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Scotland has banned smacking children – so should everyone else []

Smacking children was outlawed in Scotland this week. Remarkably, parents in the rest of the UK can still use physical violence to punish or discipline their children, provided it can be considered “reasonable punishment”, a term not properly defined in law . Smacking is allowed in the majority of other nations. Around the world, smacking is common. A 2014 report by UNICEF found that 80 per cent of the world’s children are subject to some form of violent punishment at home. A survey of just...

Smartphones Compromise Teens’ Sleep []

Emerging research suggests that young people are sleeping less than ever before with the sleep void potentially damaging their physical and mental health. Ironically, but perhaps not surprisingly, San Diego State University investigators discovered the decline in restorative slumber is linked to technology and because teens are trading their sleep for smartphone time. Most sleep experts agree that adolescents need nine hours of sleep each night to be engaged and productive students; less...

Protecting Adolescent Drug Users From Long-Term Damage []

When I was a kid, there was an anti - drug public-service announcement (PSA) on television showing a man holding an egg (this is your brain) and a hot frying pan (this is drugs). He breaks the egg into the pan (this is your brain on drugs). He holds the pan up to the camera as the egg oozes and sizzles. Any questions? I had questions. In part, these questions are what formed my path into neuroscience. I had always felt that those PSAs were heavy handed, too deeply entrenched in the "Just Say...

Not Just A Pose(r): When Doing Yoga Means Doing Good []

This is an interview with Judith Sekler, who works with an organization called A Thousand Joys in Los Angeles. It partners with schools in high-crime impoverished neighborhoods with high-risk children and families who are suffering the effects of trauma-related stress and violence, referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s). ATJ’s school-based program Transform uses healing modalities including yoga, meditation and mindfulness to help students build confidence and control over...

"You're Still in Jail": How Electronic Monitoring Is a Shackle on the Movement for Decarceration []

Despite the "law and order" vows of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, states and counties continue to take steps to reduce prison and jail populations. Last month, Cook County, Illinois initiated its own special court dedicated to setting bond for people with felony cases. The mandate of the court is to set bond at a level the charged individual says they can afford. In California, meanwhile, the SB10 bail reform bill has passed the Senate and appears likely to become law in the coming year.

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ACEs in Higher Education: Opportunities to Connect

Andrew Anastasia
Hello! I am assistant professor of English at a large, Midwestern community college and am looking to connect with colleagues in higher education who are interested in sharing resources about ways you or your institution use research on ACEs and/or TIC methodology to improve student success on campus. Would folks be interested in joining a dedicated networking community or listserv around this issue? Thank you!Read More...

ACEs Research?

Hello, I am wondering if anyone knows about or has any research to share regarding ACEs and that, yes, it is important to teach educators and students about them. I am looking for data that supports this. I know, of course, that it is important and I can find lots of articles that tell me so, but I'm not sure about data that says... yes, educators and students should be taught these things. This will help me in grant writing and program planning.Read More...
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Parenting with PTSD

Joyelle Brandt
Seeking organizations that work with parents with ACEs. We just released the anthology Parenting with PTSD and I have 10 copies to give away to organizations who could use this resource. If you have an org that works with parents with ACEs, please send an email to with your mailing address. The first 10 to respond will be sent a free copy of our book. www.parentingwithptsd.comRead More...