Last year I wrote about Teens Living in the Age of Fear. It was about tragedy, PTSD, trauma and the long legacy of Columbine. I have recently learned from this must read article from the Washington Post that over 100,000 teens have now been witness to the gun violence in our midst. They write, “They were born and raised in a society where mass shootings are a thing.” How will their resilience hold up. How will it shape a generation? Did you know that this new Gen Z coming up is a larger cohort than the Baby Boomers??? Watch out world. And God bless them. They are saying that Trumpism equals soullessness.
From my blog someone found me who has developed an app for teens with low self-esteem. Small world. Wish I thought of this idea! So by all means check it out. It targets 3 main areas of angst:
1. Teen worries
2. Teen communication and
3. Teen emotional resiliency skills (and yes they can be learned!)
Oh how we need this!
K’Bro is free to kids so they can gauge firsthand whether or not they are doing OK and can build
emotional resilience independently. Here’s a definition: When teenagers are resilient, they cope better during or after difficult situations. They ‘bounce back’ when things go wrong. Your child needs resilience to navigate life’s ups and downs, so building resilience is an important part of his development.
For the teen who is afraid to go to school.
For the teen who has no friends.
For the teen who is isolated and worried.
Simply play this app/game and see if it helps. In tests they have already found that kids who use it more often gain significant improvement in the “Am I OK?” score — and hey — who wouldn’t want that!?
First of all gaming is a great way to reach kids.
Second it’s engaging and fun.
Third, it gives feedback which is what kids say they want.
Gun violence in schools should not be a thing. How can you argue with Paul McCartney?
For more information:
Facebook for Kids https://www.facebook.com/kbro.io/,
Facebook for Parents https://www.facebook.com/YouROKcorp/?ref=py_c,