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Time to Disconnect
Too much technology can prevent your tween from interacting with people in real life. It can also interfere with sleep and physical activity. Consider these suggestions for keeping their tech time in balance:
  1. Make a ratio rule. For example, you could say, for every half hour your child spends using technology they should spend a half hour or more doing something else, preferably something involving physical activity.
  1. Create digital-free zones. You might say, no cell phones or tablets at the dinner table or in restaurants.
  1. Insist that devices go off at bedtime. Children could stay up for hours playing games or watching videos. They can also be awakened by texts or sleep lightly in anticipation of them. Also, try setting up a family charging station where everyone must leave their devices at a certain time in the evenings.
Parents, Bully-Proof Your Child
Bullying can be a problem, especially during the middle school years. There is no way to guarantee that a child will never be bullied. There are, however, things you can do to help. Since bullies are less likely to pick on someone who has friends, encourage him or her to get to know other students. Suggest that they join a club, band, choir, athletics, or get involved in social activities with their classmates. Not only is there safety in numbers, but having friends will build their self-esteem, which in turn can discourage bullies from targeting him or her. In addition, talk with your child about bullying. Tell them that if he or she is bullied or sees someone else being bullied, they should report the incident immediately to an adult, whether itís you, a teacher, an administrator, counselor, or coach. Let them know that they are not expected to handle the situation alone.
Parent Toolkit
Dr. Sharon Sevier, professional school counselor and mom provides a great blog and parent toolkit for helping parents like you navigate through the middle school years. Parenting a middle school student definitely comes with it's challenges and tribulations and can leave you feeling like you're hanging out to dry in left field. This is a wonderful resource to help you better understand where middle school students are developmentally and how to support them in ways that will truly be meaningful to them. Enjoy! www.parenttoolkit.com
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21st Century Scholars
Attention 7th & 8th grade students! Are you interested in going to college or a technical school but are worried about how to pay for the tuition? Students of families with a financial need may qualify for the 21st Century Scholars program which helps pay for college tuition. If you are in grade 7 or 8 and would like to learn more and/or apply for the program, fill out an application at www.in.gov/21stcenturyscholars. Please be aware that the deadline to apply is June 30th of the student's 8th grade year. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Karin Tryon, Guidance Director at 765-345-5165 or Ktryon@cabeard.k12.in.us. You can also contact the 21st Century Scholars Program directly at 1-888-528-4719.
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