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“Uniting for Black Lives”
Earlier this year, a Black man named George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minnesota. His death has set off a call for change in America—and in some cities, teens are leading the way.
“Blue & Black”
Recent police killings of African Americans have sparked outrage, protests, and deadly attacks on officers. What can be done to bridge the divide between police and the communities they serve?
“Uniting for Black Lives”
Millions of people nationwide have joined the Black Lives Matter movement to protest long-standing racism and police violence toward Black Americans. Will this moment help bring important changes?
“Is This a Flag of Hate?”
The racist murder of nine blacks in South Carolina has reignited a debate about the symbols of the Confederacy—and what they stand for
“How "Black Lives Matter" became a U.S. protest cry”
“Inside NFL players’ Black Lives Matter video, and how it forced Goodell’s hand”
“Police, community try talking”
Police officers in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, listen to a presentation by police Capt. Martin McCoy at a "Know Your Rights" night on Jan. 15, 2015. The event was designed to let residents question police about police-public encounters following the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of the police in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. https://newsela.com/read/police-youth-talking/id/7078/?collection_id=339&search_id=16859c17-1f84-4d8c-a83a-2dfd279af7ac
“Trayvon Martin's death is not forgotten, even after five years”
Addiction and the effects on family
“America’s Drug Crisis”
Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after taking a type of drug called opioids. Why are so many people using these drugs, and how are families dealing with the loss of loved ones?
"Sesame Street" to tackle topic of addiction in the home
“Essay: My daughter taught me prison is part of our family story, but not the whole story”
“I Went Viral for Being Bullied”
Cruel classmates embarrassed Lulu at school—and posted it all on social media. Lulu was crushed, but she didn’t give up. She found a powerful way to show she was stronger than her bullies.
“The Global Problem of Cyberbullying”
Being threatened or picked on via social media or text message is an issue for teens around the world, according to new data. This graph shows the percentage of parents in select nations who say their child has been cyberbullied so far this year. How does the United States compare with other countries? Does anything about the data surprise you?
“Should Your School Punish Cyberbullies?”
https://junior.scholastic.com/issues/2017-18/100917/should-your-school-punish-cyberbulliThe Global Problem of Cyberbullyinges.html
“Schools are working to help stop the problem of cyberbullying”
“Many teens say that online bullying is a big problem”
“Bullied kids finally seek help – from mom and dad”
“Will punishing parents stop kids from bullying?”
Discrimination against religions
“Do We Look Like Terrorists To You?”
Attitudes toward Muslims in the U.S. are often negative. But American Muslims say that people’s perceptions of them couldn’t be further from reality. Here’s what they want you to know.
“Why I Wear a Head Scarf”
Soha, 16, is one of 3.4 million Muslim people in the United States. She chooses to wear a head scarf to honor her religion. Here’s what that means.
“Officials seek information on treatment of America's Muslim students”
“A History of anti-Semitism”
“Hate crimes are on the rise in the United States, FBI reports”
Divorce and effects on kids
“The Psychological Effects of Divorce on Children”
Take steps to help kids bounce back faster
https://www.verywellfamily.com/psychological-effects-of-divorce-on-kids-4140170 ( use the graphic)
“Survival Guide to Divorce”
Divorce comes with all the feelings—anger, fear, resentment, helplessness— but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Whether you’re dealing with your own parents’ split or you want to help a friend whose folks are separating, we’ve got tips on how to cope.
Women in the military
“Women on the Front Lines”
It’s been two years since the military opened all combat positions to women. What’s changed—and what hasn’t?
“New rule opens all military jobs to women”
Vermont National Guard Specialist Skylar Anderson, the first female in the Army to qualify as a combat engineer, poses at Camp Johnson in Colchester, Vermont, Dec. 3, 2015. Anderson said she didn't know when she started the Army's training course to become a combat engineer that she would be the first female to graduate. AP/Wilson Ring
“Women veterans share their stories and experiences through writing”
“Women get the OK to fight in combat units”
“PRO/CON: Should Selective Service registration include women?”
Pros and cons of gaming
“The History of Minecraft”
“Is Playing Video Games a Sport?”
Is playing Fortnite the same as playing soccer or other traditional sports? Many people think so. They call gaming an electronic sport, or “e-sport.” “Some colleges even give scholarships for it. But not everyone agrees! Here, two readers give their opinions.”
“Don’t Be Fooled”
Some video game apps are costing kids big bucks.
“Long hours of video-game playing might not be so bad”
“Video games may be beneficial for soldiers to play”
“Student Opinion: Video gaming can help with learning and focus”
“Video game makers add features to help people with disabilities play”
“Student Opinion: Too much time spent playing video games can damage kids' brains”
The loss of a loved one and effects on children
“How to deal with the death of a loved one”
“Opinion: Children and grieving the loss of a loved one”
“In many cultures, food is a way of celebrating those you have lost”
“Opinion: It's important to feel your way through emotions, even grief”
“Dealing With Death”
One in five teens will lose a loved one by age 18. Nothing can make the pain go away, but it is possible to feel better.
Sports and COVID
“Which winter sports are safest to play during COVID-19?”
“Back to the Races”
“Athletes find creative ways to train from home during the coronavirus”
Learning a new language and effects in school on children (esl)
“Why French Jews and Muslims are learning each other’s language”
“Mexican immigrants who don't speak Spanish have a hard time learning”
“Sharing languages in the classroom helps build new friendships”