Proof Positivity: Why You Should Visit

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There are a lot of reasons as to why you should visit Proof Positivity.  Firstly, the news is always current.  I receive press releases and watch the news to dig the positive out and when I’m not doing that I am interviewing and presenting you with those interviews.  Secondly, I am a parent.  I know what I want my own children viewing and what’s on the news isn’t it.  You may be able to write a paper on current affairs but much to my horror I recently viewed something that my own children should be receiving professional help for.  It was very brutal and violent.  I do not want my own children desensitized to mankind.  I want not just for my children, but for all children to care for others.  When I write I go with the intent of keeping kids from that kind of news.  I hate the mentality that goes into a profession I love.  If only the news was more willing to omit the violence we view. 

 

Life Isn’t Always A Soap Opera

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 John J. York, best known for his role as Mac Scorpio on ABC’s daytime soap opera General Hospital, recently donated his time to create a radio public service announcement (PSA) series on behalf of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. The 60, 30, and 15 second PSAs will encourage Americans to register for one of over 80 Take Steps Walk in communities around the country in spring and summer 2009. Walkers will raise much-needed awareness of and dollars for research into Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic, painful, and often debilitating digestive diseases collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) that afflict millions of Americans.

York understands what it’s like living with a chronic digestive disease. Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 15, York has quietly coped with a mild case of IBD for decades. Playing General Hospital’s police chief since 1991, and most recently joining the daytime soap opera’s spin-off, Nightline, York has been able to live out his dream of being a soap opera star. But he’s unlike most patients who go day-to-day not knowing when they will wind up in the hospital or miss days or weeks of work at a time.

After learning that his daughter could have inherited a gene that would put her at risk for inheriting ulcerative colitis, York decided to use his recognition to make a difference in patients’ lives. “It was impossible for me to sit back and think that my child and thousands of other children could become the victims of this disease,” says York. “I hope that my work not only advances the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s mission to find a cure, but helps the estimated 1.4 million Americans impacted win back their lives.”

The number of people with newly diagnosed IBD has exploded in recent years and there is no known cure. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has defined the field of IBD research for nearly a half-century, enabling the best scientists to discover better therapies and ultimately, a cure. “The opportunity to take research to the next level has never been greater than right now,” says Richard J. Geswell, President of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. “The funds raised by the thousands of people around the country who sign-up to participate in a Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk in 2009 will help us achieve this vision.”

Last year, over 30,000 Americans participated in Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis, raising a total of $6 million for the Foundation to invest in research, education, and support.

Sites to look into:

Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis

Wise Giving through the BBB

American Insitute of Philanthropy

 

Breakfast With A Smile And A Hug

What if you could eat your breakfast and make a difference too?  Quaker Oatmeal has made that possible through the Kids Care Clubs.    What if you could raise a young leader in caring? 

“Quaker has awarded more than $25,000 in grants to deserving Kids Care Clubs to bring good moments to more than 10,000 people in need. In addition, more than 575 new facilitators signed up and started new Kids Care Clubs to help young volunteers get involved. Quaker is looking forward to continuing to inspire youth volunteerism through its partnership with Kids Care Clubs! ”

Kids Care Clubs is a program of HandsOn Network.   It inspires children to volunteer and learn about others.

Trolls Lurking

It’s a new day and age.  There was no such thing as a cyberbully when I was a kid.  I had to put up with bullies that were always in my face.  It’s not east dealing with something that isn’t familiar.  Anyone can be a cyberbully even parents.  The Internet makes it a little easier for people to bully.  It’s very convenient when no one can see your face.

On January 1, 2009, Californiajoined the growing number of states that have passed laws against Cyber Bullying. The School Cyber Bullying Law (AB 86) allows school officials to suspend or expel students for Cyber Bullying, or harassment and intimidation via the Internet.

 

Today’s bully has a new playground; computers, cell phones and social networking sites. What was once known as teasing face to face, playing practical jokes, and making prank phone calls has evolved into a generation of bullies that hides behind the veil of computer screens and cell phones.

 

Creators of the Temptation of a Generation have released their third book that tackles the tough issues today’s pre-teens face with technology.

 

Don’t Hit Send Just to Fit In educates children and parents about cyber bullying, a topic rampant in schools across the country affecting kids as young as seven-years-old.

 

Don’t Hit Send Just to Fit In tells the story of a group of tweens who become victims to cyber bullies. On their way to discovering more positive ways to deal with these new found issues, the tweens become bullies themselves. Through the help of positive adults and a magical keyboard, they learn not to succumb to the lure of cyber bullying and realize that there are better ways to fit in and make friends.

 

“Bullying has always existed among youth, but today’s bullying seems to have more devastating effects. The mode of delivery is much faster, and reaches inordinate amounts of people,” states Karen Child Ogden, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and contributor to the series. “Once kids post a message on a social networking site or cell phone it can never be erased. Kids don’t understand the consequences of their behavior with regard to cyber bullying, and neither do most parents.”

 

Don’t Hit Send Just to Fit In teaches children and parents how easy it is to become a cyber bully, or to be bullied online. Studies show 42% of children have been bullied while online, while 58% have not told their parents about something mean or hurtful that happened to them while surfing the net.(1) The ramifications of cyber bullying are far-reaching and include depression, anxiety, school absence, and even death. The number of kids who take their lives due to cyber bullying grows each day.

 

Don’t Hit Send Just to Fit In ($9.99 US) is available online.

 

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The Temptation Seriestackles tough topics relating to tweens and technology such as Internet pornography, cell phone use and abuse, and cyber bullying. The series offers parents information and tools for raising their children to become more emotionally and socially healthy.

 

About the Temptation of a Generation Team

Danielle Tiano, children’s author, is the founder of Beyond Your Words. Tiano has written about difficult subject matter for children such as childhood obesity, attention deficit disorder, self esteem, addictions and behavior traits. She is married and resides in Newport Beach, CA.

 

Karen Child Ogden is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Costa Mesa, CA. Ogden is married and the mother of two sons.

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  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

  2. Thank you. 🙂

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