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    Is Your Child An ISIS or Extremist Target

    The use of Social Media has grown from a communications tool used in text format to the ability to interact with anyone through email, growing to a digital and interactive platform to an entertainment platform on multimedia interaction, music and movies can be viewed with ease from a multitude of software’s, and now Social Media has the potential to be a recruitment tool with dangerous results.

    The recent news report on NPR of ISIS and other extremist groups recruiting youth, teens and young adults should be another wakeup call for parents to monitor their children’s Social Media activity. Parents need to understand the dynamics and connectivity of Social Media allowing the ability to connect with individuals and groups globally. There was safety with distance at one time, but now with the Internet and the integration of Social Media platforms that have powerful tools, distance is not a protective measure.

    Distance, time zones, geographic locations and even differences in language are not a hindrance to connecting with potentially dangerous groups. There are tools, Apps, translation software, devices, programs and direct interaction that can circumvent any challenge to communication. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Vimeo, SnapChat, Youtube are just a small part of the interactive abilities of the Internet. Each month there seems to be a new App or program that allows unlimited access to people and information.

    Parents need to be educated on the interactivity and platforms of Social Media, not just to battle foreign terrorists, but domestic terrorism in the form of Bullying, Cyberbullying, Sexting and even Catfishing. Groups are applying the knowledge of technology in desktop and laptop computers, also the mobility of tablets and Smartphones. These devices have the ability in a mobile platform to allow groups to recruit and influence mentally and emotionally the decisions that youth, teens and young adults make.

    Individuals and groups can develop relationships that can potentially influence the behaviors of youth, teens and young adults to disobey their parents and guardians, to go against their moral, ethical and even religious teachings and participate in potential activities of terrorism. If a parent thinks that their child will never do this they are foolish and ignorant to the power of technology and engagement through Social Media. The Social aspect of social media encourages connecting and the ability to have unlimited connectivity to anyone around the globe. The infusion of Social Media tools opens doors to levels of communication that are unpatrolled. If the government does not monitor the content being created, parents need to monitor what comes into their homes, physically and electronically.

    As an elementary school, higher education teacher and Social Media blogger I have blogged and spoken about the responsibility and accountability of parents to monitor their children’s online social life. Talking to elementary students, they present a picture that is frightening; parents are unaware of actions and behaviors in an online environment by their kids. Girls and boys in fourth and fifth grade pretending to be in middle and high school, using language that would make a seasoned sailor blush or a porn star envy. Social Media is a mirror of our society; there are sites dedicated exclusively to illegal drugs, pedophile sites that teach how to lure children away from their parents and sites like that was used by three girls from Denver, Colorado and were recruited by ISIS. Parents must understand that sites are managed by individuals that study children, teens and young adults and employ tactics that entice and lure them to a sense of safety and openness.

    The ease of the Internet and WIFI connections allows youth and teens to go online without guidance or training, opening digital doors to multiple influences that at one time parents would say, “my child would never do that” or “my children knows better” and even “there are no people like that where I live.”

    This dangerous and ignorant way of thinking is being tested as youth, teens and young adults in the United States and other nations are influenced by elements of ISIS, religious extremists and other organizations that may glamorize violence, racism, hate, gender bias or even romanticize the efforts of projected images of liberation of people or culture through violence.

    The minds and emotions of youth and teens are impulsive and easily influenced especially if youth and teens feel neglected by family. If children feel they are not important or valued, and even treated as important they will knowingly or unknowingly search for the things they feel or think they are missing. These are the same elements when youth, teens and young adults enter the world of gangs. Groups know how to build a relationship with teens and young adults, this may happen over months or years, but they do build trust and friendships. These friendships / relationships blossom into a connection that is hard to break and creates in teens a bond that may grow to be stronger than the bond they have with their parents and family members.

    The disturbing ease of access to groups that promote violence shows how the Internet can enter into homes and the lives of American families. The Internet can be absorbed into homes where the might of the American military cannot have an influence; this is the battlefield for parents and guardians. They must be vigilant and inspective of their and other children’s access to Internet resources and Social Media platforms.

    Parents must on a regular timeline check Smartphones, Internet sites on laptops, tablets and other devices to see where their children are going. Parents should Google their children and their friends to keep abreast of potential activities and importantly have conversations and express parental expectations of behavior. If a parent does not take steps they may be faced with dire consequences and circumstances as the recent NPR story shares or worse. The NPR story by Dina Temple-Raston – “ISIS Used Predatory Tools And Tactics To Convince U.S. Teens To Join” shows the ease and the complexity in recruiting teens. Parents must have conversations with their children about their online activities because their lives are literally in danger using Social Media.

    by William Jackson
    Educator, Blogger, Parent
    My Quest To Teach


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    Do Un-decodable books create learning disabilities?

    During this new school year, many parents and guardians will feel eager to start having their child read books (fluently). Although it’s very challenging and difficult for children's authors to write interesting skill level decodable reading books, it’s not impossible AND it’s necessary to insure that we don’t create challenged readers.

    But, because of vocabulary restrictions and/or lack of skill-level decoding knowledge, the words presented in most children’s learning-to-read primer books are written for the (story flow) convenience of the author. One well known author who obeyed the strict vocabulary restrictions of the publisher, who hired him, took 9-months to write, The Cat in the Hat!”

    Unfortunately what’s good for an author is bad for the developing child reader. By constantly being presented with text above their reading skill level, children are being trained into the habit of memorizing chunks of words, relying on pictures or flat out guessing.

    Skilled Readers versus Skilled Memorizers:

    “If 99% of the words in grade level reader books, marketed as “I can read by myself” consisted ONLY of skill-level (letter sound-out) vocabulary that have been taught and mastered by the student, we would instantly have a society of fluent confident readers.”

    Following are 3 sentences of text taken from popular children’s books being marketed as “I can read by myself” preschool – 1st grade level skill readers.

    Do Un-decodable books create learning disabilities

    If you compare the number under each word against the reading grade skill level ruler below, you will notice that in order to be able to independently sound out these words without memorizing them, a child would need to have been taught and mastered 2nd – 3rd grade decoding skills.

    Reading Skill Level Ruler (available in book #5 of the Letter Sounds series)

    Do Un-decodable books create learning disabilities

    Letter Sounds Save Their Soul: Available on Amazon

    By constantly being presented with text above their reading skill level, children are being trained into the habit of memorizing chunks of words, relying on pictures or flat out guessing!

    Armed with the skills ruler and the Letter Sounds Save Their Soul© training, reader guardians will know exactly what books will support their child’s current and developing reading abilities.


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    - Her rules for parenting in the White House, and how she really feels about turning 50 -

    New York, NY August 15, 2013 – What will Michelle Obama do next? Parade magazine talks to the first lady this Sunday and finds out: She’s taking her fight against childhood obesity to the next level, gearing up for parenting teenagers, and admitting she’s hit her stride in the White House. Here are just a few excerpts from the issue:

    Michelle Obama

    On why she no longer sports the bangs that caused such a sensation
    You know, it’s hard to make speeches with hair in your face!

    On why she chose a leadership role on the issue of childhood obesity in America
    When we started, there were people who were thinking, ‘Oh, that’s not an issue. Why is she picking that?’ But in a short amount of time we have turned a challenging problem into one where there are glimmers of hope and change. Our goal is to see the numbers reduced in a generation.

    On thinking about where Malia will go to college
    You know, I am really trying to tone that way down. Because kids are under unreasonable pressure, and it can destroy a high school experience.

    On the rules she has set for the Obama daughters as they grow older
    I give them as long a leash as they can handle. What I tell my kids is, I’m preparing you for college and for life. So, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, figuring out how to make that balance. We still have screen time rules.

    On whether her recent description of herself as “a single mother” was an acknowledgement of the pressure that comes with always making the decisions about her kids
    That’s absolutely right. When you have a husband or a partner who’s either traveling for work or has huge responsibility … and I give my husband credit – he knows who their friends are, he knows what their schedule is. But he’s not making the calls to the dance studio to figure out what classes they’re taking next year… I think it’s important for both parents to shoulder that[responsibility]. I tell my kids, “I am thinking about you every other minute of my day.”

    On the approach of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech
    I have immense hope. We just finished our visit to Africa and spent time on Robben Island with one of President Mandela’s cell-block mates. Mandela took a lot of the lessons from Dr. King’s time to heart…To come back to the United States, with an African-American president who has been influenced by both King andMandela, that is a reason to be hopeful about all that Dr. King sacrificed.

    On whether she thinks having an African-American family in the White House has moved the needle
    Absolutely. Children born in the last eight years will only know an African-American man being president of the United States. That changes the bar for all of our children, regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, their gender. It expands the scope of opportunity in their minds. And that’s where change happens.

    On whether there will be a female president in her lifetime
    Yes, I think the country is ready for it. It’s just a question of who’s the best person out there.

    On whether she sees Secretary Clinton getting the job
    She hasn’t announced anything, so I’m certainly not going to get ahead of her. [laughs]

    On whether she will ever run

    On her thoughts about turning 50 in January
    I have never felt more confident in myself, more clear on who I am as a woman. But I am constantly thinking about my ownhealth and making sure that I’m eating right and getting exercise and watching the aches and pains. I want to be this really fly 80-, 90-year old.

    Read more about first lady Michelle Obama at

    And in Sunday's Parade.


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    New parenting guide – Do I Look Like an ATM? – challenges African American parents to raise fiscally savvy and responsible children

    CHICAGO: Talking to America’s youth about being financially responsible has quickly become a hot topic in today’s economy. In order to do so, author Sabrina Lamb believes that African American parents must first reflect on their emotional attitudes and reeducate themselves about finances to make sure their children do not fall into the same spending trap that may become a family legacy.

    New parenting guide – Do I Look Like an ATM?

    Do I Look Like an ATM? A Parents Guide To Raising Financially Responsible African American Children (Lawrence Hill Books, March 2013) helps establish new financial behaviors for both African American parents and their children that will benefit them financially in the long-run. With step-by-step advice and exercises, Lamb’s guide to fiscal responsibility leads parents through self-examination of their own parent money styles while offering candid exercises that they can do with their children, revolving around how they can collectively become engaged citizens in the world of money. Using the knowledge gained from Do I Look Like an ATM?, the next generation will understand the true value of money and begin to use it wisely.

    About the Author:
    Sabrina Lamb is the founding and chief executive officer of the, a leading provider of financial education for underserved youth in the New York City tri-state area. She has written for Ebony, Essence, Heart and Soul, and Black Elegance. She lives in New York City.

    (Lawrence Hill Books, March 2013) by Sabrina Lamb


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    Bullying and Girls: A Time for Discussion

    The issues of bullying, harassment, teasing and intimidation were discussed, role played, and even acted out through artwork and acting. Twenty young ladies from elementary thru high school participated in the presentation: “I Will Survive Bullying” Arranged by Journey Into Womanhood held at Community Connections in Jacksonville, Florida. A program designed by Mrs. Coleman-Moss (Empowerment Resources), the mission is to “empower youth and their families, but to establish community partnerships and expose families to other community resources.”

    Empowerment Resources Inc.

    Empowerment Resource's Journey Into Womanhood™ (JIW)
    provided an interactive presentation by William Jackson (My Quest To Teach) to discuss bullying and cyberbullying, harassment, teasing and intimidation. Mr. Jackson a teacher, presenter on Social Media, Internet Safety, Youth and Technology, and Guest Host on BlogTalkRadio “Courageous Conversations Ask A Teacher,” designed an interactive presentation called, “I Will Survive Bullying” focusing on self esteem, bullying prevention, nonviolent strategies, empathy, local laws and self confidence when dealing with bullying and other forms of harassment.

    Bullying and Girls: A Time for Discussions

    This presentation was attended by 20 young ladies from elementary to high school. The young ladies all had experiences with teasing and bullying, but at various degrees. Some were bullied because of their clothes, some their hair, some even because of the color of their skins (Colorism). Colorism is not a new form of bullying, but a dangerous form of inter-cultural racism.

    This workshop provided an opportunity for the young ladies to talk about the seriousness of events happening at schools locally and nationally. The information shared was guided by a discussion from current school topics and questions that youth have about why they maybe picked out and bullied, the appropriate nonviolent responses to bullying, involvement of teachers and administrators and communicating with parents. The use of Social Media was integrated into the discussion because of the increase of CyberStalking and CyberBullying through computers, Smartphones, and other devices that have access to online content. Teens major mode of communication is with electronic devices and CyberStalking and CyberBullying along with Sexting are growing.

    Educators and administrators are the first lines of deterrence for bullying in classrooms and schools, the young ladies shared their lack of trust for many teachers and administrators because as students they feel they are not taken seriously about this issue that is creating an atmosphere of fear, mental and emotional trauma and missing of school. Studies of bullying by various organizations found that students threaten repeatedly suffer from various forms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is commonly associated with combat veterans. Several students in high school openly stated that teachers have disregarded their reporting of bullying that students receive in schools and are fearful of violence because “no one takes it serious at my school” says one high school young lady. They do not want to be labeled as “snitches.”

    Statistics show that students are stressed,, “77% of students experience bullying in some form: mental, verbal, or physical.” The incidents that can be measured are determined by the regularity of the events. If bullying is consistent and continuous there is cause for alarm and intervention at schools. Students may feel imprisoned if subjected to regular, consistent and continuous bullying. They may feel no way out of what they perceive as a trapped situation creating stress that builds and may cause mental and physical challenges.

    Through the efforts of organizations like Empowerment Resource's Journey Into Womanhood, young ladies can talk about incidents of bullying and build strategies to deal with and prevent potential incidents. A very important element is that students have a parent or guardian to talk to, to have a mature adult that values what the student feels and acts upon their stresses by inquiry and finding solutions. Stated by several young ladies the support from parents is very important. Knowing there is someone they can go to and share how they feel and values their feeling empowers them to be strong and confident.

    Schools need to provide support in more ways because traditional strategies are not working. Students are leaving public school to be home schooled or attending Charter Schools because of bullying. One young lady, not to be identified said her teacher bullied her so bad she wanted to stop school completely, but now is taking virtual classes working on graduating high school.

    William Jackson, M.Ed.
    My Quest To Teach


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    With recent news around additions to her family, Jennifer Hudson knows exactly what she wants to add to her brood – a baby girl.

    - Natural Gender Selection Specialist Michal Naim has reached out to Jennifer Hudson to offer her services and make this dream of conceiving a baby girl a reality for the songstress. -

    Michal Naim, a leading expert in the Egg Cycle Method (ECM), launched her international consulting business in 2009 to help women naturally pre-determine the gender of their newborns. The Egg Cycle Method (ECM) is a natural method that does not rely on diet or positions during intercourse – just the woman’s body cycle and the timing the cycle so that the egg receives and fertilizes an X or Y sperm.

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    Michal currently consults thousands of women around the globe using the ECM Method, and for qualifying candidates; she has a 90% success rate in accurately consulting women of all ages and backgrounds.

    “Ms. Hudson’s passion for starting a family and desire to have baby girl is exemplary of the many women I advise every day,” says Michal Naim. “These women come to me looking for a natural and uncomplicated way to start a family. My grandmother practiced the Egg Cycle Method, alternating genders with each of her eight children and I, myself, successfully implemented ECM in my desire to have two boys and two girls. I am happy to help women around the globe, like Jennifer Hudson, to conceive the baby they are so excited to welcome into the world.”

    For additional information on Natural Gender Selection, please visit Michal’s website Girl OR Boy 4 U –


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