Category Archives: Gen Z

too much screen time damages children’s brains

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/mental-wealth/201402/gray-matters-too-much-screen-time-damages-the-brain

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Young Indian Changemakers

Youth Ki Awaaz is proud to collaborate with The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to bring to you powerful video stories of 10 such young people from across India – through our short documentary series, #Restless4Change.

These are inspiring stories of determination that represent the idea that we can all create a positive impact on the world.

Over the course of the next week, we will be sharing with you two such inspiring stories a day – and trust me, they will give you hope that it’s possible to create a better tomorrow.

Check out the video stories here, and let me know what you think about them.

Tactics Used by savvy #Never Again activists in Parkland, Florida

Please add and correct tactics used in Never Again to add to my book draft Resist! Goals and Tactics for Changemakers. I’m happy to share chapters of interest. Gkimball at csuchico dot edu

Never Again Tactics

Print and Social Media

Wednesday, February 14: Video from insides a locked school office during the shooting, taken by David Hogg.

 

TV News shows including CNN, Fox, and MSNBC

 

Op-ed in the New York Times by 14-year old

 

Never Again Facebook and other social media pages, the title coined by Cameron Kashy as he was in his ghost-busters pajamas. He said, “We need to take it into our own hands” since politicians haven’t addressed gun control.

 

Twitter used to prod politicians

 

On the Street

 

Thursday: candle-light vigil at Pine Trails Park, “No more guns”

 

Friday: School walk-out at nearby South Broward High School, organized by Amy Campbell-Oates, 16, and two friends. They chanted, “Your silence is killing us. Prayers and condolences are not enough.” “It could have been us,” Other students joined in around the country.

 

Saturday: Rally at Fort Lauderdale’s federal courthouse, featuring Emma Gonzales “shame on you” talk, written on the back of her AP Government notes. “The people in the government who are voted into power are lying to us. And us kids seem to be the only ones who notice and are prepared to call B.S. Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent his, we call B.S.” She told a reporter, “We students figured our there’s strength in numbers.” A video of her speech was quickly viewed more than 100,00 times. Other speakers were Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, Alex Wind, and Jaclyn Corin.

 

Demonstration at the Miami gun show

 

Monday: lie-in at the gates of the White House by 17 young people, sponsored by Teens for Gun Reform. They read the names of the slain students and teacher. “We’re not going to back down, no matter what, until this country changes.” They chanted, “Enough is Enough.”

Demonstration in front of the NRA headquarters in Virginia

President Trump said he was in favor in background checks for gun buyers.

 

Tuesday and Wednesday: Tallahassee demonstration

 

Wednesday: President Trump had announced a listening session with students, but hadn’t contacted them. Students are holding a rally.

March 24 March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

 

Other groups join in:

The advocacy group Moms Demand Action formed a student advocacy groups

 

The Network for Public Education and the American Federation of Teachers called for a walk-out, sit-ins, and other protests on youth@womensmarch.com

 

April 20 anniversary of Columbine shooting, which didn’t produce student activism.

 

 

The Women’s March Youth Empower group called for a 17-minute walkout at 10 am on March 14, wearing orange. https://www.womensmarch.com/empower/

 

Slogans

Enough

Your Silence is killing us

Protect our children

Never again

Vote them out

Do something now

Don’t let my friends die

Guns don’t kill people….umm yes they do

My friends died for what?

 

Quotes

Sarah: Prayers won’t fix this, but gun control will prevent it from happening again.

 

Cameron Kasky: We’re going to lead the rest of the nation behind us. This time we’re going to pressure the politicians to take action. This isn’t about the GOP. This isn’t’ about the Democrats. This is about the adults. We feel neglected. At this point, you’re either with us or you’re against us.

 

Kevin: we want everyone to know we want change, looking for bipartisan solutions, this isn’t about banning assault weapons or partisan changes, we’re looking for bipartisan solutions, we can’t use partisan tactics so that the right thinks we’re crazy partisans.

 

Adam Alhanti, if students need to rally together as a school and across the nation and back us, we really want to make a change. I want to see our politicians listening and I don’t’ think they are. It’s not a mental health issue but a gun control issue. The president is coming first, not the people. Stop playing golf, look us in the eye and say he’ll make a difference.

Florida High School Students Advocate Gun Control

Sign a petition to ban assault rifles: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/kids-vs-nra-ban-assault.fb49?source=c.fb&r_by=2429806

Parkland Florida students advocate gun control, fault Trump and NRA. The focus on mental health is used to avoid talking about making guns harder to get. Cameron Kasky says this campaign is “special calling” for him now. “We’re done thinking this is inevitable.” They set up a Facebook page “Never Again.” CNN’s Anderson Cooper said he hasn’t seen such motivated students after a tragedy like this. The NY Times reported,

“At other high schools across the country, students rallied in solidarity with Stoneman Douglas High and staged walkouts to protest what they called Washington’s inaction in protecting students and teachers. A gun control advocacy group, Moms Demand Action, said it had been so overwhelmed with requests from students that it was setting up a parallel, student focused advocacy group. “People say it’s too early to talk about it,” Mr. Kasky said. “If you ask me, it’s way too late.”

https://www.facebook.com/NeverAgainMSD/

Interview with Kasky: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XExNsQZZZM

 

 

how to achieve academic success and prevent burnout

Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success: Beat Burnout

 

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D. and global youth

220 pages Available on Amazon for $9.99

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NB10D3O/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486426365&sr=1-2&keywords=the+mindful+guide+to+academic

 

 

The nine chapters provide information for high school and college students about how to achieve academic goals and reduce stress:

How to identify your learning styles

Techniques to achieve your goals

Study skills and effective test taking

How to write research papers

Stress reduction

Understand mind power

Clearing emotional blocks to success

Physical vitality

Student activism and goals internationally

Student experiences are featured, along with a variety of experts, and they created the illustrations.

 

Traveling around the world, interviewing young people for my series of books about global youth viewpoints and activism, I heard how much time, worry and anxiety goes into studying for tests. I have a lot of experience studying and test-taking to earn my bachelor’s degree, teaching credential, two Masters Degrees, and Ph.D.—all from the University of California. I’ve corrected thousands of student essays teaching in high school and then in university for decades. I want to share with students what I’ve learned about how to succeed academically, stay centered and have time to enjoy life. I include the advice and experience of young people from various countries to discover how they succeed and to provide insight into the global youth culture in an increasingly globalized world. As a Pakistani young man said in this book, “It lets the students know that their worries/guilt are uniform and students from other regions are facing the same problems.” Although it’s rare, I advocate that the voices of actual young people should be included in books about and for them.

 

Table of Contents  

Chapter 1 How to Achieve Your Goals with Metacognition

Understanding Your Learning Styles

Making Your Brain Work for You

Coping with Learning Disabilities

Identifying Your Personality Types

 

Chapter 2 Study Skills

Reading, Note Taking, Memorizing, Study Groups

Test Taking Skills suggestions by Dr. Stephen Tchudi

Effective Oral Reports

Overcoming Math Anxiety

Time Management vs. Procrastination

 

Chapter 3 How to do Research by Morgan Brynnan, MLIS

Information Literacy

Is it all CRAAP – Evaluating Sources

Research Basics

Plagiarism, Ethics and Citation

 

Chapter 4 Coping with Stress

The Physiology and Causes of Stress

How to Cope with Stress

Resilience

Balance the Left and Right Sides of the Body

 

Chapter 5 Understand Mind Power

Research on Mind Over Matter

Positive Self-Talk

How to Clear Emotional Blocks

 

Chapter 6 Emotional Issues that influence School Success

The Power of the Unconscious Mind

Happiness

Being a Student of Color in a PWI

Self-Esteem

Worry

Anxiety and Depression

Grief

Anger

 

Chapter 7 Physical Vitality

Healthy Food

Prevent Eyestrain

Exercise

Increase Energy

Enough Sleep

 

Chapter 8 Getting into College, Career Planning

Getting Into College

Adjusting to College

Post-College Career Planning

 

Chapter 9 Student Activism in the US and International Education Reform

What Students Want from their Education

The Finnish Model

Student Educational Activism

Youth Activism in the US