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Instilling values in kids without being a nag

Published on Nov 2, 2012 5:00 PM
A handbook, titled 48 Values From The News: The Straits Times Guide To Building Character, will be given free to participants of The Sunday Times Parents Forum on Nov 10, 2012. It shows how to use news to discuss issues such as character with children. -- PHOTO: SPH

PARENTS often worry over how they can talk to their children without coming across as nags, and without their children challenging every word that is said. To help mums and dads, experts will be providing tips at The Sunday Times Parents Forum on Nov 10.

Guest speaker Carmee Lim, vice-chairman of the new Media Literacy Council, will also impart tips on dealing with issues that young people commonly face, such as cyber-bullying and game addiction. Other speakers include a positive psychology coach, senior journalists and a trainer from the British Council.

Participants will also get a sneak peek at exciting mobile technology and can try their hand at using this technology to build spelling, vocabulary and comprehension skills.

The forum will also see the launch of a handbook on using news to discuss issues like character and citizenship with their children. The book features suggested tasks and activities tackling topics such as commitment and resilience, as well as a personal asset checklist to assist young people in their development.

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It costs $15 and will be given free to participants at the forum, and at The Straits Times Teachers Forum to be held a day earlier.
Both events will take place at Singapore Press Holdings’ News Centre in Toa Payoh North. The Parents Forum is open to the public at $38.

Subscribers of The Straits Times Education Programme get a 50 per cent discount. Ministry of Education primary and secondary school teachers can sign up for free for the Teachers Forum on Nov 9.

For details, contact Carmen Choy on 6319-8533 or ccarmen@sph.; or Alan Tan on 6319-8174 or