The Guidance Counselor at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School provides short-term individual and small group guidance lessons that address academic and personal success. The Counselor provides classroom guidance lessons that include respect, bullying, conflict resolution/problem solving, study skills/test taking skills, and character education. Communication between the Guidance Counselor and parents is vital. If you have a concern about your child, please call or email.
CNN reported on teens and social media. The article and video is about two professors who followed 200+ teens to capture their social media usage; http://www.cnn.com/specials/us/being13. They found a correlation between stress levels and the number of times a person looked online on social media. The story is meant to “empower parents” to know about the secret life of teens and social media.
Nancy Jo Sales is the author of American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Life of Teenagers. Time Magazine published an article highlighting her book and the findings of teens and social media. According to her book, “Ninety-two percent of American children have an online presence before the age of 2. Parents post nearly 1,000 images of their children online before their fifth birthday.” Children are growing up with social media as a form of communication. Unfortunately, at times, social media can be negative if a person is measuring “likes” to popularity and being a victim of cyber-bullying.
In December, we invited an Apex Detective to meet with our 7th and 8th graders to discuss Internet safety. We surveyed the students to find out what they already know and wanted to tell us. The students said, “cyberbullying goes on all around and parents are unaware of it”, “cyberbullying is a serious topic and we need to know people we can trust when it happens to us” and “parents should talk to their children about their safety and be aware of what your kids are doing on the internet”. One source to help parents talk to kids about internet safety is Netsmartz; http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents. Check out the discussion questions to help you talk with your child about cellphone usage, texting, and internet safety. Another comment was, “StMM wants us to know what to do, how to stop it, and how to be safe on the internet”. Yes, we do!