February 2014

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  • News & Trends – February 19, 2014

    February 2014

    Research: Positive Ethnic Identity Boosts 
    Positive Behavior 

        The more positively minority youth feel about their ethnicity or race, the fewer symptoms of depression and emotional and behavior problems they have, according to a new meta-analysis published in the journal Child Development.
        Researchers at Brown University, the University of Minnesota, Arizona State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Miami found that young people who had positive feelings about their racial or ethnic identity had better social interactions and self-esteem, did well in school, and had fewer problems with drugs or alcohol. Together, the 46 studies reviewed looked at African American, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and American Indian youth in the United States, primarily middle and high school students.
        “This research also refutes the notion that positive racial or ethnic identity is somehow related to having not-so-positive attitudes toward academic achievement,” according to Deborah Rivas-Drake, associate professor of psychology and education at the University of Michigan, who led the meta-analysis. 
        Separately, educators and parents can take the opportunity to discuss ethnic heritage and race relations with two current events:  Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of the introduction to Congress of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act ultimately passed in July, 1994. 

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    The Civil Rights Act 
    of 1964

    Black History Month Background and Activities 

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    Elementary Character and Life Skills 
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    Character and Life Skills 
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    High School 
    Character and Life Skills 
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  • News & Trends – February 3, 2014

    February 2014

    Pew Research: Teen Relationship with Facebook is Complicated and Evolving 

        As Facebook marks its 10th anniversary this month, Pew Research Center reports that among teens, the total number of users remains high — 73 percent of teens 12 to 17 years old are on the social media site. Focus group research reports that the teen relationship with Facebook is complicated and evolving.
        The Pew Research Center teen focus group participants spoke negatively about the increasing adult presence on Facebook (57 percent of adults say they have a Facebook account), the high stakes of managing self-presentation on the site, the burden and “drama” of negative social interactions, or feeling overwhelmed by friends who share too much information.
        While Facebook was once known as the social media of choice for the young and trendy, researchers say 13- to 25- year-olds are moving away to messaging apps and mobile sites such as Vine, WeChat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Line and Snapchat.
        Overall, when Facebook users of all ages were asked about the frequency of certain Facebook behaviors, most users tend to “like” content that others have posted and comment on photos as the activities they engage in most often.

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    The Digital Age 
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