. What is your Faceboook insurance?

With this information, as the holidays are approaching and many teens will be looking for seasonal help, they may want to take a double-take at their Facebook page.  If you are an adult looking for a job, needless to say, it can't hurt to re-evaluate what you are posting online.

What may seem humorous to you and your friends, could be offensive to others.  Privacy is a gift, and how much you want to give is up to you.  However give with caution!

Learn more about ways to protect your privacy and protect yourself from identity theft.

Don't learn the lesson the hard way, "Google Bomb! The Untold Story of the $11.3M Verdict That Changed the Way We Use the Internet," a story everyone needs to read.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Teen Driving: GoTellMom Bumper Sticker Can Save Lives

The scary reality is that as anxious as your teen is to get their driver's license, the risk of them having an auto accident increases.  For any parent this is stressful and is a point of concern.  Parents and their teens need to understand the major responsibility they undertake when they hit the road.  Yes, parents too.  They need to lead by example and be a good role model.  If a parent doesn't use their seatbelt, which is the law in Florida, the teen is likely to mimic this when the parent is not around.

A new group called, GoTellMom.com is hitting the pavement and creating an awareness and accountability to drive responsibly.

The goal of the program: to protect teenage drivers and promote safe driving habits.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Drivers aged 16 to 19 years of age have the highest average annual crash and traffic violation rates of any other age group." In addition, "16-year-olds are 3 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers."
The GoTellMom program is designed to protect your child, while correcting & preventing bad driving habits early, helping to reduce accidents and injury to your child and others.

GoTellMom also covers Florida.  If you click on their Report a Driving Incident, Florida is listed among all the United States.

In a recent press release by Go TellMom:

With the GoTellMom.com program, parents register online and receive a "How's My Teen's Driving?" bumper sticker with a unique privacy protected identification number. If a fellow driver or witness observes unsafe driving habits by the teen, they can call or visit GoTellMom.com to report the incident using the 4 digit code on the bumper sticker. GoTellMom.com will then send a detailed email report notifying the parents.

Studies show that commercial vehicles utilizing "How's My Driving" stickers reported a 20% decrease in accidents and traffic violations.
By placing the GoTellMom.com sticker on a teen's car, parents have taken a proactive step towards preventing bad driving habits, ultimately keeping their teens safe.
Whether it is speeding, texting while driving, a taillight out or just careless teen driving - the community can call or report to GoTellMom.com, and the teen's parent will instantly be notified. If teen drivers know that the community is watching and at any time a report can be made, then safe driving will become a priority.

Launched in 2010, GoTellMom.com is a proactive way for parents and the community to monitor teen drivers and moreover help correct bad driving habits early. For more information, please visit www.GoTellMom.com.
 
Be an educated parent, you will have safer teens.
 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Parents and School Nurses Join to Fight OTC Medicine Abuse

Isn't it time we take action in our community?  Across the country parents and school nurses are joining forces to help bring awareness to over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse and our teens.

Your school nurse is your ally and partner in preventing cough medicine abuse in your teens’ lives but so are your friends and community. Do you share information with your family and friends online? Are you active in your teens’ school, their team sports, or your religious community?   If not, start today!

Working on the frontline with teens, school nurses know the range of issues parents deal with concerning the health and welfare of teens. Whether you're looking to educate yourself about preventing teen cough medicine abuse or searching for advice on how to talk to your teen about the risks, the articles below, written by school nurses around the country, will help you get informed and start talking.

Home to Homeroom Digest:


Article 1: "Not My Kid" Isn't an Answer
Article 2: Your To-Do List: Prevent Teen Cough Medicine Abuse
Article 3: Good Medicines, Bad Behavior

In a recent press release, the CADCA and leading makers of OTC medicines are taking their campaign of education and awareness across our nation.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), the nation’s primary substance abuse prevention organization representing over 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions across the country, and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), which represents the leading makers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, have joined forces to kick off their annual National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month to raise awareness of the dangers of youth prescription and OTC medicine abuse.

Help StopMedicineAbuse.org and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) raise awareness at the local level about cough medicine abuse and prescription drug abuse. Get your community together and you could win an iPad! Learn more.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Teen Drug Use: Teen Help Today

With today's society, kids have access to many different substances that can be addictive and damaging. If you suspect your child is using drugs or drinking alcohol, please seek help for them as soon as possible. Drug testing is helpful, but not always accurate.

Teen Drug use and Teen Drinking may escalate to addiction.

We get calls constantly, that a child is only smoking pot. Unfortunately in most cases, marijuana can lead to more severe drugs, and marijuana is considered an illegal drug. Smoking marijuana is damaging to the child's body, brain and behavior. Even though marijuana is not considered a narcotic, most teens are very hooked on it.

Many teens that are on prescribed medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, Strattera, Concerta, Zoloft, Prozac etc. are more at risk when mixing these medications with street drugs. It is critical you speak with your child about this and learn all the side effects.  Educating your child on the potential harm may help them to understand the dangers involved in mixing prescription drugs with street drugs. Awareness is the first step to understanding.

Alcohol is not any different with today's teens. Like adults, some teens use the substances to escape their problems; however they don't realize that it is not an escape but rather a deep dark hole. Some teens use substances to "fit in" with the rest of their peers - teen peer pressure. This is when a child really needs to know that they don't need to "fit in" if it means hurting themselves. Using drug and alcohol is harming them. Especially if a teen is taking prescribed medication (refer to the above paragraph) teen drinking can be harmful. The combination can bring out the worse in a person. Communicating with your teen, as difficult as it can be, is one of the best tools we have.  Even if you think they are not listening, we hope eventually they will hear you.

If your teen is experimenting with this, please step in and get proper help through local resources. If it has extended into an addiction, it is probably time for a Residential Placement. If you feel your child is only experimenting, it is wise to start precautions early. An informed parent is an educated parent.  This can be your life jacket when and if you need the proper intervention.  Always be prepared, it can save you from rash decisions later.

A teen that is just starting to experiment with substance use or starting to become difficult; a solid short term self growth program may be very beneficial for them.  However keep in mind, if this behavior has been escalating over a length of time, the short term program may only serve as a temporary band-aid.
Drugs and Alcoholic usage is definitely a sign that your child needs help. Teen Drug Addiction and Teen Drinking is a serious problem in today's society; if you suspect your child is using substances, especially if they are on prescribed medications, start seeking local help.  If the local resources become exhausted, and you are still experiencing difficulties, it may be time for the next step; Therapeutic Boarding School or Residential Treatment Center.

If you feel your teen is in need of further Boarding School, Military School or Program Options, please complete our Information Request Form.

Source: www.helpyourteens.com 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Four Steps Schools Can Take to Address Anti-LGBT Bullying

Tolerance, acceptance and parenting.  Our kids learn by example, what are they seeing at home?
With the recent teen tragedies that involve bullying and harassment towards gay teens, parents and communities need to step up and step into action.

Bullying is an endemic problem in American schools. Anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying is one of the most pervasive forms of bullying and often the weapon of choice for bullies, regardless of the bullied student’s sexual orientation. Yet many schools have not effectively addressed anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment.

GLSEN recommends four approaches that schools can implement now to address anti-LGBT bullying and make schools safer for all students.

1. Adopt a comprehensive anti-bullying policy that enumerates categories such as race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and gender expression/identity.
2. Require staff training to enable school staff to identify and address anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment effectively and in a timely manner.
3. Support student efforts to address anti-LGBT bullying and harassment on campus, such as the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance or participation in events such as the National Day of Silence and Ally Week.
4. Institute age-appropriate, inclusive curricula to help students understand and respect difference within the school community and society as a whole.

Learn more.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and has mentioned or is considering suicide take it seriously and get help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Teens Going Green for Halloween

Whether your family has been green for years or whether you’re green at being green, Green Halloween is the right place for healthy and Earth-friendly Halloween tips.

So what is Green Halloween?


Green Halloween is a non-profit, grassroots community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween. It began in the Seattle area in 2007 with backers such as Whole Foods Market and was such a huge success that in 2008, the initiative expanded nation-wide. In cities across the country, volunteer coordinators are turning their city’s Halloween holiday healthy and eco-friendly, but many are also raising money for their own, local nonprofit beneficiaries via the initiative.

What does going green mean to you?  Here are ideas that Green Halloween provide:

Green = the 3 G’s
  1. Good for People – Including the people who make, grow or sell the products we consume or use. Also good for us and our families. Healthy treats and treasures fall under this category.
  2. Good for Planet – Includes making choices that have the least impact on the Earth during the lifespan (beginning to end) of that choice or product.
  3. Good for the Community – Including making choices and supporting businesses whose business practices and products support the well being of communities such as via monetary contributions to worthy causes.
Teenagers, especially, might enjoy their suggestions for turning Halloween into a way to help people and the planet through initiatives such as Reverse Trick-or-Treating or other Trick-or-Treating for good programs. This way they can still enjoy traditions such as dressing up and going door-to-door, while also making real and positive differences in the world.


Have you and your community considered a costume swap?  The costume swap (watch video on the sidebar) can be a great way to get your community to go green!  Green Halloween reported if half the kids in the U.S. who celebrate Halloween swapped costumes, rather than buying new ones, the nation's annual landfill waste would be reduced by 6,250 tons. That's about the weight of 2,500 mid-size cars.  Now that is good for everyone!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Teen Driving: What Happens When They Lose Their Keys?

Teen driving.  There is more to teaching our teens how to drive than just being behind the wheel.  Responsibility is "key" - and that is literally!

Have you ever locked your keys in the car or simply lost your keys?  What do you do?  Of course years ago the hanger was a simple solution, however with newer model cars, you can potentially damage them that way.

Safety matters in all situations and when your teen hits the road solo it can be a moment of stress and anxiety for most parents.  However many have been called when they have lost their keys or locked them in the car?  It is a call, although it could be so much worse, it is stressful and time consuming.
Many parents have a membership to AAA which can save you a lot of money and grief, since getting help is only a toll-free call away and usually the costs are minimum.

Some insurance plans also offer emergency roadside services.

American Family Insurance offers a fantastic Teen Safer Driver Program which highlights many factors in keeping your teens safe behind the wheel.

Having a duplicate key is always helpful.  Many have had success with the magnetic box that they can hide outside of the  car.  In other situations, a parent will have to drive out and give them the spare key.
What happens when there is only one key, that is now lost - you have a newer car and it is the weekend (meaning most dealerships are closed on Sundays), especially in St. Augustine?   Yes, you first make the call to the locksmith, then to the towing company, then to Coggins Honda - who will be staffed Monday morning.  In the meantime your teen is homebound for the rest of the weekend.

That in itself can be very good consequences.

The moral of this article:  If you haven't taught your teen about how to be responsible with their car keys, you better remind them now.  Until this happens to you, you have no idea how inconvenient a simple missing car key can be.

Be an educated parent, it will save you a lot of time!

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Teen Drug Use Prevention

How many times have we heard we need to TALK to our kids about not using drugs.  Just say no to drugs.  Drugs are bad for you.  Drugs can lead to addiction.  Addiction can lead to death, etc.


So what do you do when you finally realize your teen is using drugs?  Most commonly parents will first find every excuse under the moon, and it takes a while for the parent denial to subside and reality to set in.

"My teen is using drugs.  My teen is smoking pot. My teen is drinking.  My teen is using esctasy."

Yes, maybe he/she has fallen into a bad crowd, negative peer group and facing peer pressure, but at the end of the day it is your teen that has made the choice to use drugs.  His/her friends are not your concern or an excuse.

The Partnership at Drug.Free.org launched "TIME-TO-ACT" to help you through this process.  Are you still not convinced your teen is using drugs?  Do you think they are?  Must watch video on sidebar.
Even if you believe your teen is just “experimenting” it’s important to take action right away.
Casual drug use can quickly turn into drug abuse, dependence or addiction and can lead to accidents, legal trouble and serious health issues.

If you are at all concerned about your child – or even just have a bad feeling – you can and should intervene by:
  • Setting tighter limits with clear consequences
  • Getting outside help and support if necessary
  • Having productive conversations with your child -- remain calm, share your concerns and listen.
  • Closely monitoring your child's behavior and activities
If your teen is escalating out-of-control it may be time to consider residential therapy.  Take the time to do your research to find the most appropriate program for your teens individual needs.  Visit www.helpyourteens.com for more educational and valuable information on residential therapy.

Sources: Partnership at DrugFree.org, Parents Universal Resource Experts (P.U.R.E.)


Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Teens and Healthy Relationships

From time to time I receive guest Bloggers that have written excellent articles on information I believe my reader will benefit from.  As school is in full swing now, teen relationships are forming. How do you know if your teen is in a healthy relationship?

Is Your Teen in an Unhealthy Relationship?
Relationships are an essential part of life; without them, we would all wither and die of loneliness. However, there are times when relationships are the cause of immense suffering – when they’re abusive, one-sided or unhealthy, they tend to take more out of you than they give in return. It’s hard enough for adults to tackle relationships maturely, so when you know your teenager is interested in the opposite sex and has started to date, it’s only natural that your parental and protective instincts soar high. As long as your child is happy and cheerful for the most part, you don’t worry – you’re the indulgent parent watching your child grow into an adult. But when you sense that something is not right, when your gut feel tells you that the relationship your child is in is not healthy, you must do something to prevent them from getting into trouble or getting hurt.
  • Some teens get into relationships that are abusive – their partner is physically violent or verbally abusive. If you see your child with bruises and cuts that they cannot explain properly or if you notice them crying or upset after a phone call or a text message or when they’re back from a date, it’s time to probe for more information and help them out.
  • If your teen is a relationship that is proving to be distractive and detrimental to everything else in their life, you must do something to make them see sense. You don’t want your child to end up being a parent before they’ve gone to college and seen something of life, so even if you end up being labeled the villain, you must talk to them and make them understand that marriage straight out of high school is not an option even if they’ve found the love of their lives. It will be hard to make them understand your point of view, but you must try your best because you love your child and want the best for them.
  • In worst case scenarios, your teen could also be involved with a much older person who could be married too – it’s not unheard of for girls to be swayed by the attention of older men who shower them with gifts and take advantage of them or for boys to get seduced by older women. If your child is hiding their significant other from you and acting weirdly, it’s time to get to the bottom of things. I don’t mean that you must pry into their lives, just that you must be careful to ensure that they don’t get trapped by older adults who take advantage of their gullibility.
Talking to your teen is not the easiest of things to do because they tend to guard their privacy fiercely and will resent you “butting in”. However, you must persist because your child’s emotional wellbeing is at stake. Be understanding yet firm in your desire to help; continue to offer to talk and be there for them when the dam breaks and they finally feel they’ve had enough. Don’t despair that your child has undergone a bad experience – they come out better because of it and avoid making the same mistake again.

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This guest post is contributed by Rachel Davis, she writes on the topic of Radiology programs . She welcomes your comments at her email id: racheldavis65[@]gmail[.]com.

Monday, October 4, 2010

NCSAM is here: Teens need to 'get in the know'

National Cyber Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM) is here.  October is a month that is highlighted by encouraging people to get in the know about their cyber and virtual safety.  Especially parents with kids and specifically - teens.

Why teens?  Because they are the ones that will most likely be applying to colleges or looking for employment and if their online resume isn't kept updated and appropriate, chances are good that their won't be accepted or they may not get that job.

PEW study shows that about 75% of all Americans are using the Internet. More importantly over 53% of people are Googling each other! Do you know what Google is saying about you?  Do you know what it says about your teenager?

It is time to "get in the know" and learn to maintain your digital profile.
Here are some quick tips to start. Remember, the Internet is today’s information highway and your name has a road sign.

1. Sign up for free services and post your resume or other information that pertains to your services, business, profession etc. Some of these services are Naymz.com, LookUpPages.com, Ziggs.com, LinkedIn.com.
2. For teenagers that will be applying for colleges, keep in mind, what you post today can haunt you tomorrow. More and more college admissions are using search engines to research their potential candidates. Take the time to secure your social networking sites and other places you surf.  What does this mean? Keep it clean.  Don't post anything you wouldn't want to show your parents or your grandparents!
3. Be sure to own your own name. Sign up for free services on Blogs with your name as the URL. Blogger.com and WordPress.com are two that are most frequently used. Try to keep them updated as time permits, however owning them is most important.
4. Set up your Google Alerts. You want to know when your name it being used online. This is another free service that will take you minutes to set up and keep you informed when your name is posted on the Internet. Twilert.com is used for Twitter Alerts. This is another free service to be alerted if people are using your name on Twitter.

5. Buy your domain name. This can be minimum in costs and the return will be priceless. Purchasing your name through GoDaddy or another source, can cost you about $9.99 a year (ie: www.suescheff.com). Building a small website can also be cost effective. GoDaddy offers services to assist you. You may even know someone that can build this for you. Most teens today are very proficient with their technology skills.
Back to where we started, helping your teen get into your college of their choice, or you want to land your dream job and you want to keep your online profile up to date. Take the steps to make that happen.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ellen Speaks Out: Bullying Needs to Stop Nationwide

Many celebrities are known by one name.  Whether it is Cher, Madonna or Ellen - we know exactly who they are and what they do.  They are recognizable.

Ellen, who makes people laugh everyday on her television talk show, is using her voice and her celebrity to help spread the word about bullying prevention.  There is nothing funny about bullying and she is dedicated to helping those that are being harassed, teased and viciously attacked.
Her website recently launched a resource page for bullying prevention.

The following organizations are all devoted to ending bullying. You can learn more at their websites about the resources each organization provides.
 
  • The Trevor Project runs the Trevor Lifeline, a 24-hour, national crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for gay and questioning teens. The number is 1-866-4-U-Trevor. You can learn more about The Trevor Project and the other great program they have at their website: thetrevorproject.org.
  • The National Center for Bullying Prevention is helping to promote awareness and teach effective ways to respond to bullying. You can learn more about them at: Pacer.org/bullying.
  • STOMP Out Bullying is focused on reducing bullying and cyberbullying. Find out more on their website: stompoutbullying.org
  • The Matthew Shepard Foundation runs Matthew's Place, an online community and resource center for LGBTQ youth. The website is: matthewsplace.com
  • GLSEN is also a great organization that is working to eradicate bullying and bias in schools. Their website is: glsen.org
  • The Human Rights Campaign's Welcoming Schools Guide is an approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping, and name-calling in K-5th grades. The guide helps administrators, educators, and parents or caring adults make sure that their elementary schools welcome all students and families. You can learn more at www.welcomingschools.org
  • PFLAG and GLSEN have partnered with the Department of Civil Rights to create the Claim Your Rights program, to help everyone understand that they have the right to safer schools. This resource helps students, parents and teachers report incidences of bullying, particularly when schools deny that bullying exists. You can find out more about this vital resource at: http://community.pflag.org/claimyourrights