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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Archive for the ‘Bullying’ Category

Parenting in the Digital Age: Helping parents understand social media risks

Jessica Swarner is not a parent. But two things prompted her interest in helping parents better understand social media trends and ways to keep children safe online. While brainstorming for her honors thesis for Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College, Swarner heard about the murder of a young girl linked to someone the girl […]

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In need of a friend, Scottsdale third-grader creates the “Mensch Bench”

Despite the fact that Olivia Feldman sings and acts in front of more than 200 people through her involvement with Desert Stages Theatre, her onstage confidence was not transferring to her time at school. As a third-grader, Olivia was feeling shy and uncomfortable when it came to finding friends to play with during recess at […]

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Approachable picture books teach kids to stay safe

For Arizona kids, “summer” is just another word for “more.” More heat, sunshine, sunscreen and ice cream; more hours to fill with friends and family, and with play, screen, swim and sleep time. More popsicles, board games, backyard adventures and bike rides. Maybe even more time to read, daydream and watch the stars come out. […]

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“Sesame Street” adds Julia, a Muppet with autism and a Phoenix puppeteer

An Arizona mom will be making history on Monday, April 10, when she joins the cast of “Sesame Street.” Stacey Gordon, a Phoenix puppeteer, is bringing Julia — a Muppet with autism — to the show. The idea is to teach families and children about acceptance.  Julia, an orange-haired girl who sometimes does things a bit […]

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Skate Rising boosts girls’ self-confidence, advocacy, empathy

On a typical Saturday morning at the indoor 91 West Skatepark in Peoria, skateboarders from all over metro Phoenix wearing snapback hats and gray hoodies zoom across plywood ramps, bowls and banks, grind on smooth iron rails and practice their kick flips. But one Saturday in late January, the skaters who descended upon 91 West […]

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Instilling empathy: Books that explore special-needs kids, themes

We all are the same: We share DNA and the desire for family, community, prosperity, safety and respect. We all are different, too, thanks to that DNA and the circumstances of our lives. Some differences are visible; some are significant. All leave marks, all merit understanding and acceptance. And so our biology gives us the […]

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What to do about girl bullies

The typical image we have of a bully is a brawny teenage boy who pushes kids into lockers and steals their lunch money. But girl bullies are a growing problem that schools and law enforcement are struggling to control. Girl bullies are harder to identify and their behaviors are generally different from what we typically think […]

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ASU joins forces with Stop Bullying AZ

Arizona State University has partnered with Stop Bullying AZ to help prevent bullying and assist those who have been affected by it. The Dion Initiative for Child Well-Being and Bullying Prevention will focus on curriculum development and training, community-based programming and engagement, technology for social change, research and study. It will be housed in ASU’s […]

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Valley teen creates anti-bullying program

Matthew Kaplan, 17, of Phoenix, started the Be O.N.E. (Open to New Experiences) Project after his younger brother, Josh, now 15, was bullied in middle school. As Josh struggled with bullies, Matthew noticed the culture changing into a less inclusive environment among his own peers at Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) in Phoenix. He […]

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School safety: A team effort in Arizona

It was a busy day for Randi Buell, a San Tan Valley mother of five active kids. Thankfully, her oldest three were safe at school while she marked items off her to-do list, two toddlers in tow. Or so she thought. “I remember getting a phone call in the afternoon,” Buell says. “There was a […]

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