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Alcantara provides look inside the mind of a former bully

By Tere Siqueira Over the past few years, many American schools have taken steps to try to address a growing concern over bullying. The website StopBullying.gov defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” According to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 20 percent of American …

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Beware of college scholarship scams

Commentary by Chara Most college students seek scholarships to pay for at least some of their education. Indeed, according to statistics from the Saving For College website, 31 percent of students used scholarships and grants to help pay for their education. But pursuing scholarships has at least one potential pitfall: falling victim to scammers. According to a recent post by …

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How to limit your children’s screen time

Commentary by Chara Children are learning from the latest forms of technology. However, the misuse of technology – particularly the overuse of it – can affect their health and development. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children spend an average of seven hours in front of a TV, computer or cellphone screen. Their excessive viewing habits have led to …

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Use precaution with YouTube family vlogs

Commentary by Katherine Diaz YouTube family vlogs have become more popular in recent years, as their content has attracted viewers of all ages. As of Jan. 24, there were more than 30 million daily active YouTube users, according to OmnicoreAgency.com, with the average viewing session lasting 40 minutes. That means there are many daily users who watch for long periods. …

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Teaching Spanish to your child offers many benefits

Because we live in a global society, children will benefit from knowing more than one language. Specifically, they’ll benefit from learning Spanish. There are several reasons why. Some of the benefits of teaching Spanish to your children include the following: *Cultural understanding: Since 1980, the number of Spanish speakers in the United States has increased by 210 percent. Learning Spanish …

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4 ways to pay off your student loans quickly

By Rachel Cruze If you’re between the ages of 25 and 35, chances are you have student loans you’re still paying off. That’s just the sad reality of my generation. As soon as we graduate from college, most of us have Sallie Mae hunting us down for her monthly payments. If you’re in that situation, I want you to do this one thing: Pay off …

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How to start a “smart home”

Commentary by Chara Technology has changed our lives in many ways in recent years. Specifically, recent telephone-related creations have radically changed our lives. First, there was the smartphone, which has changed how we share and receive information. Now, because of smartphones, “smart homes” are becoming commonplace. Every appliance in your house can be controlled by your cellphone. Although setting up …

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Where to find educational resources for your child

Commentary by Katherine Diaz As a new school year begins, parents should be aware of community resources that can provide additional assistance to expand their children’s learning and interests. Outside resources can help struggling children better understand concepts and build their interest in learning. And finding them isn’t as difficult as it might seem to some parents who are struggling …

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The Smartest Way to Pay for College                     

By Anthony ONeal I spend a lot of time talking with students about big life decisions they’ll face, and one of the most important is how to pay for college. At a recent speaking event, I asked 100 students if they believed they could ever pay cash for college. Eighty-seven of them said no. Now, I know this isn’t a …

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How to deal with homesickness at college

In a few weeks, millions of young people will have their first experience of living away from home when they begin their first year of college. If you’re a student who’s about to start college, you’re probably experiencing a range of emotions, including excitement, sadness and fear. And you’ll probably experience another emotion once you’re at college: homesickness. Being away …

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