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Many of us aren’t talking to our children about sexual abuse, even when the statistics make it crystal clear why we should be: As many as one in four girls and one in six boys is sexually abused before their 18th birthday” (statistics from the CDC). While school counselors aren’t directly identified as part of this article’s target audience, the information it contains is vitally important.

Girls who are told they are fat by a parent, siblings, friend, classmate or teacher when they are 10 years old are at a higher risk of being obese by the time they turn 19, according to a new study.” The study results haven’t been replicated, but if true, this is alarming—especially in light of how quick students are to fat shame their peers.

I see the occasional assumption in the media that bullying is primarily a problem of the middle and lower socio-economic classes. But a “new review, published in the American Journal of Public Health, advises that policymakers should be wary of assuming that bullies are more likely to come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.” (Note: Original study is pay walled, but you can find it here.) Especially apropos is this quote from the article which says, “We need to think of ways to channel the abilities of bullies into prosocial activities where they can use their popularity and leadership qualities to benefit themselves and others.” Yes.

A senior-class prank created more than a mess in the halls and classrooms at Teaneck High School. It landed 63 students — 18 percent of the 12th-graders — in a mess of their own. Three weeks from the prom and eight weeks from graduation, they’re in trouble with school officials, the law and possibly the colleges they plan to attend.” This is a prime example of the poor impulse control and decision making abilities many teens struggle with. I hope that the authorities involved choose consequences that don’t ruin these kids’ futures. I suggest avoiding the comment trail on this one. It’s pretty vitriolic.

A new study … finds that people remember lectures better when they’ve taken handwritten notes, rather than typed ones.” This is interesting and, when you think about it, not all that surprising. As somebody who types much faster than she writes, though, the thought of handwriting everything makes my wrist ache. There’s a link to the original study in the article.

Three Allentown high school students have been charged with ethnic intimidation for allegedly recording themselves bullying other students and posting the resulting ‘smack cam video’ on Facebook.”

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