Friday, November 25, 2016

Teachers must respect student's names

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: How Canadians can be more inclusive of diverse names

Teachers must respect student's names.
This is an excellent CBC radio program that gives some information of import to teachers with diverse school populations.
I recall trying to convince a student from China to use his given name. He preferred to use 'Kevin' instead. I tried.
 In a society as diverse as our own is today, it's just a matter of respect to become familiar with so-called unfamiliar names, especially at a time when racial divisions seem to be surfacing in the wake of the U.S. election. Because mispronouncing names is one of the everyday ways that people from diverse backgrounds may feel excluded.Actor and writer Shekhar Paleja (Pron: SHAY-kher Pel-LAY-jah) moved to Canada when he was eight years old and says he dealt with a healthy amount of racism in Alberta in the 80s.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Stand up against bullying

Friday, November 18, 2016

Kids and cell phones: advice for parents

Sometimes education is necessary for the parents, who can then educate their children.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection strongly suggests that parents consider the following when trusting their child with a personal mobile device:
  • Having conversations about the risks associated to complying with requests from other users and communicating with other users online whom the youth does not know offline;
  • Reviewing and utilizing any apps prior to allowing their child to download it on their personal device;
  • Ensuring that any apps being used by their child is age-appropriate;
  • Reinforcing and encouraging their child to bring forward any concerns that they encounter;
  • Stressing that they are always there to help their child through any difficult situation they may encounter both online and offline.
For more information on the risks youth face when utilizing live streaming applications, please see our brochure titled Keeping Teens Safe from Online Sexual Exploitation online and safety sheets on the topics of apps and online extortion.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Thank your teachers!

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