Parent Education News- February 19th, 2013

Parent Education News- February 19th, 2013
February 19, 2013 11:00:00
By Nancy Windisch

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St. Angela- Parent Education News

February 19th, 2013

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Media Violence Does Affect Kids


The typical 11-year-old has seen nearly 8,000 murders
on TV. Yet most of us aren’t shocked. That’s because
we’ve all grown used to seeing a lot of violence —
especially in movies and video games. Studies tell us that
kids who see a lot may be more aggressive. They may
even learn that hurting others is OK. They need you to
help them understand violence — real and virtual.

Some facts
It’s not your imagination. Media has become
more violent, graphic, sexual, and sadistic (Media
Awareness Network, 2010).
Media violence is especially damaging to children
under 8 because they cannot easily tell the
difference between real life and fantasy (American
Academy of Pediatrics, 1995).
Research indicates that when they are exposed to
media violence, kids can become more aggressive,
become insensitive to violence, have more
nightmares, and develop a fear of being harmed
(American Academy of Pediatrics, 2001).
A sample of 77 PG-13-rated films included 2,251
violent actions, with almost half resulting in death
(UCLA, 2007).

Sandy McDaniel will be speaking at St. Angelas!!!  Monday, March 11th  7:00 pm-8:30 pm in the parish hall.

Stop Feeding Your Dragon!   

Sandy wrote a successful weekly parenting column for the Orange County Register newspaper. The creator of, she is the author of Don’t Feed the DragonRecipes From Parenting, and Leave Your Baggage At The Door, the Co-Author of Project Self-Esteem. Sandy has successfully raised two children. She has 50 years of experience in the field of child development. For over 28 years she has used spontaneous humor, warmth and her laser ability to solve every day parenting problems.

National Catholic Educational Association Responds to Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

Arlington, VA–Statement from Dr. Karen M. Ristau, president, the National Catholic Educational Association, on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI:

Without doubt, American Catholics will remember Pope Benedict XVI for his great support for U.S. Catholic education.

Parental choice in education has been most important to this pontiff and Catholic educators across the nation are grateful for his leadership and his unwavering belief that “No child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation.” 

During a brief but landmark visit to this country in 2008, the Holy Father championed education.  He met with all the leaders in Catholic education, offering words of encouragement and thanking us for our service and commitment. 

He also made a special appeal to religious brothers, sisters and priests, urging that Catholic education be available to all who seek it and asking them to renew their commitment to the poor and underserved.  Taking a page from his encyclical Spe Salvi (Served in Hope) he said, “First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals the transforming love and truth.”

To thank the Holy Father for his great commitment and to mark his then 81st birthday, Catholic school and parish students from across the country joined together to pledge more than 1.7 million community service hours in his honor.

Civic engagement has long been a foundation of our Catholic schools and the National Catholic Educational Association organized this “birthday blessings” campaign in that spirit and knowing that we had to find a gift for a man who has everything!

The results certainly touched the Holy Father’s heart.  When students and I met with him in Washington, D.C. to present this gift, he was most grateful and thanked not only the students for this outpouring of love and respect, but recognized the teachers, administrators and catechists who encouraged them in their good works.

Just a year ago Pope Benedict reminded several U.S. bishops visiting in Rome of these important messages on education first delivered in the U.S. five years ago.  His papacy will be remembered in part for his faithfulness and conviction that an “education in faith” is a right of every child.    

NCEA, founded in 1904, is a professional membership organization that provides leadership, direction and service to fulfill the evangelizing, catechizing and teaching mission of the church. NCEA’s 200,000 members include elementary schools, high schools, parish religious education programs and seminaries. Dr. Karen M. Ristau is president.