Trending, tots and teens
Plus, the return of the private school Mascot Rivalry
As kids everywhere start to stock up on school supplies, don their fall apparel — jackets, boots and backpacks — and ponder what the new school year will bring, I can’t help but notice that parents have seemingly more to contend with than ever before. After all, these are the days of iPhones, tablets and iPads, tweeting and Instagram. Lesson plans are more likely to occur on a screen than a chalkboard, and educators are constantly coming up with new and improved ways to approach the learning process.
This technologically inclined era raises a new host of opportunities, questions and concerns in today’s world. The World Wide Web is quite literally at our fingertips: accessible and downloadable at the click of a button or (more likely) tap of the screen. The quest for knowledge has never been more convenient.
But with the good, comes the bad, and as old teaching methods become shiny and new, so too are some of the time-honoured troubles that come with being a kid. The old, “Do you know where your children are?” public service announcements are given new meaning as parents try to stay aware of where their kids are, online, at all times. Instead, the question has quickly become, “Do you know what URL your child is visiting?” Bullying has doubled in size and grown a few heads, taking on a new name: cyberbullying. And parent-teacher interviews are often conducted via email.
So, in our 25th annual edition of the Kids Post, we explore the pros and cons of today’s trends, compiling a series of articles that will help keep you (our readers) up to date, making the parental process a little easier.
In addition, we tap into other such trends, as Jeanne Beker shares her favourite fall jackets for stylish scholars, and the Property Brothers offer tips on how to give your kid’s study room an eco-makeover. Also, Jessi Cruickshank, host of Canada’s Smartest Person, shares how audience participation and viewer participation have become synonymous — with an app that allows viewers to engage with the show, live, along with the contestants.
Of course, as always, we offer you a comprehensive Private Education Guide, pertaining to all private and independent schools across the GTA, and tell you everything you need to know, from when to make the transition from public to private to how to go about choosing the right private school for your child.
This year, Toronto played host to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, so taking our cue from that, we did a one-on-one with local soccer star and Canadian defender Rebecca Quinn. And with the Toronto Film Festival underway, we chose to profile documentary filmmaker Yung Chang.
Finally, returning this year is the beloved Mascot Rivalry competition, where private and independent school students can vote for their mascot for a chance to win an exclusive school visit from the Raptor and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ very own Carlton!
Editor Samantha Peksa
The Raptor, Gryphon and Carlton