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“How to Stop Bullying”: US Bullying Search Trends

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More than one in five (20.8%) students report being bullied in the US every year. Reports also estimate that only 36% of kids who are bullied actually report it, so the figures are probably much higher.

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Childhood Anxiety on the Rise

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Schools are very different today than they were a decade or more ago. Children of all ages have a wide variety of different stresses within the academic setting, no less in their home life. Starting at an early age, kids hear about the need for good grades, doing well on testing, and striving to get into a good college. All of this pressure begins in elementary school where more and more time is being spent sitting and learning. There is less time to be a kid and play. Even playing sports has changed over time. Fewer kids play baseball or another sport with kids in their neighborhood. Many kids are in now on competitive teams that travel near and far for games. This adds to stresses of getting work done and keeping up with school. Staying up late to finish hours of homework after a game means less sleep and it begins a vicious cycle for growing children.

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Helping Students with Sensory Issues in School

Imagine sitting in a classroom where you are constantly bombarded with stimuli that others may not even notice. This is the reality for children who have sensory processing challenges. Things which may distract them include the buzzing of overhead lighting, other children talking, pencils scratching on another child’s paper, and a variety of other typical classroom sounds. Some students may seek additional sensory to help them cope with stimuli. Others want to avoid it because it bothers them too much and they do not know how to regulate it. A child’s brain learns how to process different sensory stimuli to keep their system in check. Some children are unable to tune out the background and unneeded information. These kids make up anywhere up to 20% of the population. For those on the autism spectrum, 90% struggle with it in one way or another.

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Sunscreen to be Allowed in School without Doctor’s Note

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We want children to be outside and enjoy sunshine when the weather permits. It is crucial for them to get some movement into the school day when they often sit for hours at a table or desk. There is a concern for some students and parents without outside time: exposure to the sun and potential sunburn. While some may not think about this, others do, because children are sensitive to the sun and have come home with sunburns after 30 minutes of recess.

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Talking to Students About Suicide and 13 Reasons Why

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The teen years are a difficult time for everyone. The reality is that, for many students, the teen years can be so traumatizing that they can’t imagine the future. They simply are at the point of considering the end of their young life. Teen suicide rates have gone up and it is something that more schools need to address with their students. There are programs available to discuss the topic to help peers if they know someone who may be suicidal.

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