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08 Feb, 2019
GLENDALE'S DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW

A new law is in effect for Glendale and all of those who travel through it. The City of Glendale has passed a distracted driving law. This new ordinance states that you can be, "pulled over for using your phone, even if you're at a stop light." There are two exceptions, you can use your phone to turn on your hands free device and in cases of emergency. You can read the entire city ordinance here, including all the exemptions. 

01 Feb, 2019
TECHNOLOGY ADDICTION?

Do you spend too much time on your phone, the internet or your computer? Do you feel anxious when you are without your preferred device? Technology is everywhere and psychologists are now in the process of studying if people can actually become addicted to their devices or if our prolonged use is just a habit. Psychology Today states that an, "Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences." People who believe that technology can be an addiction, similar to gambling or even drug use, are concerned that it can cause depression, anxiety, sleep deprivation and lower life satisfaction. In fact there are now treatment centers to help people with their technology addiction. However, others believe that our use of technology is just habit formation defined as, "the process by which new behaviors become automatic." Those who believe it is a habit think of it as something people can easily control and see the term "addiction" as extreme moniker especially when comparing it to drug use. According to Christopher Ferguson,"Technology use causes dopamine release similar to other normal, fun activities: about 50 to 100 percent above normal levels. Cocaine, by contrast, increases dopamine 350 percent, and methamphetamine a whopping 1,200 percent." Is technology addiction the most recent scapegoat for societies problems? Whatever your personal stance be habit, addiction or somewhere in the middle the only thing that scientist agree on is that there isn't enough real statistical information yet to tell them either way.

 

11 Jan, 2018
WE THE PEOPLE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 2019

The Arizona We the People State Competition was held on Friday, January 11th at Mesa Community College. The We the People program simulates congressional hearings where students testify as constitutional experts in front of panels of esteemed judges; often legislatures, judges and lawyers. Nine high school teams competed in the competition from all across the state but ultimately, at the end of the day, Mountain View High School came away with first place. Mountain View will have the ability to travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the We the People National finals. Hamilton High School, last years first place winner, took second place this year, third place went to Skyline High School and fourth to Gilbert Classical Academy.

If you would like to get involved with the We the People Program talk to your teachers to see if you have a program at your school. Need more information about how to get a team started? Click here and fill out the contact us form.

05 Dec, 2018
SNOW FUN ON THE ROADSIDE

It's snow season and that brings all the fun that comes along with it; sledding, skiing, snowboarding and of course the infamous snowball fights! But if you are going to enjoy the snow be sure that you travel a little further than your emergency pull off or roadside. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reminds us that while this may seem like an easy quick solution to get some snowy fun in it could also cause some serious problems "Highway shoulders are for emergencies only. Stopping there puts you and your loved ones at risk of a crash. It blocks first responders and snowplows en route to emergencies or to help stranded motorists. It also contributes to backups and delays." Don't worry there are tons of other free places to play that don't jeopardize your roadside safety such as local parks and free sledding attractions like Oak Hill Snow Play Area. Have fun playing in the snow and stay off the roadsides.

04 Jan, 2019
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

With the New Year comes the infamous New Year's resolution a commitment that you make to yourself that you will do or not do a particular thing in the new year, usually with the thought that what you commit to will make you a happier or better person than you were the year before. While resolution are known for failure studies show they don't have to be if you make them manageable and realistic. Instead of planning to travel to the moon maybe look into making it to a science camp or staying awake in your science class. Whatever your goals make them small enough so that you can stick with them but large enough that they are still worthwhile to you. Next year you will get to brag to your friends that you successfully kept your resolution. (Learning to not brag and being a good winner can be next year's resolution) Good Luck!

26 Dec, 2018
FIREWORKS IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

'Tis the season to see, buy and sell fireworks but do you know the law? Find out what the laws are in your area by checking out the My Streets section of LawforKids! There you can easily see what is and isn't allowed in your neighborhood.

From all of us at LawforKids have a safe, fun and....

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!

20 Dec, 2018
A PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC

A new public health epidemic is sweeping the nation one puff at a time according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Vaping and e-cigarettes are on the rise since they entered the market in 2007, especially with youth. But who is the Surgeon General and why should we listen to him? The Surgeon General is our "Nations Doctor and provides Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury". According to the Surgeon General,"Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine – the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products". Nicotine is harmful. The Know the Risks website explains that nicotine "can cause nicotine addiction, mood disorders, and permanent lowering of impulse control. Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning". One of the most common e-cigarettes for youth is a brand called JUUL which contains a salt based nicotine in its flavored pods. However, according to the Surgeon General's advisory, "approximately two thirds of JUUL users aged 15-24 do not know that JUUL always contains nicotine".If the health risks of nicotine aren't enough of a deterrent then remember JUUL and all other forms of nicotine are also illegal. For more information about the laws visit our Law section.

14 Dec, 2018
NO MORE HOMEWORK

For years there has been a growing concern that students, especially at the elementary and middle school level are being given too much homework. According to the Wall Street Journal in the most recent study available (2016) high school students spend an average of 7.5 hours a week on homework while grades K-8 averaged 4.7 hours. Some school districts, like Ridgefield Public Schools in Ridgefield, Connecticut and Wayne Township Public Schools in Wayne, New Jersey, are saying that it is just too much time and are restricting the amount of homework teachers can assign or banning it all together. However, the response from parents has been conflicted. Some parents feel that the ban and restrictions are necessary; schools have invaded their home with relentless amounts of work that cut into family time and extracurricular activities. Other parents don't like the ban because they feel that homework allows them to take part in their child's education and helps students learn the material. Arizona it seems has yet to take a stand one way or the other but as the idea continues to spread to other states (New York, Louisiana, Florida, Texas), what may have once been a students dream may one day become a reality.

21 Nov, 2018
TAP AND PAY THANKSGIVING DAY

This Friday is seen as the official start of the holiday shopping season, even with the start of Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day and the latest trend of Black Friday week; but as you start looking at holiday deals have you thought about how you are going to pay for them? I don't mean if you are going to pay cash or dipping into your savings account, I'm talking about the new trend of using a tap and pay device. This is where your card information, or your parent's credit card information, is saved on your phone or smart device and used instead of the actual card. It's easy, and convenient but is it safe? To learn more about read Tap and Pay Credit and Debit Cards here.

16 Nov, 2018
GENDER X

From the time a person is born to the time they die a person is classified by their gender. It is notated on your birth certificate and death certificate and hundreds of other legal documents including your passport and driver license. Until recently there were only two markers that a person could chose from on a legal document, "M" for male and "F" for female; however, a handful of other states have started providing a third option "X" for Gender X. According to an excerpt of Newsweek Gender X is "a gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified." Currently five places, California, Washington D.C, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon and as of November Colorado will allow an "X" designation on their driver license and five states, California, Washington, New Jersey, Oregon and just recently New York, allow for it on their birth certificates. Should Arizona be next? Let us know at What do you think?

 

PARENTS GET INFORMED!

90% of child sexual abuse victims know the perpetrator in some way.
--CHILDHELP--
                    1 in 6 men is sexually abused before they turn 18.
--1in6--
100,000 American kids are victims of domestic human trafficking each year in the U.S.
--TRUST--
16% of Arizona runaways were sex trafficking victims in 2014.
--National Center for Missing & Exploited Children--
One out of every three teens on the street will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.
--National Runaway Switchboard--
The average age a teen enters the sex trade in Arizona is 14 years old, but nationally the average is 13.
 --Shares Hope International Rapid Assessment Fact Sheet on Arizona--
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