Albert Einstein Academy

School Counseling Newsletter

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Hello AEA Parents and Students!

Around the first week of every month we will be sending out a monthly counseling newsletter filled with information to aid in academic, career/college and social emotional wellbeing. Please read below to learn more!

Your AEA Counselors

Discussing the News and Media with Your Child(ren)

Tips for all kids

Consider your own reactions. Your kids will look to the way you handle the news to determine their own approach. If you stay calm and rational, they will, too.

Take action. Depending on the issue and kids' ages, families can find ways to help those affected by the news. Kids can write postcards to politicians expressing their opinions; families can attend meetings or protests; kids can help assemble care packages or donate a portion of their allowance to a rescue/humanitarian effort. Check out websites that help kids do good.

Tips for kids under 7

Keep the news away. Turn off the TV and radio news at the top of the hour and half hour. Read the newspaper out of range of young eyes that can be frightened by the pictures (kids may respond strongly to pictures of other kids in jeopardy). Preschool kids don't need to see or hear about something that will only scare them silly, especially because they can easily confuse facts with fantasies or fears.

Stress that your family is safe. At this age, kids are most concerned with your safety and separation from you. Try not to minimize or discount their concerns and fears, but reassure them by explaining all the protective measures that exist to keep them safe. If the news event happened far away, you can use the distance to reassure kids. For kids who live in areas where crime and violence is a very real threat, any news account of violence may trigger extra fear. If that happens, share a few age-appropriate tips for staying and feeling safe (being with an adult, keeping away from any police activity).

Be together. Though it's important to listen and not belittle their fears, distraction and physical comfort can go a long way. Snuggling up and watching something cheery or doing something fun together may be more effective than logical explanations about probabilities.

Tips for kids 8–12

Carefully consider your child's maturity and temperament. Many kids can handle a discussion of threatening events, but if your kids tend toward the sensitive side, be sure to keep them away from the TV news; repetitive images and stories can make dangers appear greater, more prevalent, and closer to home.

Be available for questions and conversation. At this age, many kids will see the morality of events in stark black-and-white terms and are in the process of developing their moral beliefs. You may have to explain the basics of prejudice, bias, and civil and religious strife. But be careful about making generalizations, since kids will take what you say to the bank. This is a good time to ask them what they know, since they'll probably have gotten their information from friends, and you may have to correct facts.

Talk about -- and filter -- news coverage. You might explain that even news programs compete for viewers, which sometimes affects content decisions. If you let your kids use the Internet, go online with them. Some of the pictures posted are simply grisly. Monitor where your kids are going, and set your URLs to open to non-news-based portals.

Tips for teens

Check in. Since, in many instances, teens will have absorbed the news independently of you, talking with them can offer great insights into their developing politics and their senses of justice and morality. It will also help you get a sense of what they already know or have learned about the situation from their own social networks. It will also give you the opportunity to throw your own insights into the mix (just don't dismiss theirs, since that will shut down the conversation immediately).

Let teens express themselves. Many teens will feel passionately about events and may even personalize them if someone they know has been directly affected. They'll also probably be aware that their own lives could be affected by violence. Try to address their concerns without dismissing or minimizing them. If you disagree with media portrayals, explain why so your teens can separate the mediums through which they absorb news from the messages conveyed.

Important Dates

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Return to in Person Learning

As you know, all students/families have the choice to return to in person learning on January 19, 2021. If you or your child are struggling with this transition, please feel free to reach out to your building counselor for assistance. We are always available to meet with a student or parent/guardian in-person or virtually, just reach out! We are able to help with social/emotional issues that your child may be experiencing, as well as aiding in organization and study skills.

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Did you know that the Cuyahoga County Public Library offers a wide range of services and activities?

One service offered is homework help, offered via telephone from 4:30pm-7:00pm. Please call your local branch for more details. Students with library cards may also access free, live homework help using the service from 10:00am-12:00am.

Click here to check out other activities happening this month!

Referral Forms

Please feel free to use our Referral Forms as needed.

College Corner

If you have started your college application process, you should be receiving acceptance letters from now until the end of the school year. Make sure you are keeping in contact with your counselor and letting them know where you have applied and where you plan to attend as you make the decision.

Scholarships have started opening up for the 2021-2022 school year. Here is a list of scholarship search engines you may find useful (I have found Unigo to be especially helpful in the past) -