Teens doing great things

A nail varnish that can help with date rape.

article_imgI know I normally have a Heroine of the Month, but this month I have to big it up for these Four Heroes. I love this generation; four men creating a product that will help women to avoid being the victim of sexual assault.

 These four male students have created a nail varnish that changes colour when exposed to date rape drugs. In the police I dealt with a few rapes that were related to rohypnol and the damage it can cause; it’s just bloody awful. So I think this is pretty awesome.

Undercover Colours’ will enable a woman to “discreetly ensure her safety” by stirring her drink with her finger.

If the polish changes colour, the person will know “that something is wrong”, the company explained.

The firm says it is the “first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault”.

The concept was created by students Tyler Comfrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ancash Madam, and Tasso Von Waldheim, from the Materials Science and Engineering Department at North Carolina State University.

 Big thumbs up to you guys .

Oh, and can you believe it? There is already a back lash about it, ho hum…



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Video Games help teens be more social

Why video games are not that bad for you.

downloadFor those of you who have been around me for a while, you will know I think that video games are a cool thing; they teach youngsters lots of skills and while, yes I know, they can be addictive, surely an active pastime like gaming is better than passively watching TV for hours on end, cough, like I do!

Anyway, I am delighted with this recent research from Oxford University that shows gaming can make a child more sociable.

Playing video games for less than an hour a day can lead to children becoming better adjusted, a study conducted by researchers there has found.

The research found that young people who indulged in a little video game-playing were associated with the highest levels of sociability and were most likely to say they were satisfied with their lives compared with those who had never played or who used video games for three hours or more.

Those who spent more than half their daily free time playing electronic games were not as well-adjusted.

But the findings showed that the influence of video games on youngsters – whether for good or bad – is very small when compared with more “enduring” factors, such as whether the child is from a functioning family, their school relationships, and whether they are materially deprived.

It also found no positive or negative effects for youngsters who played “moderately”, for between one and three hours a day.

And this doesn’t surprise me at all; one of the best video games experts I know, Jane McGonigal, has long purported that video games help teens learn how to build social fabric. In a lot of the games they play they have to build teams and networks to get the job done, often having to reach out and convince people they don’t know to be on their teams. Trying to reach goals that are slightly above their skill level, these teens are leading teams to conquer and solve challenges together. I mean, what is not cool about that?

Nice to see I’m not the only one who is sick of us ragging on video gaming.

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Are you ready? It’s back to school

Teenagers – back to school

2010-11-19-09-57-40-6-most-people-have-to-work-and-study-with-computersSo, it is that time of year again when our children go back to school. It is, I have to say, my favourite time of the year. I love the possibility that a new school year holds, but I also know that for some parents it can be really stressful and if your child is going into Year 10 or 11, I may be able to help relieve the stress. If your child is going into Year 12, you may also want to read this.

I do a lot of work with students to improve grades and I have to say that it is one of my most favourite things to do, because this is one of the things I am good at,  I mean really good at! I am able to help them find the motivation that they need to do the work they need to do.

Over the last eight years, I have been using a Student Success Programme called Dare to Be Bright, which is a systematic, holistic approach to studying for exams and doing better at school. It is personalised to every individual child, helping them succeed.  This system has been used again and again, and 90 % of students going through the system have increased their grades, with some raising grades in 5 subjects. Pretty impressive, I’m sure you will agree.

The system involves four distinct areas that I believe are important in helping a child reach their potential at school.

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