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Mississippi Lawmakers Consider Texting Ban for Teens Behind the Wheel

Posted by bronwynr on April 11, 2009

Mississippi could join the ranks of those states that ban text messaging by teens while driving.

If approved, the law would prohibit 15- and 16-year-old teenagers with intermediate licenses, and temporary learning and driving permits, from text messaging while behind the wheel. more » » »


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Teens Feel the Economic Pinch in a Big Way, Study Says

Posted by bronwynr on April 10, 2009

Teens are feeling the impact of the economic crisis in a big way. Some 53 percent say they’re choosing activities that cost less money, 50 percent say they talk about the economy with their friends, and 14 percent of kids ages 15 to 17 say they contribute money to their family budget, according to a new survey by Junior Achievement, which has kept a financial pulse on U.S. teens for the last decade.

The results of the 2009 Teens and Personal Finance poll—sponsored by Junior Achievement—demonstrate a strong need to teach kids about financial literacy. “Teens are indicating feelings of uncertainty and anxiety about the economy and its effect on their lives,” says Jack Kosakowski, president of Junior Achievement USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating kids about workforce readiness. “Possessing and using sound money management skills can help young people feel more in control of their futures.” more » » »

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Global Kids’ Digital Media Initiative main Second Life grid launch of Teen produced game CONSENT!

Posted by bronwynr on April 9, 2009

CONSENT! is a first person, simulation game based on Harriet A. Washington’s book “Medical Apartheid” <www.medicalapartheid.com> in which your avatar assumes the role of an African-American prisoner who has to make tough decisions about whether to choose to ‘consent’ and submit to medical experiments, which took place during the time period of the 1940s to the present.

The game was designed and developed by Global Kids youth leaders in the Playing 4 Keeps after school program at South Shore High School, NYC using tools in the virtual world of Teen Second Life. Additional building and scripting was also done by the teen-run TSL development company, Digital Refinery.

Source: http://www.holymeatballs.org/2009/04/consent_sllaunch.html

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Book – All new square foot gardening

Posted by bronwynr on April 8, 2009

All New Square Foot Gardening (Paperback)

by Mel Bartholomew

…anyone, anywhere can enjoy a Square Foot garden. Children, adults with limited mobility, even complete novices can achieve spectacular results. I’ve rarely seen a more reader-friendly book! It comes complete with layout pages, very consise planting guides, even planting time tables for your area and the amount of time you can store your seeds! If you have never gardened before or started a garden that eventually left you frustrated, then this is the book for you! I just think that you should check your area for agricultural grade vermiculite before you buy the book. But once that little snafu is over, you are going to be amazed at how brilliant and easy this book makes successful gardening. I highly recommend this method for busy people and parents like myself. It is wonderfully easy to maintain, makes loads of produce, and looks very attractive. Two green thumbs way, way up.

More reviews from Amazon where the book is selling for $13.59

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National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) Lineup Announced

Posted by bronwynr on April 5, 2009

This year’s NFFTY jury has selected 113 films from more than 400 submissions to be shown in themed programs at the 2009 festival in Seattle, April 24–26. In order to qualify, filmmakers must be age 22 or under. The youngest filmmaker this year was seven-year-old Emily Salva, who’s also the youngest participant to ever be featured at a NFFTY festival in its three-year history. more » » »

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School ‘no place’ for Supernanny techniques

Posted by bronwynr on April 4, 2009


TIME OUT: Logan Lovel, 5, of Rangiora, has time out while the other children play.

Television’s Supernanny has been sent to the naughty step.

Behaviour-control techniques popularised by the TV disciplinarian have spread to preschools despite being in breach of the United Nations (UN) Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the national curriculum, an Auckland academic says.  … more

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Speak Up Against Gun Violence

Posted by bronwynr on April 3, 2009

Speak Up Against Gun Violence
After the near-fatal shooting of his brother Matthew on the Empire State Building in 1997, Daniel Gross founded PAX: Real Solutions to Gun Violence. The nonprofit organization, which has a national SPEAK UP hotline, gives young people a safe, anonymous way to report weapon-related threats in their schools. As the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre approaches on April 20, Gross hopes to reach those students who may not have been old enough to remember the events of that tragic day.

What’s PAX doing in association with the 10th anniversary of the Columbine shootings?

We want to make sure that the SPEAK UP program is part of the national dialogue. Not only should we be remembering the loss and the victims, we also want students to know that there are things they can do in the course of their everyday life, and in their school day, that may be able to prevent a tragedy like it from happening. We focus on the idea of speaking up if you know of a weapon-related threat. more » » »

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Teen Content Creators and Consumers

Posted by bronwynr on March 30, 2009

More than half of online teens have created content for the internet; and most teen downloaders think that getting free music files is easy to do.  American teenagers today are utilizing the interactive capabilities of the internet as they create and share their own media creations.

Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations.

Read the full Pew/Internet report

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Warning raises new fears of cell-phone risks

Posted by bronwynr on March 29, 2009

A warning from the head of a prominent cancer research institute has rekindled fears about the possible health risks associated with extensive cell-phone use, especially among children–and it comes as a growing number of children are using cell phones to communicate. | Full Story

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Feeding Your Picky Eater

Posted by bronwynr on March 28, 2009

I sometimes wonder how some children manage to get enough energy to keep them going and going and going. If your youngster is one of the many who pick and choose the foods they like most, he or she may often get on food jags, eating the same foods for all meals or even refusing food altogether. In my house this week, my 3-year-old is refusing to eat anything but peaches and bread! But I’m not too worried about this new phase; experts suggest it’s normal and may not last too long. In fact, in most cases like this, children are getting all the nutrients they need despite their limited intake.

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