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Dignity at School, Dignity at Home

By Timothy Jahn The Dignity for All Students Act or DASA was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Paterson in 2010 and became effective July 1, 2012.  Under this law, schools are required to provide a school environment free from discrimination and harassment which is defined as verbal […]

Teens and Depression – Part 2

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. We live in challenging and dangerous times. Consider the school shootings which occurred during the past few months. Incredibly, these murders were committed by teenagers, although nobody at the time was able to predict that those teens were in such states of crises that they literally exploded at their schools. […]

Teens and Depression

By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. As parents, it’s difficult to determine if your teen is suffering from depression or anxiety, or is merely being moody. Rates of clinical depression and anxiety have risen in the teenage population (ages 12-17) during the past ten years. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that in the past […]


By Maxine Roeper Cohen, M.S. As parents, we are concerned about our children’s popularity with others. We want them to have friends and develop a social sensibility. Developmentally, peers (children who are the same age) become more important than adults as children grow, especially in the pre-teen and teen years. So-called “popular” children can be […]

Is Your Kid a Bully?

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Most parents would not want to think that their child could be a school bully. About 8% of school-age kids are bullies, so there is a chance your son or daughter could be one. How would you know? Here is a short checklist of common characteristics that bullies share: They like […]

Is Your Kid a Victim of Bullying?

By Tim Jahn, M.ED About 14% of all school-age children are victims of bullying. Some children are more vulnerable than others including students with physical or learning differences and students who are perceived to be or have self-identified as gay, lesbian or transgendered. Many victims of bullying have no noticeable differences, but all victims seem […]

Dealing with Cyberbullying: Tips for Parents

By Tim Jahn, M.ED It’s almost impossible to protect your child completely from peer meanness, but there are steps parents can take to prevent or reduce cyberbullying behavior or victimization. Set clear rules about the use of computers and cell phones, making it clear that using technology to hurt someone is wrong. If you give […]

Bullies in Cyberspace

By Tim Jahn, M.ED They make threats via instant messaging or create cruel Web pages targeting the geeks, loners and losers of the school. They take embarrassing photos with cell phones and circulate them on the Internet. They pretend to be someone else online, then use that identity to entrap someone or spread rumors. “They” […]

Online Workshop: What Adults Need to Know About Bullying

By Tim Jahn, M.ED Nearly one out of every five students is directly affected by bullying in schools or online. Some are bullies, some are victims and quite a few are “bully-victims,” meaning that they are bullies at one time and victims at another. The remaining 80% of students are referred to as bystanders who […]

The Evidence-Based Living Blog

The College of Human Ecology at Cornell University publishes The Evidence-Based Living Blog and has published some excellent posts over the past few months with information you may find useful both at work and in your personal life including articles about how to avoid mosquitoes, the effectiveness of new medical treatments, gun violence and public […]