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An Anti-Bullying App for Children from Australian Education Authorities

<a href="/articles/an-anti-bullying-app-for-children-from-australian-education-authorities">An Anti-Bullying App for Children from Australian Education Authorities</a>

The Allen Adventure iPad™ app is developed by the Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group—made up of all Australian education authorities – to help children 3-8 years of age develop social and emotional skills. Described as fun and positive, it is designed as an interactive story about a young visitor from another planet who is new to school and is learning how to get on with his Earthling classmates. Through discussion with parents and educators, children can learn how to manage a variety of social situations, like making friends, getting on with others and dealing with difficult behaviours from other children. Read full article

What Makes Teenagers Stand Up for Bullying Victims?

<a href="/articles/what-makes-teenagers-stand-up-for-bullying-victims">What Makes Teenagers Stand Up for Bullying Victims?</a>

To bully, 'bystand' or 'upstand'? This is the question that adolescents who witness bullying behaviour are processing at the time of an incident. New research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education discovers why teens at school don't always stand up for bullying victims, even though they want to. Read full article

A School Based on Kindness

In this four minute video, watch what happens everyday in a school in Seattle dubbed The Kindness School. Students start each day talking about something they appreciate. Kindness activities and community interactions are everyday business. Academic classes are not essential. Can traditional schools learn anything from this approach? Read full article

For Children - Emotional Intelligence Means Being Smart with Your Feelings

<a href="/articles/for-children-emotional-intelligence-means-being-smart-with-your-feelings">For Children - Emotional Intelligence Means Being Smart with Your Feelings</a>

When I was a kid, no one taught me about feelings. Even when I took psychology in college I still didn’t learn why sometimes I felt angry or sad or worried or happy — and that I had a choice about my feelings. I noticed that I had different feelings, and other people did too. I noticed that sometimes I could get more of what I wanted by using the feelings that matched the situation, but a lot of the time it seemed like feelings were something that just happened to me...Emotional intelligence means being smart with feelings. This article includes three steps for being smarter about feelings. Read full article

Sholai School, Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu, India

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/07/19/sholai-school-palani-hills-tamil-nadu-india">Sholai School, Palani Hills, Tamil Nadu, India</a>

After three days of workshops at Kodaikanal International School, I received an unexpected invitation for a courtesy visit to Sholai School, located in a valley area 1000m below the Kodai hill station. My western-nurtured eyes saw a combination of paradise and hardship around me. Running the school looks like very hard work. All electricity comes from solar energy or micro hydro-energy; the school is also experimenting with the use of bio-fuel. Sholai School engages in organic farming and also runs its own dairy producing organic milk and cheese. Read full article

Kodaikanal International School- Tamil Nadu, India

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/07/14/kodaikanal-international-school-tamil-nadu-india">Kodaikanal International School- Tamil Nadu, India</a>

July 2010, I am in Kodaikanal, the highest hill station in southern India, (7000 feet above sea level). Kodaikanal is a town built around this amazing 100 year old school that features stone buildings, green lawns and spacious classrooms. It's situated in the Palani Hills of the Western Ghat mountains and has a year 'round beautiful temperate climate. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 1 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-1-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 1 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 1 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about the definition of emotional intelligence and why it is important in parenting and education. Dr Hansen also points out the importance of emotional intelligence as a protective factor in the incidence of depression. Read full article