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Digital Dementia

Digital Dementia

Do we need help? There is a need to maintain sacred spaces. Questions addressed in the video: Have we lost the ability to do certain things? How do we maintain a balance? Are we outsourcing our brains? Strategies are suggested for teens and parents. All adults and...

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Teens Today are Fighting a Battle

Teens Today are Fighting a Battle

Has mental health become the crisis of a generation? Mental illness diagnoses have been on the rise for years especially among high school students. Research suggests that there are many causes for this but one thing is clear: Teenagers today are fighting a battle...

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Phone Detox

Phone Detox

I came across a wonderful article in the New York Times on phone detox: Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain - Kevin Roose, New York Times, February 29th, 2019 "I’ve been a heavy phone user for my entire adult life. But sometime last year, I...

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No Magic Formula

No Magic Formula

There is no magic formula for creating a healthy school community. There is no one-size-fits-all. Dr. Dan Reist of The Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR), writes about the comprehensive school health approach that seeks to nurture a variety of...

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School Health: Key Elements

School Health: Key Elements

School health research suggests that school communities need to have a variety of opportunities that will assist the school population to reach its full potential. A shared vision with realistic goals Collaboration based on trust and shared responsibility is central...

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A Call to Action

A Call to Action

“Leadership demands vision to see the path before us, the courage to take it and the strength to follow it.” – Dr. Jeff Turnbull, Past President, Canadian Medical Assn. Not just hope, not just words, but purposeful action. Action Stations Youth need to be provided...

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What are the Answers?

What are the Answers?

If “it takes a village to raise a child” then what does it mean to be a village? What is the role of connection technologies in our educational community and family settings? How do we help change the context of our children’s lives? One size does not fit all. Take...

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Homework We Should Set

Homework We Should Set

We should assign: One hour extra sleep 20 minutes outside cardio Small screens off after dinner Hang with friends f2f Join a team/group Read a book Write a letter/journal with a pen/pencil Tell a yarn and have an argument Contribute and make a difference Stuart Taylor...

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Teens and Sexting

Teens and Sexting

With sexting on the rise parents and educators are grappling with how best to protect teens: preach abstinence or teach them how to be safe? Most teenagers, at increasingly younger ages, are going to deal with some kind of sexting-related experience. In February 2018,...

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NMK – Not My Kid

NMK – Not My Kid

Parents can be in denial about the secret digital lives many teens are leading and the array of consequences that can result. Examples: Meeting strangers, some of them adults, on a variety of apps Taking risqué photos in disguised vault apps, then trading the photos...

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