Blog May 17, 2024

New Pew Research shows the importance of empowering students to strike a balance over summer break

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A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that 4 in 10 U.S. students aged 13 to 17 play video games daily, and many students are looking forward to spending a few of their extra free hours gaming. This study also shows that for many students, gaming is a positive experience, with 72% saying that they play video games to spend time with others and over half saying video games help them develop problem-solving skills. When students are equipped to balance their time online and offline, they can value the real-life moments and memories that summer break can bring, such as spending quality time with family and friends. 

 

 

Blog May 17, 2024

How the recent resignation of two Miss USA winners can empower students to play to their core

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Last week, the reigning Miss USA and Teen Miss USA winners, Noelia Voigt and UmaSofia Srivastava, resigned from their crowns, citing mental well-being reasons and stating that their values no longer aligned with the Miss Universe Organization. The unprecedented event inspired students on social media to talk about the importance of prioritizing their well-being and sticking to their values—just as Noelia and UmaSofia did by stepping down from their roles. Keep reading to discover how the recent resignation of two Miss USA winners can empower students to play to their core.

 

 

Blog May 17, 2024

Navigating Ontario’s New Cellphone and Vaping Regulations in Schools: Empowering Students to use tech for good 

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The province of Ontario recently unveiled tightened regulations on cellphone usage and vaping in schools, responding to an “alarming rise” of distractions in the classroom. This initiative follows four major Ontario school boards suing social media companies, citing their products’ addictive effects on student behavior and learning. As students continue to access social media and tech outside of school, and as the debate surrounding cellphone bans in the classroom continues, educators can proactively empower students to use tech for good and positively navigate social media in ways that fuel their well-being. 

 

 

Blog May 10, 2024

Students are role-playing as influencers in a new horror video game: How can educators empower them to play to their core?

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In a viral new video game called Content Warning, students have the chance to role-play as their favorite influencers and visit abandoned locations, such as a house or a hospital. While this game can be a fun alternative to social media influence, it’s important to note that the content within the game is not suitable for all students due to its horror theme. Let’s explore what this game entails for students and how educators can empower students to play to their core when deciding on video games.

 

 

Blog May 10, 2024

Highlighting Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander role models this AANHPI Heritage Month

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Did you know May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month in the United States and Canada? It’s a special time dedicated to honoring the incredible cultures, histories, and achievements of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. As we explore the stories of AANHPI individuals and communities, we celebrate their successes and help students understand the importance of representation in positive influencers they choose to follow on social media. Let’s dive in.