SEL News to Use

Click on the Connect with Kids monthly newsletters below to learn more about latest national news and trends on social and emotional issues that could impact you and your family. Topics range from the latest information on how to manage social media, how to talk to children about prejudice, how to improve motivation and academic success and much more.

  • News & Trends – March 17, 2014

    March 2014 Research Reports: Healthy Eating Options Working In and Outside of School      Efforts to promote healthy eating in and outside of school are seeing results. A new Harvard School of Public Health study reports that kids are eating more fruits and veggies. New federal standards requiring schools to offer healthier meals have […]

  • News & Trends – March 10, 2014

    March 2014 Beyond Hollywood: Heroin Headlines Report Teen Use Nationwide    Last summer’s headline news was the heroin-related death of Glee star Cory Monteith, best known for playing television’s clean-cut high school football star Finn Hudson. Last month’s headline was Philip Seymour Hoffman, also known to teens for his role as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in […]

  • News & Trends – February 19, 2014

    February 2014 Research: Positive Ethnic Identity Boosts  Positive Behavior      The more positively minority youth feel about their ethnicity or race, the fewer symptoms of depression and emotional and behavior problems they have, according to a new meta-analysis published in the journal Child Development.     Researchers at Brown University, the University of Minnesota, Arizona State […]

  • News & Trends – February 3, 2014

    February 2014 Pew Research: Teen Relationship with Facebook is Complicated and Evolving      As Facebook marks its 10th anniversary this month, Pew Research Center reports that among teens, the total number of users remains high — 73 percent of teens 12 to 17 years old are on the social media site. Focus group research reports […]

  • News & Trends – April 30, 2013

      April 2013 National Study: Teen Abuse of Rx Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008        New survey results from The Partnership at Drugfree.org confirm that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime, a 33 percent increase over the past five years. Additionally, […]

  • News & Trends – April 22, 2013

      April 2013 School Connectedness: Helping Students Feel Safe and Secure       When the news of the day frightens and bewilders even the most secure adults, how can we help kids to feel the safety and security they need to learn and grow? We know that students who feel connected to their school are […]

  • News & Trends – April 9, 2013

                  April 2013 Teens, Prom and Underage Drinking: The Risk is Real         Ah, springtime. Love is in the air (and high school hallways) as teens gear up for prom. April is also Alcohol Awareness Month — and time to address prom’s delights and dangers. The Risk […]

  • News & Trends – March 28, 2013

      March 2013 TMI? Study Finds Parents Talking about Past Drug Use Can Be Detrimental     In texting lingo, the kids call it TMI: Too Much Information. A new study published in the Journal Human Communication Research reports that children whose parents did not disclose drug use, but delivered a strong anti-drug message, were more likely to […]

  • News & Trends – March 18, 2013

      March 2013 TMI? Study Finds Parents Talking about Past Drug Use Can Be Detrimental     In texting lingo, the kids call it TMI: Too Much Information. A new study published in the Journal Human Communication Research reports that children whose parents did not disclose drug use, but delivered a strong anti-drug message, were more likely to […]

  • News & Trends – February 26, 2013

      February 2013 Study: Kindness Leads Kids to Happiness and Peer Acceptance                 Research published in the journal PLOS ONE  reports that nine- to 12-year-olds who perform kind acts are not only happier, but find greater peer acceptance.       The authors write that “a simple and relatively brief pro-social activity can […]

  • News & Trends – February 19, 2013

      February 2013 UCLA Bullying Study: It’s Cool to be Cruel       UCLA psychologists report that when it comes to bullying behavior among middle school students, both physical aggression and spreading rumors are rewarded by middle school peers.      “The ones who are cool bully more, and the ones who bully more are seen […]

  • News & Trends – February 12, 2013

      February 2013 BFFs Beware: Study Finds Friends’ Alcohol Use and Access Most Predictive Factor in Underage Drinking       Chances are the only thing you remember about your first swig of alcohol is how bad the stuff tasted. What you didn’t know is the person who gave you that first drink and when you had […]