4-22-2009 News for Parents This Week

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The news post is brought to you by Shannon, our teen interns, she is a 16 year old from Maryland. She enjoys writing, is pro recycling, and loves the Jonas Brothers.

**I was on CNN yesterday, see the video below or the link here: Student strip-searched?*


Video of the Week

Breaking News

Smokin’ Soldiers: A $3.7 million videogame aims to curb tobacco use in the military

Scientists discover a nearly Earth-sized planet

Vermont moves to reduce teen ‘sexting’ charges

Staking up the HP Film Series

Articles of Interest

Stepping Up to the Challenge

Parents can have control over teens’ cell phones

Parents plan teen forum

Oh, behave! Disciplining other people’s kids

‘Brow Raising

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Record attempt reaps 217K texts, $26K phone bil

Judge orders defendant’s mouth taped shut

Shannon’s Faves

Tween faves Demi Levato, David Archuleta coming to Hershey

Do tweens really need their own online game?

Vanessa Faves

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN5rPAAhSxUnow

Teen Film on Suicide Academy-Award documentary filmmaker Debra Chasnoff discusses ways to address pressures to conform to gender norms and bullying in classrooms as a way to prevent suicide, in light of the recent suicide of 11 year old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover in Massachusetts. Straightlaced–How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up is the new new feature-length documentary from GroundSpark, a non-profit organization that creates visionary films and

educational campaigns.  Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Debra Chasnoff, Straighlaced reveals a culture of intense pressure to conform to gender roles in American high schools.

Great Way to Volunteer as a Family: In 2008, The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program , called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes for two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada and we are in need of hosts in 2009.
Fresh Air Fund


The Dating Bill of Rights: One in three teens by the time they reach 18 will be in a abusive relationship – either physically, emotionally, or online. These early experiences are often where the cycle of violence in adult relationships begins. DoSomething and Experience Project have teamed up to help bring awareness to teen dating abuse and break the cycle … but they need your help to spread the word! You can get involved and make a difference by visiting DoSomething to learn about the warning signs of dating abuse, download the “1 in 3” poster to hang at

your school, share the message with friends on Facebook, or just talk with others about the issues.

Want to make a difference right now? Go to Experience Project to read the Teen Dating Bill of Rights and sign a petition promising totake a stand !
Mother’s Day Blogging Contest – Win a Spa Week: Green Mountain at Fox Run is hosting a blogging contest about mother/daughter relationships and how they influence our attitudes about food, our weight and our body. The winner will receive a free week at our healthy weight loss spa.
*Pictures: I went to Niagara Falls School District this weekend for a keynote and look at how beautiful it was–there

was a rainbow!

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