Weekly Roundup

Can Children and Youth Change the World? Younger Protesters are Certainly Ready to Try… Starting with Gun Legislation.

The 11-year old Inspiring a Nation with her “March for our Lives” speech:

When high school students organized marches across the country, led by the survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, for action in gun regulation, the grass-roots movement did not stop with secondary schools. Naomi Wadler, an 11-year old attending Alexandria’s George Mason Elementary School, asked “[w]hy not elementary school students too”?

In a speech lauded as “eloquent,” the engaging, inspiring elementary-age student “urg[ed] the nation not to forget black women, who are disproportionately represented among the victims of gun violence.” Students across the country are catching the wave, in their own #MeToo moment-esk, Wadler asked, why not “Me Too;” standing up against preclusion of even our youngest students from political and social action.  An 11 year old showed us she can “represent the African American women who are victims of gun violence, who are simply statistics instead of vibrant, beautiful girls full of potential.”

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Celebrity Support: Kid’s Choice Awards Recognizes Protester-Children & Youth

Celebrities like Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are chiming in on child protests, encouraging protesters, and telling them they are “the future.” Nominee at the Kid’s Choice Awards this March, Candace Bure a even told audiences “she’s proudly raised her daughter to be an activist.” Encouraging kids to “speak up,” she admonished that “it’s so important to teach our kids to speak up for what they believe in and use their voice and know that they are never too young to have an opinion

Young star Patrick Schwarzenegger shared he “can’t wait to see this young generation of activists become the leaders of tomorrow,” and that when school shootings happen “they’re killing… dreams… and our future activists and politicians.” With crowds heralded by the article as rising to the level of “the kind of numbers seen during the Vietnam era,” celebrities are encouraging activism by children across the country.

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Advice Parents and Caregivers – 11 Tips for Successful and Safe Protesting with Children:

Timely tips for children participating in protests include working with kids to provide explanations on important reasons for activism, matching shirts to stay together, and a plan everyone knows in the event groups are separated. Perhaps a few of the best pieces of advice is when Not to bring children to a protest and knowing when to leave.

When carefully planned and prepared for, “bringing your children to a protest you are helping to shape them into involved, concerned, civic-minded citizens.”

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Light and Its Effect On Bedtime

We’ve all heard the saying, “time is precious” and as I have gotten older I have begun to realize this more and more. Recently I decided to invest more time exercising so I started waking up at 4 a.m. to run before my morning classes. The first few weeks after altering my sleep schedule were surprisingly rough until I realized that I tend to leave hallway lights on before bed. Once, I started turning off my hallway lights before bed, then I quickly fell to sleep. According to a recent New York Times, article children are also quite susceptible to the effects of light before bed.

In “To Help Children Sleep, Go Dark” author Perri Klaus explains the findings of a recent study conducted at University of Colorado Boulder, which recorded the effects of light on melatonin levels in children. Melatonin is a hormone released by the pineal gland found in the brain which handles a person’s sleep cycle. During the day melatonin levels drop, but at night melatonin levels slowly rise. What the study found is that children are especially susceptible to light which causes melatonin levels to drop, leading to wakefulness in children.

According to the National Sleep Foundation receiving a proper amount of sleep for children is important because of its connection with body tissue repair, growth, and energy revitalization. To assist in the sleep process “To Help children Sleep, Go Dark” notes that to increase the likelihood that parents should use dimmer lights before bed to facilitate proper melatonin levels. According to the Healthline other methods that may help in putting a child to sleep include having a regular routine, keeping a child cool before bed, and cutting off television 2 hours before bed.

Though waking up early may not be for everyone, we still need adequate sleep to get along with our day. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is especially important for kids, which is why it is best to minimize a child’s light stimulus before bed. Other methods that can assist a child in lulling a child to sleep include placing your child on a regular sleeping schedule, limiting television before bed, and keeping a child cool before bed.

Sources:

New York Times

American Psychological Association

Healthline