How To Talk To Kids About Tragic Events

Written by Kelly Wallace, CNN After a horrific event like the terrorism in Brussels or the Paris attacks, parents are faced with this dilemma: What do I tell my kids? How can I talk to them about something so senseless and indiscriminate? About something that we can’t make sense of ourselves? “When we feel ourselves […]

Mentoring and social media: New research guides policy and practice

summarized by Evan Cutler, Asst. Director, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring Schwartz, S. E. O., Rhodes, J. E., Liang, B., Sánchez, B., Spencer, R., Kremer, S., & Kanchewa, S. (2014). Mentoring in the digital age: Social media use in adult-youth relationships. Children and Youth Services Review, 47, 205-213.   Introduction Digital communication (e.g. texting, emailing, Facebook, etc.) […]

Adolescents’ Digital Media Use and Friendships

Davis, K. (2012). Friendship 2.0: Adolescents’ experiences of belonging and self-disclosure online. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 1527-1536. Summarized by UMB clinical psychology doctoral student, Stella Kanchewa, M.A. Introduction: As adolescents strive for autonomy away from parents/guardians, they turn to peer relationships in order to meet social needs, and to establish an integrated sense of self […]

Short Course on Youth Mentoring in the Digital Age

The MENTOR/UMass Boston Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring invites you to a short course on Youth Mentoring in the Digital Age.

Sarah Schwartz, Ph.D. is the “Connected Learning” Editor

Sarah Schwartz is the newly appointed MacArthur Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Connected Learning. As editor of this new column, she will share with the mentoring community the many new research projects and ideas that are emerging from the Connected Learning Research Network and beyond. Within this context, Sarah will highlight her new research on youth […]

Should mentors discuss politics with mentees? Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

Should mentors talk politics with their mentees

by Jean Rhodes, Ph.D. This week, the Forum delves into whether or not a mentor and youth should discuss politics. Discussing politics, religion, and world events can be difficult, especially when there are competing ideas about what is best for our country – ideas that are rooted in differing values, culture, and worldview. A good […]

Digital media and mentoring Re-imagining learning for the 21st century Although many parents and educators have misgivings about the new generation’s immersion in digital media and social networking, these tools can be harnessed in news ways that build knowledge, connect young people to their interests and passions, and provide new pathways to learning. So, rather than squelch and […]