Be aware of the popular app Sarahah

Sarahah a new popular social media app that allows users to receive anonymous feedback and it’s already being compared to Ask.fm and Formspring. The anonymous messaging app Sarahah has become an easy instrument of abuse. One reviewer on the App store calls it:”Accessory to Cyberbullying”.

Sarahah helps you in discovering your strengths and areas of improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner — this is how the developers describe Sarahah, the messaging app guaranteeing anonymity for commenters; its popularity has spread like wildfire.

“A concept that seems like a great platform for receiving and sharing all the mutual admiration — or constructive criticism — has turned into a nightmare for some, no thanks to the trolls who are unforgiving and relentless when it comes to slinging the worst kind of mud in the guise of ‘honest feedback’.”- says Aditya Dogra

 

One Teacher, One Child

 by Nadine Osborne

I see him.

I hear the other children shouting “Madame, Madame he is throwing the puzzle pieces”.

I know he is throwing the puzzle pieces.

He often throws the puzzle pieces.

 

I am working so hard to understand why.

 

Other teachers say “He wants attention.”

or  “He needs to try harder to develop self-control.”

They try to be helpful.  “Have you tried a sticker chart?”

 

No, I think to myself, I haven’t tried a sticker chart because this behaviour is…Continue Reading

COPPA and Schools: The (Other) Federal Student Privacy Law, Explained

“When it comes to federal protections for students’ sensitive personal information, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, tends to get most of the attention.
But schools also need to be familiar with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, commonly known as COPPA.
In a nutshell, COPPA requires operators of commercial websites, online services, and mobile apps to notify parents and obtain their consent before collecting any personal information on children under the age of 13. The aim is to give parents more control over what information is collected from their children online.
This law directly regulates companies, not schools. But as the digital revolution has moved into the classroom, schools have increasingly been put in the middle of the relationship between vendors and parents.
The Federal Trade Commission, which enforces COPPA, has said that schools can, in many situations, stand in for parents and let companies collect information from young children. In some cases, companies may try to shift some of the burden of COPPA compliance away from themselves and onto schools. And it’s clear that the law places significant indirect burdens on schools and educators.”…Continue Reading

Positive Parenting

Why It’s a Mistake to Prioritize Behavior Goals Over Social-Emotional Development

"Too often, adults react to problematic behaviors—whether in the form of language, physical actions, or emotional outbursts—by issuing consequences for this “choice.” But that approach assumes the child can choose to behave otherwise, that she has the capacity for “executive function.” But many vulnerable children, teens—and even young adults—require years of experience to acquire that capability." Read article 

Children Need a Safe Place to Feel Bad

I don’t think I’m alone in this – I hate when my children feel bad. I don’t want them to have to feel sadness or loneliness, grief or pain. I wish they were in a permanent bubble of joy, and no bad feelings could touch them. When they come home from school feeling sad because they were rejected or when they feel angry because something didn’t go as they’d hoped or planned, my initial reaction is to make it better. Then come the questions I desperately want to ask. Read more 

Helping the Anxious Child or Teen Find Rest

As a parent it is challenging when you feel helpless to effect change for a child who is suffering or anxious. Parents often ask their kids “Just tell me what’s wrong,” or “what can I do to help you,”only to stare into blank faces or be given reasons that defy understanding. As a child’s anxiety grows, so does a parent’s. The more a child is full of worry, the more a parent can question their ability to help them feel safe.    Read more

Skyward Family Access

What is Skyward Family Access and why every Flagler parent should have it? 

 

Skyward Family Access is an online report card and much more. It provides parents or legal guardians access to student record information anytime, day or night, through a home computer. Skyward's Family Access allows easy, open lines of communication between the school and home. Students and parents can login to view attendance, grades, schedules, and calendars.  Parents are able to access their children's grades as soon as the teacher inputs that information. We, parents, play a significant role in our children’s education and through Skyward you'll know instantly if they struggle in any subject. 

 

To set up a Skyward Family Access account: 

  • Ask the school Registrar at the time of student registration 
  • Contact the school Registrar to set an appointment
  • Parent/legal guardian must bring a photo ID with the current home address listed on it. 
  • A single Parent ID and Pin Code will provide access to all students for whom you are the legal parent/guardian.

 

Skyward Family Access is a MUST have tool for every Flagler Parent.