#OLPC Parenting Expert Delievers 5000 Laptops to Help Empower Children

5000 Lives that are being changed....

OLPC mission is to empower the world’s poorest children through education.

We aim to provide each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop. To this end, we have designed hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning. With access to this type of tool, children are engaged in their own education, and learn, share, and create together. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future. – OLPC

Parenting Expert and author of over 25 parenting books, Dr. Michele Borba is one of their United States Ambassadors. On her recent trip to Miami she visited schools in Liberty City where she witnessed these laptops interact with students that were in other countries.

Dr. Borba says;

“It was simply amazing! Each click of the mouse was helping them become more connected both to the world and to a brighter future.”

On February 28th, Michele Borba and a team from #OLPC delivered 5000 laptops to children in Nicaragua. (Watch video).

Dr. Michele Borba with the children.

For more information on One Laptop per Child and inspiring stories, visit http://one.laptop.org/.

Maybe you would like to donate, volunteer or find out how you can become involved.  Click here.

Here are the stories from literally around the world – changing the world, one child at a time through one laptop at a time. Click here…. just like they are doing.


Teen Seasonal Employment: Employers Now Asking for Facebook URL – What Does Yours Say?

Please include your Facebook link when applying for a job

At first glance you would think this is a misprint, but after applying online to a health food store, a young college grad student was asked to provide his Facebook link as part of the application process.  Before doing this, he did change his photo, and this is not implying his photo was inappropriate, however really wasn’t what you want a potential employer to view.  It was a silly photo of him and his friends on a Merry-Go-Round, not exactly a first impression you want a future employer to view or misunderstand.

In reality, many employers and college admissions are viewing Facebook pages.  We don’t need The Social Network movie that took the number one spot for two weeks in a row, to remind us of how powerful the Internet has become. 

Just recently, Jessica Bennett, wrote an amazing article for Newsweek – “What The Internet Knows About You.”  If you haven’t read it, now would be a good time, and remember to pass it on to your friends and family.

With each passing day your privacy is becoming slimmer and slimmer.  When it comes to your safety and the safety of your family, you need to take precautions to insure your cybersafety and your virtual resume. What is your Faceboook insurance?

With this information, as the holidays are approaching and many teens will be looking for seasonal help, they may want to take a double-take at their Facebook page.  If you are an adult looking for a job, needless to say, it can’t hurt to re-evaluate what you are posting online.

What may seem humorous to you and your friends, could be offensive to others.  Privacy is a gift, and how much you want to give is up to you.  However give with caution!

Learn more about ways to protect your privacy and protect yourself from identity theft.

Don’t learn the lesson the hard way, “Google Bomb! The Untold Story of the $11.3M Verdict That Changed the Way We Use the Internet,” a story everyone needs to read.

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Sue Scheff: Bully Bust Your School and Community Today

Do we need to hear more acts of violence, bullying and vicious text rage?  Do we need to hear it escalating to text hit lists or teens making bombs?  In reality, this is not an exageration, it is happening. 

In Broward County we have the horrific stories of Josie Lou Ratley, an eight grader that was nearly beaten to death and Michael Brewer, a teen that was nearly burned to death.

In Brevard County we have Cameron Lee Kage, a teen that was accused of creating a deadly bomb with all the materials and instructions to potentially set it off at his school.

In Duval County there is Anthony Jones that was allegedly on a text hit list in his school and was shot.

We don’t need another incident to wake-up our state and our county the serious cry for help with our teens and kids today.

BullyBust is is an awareness campaign designed to reduce bullying in schools by teaching students and adults how to stand up to bullying and promote upstander behavior. An upstander is someone who witnesses bully behavior and does something about it. Use the resources on BullyBust.org to transform your school or community from one of passive bystanders to a community of positive upstanders. Together we can put an end to bullying!

Educators, get critical supports for your school and join a dedicated community of schools nationwide: Sign up for the Partner School Program today.

Join BullyBust on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.
Sign the BullyBust Stand UP Pledge today!

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Sue Scheff: What is your School Climate? Education is the Key to Prevention of School Violence

No matter where you are in our country, school climate is critical in our childrens lives.  Today with the headlines ripping with text rage, text threats and hit listsbullying, beatings, teen bomb scares and more, there has never been a more crucial time to educate parents, teachers, schools and students about prevention of school violence and the need to learn about healthy living.

School Climate is an educational resource that is working diligently to bring together everyone to benefit our communities and school districts. 

About School Climate:

Our goal is to promote positive and sustained school climate: a safe, supportive environment that nurtures social and emotional, ethical, and academic skills.

CSEE is an organization that helps schools integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction. In doing so, we enhance student performance, prevent drop outs, reduce physical violence, bullying, and develop healthy and positively engaged adults.

For more than a decade CSEE has worked together with the entire academic community-teacher, staff, school-based mental health professionals, students and parents-to improve a climate for learning.

We help translate research into practice by establishing meaningful and relevant guidelines, programs and services that support a model for whole school improvement with a focus on school climate.

Join School Climate on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.  Also follow them on through BullyBust.

Is your school safe?  Do the students feel safe? Measure your school climate today!  Click here.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens. Read more.

Sue Scheff: Teens Helping Teens with Special Needs through Circle of Friends

Teenagers can have a difficult time with today’s peer pressure. Keeping up with the trendy fashion, hair styles, tech gadgets and hanging with the cool group is all part of being a teen in high school today. However when it comes to teens with special needs, having a friend is one of the hardest parts of going to high school.

Circle of Friends
is making strides of changes and bring light into some very dark and lonely lives of teens. Circle of Friends is a social skills programs for teens and adults with disabilities such as autism, through understanding, acceptance, friendship and inclusion. They go into local high schools, teens are inspiring lives. They provide valuable support and friendship to those with disabilities. Teens and adults that were once isolated and lonely with their disability are now experiencing living through Circle of Friends. From a simple phone call, to going out to eat, Circle of Friends is providing a sense of normalcy to people with disabilities.

Special events are planned such as dances and organized outings to the movies, restaurants and shopping help these disabled people learn better social skills and enhances their communication skills with others. Circle of Friends helps make dreams come true for these otherwise isolated teens and adults with disabilities.

A priceless gift that Circle of Friends creates is the gift of giving. Teens that take part in Circle of Friends are influenced by bringing an awareness of understanding and acceptance to those that have disabilities. It is true, it just feels good to give!

Encourage your school and community to open a local chapter today. Read Ella’s story. Learn more, click hereRead more.

In Jacksonville (North Florida area) Autism Speaks has many chapters.  Click here for the locations and contact information. Empowering adults with Autism through art with Art Possibilities, learn more.

Watch video and be inspired to start your own chapter today! Read more.

Sue Scheff: Get Your Teens Involved in Community Service – Relay for Life (American Cancer Society)

Relay for Life of Weston is being held on April 24-25, 2010 at Cypress Bay High School.  The entire community of Weston supports this annual event.  Many Weston schools sponsor teams each year, with students taking an active role in the fundraiser.

This is  a great opportunity for your entire family to participate in a good cause and spend time not only with each other, but meeting neighbors in your community.  Encouraging your teens to get involved not only can build their self esteem, it promotes community service and warms the hearts of many.

One important aspect of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the opportunity for people to come together to remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those who have won their battle. One of the most moving parts of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony.

As the sun sets over campsites and darkness falls, the night is brightened by the glow of illuminated bags called luminaria, each bearing the name of someone who has battled cancer. Some celebrate cancer survivors, while others help us honor and remember those gone too soon. All represent someone special who has been profoundly affected by cancer and the family and friends who continue to fight back in their honor.

Would you like to honor or remember someone with a luminaria during the Relay For Life® Luminaria Ceremony of Hope? Order your luminaria online now!

Learn more about Weston’s Relay Life, click here or contact Joy Medrano at (954) 471-5136 or email at WestonRelayTeams2010@comcast.net.

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Sue Scheff: Help Haiti – Get teens involved in volunteering

The world is coming together to help the many victims in Haiti.  This natural disaster has left many homeless, hungry, without water and destroyed much of what little many had.  Many organizations, such as the Red Cross, are diligently working to bring relief to Haiti. 

What can you do? Donating money is always needed (if you prefer to make a $10 donation by text message, send the word “HAITI” to 90999), however some people are financially strapped and/or you may have children/teens that would like to be part of helping these people in distress.

In South Florida, Fill The Truck For Haiti Initiative, has begun.  You can encourage your family, friends and neighbors to collect are non perishable food items, toiletries, bed linen, first aid kits, new items of clothing, cots, bottled water, towels, flashlights and batteries, children formulas, diapers etc.  For more information call, 754-214-3895.  They are also looking for volunteers.

Encourage your teens to find ways online locally that they can get involved in.  Giving back, volunteering and just being part of helping others can help everyone!  Pay it forward, the rewards are priceless.

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