Horizon Blog

Can compassion be taught?

February 6th, 2019

Is compassion innate, or can it be taught, learned and enhanced? According to research, you can be born with compassion and it can also be learned.1 Over the years, many experts have highlighted the importance of teaching compassion to children. Compassionate people have increased empathy, may be happier, and are action-driven. Compassionate children might be […]

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Gaming Addiction: Is your teen spending too much time playing video games?

February 6th, 2019

Can a game truly become an addiction? Yes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In fact, there is a name for it: gaming disorder. The WHO states that gaming disorder is defined: “as a pattern of gaming behavior (“digital-gaming” or “video-gaming”) characterized by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the […]

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Teens and Screen Time Addiction

November 14th, 2018

New research shows that teens can become addicted to social media and gaming. The research establishes that technology affects the same part of the brain that is stimulated by drugs, alcohol or sex. With technology in the palm of your hand, it’s impossible to quit completely, so many are wondering how much is too much? […]

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Bullying in Our Schools, Part III: Cyberbullying

June 15th, 2018

For school-age children, the playground isn’t just a physical space with swings and a slide. It’s also the world of texts and technology, built up with likes, tweets, images, and the latest lens on Snapchat. And just like on a physical playground, the interactions don’t always stay positive. What is cyberbullying? Bullying is harassment by […]

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Bullying in Our Schools, Part II – The Bullied

May 10th, 2018

It’s estimated that between 20% and 30% of school-age youth are directly involved in or affected by bullying. That’s as many as one out of every three children! As mentioned in our earlier post, Bullying Part I: The Bully, bullying is multifaceted. It doesn’t occur in a vacuum and it’s not black and white. School […]

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Bullying in Our Schools, Part I – The Bully

May 2nd, 2018

In 2015, one in five American high-school students reported that they had been bullied on school property in the previous year. According to ABC News, as many as 30% of children either bully or experience bullying. It’s easy to get swept up in a simplified narrative of school-age aggression. It’s easy to believe that there […]

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Protecting LGBTQ Youth from Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

March 9th, 2018

Did you know that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community is three times more likely to be affected by mental health conditions, including depression and generalized anxiety disorder? Why? There are several reasons why LGBTQ youth are at a greater risk. First, mental health disorders in the LGBTQ community often develop […]

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Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Being Drug-Free: What Works?

October 23rd, 2017

October 23-31 marks Red Ribbon Week. Across the nation, schools will participate the Red Ribbon campaign, which serves to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. The National Red Ribbon Week theme this year is: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free™. Did you know that studies show that parents who talk […]

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