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OPINION: In our pandemic era, why we must teach our children compassion

The Hechinger Report – Rebecca Rolland

“By now, kids are aware enough of the virus to know who’s sick and who’s not. There’s much blaming, shaming and superstition about it, in a way that can destroy relationships. Showing empathy can be especially hard for kids, because their emotional understanding is still in development. Especially in times of stress and upset, they may retreat to focusing more on themselves — as do we adults.” (more)

School Closures May Have Long-Term Impact On Children’s Mental Health

Forbes – Nick Morrison

“Lockdowns and school closures have had an adverse impact on both children’s mental and physical health, according to a new study. And there are indications that school closures will have long-term consequences for children adversely affected by the resulting social isolation. Concern over the effect on mental health has run parallel to fears over learning loss as millions of children were unable to go to school in the early stages of the pandemic. Those fears now appear to have been well-founded, with publication of a major study looking into the impact of lockdowns and school closures on children and adolescents.” (more)

What Is Social-Emotional Learning And Why Is It Important

Moms – Larissa Marulli

“Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is when children are taught how to process and manage their feelings. Social-emotional curriculums in schools have been making headlines lately because it’s become very controversial. While some parents believe that social-emotional learning should only be taught at home, a lot of teachers and education are saying that simply isn’t happening at home, so it should happen at school to the benefit of all.” (more)

‘My Tablet Isn’t Charged’ and Other Device Woes

Edutopia – David LaMaster

“The age of learning management systems and one-to-one laptops or tablets has changed the way we educate children. Although these devices can improve students’ learning experiences, teachers across the country are spending more time managing the devices than using them to enhance instruction. Teachers must deal with students who do not consistently bring their device to school, do not bring it charged, or become distracted by it.” (more)

How the pandemic changed children’s relationships with social media

Medical X-Press – Greg Glasgow

“Responding to concerns over increased screen time for teenagers during the pandemic and the potential negative effects of social media use, CU School of Medicine psychology faculty members Jenna Glover, Ph.D., Sandra Fritsch, MD, and Merlin Ariefdjohan, Ph.D., reviewed recent studies on children and digital technology, synthesizing their findings in a paper published this month in the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America.” (more)

Action Video Games Can Help Improve Kids’ Reading Skills

Technology Networks – Staff Writer

“What if video games, instead of being an obstacle to literacy, could actually help children improve their reading abilities? A team from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has joined forces with scientists from the University of Trento in Italy to test an action video game for children, which would enhance reading skills. The results, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, demonstrate improved reading abilities after just twelve hours of training.” (more)


Analytics Insights – Apoorva Bellapu

“The fast-evolving technology has made it easier for us to lead our lives. We have become dependent on technology to the extent that today, it is practically impossible to live without it. All this throws light on why learning how to code is no less than a life skill these days. With that being said, starting to learn how to code at a young age can never go wrong. Considering how competitive the world is, we have come up with a list of top 10 kids coding languages to teach your children in 2022. Keep reading!” (more)

Introducing lifestyle interventions in preschool lowers heart disease risk

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Previous studies have found that unhealthy lifestyle habits such as a nutritionally poor diet, sedentary lifestyle and smoking, all of which contribute to cardiovascular disease risk, are prevalent among children and adolescents. Additional research has also found a relationship between poor cardiovascular health in childhood and poor cardiometabolic health in adults.” (more)

Introducing Upper Elementary Students to Academic Discourse

Edutopia – Braxton Hall

“Student discourse is a fantastic way to hear our students take ownership of their thinking and learning. According to education researcher John Hattie, it’s a very effective classroom practice and positively impacts students. To make this happen for our young students, I know we elementary teachers have to lay the foundational work. But I constantly ask myself, why does it feel so challenging to get started?” (more)