Trend­ing, tots and teens

Plus, the re­turn of the pri­vate school Mas­cot Ri­valry

The Kids Post - - Editor’s Notes -

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

Prop­erty Broth­ers

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