All Kinds of News for July 11, 2018
You are about to be impressed; It’s been over an hour since I last checked my phone. It’s ringing, buzzing, alerting, filling with LinkedIn requests, Facebook posts, and disappearing Snapchats. Do you feel anxious, yet? What’s even more impressive is that 22 teenage boys are all in the same boat. Instead of their faces buried in technology, they are smiling, talking, running, living, breathing, connecting. How? It’s quite simple, to be honest. Create an outlet that’s more powerful. For those 22 players and me, that’s a lacrosse field. A sacred place that creates a unique opportunity to grow as individuals and as a group, away from our phones.
The Rocky Mountain Rippers is an elite travel lacrosse team in Salt Lake City. All players are in the graduating class of 2021. Through the game of lacrosse, RedCliff acts from the intention of creating opportunity, serving their community, building grit, and believing sportsmanship doesn’t end on the field.
A recent study out of Kazan University showed drastic increases in adolescents' dependence on social media.
“A poll was conducted among adolescents and young people aged 14-19 which covered secondary schools and tertiary education institutions.
Associate Professor Regina Sakhieva, one of the co-authors of the research, explained, "We can detect adolescents' dependence on social networks, where everyone can feel interesting and needed. Many people become addicted to communication in social networks and replacing real-life relationships with virtual ones. Even if you are aware of your addiction, it's not always easy to get rid of it."
The authors found that the majority of those questioned have predispositions for Internet addiction. This includes weak control over time spent online, over their activity timelines and priority setting. However, they still can limit their online activities in favor of face-to-face communication with friends and other daily activities, such as studies.
A program of addiction prevention was proposed as a result of questionnaire analysis. The program is aimed at promoting social experience, self-regulation, self-management in the information space and critical thinking with regards to content consumption. The plan was tested and proved to be effective.
"We see a solution in prevention measures implemented by all the participants of educational relations. That's why the researchers proposed psychological and pedagogical guidance of prevention policies, including organizational efforts for prevention, special courses for teachers and psychologists, and new forms and methods of prevention work," concluded Dr. Sakhieva.
The program is divided into three parts - motivational and cognitive measures, practice-oriented measures and reflexive training, and a systemic plan of its implementation for the audience of 14 to 19-year-olds. *
*Reference; Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
About RedCliff Ascent
RedCliff Ascent is a therapeutic wilderness program, nestled between two mountain ranges in the high desert of Enterprise, UT. They focus on adolescents ages 13-17 who are struggling with various challenges from anxiety and depression, to school abandonment and the need to reconnect with their family. With over 25 years of experience, RedCliff uses a relational model and narrative therapy to drive an outcome and an evidence-based approach. RedCliff Recovery is a women's specific, 12-step adventure based wilderness program. Designed by women, specifically for women.