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So far Jonathan Cristall has created 69 blog entries.

Sparking A Teen and Parent Book Chat on Cyberbullying and Digital Wisdom

Cyberbullying and humiliation can be life destroying for teens who don't know how to get out of a devastating cyber-situation.  An adult survivor of such destruction has written a book "Shame Nation" for parents and teens which will shed light and open a dialogue on the topic.

We Need to Stop Incarcerating Children for Status Offenses and Nonviolent Misdemeanors

Incarcerating juveniles for non-violent crimes is counter productive in almost every way.  Most young people who are jailed for "status offenses" need interventions from schools and psychologists rather than go to detention facilities where they leave in worse emotional and mental states than when they entered.

Fraternity banned in Pennsylvania, frat brothers given jail time after pledge dies

The members of a fraternity that upheld a "bro code" made an egregious, irresponsible mistake when 37 young men failed to get help for a fellow brother who became unconscious and died as a result of  hazing.  The prison time of the perpetrators and disbanding of the fraternity was a small price to pay for [...]

From where I stand: “Police officers must protect the safety of citizens”

Victims of domestic violence often don't know their rights and how to protect themselves against their perpetrators.  It is critical that first respondents and law enforcement be educated and trained to best protect victims to help guide them through every step of the system.

Actress Jameela Jamil Gives Men A Lesson In How Not To Be Like Aziz Ansari

Actress Jameela Jamil voices her opinion on how we need to go a step farther in the topic of sexual consent.  Sexual consent, while necessary, should be the mere starting point from which partners need to be mutually enthusiastic and comfortable throughout intimate situations.

Teaching kids about healthy relationships

Teaching your children by talking to them and exemplifying relationships based on kindness, positive feelings, responsibility and self worth is the most effective tool in defining healthy friendships and intimate relationships. Read More

How Parents Can Curb Kids’ Obsession With Smartphones

Our phones are so smart, they practically run our lives.  As parents, however, we need to take advantage of our 'smart' phones to appropriately restrict, turn off and tune out our children's activities and obsessions with them to lead more productive lives.

We urgently need to talk about the grey areas of bad sexual encounters

We are starting to better understand the laws of consent, but there are grey areas when it comes to sexual encounters that are difficult to define.  Does 'yes' mean 'yes' if it is said after persistence, moderate aggression or persuasion?  Can a consensual, but regrettable or unpleasant sexual experience cross the line into what is [...]

Why I teach my kids to be rude

Teaching your children to say no, is not teaching rudeness, but rather the confidence to assert themselves in establishing boundaries should a difficult situation arise later in life.

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