Tech Tip – zTrip App
There are many kids out with their friends, partying, drinking or experimenting with drugs and
technology has provided more effective ways to make sure that your child makes the right decisions and
doesn’t drink and drive home. The zTrip app is an app for an android or apple device and once
downloaded, you will be prompted to enter credit card information only once. Kids, or parents, can
select the type of vehicle, either a black car or taxi, decide whether the ride is needed now or later and
enter the pick-up and drop of locations. The vehicle will take you to your destination and your credit
card will be charged after arriving at the destination. This app is great in teaching your children how to
make the right decisions rather than being prone to peer pressure to drink and drive.
Bully – Self Esteem Activities
Building self-esteem is a great way to give your child the confidence they need to face their daily
challenges. Give your child the sense of importance so that they know that they matter and so do their
opinions and feelings. Always help your child share him/herself with you. Be sure to give positive
comments about academics and sports as well as about personality traits such as being generous or
cooperative. Don’t shelter your child too much – give them the chance to experience disappointment
and to make mistakes but ensure that they don’t feel a sense of failure. Instead, teach them how to
learn from such situations and move on. Most importantly, show them that you love them
unconditionally – don’t save the hugs and kisses for only when they’re being good. Surprise them so
your child will learn that affection is not something they have to earn from you.
The most recognized form of bullying in elementary school is physical violence—such as hitting, punching, pushing or taking another student’s belongings. However, as prevalent as physical violence is, verbal bullying is more common and can be even more damaging as its physical counterpart. Verbal bullying comes in many forms, including taunting, threatening or making fun of a student’s gender, religion, appearance, socioeconomic status or mannerisms. This type of bullying tends to spread quickly among students, who “follow” without thinking of the harm or consequences of what they’re doing. Verbal bullying can also lead to social alienation, which happens when a student is excluded from the group or rest of the class and made to feel inferior or different from everyone else. The bully’s unspoken message is that for others to avoid becoming his/her next target, the bystander should ignore their conscience and join in the isolate-the-victim game. According to recent studies, elementary school bullying is most commonly perpetrated by boys, who look for opportunities to take part in physical bullying when teachers and adults aren’t present or paying close enough attention, such as on the playground, in bathrooms, or in crowded hallways. They’re also most likely to pick on younger children. Bullying that occurs among girls deals mostly with social exclusion. Girls gang up against a victim as way of exerting control. Verbal bullying can also lead to social alienation, which happens when a student is excluded from the group or rest of the class and made to feel inferior or different from everyone else.