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Volume #5 Issue #2
ISSN: 0219-7642 Sep 17, 2006
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The Internet today has become part of kids' natural environment as
most children have access to the Internet at school and/or at home.
My children use the Internet to do their school assignment.
Occasionally, they also go online for learning activities that are
not connected directly with school (a.k.a playing Internet games
...;-). As a parent, we know the potential exposure of children to
controversial information online. There is about as much good as
evil on the Internet. Rather than stopping your children from using
the Internet completely, it is better to know some of the guidelines
to keep our children safe while they research or play online. So, I
hope this issue offers some tips for you to make your kids safe
online. Take care!
Thought for today:
" Money might determine who gets what opportunities, but as the years go by, you measure your personal bank
account by who loves you, how they love you, and whether the world is a better place because you were born "
- Warren Buffett (The second richest man in the world pledged the bulk of his US$44 billion fortune to charity
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Tips to Keeping Children Safe Online
By Sharon Housley
Kids often have Internet access both at home and school - they are
potentially deadly. Follow these basic rules to ensure child safety
on the Internet here!
Is Your Child Addicted to the Internet?
By Michael Grose
The much-publicised risk of predators is small compared with
excessive use and the consequent isolation. While the research is
thin on the ground about the NET and its effects on children and
young people it is fair to say that many concerns concentrate around
overuse at the expense of offline activities and relationships.
My 6 month-old daughter exhibits many of the signs of early
giftedness on your list. She has demonstrated a keen sense of humor
and advanced social skills since birth. On her first day, she smiled
in response to a chorus of laughter....How can I best enrich my child's development without her
becoming overly dependent on me as the caregiver?
A: From your description, your
girl certainly demonstrates clear signs of giftedness. She
must be one by now and probably have reached a milestone
ahead of her age group. You certainly need to work very hard
to maintain and further enhance her potential. Read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Enhancement of Early Giftedness
I have six year old student in my 4 year old class. Last year's
teacher suggested that he repeat the four year old program because
he socially tested a year behind his grade. He sees a speech
pathologist for auditory processing problems. He is doing everything
required of him in this 4 year old class. He is performing at the
bottom of the class...My question is what is the percentage of
bright children who have learning disabilities? I believe this child
is very bright but "we" in regular education do not have the facts
to back this idea?
A: Children who are both gifted and
learning disabled may exhibit remarkable talents or strengths in
some areas and disabling weaknesses in others. Such children display
vast gap between achievement level and potential which can often be
observed in the discrepancy between the qualitative level of oral
and written work ... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Twice exceptional Learners here.
I have a niece who has just turned 3 this last Dec.... She is a very
"odd" child even in her parent's words. She seems overly sensitive
but is extremely intelligent. She stops doing what she is doing to
watch conversation of adults and listens very intently. I wonder if
there might be a child disorder that she may have I have started to
research Asperger's Disorder?
A: See Dr. Sandhu's complete answer on
Giftedness or Asperger's Syndrome (AS)
Do you offer any resources or testing on the creative side for
gifted children? The psychologist would not test for IQ due to age
and I head there were more tests that could be done? I am looking
for programs or clubs to get her involved in.
A: See Dr. Sandhu's answer on
Testing of Creativity
What Should Pre-Schoolers Learn?
jewishtimes Sep 15, 2006
In a study led by G.V. Caprara that appeared in the July 2000 issue
of Psychological Science, researchers found that changes in academic
achievement in eighth grade were better predicted from knowing a
child's social competence five years earlier (in third grade) than
knowing their third-grade academic achievement. In essence, the
study reinforced the notion that positive social skills are integral
to success in academics.
TV channel for babies? Pediatricians say turn it off
SFGate.com Sep 11, 2006
It has come under fire from child development experts who say the
claims are false and fly in the face of the American Academy of
Pediatrics' recommendation of no TV at all for children under age 2.
Newest whiz kids more than just super-smart
UCBerkeleyNews Sep 12, 2006
Each year, a handful of child prodigies enters the University of
California, Berkeley, after skipping grades and wowing admissions
officials with their academic prowess. In keeping with that
tradition, five 16-year-old advanced learners have joined this
fall's 2006 freshman class.
Fish oils to get IQ test
iTV.com Sep 6, 2006
Fish oil supplements have been heralded as the cure-all for
everything from arthritis to heart disease and now research will see
if they really do boost IQ.
Scientists think omega-3 dramatically improves concentration and
short-term memory by making it easier for brain signals to move
Arts infusion creating better scores
TulsaWorld.com Sep 6, 2006
Since infusing arts into the school's curriculum, 100 percent of
Remington Elementary School's third- and fifth-graders passed state
math tests last year, said Principal Judy Fessenden.
AJC.com Sep 4, 2006
Research suggests that kids who become bilingual at a young age
often are more creative and fare better at solving complex problems
in school. Bilingual students also have a better chance at landing
Study: Males have IQ advantage
United Press International Sep 11, 2006
Men have a 4- to 5-point IQ advantage over women by adulthood, but
because girls mature faster, the difference is masked in school, a
Canadian study found.
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