SPECIAL REPORT: Weapons in the Hands of Children

Written by Susan Dunn, MA, Personal and Professional Development Coach

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The private sector is moving as well. Because of misuse (and not isolated incidents),repparttar YMCA inrepparttar 132452 USA is advising its hundreds of independent gyms nationwide to ban camera cell phones onrepparttar 132453 premises. The YMCA of Australia has already done this.

7. Don't count on social norms. Be proactive.

Professor Thomas thinks social norms will develop, but personally I question that. If so, people would not be rude with cell phones already. If it comes, great. Inrepparttar 132454 meantime, educate your child on responsible cell phone, camera and computer use and model good behavior yourself.

8. Camera cell phones can be used for identity theft.

Teens need to be aware when paying by credit card. Anyone standing near you with a cell phone in their hand can take a picture of your credit card and get allrepparttar 132455 vital information from it. 9. Establish rules with your child or teenager and enforce them.

Don’t allow your child to have a computer in their bedroom, teach them respect for others, and educate them inrepparttar 132456 use of technology (just as you do bikes, microwaves, electric knives, gas grills, guns and cars). Go over what bullying is and make direct inquiries of your child. Here ( http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2003/09/02/174030.html ) is a list of symptoms to watch for in both bullied and bully. It's consideredrepparttar 132457 preferred bullying method of girls, BTW.

10. Get informed and speak up.

One danger is that your child may know more about these tech toys than you do. Learn their capabilities and how to monitor. For instance, you can check on cheating and bullying by clicking intorepparttar 132458 phone’s text messaging history. Teach your child to speak up when bullying occurs (and do so yourself at work). 85% of all bullying occurs when there is only a peer present.

Work with school officials re: your child. Ray Hughes, violence prevention co-ordinator withrepparttar 132459 Thames Valley District School Board says a class or seat change can helprepparttar 132460 bullied, and bullies need consistent, non-violent consequences for their actions both at home and at school.

Work to establish Emotional Intelligence programs at school and at work that teaches respect and "social norms". Social norms are made, not born.

©Susan Dunn, MA, The EQ Coach, http://www.susandunn.cc . Coaching, distance learning, and ebooks around emotional intelligence for your continued personal and professional development. I train and certify EQ coaches. Get in this field, dubbed “white hot” by the press, now, before it’s crowded, and offer your clients something of real value. Start tomorrow, no residence requirement. Mailto:sdunn@susandunn.cc for free ezine.

Twenty-three Percent of African Americans Live in Poverty

Written by Drahcir Semaj

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Some encouraging news did come fromrepparttar Commerce Department's report.

About fifty-two percent of African American married couples had an income of at least $50,000, twenty-seven percent had incomes of $75,000 or more, and according to a report byrepparttar 132451 Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 259, 000 African American households had incomes above $100,000.

African Americans currently make up almost thirteen percent ofrepparttar 132452 US population and over ten percent ofrepparttar 132453 workforce.

About the Author Drahcir Semaj Drahcir is a freelance writer who develops content for web sites on African American issues. He can be contacted at drahcir@drachirsemaj.com

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