Influences and Influencers: Strategies to Talk About the Facts and Fiction of Programming Content

I do not watch much television. By the time I reach the end of the day and the dishes are done, the dog walked, and laundry folded, my bed is a more favorable option than trying to stay awake for a program. My television habits took an unexpected turn several years ago, when looking for …

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The Puberty Talk, the Sex Talk, and Timing

I was a weird kid. Not like, put spaghetti on my head during dinner just to get a laugh weird; more like asking my mom random questions that she didn’t see coming weird. Take for example, the time I asked her what semen was. My poor parents. Cornered by a child who wouldn’t stop asking questions. I asked my mom questions about pubic …

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Just Because They Can, Doesn’t Mean They Do

Understanding of adolescent decision making has moved beyond simple “age differences in risk perception and reasoning” to include relevant social and emotional factors that directly inform when and how adolescents make decisions about everything from substance use to condom use.[i] Adolescence is defined as the period between which “physiologically normal puberty” initiates and adulthood begins.[ii] Though …

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EIEIO – Graphic Medicine in Old McDonald’s Classroom

At GraphicMedicine.org one of the first things you'll see is the definition: "Graphic Medicine ... explores the interaction between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare." The Graphic Medicine exhibit at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) opens with: "Graphic medicine is the use of comics to tell personal stories of illness and …

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Students in Action: Mental Health Awareness & Practicing Mindfulness

Since the pandemic we have seen an alarming increase in children experiencing anxiety and stress along with a decrease in positive social-emotional response. During the pandemic children were taught virtually with little to no in- person social interactions with children their own age. This has led to a rise in children struggling to self-regulate and …

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Enhance Classroom Instruction with Community Sex Education Professionals

In the Journal of School Health research article Unusual Suspects: The People Inside and Outside of School Who Matter in Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Efforts by Karen Pittman, MA; Deborah A. Moroney, PhD; Merita Irby, MPP; Jill Young, PhD, the WSCC model is explored regarding collaborative health education. The Whole School, Whole Community, …

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A Mātauranga Māori Approach to Learning

At Rototuna Senior High School (RSHS), we aspire to “empower our people to be connected, collaborative, community-minded learners who are inspired to soar”. To this end, we teach modules that are collaborative. This involves two subjects sharing a context, knowledge and skills to help deepen students' understanding of the curriculum. Thomas and McDonagh (2013) believe …

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The Relation Between Esports/Gaming and Increased Sleep Disturbances

Esports players are consistently in front of a screen, oftentimes for long durations. I know when I was little my parents always said, “Don’t sit that close to the TV!” In my undergraduate studies I have had the pleasure of taking a class called Introduction to Esports taught by Dr. Seth Jenny. In this class …

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The Dangers of Energy Drink Sponsorship in Esports

The relationship between esports and energy drinks has existed as long as the sport itself. Esports are organized video game competitions (Jenny et al., 2017). Just this past weekend I was watching a Super SmashSonic the Hedgehog Bros. Ultimate tournament that was sponsored by Red Bull. This, however, is not a strange occurrence in the …

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