Keep Calm and Parent On
This may be my favorite article so far—common sense ideas about how to help steady our kids. Author Dr. Adam Strassberg is a psychiatrist in Palo Alto, CA. Davidson LifeLine has studied Palo Alto’s response to a number of suicides in their community as we’ve created our programming. While we know Dr Strassberg’s suggestions aren’t hard science, nor will they solve all of our problems, I like the way he thinks. See what you think at Guest Column: Keep Calm and Parent On.
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In the News
I continue to wonder why middle school and high school students, primarily girls, could think sending a nude picture from their mobile phone might be a good idea. I thought of an app—what if, before an inappropriate picture will send, a snapshot of the child’s grandmother came up, with a caption that read: “Are you sure you want to send this?” OK, I get that probably won’t happen but wouldn’t it be great? Here’s the best articled I’ve come across so far. I found it in the Atlantic Monthly: Why Kids Sext
Leon Rosenberg says, with regard to his article, Brainsick: A Physician’s Journey to the Brink, “I have the typical risk profile for a suicide victim, if one can use such a banal expression for so terrible an action.” Noted researcher, medical school dean, head of research at a drug company, Rosenberg missed his own signs and symptoms of bipoloar disorder until things fell critically apart. Read his amazing story at Brainsick: A Physican’s Journey to the Brink
Take a look at 3 Simple Rules for Healthy Media Diet. Ask your kids what they think
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