2018-07-11 / Campus

Back-to-school season is right around the corner

By Merritt Melancon

It’s the middle of summer, but back-to-school season will be upon us before we know it.

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension personnel and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences faculty have produced a series of stories to help parents prepare for the upcoming school year.

From building strong school-year routines to helping kids handle bullying, our researchers have provided advice to make this school year the best it can be. This year’s stories cover the following topics.

Children and sleep: How much sleep do children really need? Most Americans don’t get enough sleep, but the problem can be worse for children and teenagers. This story provides tips to ensure everyone gets enough sleep and includes an infographic.

Kids and smart speakers: With more and more families using smart speakers, we discuss how they can benefit students and how to supervise children’s use of the speakers.

Bullying signs: As children reach their teenage years, it can be hard for parents to know what they’re thinking. One UGA Extension agent shares what she tells parents who wonder how to ask their child about bullying.

Healthy diets: The recipe to get kids to eat a healthier diet starts with parents who model healthy diets. With busy schedules, it’s not always easy for parents to make great dietary decisions for themselves, but it’s worth it, say child nutrition experts.

College prep begins in middle school: UGA recruiters talk about what it takes to prepare for college and the pitfalls that prevent students from getting into their first-choice schools. The first thing they want parents and students to know is that college preparation starts in middle school.

Cyberbullying: Cyberbullying has become a perennial problem for middle and high school students. While parents are aware that this type of bullying happens, they may not know how to help their children if they become victims. Georgia 4-H antibullying specialists weigh in on the best way to support children and keep them safe.

Turning brains back on for fall: Summer can be a great time for kids and parents to unwind from the stress of the school year, but come August, it’s time to get ready for the new semester.

It’s best to ease into school-year routines a few weeks before school starts. Child development researchers offer other tips to get students ready for school.

Radon poster contest: The UGA Radon Education Program announces its 2019 poster contest. The program hosts its poster contest every year to raise Georgians’ awareness of radon.

Kids need nature: UGA wildlife educator Nick Fuhrman discusses fun ways to get families outdoors this fall.

Money matters: It’s OK to talk about money. UGA financial literacy specialists discuss how and when to start talking to children about money management. The earlier the conversation starts, the better.

Vegetable fun: UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences specialists and agents share their best tips for encouraging kids to try new vegetables.

Live From the Lab: The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is hosting a series of Facebook Live broadcasts that feature CAES scientists discussing their research in a relaxed way, taking questions from the public and high school science classes across the state.

School garden helpers: About 25 percent of Georgia’s schools now have school gardens. These gardens offer a great chance for parents to get involved at their children’s schools. Becky Griffin, UGA Extension school and community gardens coordinator, has tips for how to get involved and help in school gardens.

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Merritt Melancon is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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