Parent involvement reduces the risk for teens in cars

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The bad news: Young, inexperienced teen drivers are involved in more serious crashes than other drivers. Many teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash at night, when using a cell phone or when carrying passengers.

The good news: Parents who insist their teen drivers follow the special conditions that come with a new license reduce the risk for their child. New tools are available that parents can use to make sure teens follow the law and drive safely.

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Parents: don’t let graduation dent your insurance; changes to coverage may be needed

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Graduation can be both exciting and scary as high-school seniors and parents move on to a new stage of their lives. Preparing for college, finding a job and a place to live are just a few of the tasks graduates will face this summer as they ready themselves for life after high school.

During this hectic period, families can easily overlook needed adjustments to insurance policies that cover their young adults.  

“Graduation is a time to celebrate achievement and a bright future for graduates,” said Karl Newman, NW Insurance Council president. “It’s definitely not the time to find out you don’t have enough coverage, or the right coverage, if an accident happens.”

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Kindergarten vaccination data show some children are at risk of disease

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Washington kindergarteners may be at increased risk of preventable diseases, according to data released by the state Department of Health.

New statewide data for the 2014-2015 school year show many kindergarteners don’t have documented vaccinations or vaccine exemptions. Although most students come to school vaccinated, the increased number of children lacking the proper documentation is a concern, especially in view of recent outbreaks of preventable diseases.

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FBI releases new version of Child ID app

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The FBI announced a reboot of its popular Child ID App, which provides parents with an easy way to electronically store their children’s pictures and vital information to have on hand in case their kids go missing.

The application, which works on most Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, allows users to store up-to-date images and physical descriptions — like height, weight, birthmarks, etc. — that could help responders in the event of an emergency. The information is stored only on your device — not with your mobile provider or the FBI.

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Bullying: The Roles Kids Play

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There are many roles that kids can play. Kids can bully others, they can be bullied, or they may witness bullying. When kids are involved in bullying, they often play more than one role. Sometimes kids may both be bullied and bully others or they may witness other kids being bullied. It is important to understand the multiple roles kids play in order to effectively prevent and respond to bullying.

Importance of Not Labeling Kids

When referring to a bullying situation, it is easy to call the kids who bully others “bullies” and those who are targeted “victims,” but this may have unintended consequences. When children are labeled as “bullies” or “victims” it may:

•    Send the message that the child’s behavior cannot change
•    Fail to recognize the multiple roles children might play in different bullying situations
•    Disregard other factors contributing to the behavior such as peer influence or school climate

Instead of labeling the children involved, focus on the behavior. For instance:

•    Instead of calling a child a “bully,” refer to them as “the child who bullied”
•    Instead of calling a child a “victim,” refer to them as “the child who was bullied”
•    Instead of calling a child a “bully/victim,” refer to them as “the child who was both bullied and bullied others.”

Kids Involved in Bullying:
The roles kids play in bullying are not limited to those who bully others and those who are bullied. Some researchers talk about the “circle of bullying” to define both those directly involved in bullying and those who actively or passively assist the behavior or defend against it. Direct roles include:

Kids who Bully:
These children engage in bullying behavior towards their peers. There are many risk factors that may contribute to the child’s involvement in the behavior. Often, these students require support to change their behavior and address any other challenges that may be influencing their behavior.

Kids who are Bullied:
These children are the targets of bullying behavior. Some factors put children at more risk of being bullied, but not all children with these characteristics will be bullied. Sometimes, these children may need help learning how to respond to bullying.
Even if a child is not directly involved in bullying, they may be contributing to the behavior. Witnessing the behavior may also affect the child, so it is important for them to learn what they should do when they see bullying happen. Roles kids play when they witness bullying include:

Kids who Assist:
These children may not start the bullying or lead in the bullying behavior, but serve as an “assistant” to children who are bullying. These children may encourage the bullying behavior and occasionally join in.

Kids who Reinforce:
These children are not directly involved in the bullying behavior but they give the bullying an audience. They will often laugh or provide support for the children who are engaging in bullying. This may encourage the bullying to continue.

These children remain separate from the bullying situation. They neither reinforce the bullying behavior nor defend the child being bullied. Some may watch what is going on but do not provide feedback about the situation to show they are on anyone’s side. Even so, providing an audience may encourage the bullying behavior.
•    These kids often want to help, but don’t know how. Learn how to be “more than a bystander.”

Kids who Defend:
These children actively comfort the child being bullied and may come to the child’s defense when bullying occurs.
Most kids play more than one role in bullying over time. In some cases, they may be directly involved in bullying as the one bullying others or being bullied and in others they may witness bullying and play an assisting or defending role. Every situation is different. Some kids are both bullied and bully others. It is important to note the multiple roles kids play, because:

•    Those who are both bullied and bully others may be at more risk for negative outcomes, such as depression or suicidal ideation.
•    It highlights the need to engage all kids in prevention efforts, not just those who are known to be directly involved.

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