Posts by KC Cohen

KC Cohen, LCSW, M.Ed is the full-time Middle and Upper School Counselor at RCS. In addition to working with individual students, KC coordinates the Middle School Health program, and teaches 8th grade Health. KC also designs and coordinates the character-focused home base program, and directs the Mentor Program in the Middle School. Additionally, KC is a Coordinator for the all-school Community Development Team, and is on the Middle School Admissions Committee. Prior to coming to Riverdale, KC worked at the Freedom Institute with adolescents (and their families) with substance abuse and addiction disorders. There, she was also a part of Freedom’s school-based program in which she worked with students, faculty, and parents in over 40 schools in the NYC area on issues of substance abuse prevention, relational aggression and bullying, self-esteem building, and general wellness. KC is an avid runner, and has a passion for nutrition-related topics and cooking. She is also deeply interested in issues of stress reduction and mindfulness.

  1. Access to Internet Pornography: Are Parents’ Concerns Justified?

    [ By on February 15, 2013 ]

    Access to Internet Pornography: Are Parents’ Concerns Justified? By Terri Apter, Ph.D. Created Mar 22 2011 - 11:30am Type in any common female name, or word for sweet (such as lollipop) or flower (such a blue orchid), and a few more clicks can bring up sites that open onto a world of eye-searing pornography, including images of child rape and other acts of sexual torture. These are not sites restricted to private systems that require credit card payments or age verification; these are easily accessible by children. It is estimated that 12 % of 5 to 7 year olds and 16% o 8 to 17 year olds ...

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  2. Got Grit? The Call to Educate Smart, Savvy, and Socially Intelligent Students (From NAIS – Independent School Magazine)

    [ By on February 07, 2013 ]

    Got Grit? The Call to Educate Smart, Savvy, and Socially Intelligent Students From: Independent School Magazine: Winter 2013 By: Catherine Steiner-Adair Winter 2013 How would your school change — your curriculum, your methods of assessment, the very experience of being a student in your school — if you placed the social and emotional skills and character traits that we know are highly correlated with psychological well-being and career success as a central through-line in your mission?  Contemporary culture has wrought profound changes — especially in the lives of children. In today's world, more than ever, schools need to think about what it takes to educate children to be psychologically healthy and of good character, to give them the tools ...

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  3. When Role Models Fall: Talking to Boys About Heroes Gone Bad: (From Huffpost- PARENTS)

    [ By on January 17, 2013 ]

    When Role Models Fall: Talking to Boys About Heroes Gone Bad                                HuffPost- PARENTS -- Posted: 01/16/2013 10:08 am  By:  Author, research psychologist and gender scholar In my first book, Raising Boys Without Men, I noted the importance of actively seeking out male role models for boys growing up in homes without fathers. But we know that even boys with dads at home benefit from having a variety of personal heroes. That's because boys will pull from the different people in their lives the traits and qualities they need and admire (which is why role models for boys needn't, and shouldn't, be exclusively male). Viable role ...

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  4. Train a Parent, Spare a Child –New York Times — Jan 11th, 2013

    [ By on January 15, 2013 ]

    New York Times Fashion & Style  January 11, 2013 Train a Parent, Spare a Child By BRUCE FEILER  SOMEONE asked me recently what my New Year’s resolution was as a parent. Without thinking, I said, “more creative bribing.” I find the issue of bribing children — or to be more precise, the giving of blunt, uncreative rewards for desired behavior (“If you just stop kicking that seat in front of you on the plane, I’ll give you 10 minutes of iPad time”; “Clean your room this weekend, I’ll give you 10 bucks”; “If you use good manners at Grandma’s house, I’ll let you have an extra brownie”) — to be ...

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  5. How To Talk with Kids about a School Shooting — (Re: Tragedy in CT 12/14/12)

    [ By on December 15, 2012 ]

    How To Talk with Kids about a School Shooting "We chat, talk, tweet, stream, and absorb violence with a hunger. It’s just so horrifying that sometimes it’s hard not to watch. We follow along in bed, on the bus, in our cars (!), and during our face to face time with loved ones and family. This news is upsetting and torrential. Many of us are left feeling a bit helpless or vulnerable. So are our children." - Wendy Sue Swanson "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for ...

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  6. Parents Warned Against Cyber Bullying on ask.fm

    [ By on December 06, 2012 ]

    Parents Warned Against Cyber Bullying on ask.fm Tuesday, 12 June 2012 On June 7th, parents with children in the Scarsdale Middle School received an email from the school warning them against the use of a social media website called ask.fm. The school reported that students have been using the site to “post hurtful and inappropriate material.” The email from the school read as follows, “ASK.FM is a social networking site where teens can send and receive anonymous questions and comments. Teens can connect to this website through their Facebook and AIM accounts. The website allows for online conversations and does not require that ...

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  7. Teen eating disorders: Tips to protect your teen (from the Mayo Clinic)

    [ By on December 05, 2012 ]

    Teen eating disorders: Tips to protect your teen Concerned about teen eating disorders? Know what contributes to teen eating disorders, the consequences of eating disorders and the best strategies for prevention. By Mayo Clinic staff Why teens develop eating disorders The exact cause of eating disorders — such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder — is unknown. However, various factors might put teens at risk of developing eating disorders. For example: * Societal pressure. Modern Western culture tends to place a premium on being physically attractive and having a slim body. Even with a normal body weight, teens can easily develop the perception that they're fat. This can trigger an obsession with losing weight, ...

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  8. The scary trend of tweens with anorexia

    [ By on December 05, 2012 ]

    CNN Health Parenting.com The scary trend of tweens with anorexia By Margaret Renkl, Parenting More than 60% of elementary and middle school teachers reported that eating disorders are a problem in their schools. More than 60% of elementary and middle school teachers reported that eating disorders are a problem in their schools. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Children have a lower percentage of body fat than adolescents and adults Because they are still developing, severe cases can permanently affect tweens The average age for the onset of anorexia used to be 13 to 17. Now it's 9 to 12 (Parenting) -- In March ...

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  9. Snapchat app has parents of teens concerned – TODAY SHOW – December 4th, 2012

    [ By on December 04, 2012 ]

      TODAY Show |  Aired on December 04, 2012 Snapchat app has parents of teens concerned New photo-sharing app Snapchat has become highly popular among teens, but it’s raising concern among parents that it may be offering teens a false sense of security about sending compromising photos. NBC’s Andrea Canning reports. Millions of teenagers have adopted a smartphone app which has been touted as a way of safely "sexting" and sharing naked pictures.  But is it really a safe way to share intimate photographs of yourself? See Video from the Today Show ------------ Snapchat, which is available for both iPhone and Android devices, describes how senders can control how long a message or picture can be ...

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  10. Changes in the Parent-Child Relationship -Middle School (related to helping your pre-teen successfully take on the new demands of middle school. )

    [ By on December 03, 2012 ]

    Changes in the Parent-Child Relationship From -The Successful Parent Website post- Middle School (link to full post) There are many changes that occur in the parent-child relationship during early adolescence, but what we are concerned with here are those related to helping your pre-teen successfully take on the new demands of middle school. During elementary school parents often assist their children with basic school tasks. For many parents, it has become a regular practice to do some of the child's work for them and/or to rescue them when they forget to turn in assignments on time, forget due dates of projects, forget to bring supplies to school, and so forth. After ...

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