From the monthly archives:

May 2010

Drugs and Alcohol

Drugs and Alcohol

Unfortunately drugs and alcohol is an important part of the social interactions for many high school students. For some students, taking drugs and alcohol is part of their social identity. They see these high-risk and illegal activities as a way to gain social acceptance.

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Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship

“Being a good sport,” is more difficult than many people realize. Of course it involves following the rules of the game, but it also involves following social rules; empathizing with the feelings of others, winning graciously, responding appropriately when someone else wins and more.

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Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure

The pressure to conform to group expectations is a part of being human. We are social animals, and being accepted by others is an important part of our self-image. But some children are overly concerned with the approval of their peers, even to extent of behaving in ways that they know adults will disapprove of.

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Sportsmanship

Sportsmanship

“Being a good sport,” is more difficult than many people realize. Of course it involves following the rules of the game, but it also involves following social rules; empathizing with the feelings of others, winning graciously, responding appropriately when someone else wins and more.

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Bullying and Teasing

Bullies

Bullying and teasing can take many forms, but it is always hurtful and sometimes extremely disruptive to a child’s development. While it is present in school children of all ages, bullying and teasing tends to peak during the middle school years.

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Compassion and Caring

Compassion and Caring

Caring and compassion is an important part of a child’s social development. Adults of course value these behaviors in children, but studies show that these behaviors are valued by other children as well.

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