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A 6-year-old first grader was suspended for pointing his finger at another student and saying “pow”. Does this sound over-the-top to you? It does to me but there’s more to this story then you think. Watch my take on this story on Fox & Friends
Click on the link below to hear my take on Fox & Friends news about the “adult” college student who decided it was ok to wear a fake bullet belt to school two days after Sandy Hook massacre because it’s a fashion statement. I’m not buying it.
Student Arrested for Wearing Fake Ammunition Belt on University Campus
Just days after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, a college student was arrested for wearing a fake ammunition belt. 20-year-old Andrew Despres spent a week in jail before his $50,000 bail was reduced to $500. Did the police overreact to this “fashion statement” or is the arrest justified?
Prior to this incident, the student had been expelled from college for possession of a knife and marijuana. Before returning to the school to collect his belongings, he was supposed to contact the university police. When campus security recognized him, he was arrested for trespassing and carrying ammunition.
Friends and family, including his mother, are coming to his defense, saying he always wore the fake belt in the past and it’s merely a fashion statement. Psychotherapist and school counselor Thomas Kersting isn’t buying that excuse.
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This morning on Fox and Friends, he said there’s no justification for wearing a belt of that nature in the light of the Newtown tragedy. “Maybe he could get away with that 20 years ago but […] you got to have a better sense, better common sense than to show up on campus with a fake belt of bullets on.”
Kersting asserted that as a society we have kept 18-23 year olds in a perennial time warp of adolescence. He said, “It’s time for us as parents to start holding our kids accountable at a young age into adolescence and into young adulthood so that they make more responsible decisions in their life.”
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I know this sounds crazy but it sounds like things have gotten so out of whack with technology and social networking that we’re putting ourselves at risk for animal attacks. That’s what I said; technology is actually causing more animal attacks? Let me explain.
I started reading this article (Alaska bear victim pleads for help in 911 call) because I’ve been to Alaska and I love it, and I happen to like bears. The article is about a guy who climbed 30 feet up a tree after being mauled by a grizzly (good thing it wasn’t a black bear; they can climb trees). As I was reading the article it hit me; it was another story of technology-gone-bad. And you know how I feel about technology and how I believe it’s hurting us more than helping us. Here’s a quote from the article:
“People are getting too close to the animals with their cell-phone cameras without the zoom power of regular cameras, said Dave Battle, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.”
Battle believes the rationale behind this behavior goes like this: “I want to get a picture, a close-up picture, so I can post it on Facebook and all my friends from all around the country can see what a neat place I live in.”
This supports what I’ve been saying all along. Many of us have become so desperate for attention, so needy, that we actually risk our lives to get a close-up picture of a wild animal (a large and dangerous one at that) just to get a few “wow’s” from our facebook friends. Unbelievable!!
Do yourself a favor and leave the camera/video phone behind when you go for a walk in nature. The “oneness” with nature that you’ll discover just might help you turn inward a little bit more where you’ll find your real self-esteem. This way you won’t need to post pictures on facebook to feel good about yourself.
I’ve done a lot of research over the years and given a lot of talks on the topic of childhood obesity and it’s good to see a major media company like Disney finally step to the plate. Read article here
Junk food advertising, especially to children, is big business. Here are few statistics that you probably were not aware of:
- The McDonald’s Corporation distributes more toys per year than Toys R Us. Think “Happy” Meals.
- Obesity is the number one health threat to kids and is the number one cause of Type 2 diabetes
- As recent as 15-year-ago, Type 2 diabetes was never seen in kids. In fact it used to be called “Adult Onset Diabetes”
- There are nearly 4 times as many overweight kids today as there were in 1985
- Only 2 percent of kids meet the food pyramid guidelines
- Less than 15 percent of kids get adequate servings of fruits and vegetables
- Teenage boys eat 70 percent of their meals away from home
- Fast food sales are higher than videos, books, music, movies and magazine sales combined
- The fast food industry spends over $3 billion a year in advertising
- Because of the childhood obesity epidemic, the life expectancy of today’s kids is less than ours.
A new study was just released about the effects of energy drinks on kid’s teeth. The study showed that energy drinks can cause tooth enamel damage and increases the risk of cavities and tooth decay. Hey parents, it doesn’t sound much different than soda does it? So why do we buy these “energy” drinks for our kids? The drink market has exploded so much over the last 20 years that if you go to the drink aisle in a mini-mart or a super-market it will be one of the most colorful, magical experiences you’ll ever have. And if your kids are with you, watch out. They’ll tug on your pants to the point where you’ll just say, “fine” and give in.
What you might not realize is that these “energy” drinks and other sugar-water drinks are packaged in a vibrant, colorful way so that you become subliminally attracted them. You’ll also see big bold words on the packaging like, “energy” or “juice” or “vitamin”. Then your brain says, “Oh, not only are they bright and colorful like real fruit, they’re healthy for my kid too.” Nonsense! Here are a couple of real healthy alternatives you can give your kids that won’t destroy the enamel on their teeth or make them fat.
1. Give your kids water: Nothing new here. We all know that water doesn’t cause cavities, tooth decay or obesity. You can filter your own water from your faucet or get 24-bottles of Poland Spring on sale for $2.99. Not a bad deal considering that one bottle of some of these energy drinks can cost $2.99 each. I’ve been giving my kids water from day one and guess what they ask for when they’re thirsty? You guessed it – water
2. Look for labels that say 100%: The next time you’re at the supermarket and are about to buy a package of juice drinks, make sure it says 100% juice. Do you know what 100% juice means? It means that there is nothing else in it other than real fruit juice. It’s actually healthy for your kids. Not only will your kids love it, one serving of juice also counts as a serving of fruit. If the package says, “made from real fruit juice” or “contains 10% fruit juice”, stay away; it’s a disguise for the fact that the drink is really just sugar water. I’m so happy that Kraft’s CapriSun now makes a 100% juice variety. Check it out here: http://www.kraftbrands.com//CaprisunMoms/varieties.aspx?ctype=juice
3. Never Ever give your kids soda: One can has 8-10 teaspoons of sugar. Need I say more?
Dr. Tom Kersting participates in an expert panel, on My Fox New York, discussing the many issues related to Twitter, Facebook and other on-line forms of networking – from what it could mean at your job, to how it can impact kids at school.