Parents’ Corner

We’re happy to introduce a new ‘corner’ in our e-newsletter that is just for parents. Have you ever had one of those moments where nothing you do seems to be working for your child, and you just don’t know where to turn to get answers? We hope that Parents’ Corner will be a resource that any parent or guardian can use to find those answers. From little things like how bedtime affects student behavior and performance, and how much screen time is right for your child, to more serious issues, like how to deal with changes in family dynamics or what to do if your child is struggling with behavior, we will devote time in Parents’ Corner to dive into those topics.

Our school counselor, Laura Gravelle will keep Parents’ Corner updated with great information for you, and if you have any topics that you would like information on, you are welcome to click here to leave a request.

We know that parenting a child in the world today is complicated, and many of us don’t have the ‘village’ that we used to have. We want to make sure that our Willagillespie family embraces and supports everyone, and we feel that if we work together as a team, we can start to make a real difference at our school!

Parents Ultimate Guide To TikTok

During Winter Break, kids will potentially have a lot more unstructured time to be on the internet and social media sites.  One of the most popular new networks, TikTok, can be a fun site to share user-generated vides, mostly of people lip-synching to popular songs. 

But a lot of parents are wondering if TikTok is a safe site for their kids to use.  When you sign up for TikTok, your account is public by default, meaning anyone can see your videos, send messages, and use your location information. Parents should make sure to turn on all privacy settings for accounts kids are using so only people you know can interact with your videos. And keep in mind that TikTok is recommended for ages 16 and up due to privacy issues and mature content due to song lyrics and uploaded content. So, as with any internet use, the safest route is to monitor your student while they are on the app.  Read more about TikTok here:

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10/25/19: TV Violence and Children

It’s Halloween season, and along with all of the costumes, candy and spooky fun, comes some very un-fun images from TV, movies and video games. The American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers the following information about how scary and violent imagery can affect children. Please read on, and if you have concerns about your student and TV violence, you are welcome to contact our school counselor or the school office here for ways to help!

Read the Article: “TV Violence and Children”

11/01/19: What Time Should Your Children Go To Bed?

With kids back at school, now’s the time to get into a great night time routine. One question parents and grandparents often ask with is what time to put their little ones to bed, to ensure they remain focused and energized for school.

The old-fashioned notion of sending a child to bed early if they misbehave is actually likely to make things worse, in fact most studies suggest kids who are sent to bed too early tend to get distracted, goof off, get hyper and take longer to sleep. Similarly, going to bed too late also has its consequences, with grumpy tired kids who can barely make it through the following day. So when is the perfect time?

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