Julie Levy's blog

Government & Voting- What Do You Know?

Summer here in the WXXI education department is a time to prepare for the next year's grant and school based programs as well as to plan for our next season of Homework Hotline.

For any blog readers who are not familiar with Homework Hotline, it is a live education television program, created and produced by WXXI and aired statewide in NY, that helps support students with their school work.

What's the Rush??

"An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth."
Bonnie Friedman

I am a person who likes to be on time when I go somewhere. That being said, I try to leave myself enough time to get where I'm going on time. I also understand that sometimes there are circumstances beyond a person's control that might cause someone to be late or to feel that they have to rush in order to get somewhere at a reasonable time.

Lessons from the News

More often than not, when discussing news and current events in relation to children, we hear about the negative impact that news reports can have. Like all programs, movies or books, content can be positive or negative in nature.

Rather than dwell on the negative, yesterday I was struck by a few news stories that would make for interesting discussions with kids.

Hold Your Applause- Or Else

Have you ever been to a graduation- high school, college or maybe even kindergarten- where there was some hollering and whooping or maybe even some inappropriate yelling from the audience?

Parental Crunch

Given the current status of our economy, I can't help but think about the trickle down effect that the high prices of food, gas and housing is having, and will increasingly have, on children. For many parents, those at the lowest income levels as well as middle class, providing for a family is becoming increasingly challenging.

So what is a parent to do? How can you maximize your dollar while still putting food on the table, paying the rent or mortgage (and utilities) and getting to work?

American Digital Divide

An online article entitled 1 in 5 Households has Never Used Email caught my attention over the weekend. After reading through the basic facts, I went to the homepage for Parks Associates, a Research and Analysis company specializing in digital living technologies that performed the study, to read more.

In addition to the above-mentioned email statistic, the study also states that:
-18% of all households are without internet access
-30% of household heads have never used a computer to create documents, and
-21% have never searched for information on the internet

Weigh in: Video Games

On June 21st at 3 pm, WXX AM 1370 will present Peace Talks Radio: The Video Game Violence Debate. This show will delve into the discussion of whether violent video games correlate with aggression and desensitization towards violence.

As a parent and/or educator, I am curious to hear your stand on violent video games and gaming. While it may seem obvious to say that certain uber violent games are not appropriate for children, do you feel that these games should have a place in society at all?

Share your thoughts, feelings, experiences, expertise or positive and negative views in regards to video games. Inquiring minds want to know!

Letters to the Editor

I am almost addicted to reading the Democrat & Chronicle's editorial section online. Other than checking out the headline stories and maybe a few interestingly titled blogs, I normally head straight to the editorial section to read the topic of the day and to read through the letters to the editor.

For me, reading last week's editorials was particularly interesting and extremely disheartening at the same time.

What's Your Favorite PBS Kids Show?

As a parent, educator or anyone who is around kids, you've probably been subjected (willingly or reluctantly) to many hours of children's television and/or videos. Someone recently asked me, "What is your favorite children's show on WXXI?" and I honestly couldn't answer with just one show because I enjoy so many kid's shows that we air.

This question did get me thinking about my favorite PBS kids shows as well as why I enjoy the ones that I consider my favorites. So here is my personal top 5 list with why I enjoy each one (in no particular order):

Have you seen the pics?

If you have a kid who is a Hannah Montana fan or if you watch the news, then you have probably seen or at least heard about the Vanity Fair pictures of Miley Cyrus. Cyrus is the 15-year-old actress who plays Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel show and the majority of her fans are younger girls in the 6-12 age range.

At best, the pictures taken by famed photographer Annie Liebovitz can be described as risqué - artistic in a sense, but risqué for a girl who is 15.