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Empowering Parents Educators and Mentors, reflection Ability to engage in a personal and interpersonal dialogue Ability to. accept and contain the child Cooperation with the child in creating a work pro. gram and assisting the child to achieve the goals that were set in the program. Recommendation Future studies should focus on analyzing the discussions of children and ado. for Researchers lescents to add depth to our insights regarding children and adolescents per. ception of the mentors work from their perspective. Impact on Society Finding the keys to openness development goal achievement and transfor. mation in our work with screen kids, Future Research Studies that are designed to examine the effectiveness of mentor s work with. immigrant children and adolescents at risk using the Elements Way. Keywords screen kids empowering new media immigrant children children at risk men. tors the Elements Way,INTRODUCTION, Children nowadays are exposed to a wide variety of information sources and channels and this ex. posure makes them scatter brained and generates great confusion focus and concentration difficul. ties attention and adjustment problems and a blurring of boundaries and values The abundance of. information sources and channels forces us more than ever to be attentive to children help them. and support them What are the keys to openness development goal achievement and transfor. mation in our work with these screen kids How can we empower them and their coping abilities. How can we create openness and cooperation that will make them listen to us How can we support. them to cope with the complex reality that characterizes our age How can we use our knowledge. and authority so that they do not weaken our children and instead empower and strengthen them. The Elements Way an innovative method for working with children in our age will help us help chil. dren teach them to deal successfully with the new reality and empower them and empower ourselves. as meaningful parents educators and adults Positive communication acceptance and connecting to. one s powers and free will are the tools we possess for educating our children When we say educate. a child we really mean mentor the child help children develop their own powers and face difficul. ties while relating to their free will and finding the balance that is appropriate for them The main. goal is to empower parents educators and mentor thus empowering their encounter with the chil. dren so that they can support the children and be there for them whatever they face. CHILDREN AND NEW MEDIA, Studies of children and media children and television children and social networks etc have. revealed that on the one hand children feel that media of all varieties is an additional compen. sating sphere where their needs are met On the other hand they are exposed to greater complexities. with which they have to deal and these complexities are greater than ever before They are exposed. to the blurring of boundaries between private and public intimacy and sharing and between adjust. ment to environmental norms and autonomous choice Children watch television because they find. that the programs provided an additional at times alternative source for understanding the society. in which they live and the process of socialization they are supposed to experience Television is the. arena on which there are many permanent and transient characters with whom the child creates para. social interactions these like social interactions provide children with an opportunity to examine. how to behave in various situations For children television programs provide essential social. learning and present models for each and every social role without exposing children to criticism or. feedback that could make them feel attacked or exposed Television broadens children s horizons and. they feel that the media open new horizons for their development Bickham Rich 2006 Leung. 2013 McQuail 2010 Rideout Foehr Roberts 2010 Vandewater Bickham Lee 2006 West. Turner 2007 Zilka 2014 2016a Children feel that social networks expand their ability to form. communication with others and empower a sense of social connection The networks provide a feel. ing of belonging the experience of close friendships and of being socially accepted as opposed to. feelings of loneliness and alienation For children such interactions create a sense of self worth and. being needed and of being a major contributor to their environment They also provide them with an. opportunity to express their skills and receive feedback and appreciation from their surroundings. Children feel that social networks expand their adjustment skills and help them develop skill that are. appropriate to the new surroundings and the society in which they live Duerager Livingstone. 2012 Livingstone 2015 Livingstone Marsh Plowman Ottovordemgentschenfelde Fletcher. Watson 2015 Ofcom 2006 2007 Zilka 2014 2016b, However children are exposed to many sources of information and to more complex situations than.
ever before They operate in an environment that gives them a feeling of a vast space a space with. out boundaries that offers infinite possibilities It is easier to hurt people online than it is to do so. face to face Being invisible I m online but no one can see me could lead users into risk situa. tions Users who were not previously defined as being at risk could reach given frequent use many. hours a day and without clear boundaries or supervision severe situations of risk and hurting oth. ers Atwal Millwood Hargrave Sancho Agyeman Karet 2003 Comstock Scharrer 2007 Gat. field Millwood Hargrave 2003 Holbert Stephenson 2003 Livingstone 2007 2008 Millwood. Hargrave 2007 Millwood Hargrave Livingstone 2009 Information on social networks is open. for all to see and therefore the impact and scope of injury are severe especially when they involve. children Children have a low ability to contain broad and frequent injuries Studies I have conducted. have shown that children feel that their immediate surroundings do not manage to provide them with. enough information on how to manage in today s world and these feelings are enhanced through. using media and viewing their content Children feel that the interactions they experience in the me. dia are significant but such interactions do not provide children with the feedback that is so essential. to their development the feedback received from significant people who care about these children. and their emotional wellbeing More than ever communication media and social networks exposed. children to various models of parenting human behavior and children s and adolescents behavior. and these models affect the shaping of children s personality More than ever the role of the signifi. cant adult is more complex and less clear cut, As adults who are significant to the children the change in children s environment makes us take a. path that would empower us and our children and fulfill our role as significant educators who shape. the next generation We will use The Elements Way so that children will want us to reach them will. want to reach us and will want us to help them grow and develop Positive communication ac. ceptance and connecting to strengths and to free will are the tools we have when we want to educate. our children When we speak about educating a child we actually mean mentoring a child help. ing children develop their strengths and deal with difficulties while connecting to their free will and. finding their equilibrium, Which keys will lead to openness development goal achievement and transformation in our work. with the screen kids How can we empower them and enhance their coping abilities Can we cre. ate the kind of openness and cooperation that would make them listen to us How can we support. them to cope with the complex reality that characterizes our age How can we use our knowledge. and authority so that they do not weaken our children and instead empower and strengthen them. The Elements Way an innovative method for working with children in our age is our tool for helping. children empowering them while empowering ourselves as parents educators and significant adults. and helping them deal with the new reality The main goal is to empower parents educators and. mentors thus empowering their encounter with the children so that these significant adults can sup. port children and be there for them whenever and wherever needed. Empowering Parents Educators and Mentors,THE ELEMENTS WAY. The Elements Way is an educational method designed to enhance openness development break. throughs goal achievement and transformation The main aim of the Elements Way is to empower. the mentors working with the children Such empowerment should better their encounter with the. children and strengthen them and their role as significant adults in the life of the children Through. their work the mentors strive to enable the children to cultivate the most significant components in. child development namely fostering the child s strengths and uniqueness building social skills for. becoming involved and integrated with the child s host society culture and environment The meth. od s three central elements are positive communication speaking the language of love ac. ceptance and connecting to one s strength and free will Daloz 1987 Hamre Pianta 2001. 2005 Hamre Pianta Downer Mashburn 2008 Howes Ritchie 2002 Myers Pianta 2008. Pianta Belsky Vandergrift Houts Morrison 2008 Pianta Hamre Stuhlman 2002 Rimm. Kaufman La Paro Downer Pianta 2005 Seligman Steen Park Peterson 2005 Zilka 2014. 2015 2016b, P OSITIVE C OMMUNICATION SPEAKING THE L ANGUAGE OF L OVE. The primary meaning of positive communication is holding a meaningful dialogue with the child. Children must feel that we are here for them and with them A dialogue with children must be an. existential one a dialogue that clarifies to children that we treat their problems with utter seriousness. view these problems as existential problems and want to help the child open up and develop as op. posed to attempts at persuasion arguments etc Discussing problems is not enough we must regard. children and their difficulties as essential problems which we should actively help them solve We will. emphasize the way things are said the choice of words and a heart to heart discourse. ACCEPTANCE, Acceptance means accepting ourselves and others as we are and using this as a starting point that will.
lead to openness development and change When individuals accept themselves they perceive them. selves as they are with their strengths weakness and difficulties and thus is created a channel of. inner and outer communication which can lead to self love openness and development When peo. ple accept the other they accept them as they are and this opens up a channel of communication. between them which could lead to love of the other to openness and development Accepting chil. dren as they are does not mean they do not have to change On the contrary it means we accept our. innate qualities as a foundation for growth and expansion Nothing has to be shed but things must. undergo a process of openness and development to channel children s strengths in positive direc. C ONNECTING TO STRENGTHS, We each have our inborn strengths There are those of us who for a variety of reasons lose their. awareness of these strengths They are unaware of them not connected to their free will and do not. feel at liberty to exercise free choice Therefore they are not able to realize and fulfill themselves We. must be on the alert to locate our child s strengths in various realms and having located them create. opportunities to foster and encourage them, One of the main tools of The Elements Way is cleansing of self monitoring Using the language of. love we learn not to repress and certainly not to let out our anger our on the child or on anyone. else but rather to be aware of things to observe cleanse and take care of them Our cleansed posi. tion will allow us to reconnect to our strengths so that we may create do and act in a way that will. lead to our self realization and to our children s self realization We transform aggression doubt. condemnation insecurity lack of esteem feelings of guilt grudges hate and emptiness into oppo. site feelings which emanate from love not fear and from self acceptance acceptance of the other. help and empathy, Here is a way that could help the process of observing our voices of thoughts and feelings When. something happens we should ask ourselves at each stage of the event what path we are on and what. are the sensations that accompany us, Figure 1 The Thought Sensation Feeling Action Model Zilka 2014 p 96. Using Figure 1 for guidance we will look at the course of action we have chosen Did we go along. the path of observing the event accepting reality and acting in a way that gave us a sense of vitality. Or did we choose a path of resisting reality giving rise to anger and fear a feeling of being assaulted. and therefore a need to defend ourselves and attack. According to the Elements Way the basic guiding principle for constructing a plan of action is the. child s best interest We do not deal with one problem or another rather we want to help the child. The key to success is finding balance We will help the child find the point of equilibrium because. whatever the child has any characteristic and attribute is most likely something that child needs. but at the proper measure A solution that has been reached with the child s full cooperation will float. children empowering them while empowering ourselves as parents educators and significant adults and helping them deal with the new reality The main goal is to empower parents educators and mentors thus empowering their encounter with the children so that these significant adults can sup

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