Parent Education News- St Angela Merici Parish School



Parent Education News- St Angela Merici Parish School
January 28, 2013 02:00:00
By Nancy Windisch


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St Angela- Parent Education News

Monday, January 28th, 2012

 

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Our children and video gaming:  Students playing Call of Duty: Black Ops

This is a very violent military- themed first person shooter in which players use a wide variety of weapons and explosives to kill hundreds of enemies in the campaign and countless more human-controlled avatars online.  It features violent interrogations, graphic melee combat, and lots of blood. This visceral nature of the action and combined with its complex Cold War narrative leave little doubt that is was designed for an adult audience.  It is not appropriate for children.  Games rated “M” are not for pre-teens, but 18 years of age and older.  Parents need to look at the rating set by the gaming industry before you buy this for your child.

Rating Categories of video
games:

EC- Early Childhood- Content is intended for young children
E- Everyone – Content is generally suitable for all ages.    May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
E10+- Everyone 10+- Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up   May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.
T- Teen- Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up.  May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.
M- Mature- Content is generally suitable for ages 17 and up.  May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
A- Adults only- Content suitable only for adults ages 18 and up.  May include prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and  /or gambling with real currency.

St. Angela Merici Parish School has no one older than 15 in the school.  We advise our parents to be pro advocates and respect the ratings that are printed on the games to be suitable for our children’s ages.

Reading with your children:  Kindergarten to 3rd Grade

How Will My Child Become Literate?
The best time for your child to start learning to read and write is when he or she is very young.  This is when your child is best able to begin developing a positive attitude towards reading and writing as well as some fundamental reading and writing skills.  As your child begins to read and write, discuss your child’s ideas with him/her- rather than just talking about the techniques. Such discussions help your child to understand what it really means to be able to read and write.  Learning to read and write does not happen all at once.  It involves a number of stages that eventually lead to fluency and independence.  Parents are the role models.  Read every night with your child and let them watch you read.

What parents can do to stop bullying

If you are a parent who is concerned about bullying.  It’s important to recognize the signs that a child is a bully, as well as the signs of one who is being victimized.  Being alert and observant is critical, since victims are reluctant to report bullying.

The Victims: Signs and Symptoms:
Comes home with tattered clothes or damaged books.
Have bruises, cuts or scratches for no explanation on how they got them
Appears afraid or reluctant to go to school in the am
Has bad dreams
Appears sad and does not want  to be social

The Bully:  Signs and Symptoms
Has a stong need to dominate or subdues others
Intimidates siblings
 Hot tempered- easily angered- low frustration tolerance
 Opposition, defiant and aggressive towards adults 
 

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