The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Remember the story of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice? The old sorcerer leaves the young apprentice in charge of the workshop. The young apprentice begins practicing his magic, mischief ensues and soon the apprentice is in over his head.  The old sorcerer returns, restores...

Stay In Your Upstairs Brain

The authors note that the one area of trauma that students can control is oneself. How could you help students focus on keeping themselves in their upstairs brain?

Holidays Change

In a 2018 article, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio State football player Robert Flanders had his joy of Christmas muted by his Father’s murder. Flanders shares the following thoughts about navigating that trauma “Christmas is so close to the anniversary of my...

Responses to Trauma

The authors note that some students are more strongly affected by certain events than others. Not everyone has the same response to traumatic events. Why do you think students respond differently to a traumatic event? What does this suggest for us as professionals as...

Post Positive

We know about negativity. We see it when people expect the worst out of life when they notice what is wrong or talk about things that have not lived up to expectations. Negativity is as contagious as the flu. It can drag us down if we allow it to influence our...

Stop Cyberbullies

I have presented to tens of thousands of people on the topic of digital self-defense. Often the topic turns to cyberbullies and harassment. People want to know how to make cyberbullies stop. Survey research by Hinduja & Patchin tells me that some pretty simple...

The Tech Talk With Your Kids

We want our kids to leverage the power of social media, to harvest the good and leave behind the bad. A tech talk is a step in the right direction. It is a way to share our expectations of how to behave in the digital world. Digital boundaries can be thought of as...

Obtain Feedback on Your Tech Talk Topics

Share a copy of the Social Media Talk Agreement with one of your current students or another adult. Obtain their feedback on the agreement. What would they delete from the contract? What would they add to the contract?

5 Things I Have Learned from High School Digital Leaders

For the past several years, we have had a cool little project in several school districts. We facilitate digital leadership skills in high school students by helping them uncover strengths, improve presentation skills, model appropriate leadership skills and deepen...