Use the ‘Maui Method’ to help kids create healthy tiny habits.

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Open your eyes, let’s begin. Yes, it’s me, it’s Maui! Breathe it in! — You’re Welcome,’ Moana

In the Disney Animation film, Moana dreamed about becoming a Wayfinder. A Wayfinder is a person who learns from watching the stars, the sun, the ocean swell and follows their inner thoughts and feelings.

Maui was a demigod (a ‘demigod’ is half-god, half-mortal) who liked to play pranks on his family. Sometimes he let his bad temper and emotions get the best of him. He fought with his brothers. He fought with the Sun God, La. He even fought with the mud hens. (Poor, Heihei). And sometimes, his tricks and pranks hurt the people he loved, including Moana.

But, when he focused his emotions on helping others, it became a superpower that made him shine. Hawaiian legend teaches that Maui used his powers to lift the sky, harness sunlight, give humans fire, and create the Pacific Islands. …


We should foster the development of more diverse programming by updating the Children’s Television Act so that what kids see on their television reflects the reality of their universe.

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Shortly after the FCC passed the revised Children’s Television Act (CTA), I started working with a company that aligned kids’ television programming to meet the CTA educational standards.

During this time, I reviewed and aligned Informational and Educational (I/E) content from many content providers, including history content from the Biography channel, animal and cultural studies programming from National Geographic, and two big kid content cable networks.

The definition of “educational content,” as outlined in the CTA, was broadly defined that even shows like The Jetsons qualified as “educational” because it showed “life in the future.” …


Jarrod Walczer & Derek E. Baird | Journal of Fandom Studies

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Original Art by Mitch Miller

Dear Evan Hansen is a cultural phenomenon and Tony Award-winning musical that has been widely celebrated by a social media-driven fan community, known as ‘Fansens.’

The growth of this fandom on social media is unique as Fansens have adopted plot points and thematic elements from the musical relating to how social media affects social anxiety, depression, and suicide to create fan art and fanfictions, which, in turn, result in a community of care on social media where fans can discuss their own encounters with social anxiety, teen suicide, and cyberbullying.

Though most Fansens would not have seen the musical performed on Broadway or live in person, their fanfictions, personal posts, and fan art reflect and refract the difficulties that young people have with mental health, social anxiety, and suicide. …


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COVID Culture 🦠

“Gen Z adults, those ages 18 to 23, reported the highest levels of stress compared to other generations and were the most likely age group to report symptoms of depression.”

COVIDween Safety 🎃

If you’re wondering about how to keep your family safe if you do go trick-or-treating, the Harvard Global Health Institute and Halloween Costume association have some great tips and ideas for families to safe during Halloween!

Kids Vote 2020 🗳

KidsPost is counting votes in a kids-only election for our readers to share their opinions about who should be the next president. Hurry, voting ends on October 28th!

KidTech 💻

The Roblox Digital Safety Scavenger Hunt game is a great way for parents to teach kids and teens about spotting unreliable information online, while also allowing them to do what they love most! …


How the Recording Artist Used GIPHY To Tell The “We Story” Of COVID-19

Like most successful recording artists, the COVID-19 outbreak in March brought everything — live concerts, recording, and fan events — to a screaming halt. After the initial shock of lockdown, Chris Mann got busy creating coronavirus parody videos that unintentionally went internationally mega-viral.

In addition to using Facebook and YouTube to distribute the videos, I also looked at ways to make the video content evergreen, grow his fanbase, allow fans to participate, show his lesser-known comedic personality, and tap into the cultural conversation around the COVID-19 outbreak. …


“Schools should be safe places for students to learn, not spaces where they are constantly surveilled.”

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Across the country, students, parents, and children’s privacy advocates are raising questions around the use of facial recognition and surveillance technology in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as a growing number of college campuses.

The Issue

In response to mass shootings on campus, schools responded by building a massive digital student surveillance infrastructure, often with little regard for either its effectiveness or its impact on students’ civil liberties and privacy.

Deep Dive

“We’ve gotten no answers to all these questions: Under what conditions can a kid’s face be put into the system? Does the district need parental consent? Who can do a facial-recognition search?


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Photo Credit: Unsplash

From the campaign trail to the White House, it’s time for elected leaders to listen to young people.

As a nation, it’s our collective responsibility to work together to help our children — kids, tweens, and teens — realize their potential and to help them become successful adults who contribute to society. From teachers to parents, religious leaders to non-profits, that is our common goal.

Our current youth population is booming. Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2009, is expected to number 1.8 billion globally. And GenAlpha is expected to total more than 2 billion. This burgeoning youth wave will be the most diverse generational cohort in American history.

The Executive Office of the President has the responsibility to communicate the president’s vision to the American people. Over the years, various programs have been created by the Office of the President to address the specific needs of children and teens. …


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Patti Pourade | Pacific Palisades, CA

Patti Pourade on her 25 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis

When I felt a tingling from my little toe to midway up my left calf, I had no idea that this small annoyance would change my life. But, I have to admit it alarmed me. I knew enough about my body to know that it was an unusual sensation. A week later, under tremendous stress at work, the tingling had moved to my right leg and moved above my knees.

I was just about to turn thirty and my working career was finally on track. All at once unusual feelings in my body and a very difficult work situation combined to ambush me. It was the spring of 1981. I suddenly remembered reading the account of one of the Iran Hostages who had been released by his captors and was subsequently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. …


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A film directed by 14-year-old award-winning filmmaker Sean Treacy

The World of Generation Z — directed by the 14-year-old award-winning filmmaker — is a documentary about the power of young people, brought to you by Sean Treacy in collaboration with the youth consultancy, Future Labs.

The film reveals the lives & achievements of three exceptional teenagers: 19-year-old Ketnipz cartoonist and designer Harry Hambley, 19-year-old south London rugby sensation and American Football League player Tyrese Johnson-Fisher, and 18-year-old Sony record label composer Oliver Graham.


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Japanese toymaker Bandai has developed a digital spin on mom or dad kissing your boo-boo to make it all better: augmented reality band-aids.

Targeted at kids aged 3–6, these digital band-aids are designed to soothe a child with some consoling words from their favorite animated characters.

Right now, this augmented reality technology is limited to the Japanese kids’ market and characters, but if it catches on, don’t be surprised if American characters like Mickey Mouse, Sponge Bob or My Pretty Pony don’t end up on your kid's knee telling them that everything is going to be okay.

Still, it’s interesting to see the many ways that smartphones and AR technologies are beginning to integrate themselves into our daily, and most basic, tasks. …

About

Derek E. Baird

Kids & Teen Culture, Content & Community Strategist | Kidtech Privacy | Author “Gen Z Frequency” | Kid/Teen Mental Health + Digital Wellbeing

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