Archive | June, 2013

Are We Really Connecting?

We often use technology to save time, but increasingly, it either takes the saved time along with it, or makes the saved time less present, intimate and rich. I worry that the closer the world gets to our fingertips, the further it gets from our hearts. It’s not an either/or — being “anti-technology” is perhaps the only thing more foolish than being unquestioningly “pro-technology” — but a question of balance that our lives hang upon. —Jonathan Safran Foer, How Not to be Alone


The Days of Segregated Proms are Numbered (Finally)

“We live in rural south Georgia, where not too many things change. … As a group of adamant high school seniors, we want to make a difference in our community. For the first time in the history of our county, we plan to have an integrated prom.” Unfortunately, this is not a quote from a civil rights protest in the 1970s. It was taken straight from the Facebook page of four teens from Wilcox County High School in Georgia. That’s right. In some areas of the United States, kids are […]


An Anti-Drug PSA That’s Working

If you are looking for a truly inspirational anti-drug campaign, drop everything and check out Above the Influence. We think it’s extremely successful at making it seem cool and worthy to not be influenced by peer pressure to take part in negative activities—like using drugs. And it turns out that a study from Ohio State University has found that the campaign’s message is effective. Shaunacy Ferro of Popular Science said, “Eight percent of teenagers in a 2011 study who had seen the campaign and were familiar with it started smoking […]


Texting While Walking is A Dumb Move

We all know that teens are addicted to their phones. Making it through a meal, a class, or even a conversation without an interrupting text seems almost like a distant fantasy. But many teens are having trouble looking up for anything—even oncoming traffic. Last summer, researchers in Seattle monitored the habits of pedestrians at busy crosswalks. Of the 1,100+ subjects studied, almost a third were listening to music, texting, on talking on a cell phone while crossing the street. Of all of the participants, those texting took the longest to […]


Three Cringe-Proof Sex Ed Resources for Teens

So much of the sex ed media content out there is awkward, corny, and cringe-tastic. That’s why I love finding frank, explicit, and tasteful sex ed resources for young people that don’t make me want to vomit a little in my mouth! We’ve come a long way from Walt Disney’s 1946’s The Story of Menstruation. Here are three info-packed resources that we’ve deemed cool enough to share with your students! All informational and blunt! All LGBT friendly! All geared toward young people! 1. Scarleteen—A super-solid website for young people that […]


Should Parents Get in Trouble for Raising Bullies?

There’s a new approach in the fight against bullies—ticketing their parents. In Monona, Wisconsin, moms and dads whose kids repeatedly bully others can now be ticketed by police and fined in municipal court. This approach is part of a broader anti-bullying ordinance passed May 20 by the Monona City Council, in response to a general concern about bullying, school shootings, and teen suicides. Monona Police Chief Wally Ostrenga says that these tickets will be given sparingly, and only if the parents are proving to be uncooperative. A first violation carries […]