The Explorer The Student News Site of John Glenn High School Sat, 25 Apr 2020 17:27:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Teens should be able to talk to parents Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:24:44 +0000 How often do you go to your parents for advice? Are they your first option? Or do you choose to keep to yourself or go to your friends?

NY Times writer Lisa Damour says, “Parents of adolescents are often confronted by a puzzling sequence of events…. These moments feel ripe for connection. Why do they so often turn sour? Almost always, it’s because we’re not giving teenagers what they’re really looking for.”

My opinion: we kids tend to choose to not go to our parents, because we think we know how to handle certain situations, and we choose to go to others because we think they know best because they’re our age, and have a more relatable experience in “our time”.

Yes, our parents repeat, “we’ve been down that road before,” but does that mean they’ve done every little thing that we have done? Is their experience with dating, and school, and overall really like ours?

When you argue with your best friend, or get a bad heartbreak, or even just feel low, are your parents your go to person? My opinion, we choose to go to them last, because we know deep down that they can get real about anything, and talk some serious sense into you. We choose to go to others because they’ll comfort us in a friendly way, rather than comfort us and still keep it real like our parents. 

I also think we are scared of the ugly truth our parents tell us when it comes to certain situations. We know that our parents will tell us what it is, rather than what we want to hear, and that scares us because we don’t want to believe what our parents say all the time. 

When we have those days, are parents able to help you? Can they make a bad day go good, or will we continue to keep our mouth shut? Do we always tell our parents the problem, or do we say, “I’m okay.” How close are we really with our parents? Can we go to them, or shut them out when we don’t want the cold hard truth?

As a teenager, it is struggling because we want to be happy, and we want to live this perfect life, and try our best to fit in, but what a lot of teens fail to see in my opinion, is it’s not always sunshine and smiles. There will always be a rough day. There will always be that day where you don’t even want to talk to anyone. But, instead of looking at what’s real, we strive to find the bright side of things rather than accepting the cold hard truth.

We all know we can go to our trustworthy friends, or sometimes our siblings, because we know they will just tell us stuff we want to hear rather than stuff we need to hear. We teenagers seek advice from those who tell us the good stuff, rather than the stuff we need to hear. 

As a whole, we should be able to go to our parents, yes it is scary because we may never know what they say, but they want what is best for us, and they push us whenever we don’t feel like being pushed. Parents give us advice because they see our friends, or significant others true colors before we even see them.

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Parents need to give teens some space Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:07:32 +0000 In life we are taught rules and boundaries from a young age but we still have the rules we had and we are almost adults.When do we learn to take care of ourselves and be responsible for our actions if we don’t get to live and learn from our mistakes. And a quote from Carl E. Pickhardt Ph.D from says that no matter how protective parents are they cannot change the reality of what happens in a teen’s life.

And while normal rules and curfew are acceptable and should be set in place to teach responsibility, parents need to do it in a way that benefits teens more than harming them. Because no teen is going to want to listen to parents who treat them more like objects than children.

 For example, sophomore Ava Moenaert says “ I have been given many more rules and regulations like Life 360, a curfew, and can only hang out with friends one day on the weekend.” 

We are only teens, and parents should let teens have some fun with the couple of years we have before college and become adults and can’t have fun. If parents are too hard on teens,  then they will learn ways to get out of the rules because they have figured it out and that just causes an untrustworthy relationship, which is bad for both sides. It’s not healthy for teens to not have any privacy of their own.  So please stop treating teens like children. Instead teach us and let us make mistakes and learn from them instead of throwing us into the world unprepared.

And while times are different parents are also abusing the use of technology to track their teens every move, which is an invasion of privacy, and while its not wrong to want to know where they are but parents need to be able to have trust in teens or your relationship will go nowhere. For example, parents should not go on their child’s phone unless it’s  absolutely necessary. Parents didn’t have the technology we have now and parents would not appreciate that either, so parents think about if you would like it. Probably not, so don’t do it to teens. 

So the main idea, parents, is to give your kids some space, trust them, let them have fun, and treat them with the respect you would want to be treated with. You’d be surprised how teens will respect and listen to you if you treat them like adults and not children.

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How does work affect performance at school? Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:01:48 +0000 For many students, an after school job is a responsibility. Some may learn how to balance and manage their time while handling things that need to be done in and out of school–like Dana Nichols, a senior who works 4-5 hours a week. She approximately has 2-3 subjects with homework daily, gets 7-8 hours of sleep a night, and wakes up at 5:30.   

While others struggle daily with the task that they have to do, time spent at work can distract them from schoolwork and can have negative consequences. Often, students who work long hours can have academic disasters, and can drastically decrease their grades.

After awhile jobs can start to slowly but surely affect student attendance. High school students often come to school tired and miss out on the material they need to be successful in their classes. Some psychologists believe students who work too many hours may suffer far more terrible consequences than a few missed classes or a couple of bad grades according to the Institute For Social Research

Then there is stress, having piles of homework that students have to do because they couldn’t complete it the night before. And could cause smoking and drug abuse. Some drugs abuse your brain in the same way stress does. Long-term abuse of drugs makes users more sensitive to everyday stress than non-users. And could make their mental health a lot worse.

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common obstacles students face daily in school learning environments. And working a part time job makes it worse, every year more cases of anxiety and depression are reported in children and teens. One out of eight children have depression, says  IBCCES. Some symptoms of depression and anxiety are:

  • Tiredness and loss of energy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor school performance or a lot of absences
  • Irritable or annoyed mood
  • Lack of concentration

Students who work shouldn’t have to go through these situations, especially if they have to work to support their family. Even if they can handle the work between two responsibilities or not, they shouldn’t have to work so many hours a week. This should be a only on the weekends job for teens who have school.

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Blue light’s effect unclear Wed, 15 Apr 2020 16:50:11 +0000 The topic of blue light and its actual impact, whether positive or negative, is still widely discussed and there have been numerous studies but no conclusion yet. Because of this, I don’t have a firm stance, but simply a perspective. 

Many claim blue light is bad for your eyes and sleep, while others will say it is necessary for a good night’s rest. Harvard Health states, “Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown.” 

Sophomore Kaleb Bennett said, “it can affect you negatively because those retinal cells can die from too much exposure to blue light and because it has the potential to alter your circadian rhythm.” This opinion is backed by multiple online sources.

Oakdale Leader explained the reason why one must be wary of blue light: “While research as to how blue light impacts vision is ongoing, there is concern over the long-term effects of screen exposure since these screens are in close proximity to the eyes and use is often prolonged. Prevent Blindness America says that studies suggest continued exposure to blue light over time can lead to difficulty focusing, premature aging of the eyes and even damage to retinal cells.”

As previously established, various people have different stances on blue light and what the truth is. A few were certain it has some damaging effects while the rest were unmoved and believed it is potentially completely safe. 

Junior Anthony Hernandez pointed out, “I personally believe that blue light is not a health threat to us or our eyes. It’s in everyday devices we use such as phones, tv screens, computers, and even tablets that are given or made for kids.” 

Junior Naya Emily added, “blue light doesn’t have a negative affect towards individuals. Studies have shown that high energy visible light can be a boost to being alert.”

Bennett articulated, “it can affect you negatively because those retinal cells can die from too much exposure to blue light and because it has the potential to alter your circadian rhythm.”

An instance of a possible effect from the blue light of phones is when in October of 2019, a Chinese man was playing games on his phone with the lights off and before he knew it, he was temporarily blinded. The Sun reported, “Wang rushed to the doctors where they diagnosed him with … an ‘eye stroke.’ Wang’s doctor, Lei Tao, said Wang’s temporarily blindness was caused by an ‘overuse of electronic items,’ which can lead to “excessive strain on vision’.” 

Apple has added a “night shift” feature which makes the screen an orangish-yellow hue. It is said that warmer colors may disrupt sleep even more than blue light and that red light is recommended. Using the correct light can aid in finally sleeping peacefully in the future. 

Business Insider found, “Previous studies have found that blue light is harmful, but researchers from the University of Toledo say it can make molecules ‘toxic.’ The team found that shining blue light on eye cells transforms vital molecules into a cell-killing poison that can lead to age-related macular degeneration, one of the biggest causes of blindness worldwide.

“We are being exposed to blue light continuously, and the eye’s cornea and lens cannot block or reflect it,” claimed Ajith Karunarathne. 

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What I am doing over break Mon, 13 Apr 2020 16:28:20 +0000 If there is one word I could use to describe everything that is going on right now it would be unexpected. For me, it felt like one day I found out about the virus in China, then in the US, then in Michigan, then there were rumors about schools closing, and the next day we found out that was our new reality. 

Coping to this new reality has been difficult to say the least. I play national-level volleyball, which means I travel to different tournaments across the US (Washington D.C, Florida, Pittsburgh, Missouri) all of which have been cancelled. This has probably been my least favorite part of this whole shut down. I do miss school and all of my friends and teachers that come along with it, but not having volleyball has definitely hurt.

However, my room has never been cleaner and my recruiting process for volleyball has taken a big turn (for the better). I have had a lot more time to edit film and set up calls with various colleges.

Also my volleyball club has been doing Zoom calls and creating fun challenges for us to do, just to keep us active and united.

My mom has been having “homeschooling” sessions downstairs at the kitchen table, where my siblings and I all do our homework together. 

My family and I have been going for walks around my neighborhood two to three times a day; just to get out of the house and to pass time. I’ve noticed that I’ve been going outside so much more than I usually would (which I love). My siblings and I even got all dressed up on Easter Sunday to surprise my parents and we took some pictures outside.

I feel like I have found myself feeling more thankful, more appreciative for everything that I have. If you ask me, I think this was much needed “pause on life” for everyone.

Of course this is a very scary time for everyone; especially for those who are affected by the virus. I know some people with the virus and it has definitely been scary, but it has made me realize that I have so much to be thankful for (especially basic things that we may usually look over, like our health). 


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Leadership decorates seniors doors 4/4/20 Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:44:32 +0000 0 Leadership decorates seniors doors 4/4/20 Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:44:14 +0000 0 Leadership decorates seniors doors 4/4/20 Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:43:17 +0000 0 Effects of bullying Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:39:50 +0000 Bullying is often not recognized until someone goes through it himself. Adults these days can have a hard time knowing if something is wrong with their own kids, while the kid is suffering many things. Lack of family support, kids on their own using social media: how can parents even connect to their kids if everyone keeps to themselves? 

It has become so normal for us to be in our room all day long with no communication with anyone. We have no connections even to our closest people! 

This lack of understanding is often called the “empathy gap.” Working to close this empathy gap is one of the best ways to improve bullying policies and prevent bullying.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Kids who are regularly targeted by bullies often suffer both emotionally and socially. They find it hard to maintain a healthy relationship. These kids lack support from their family members and feel alone and left out. The household plays a big role in each kid’s personality. Now if a kid is left alone not knowing how to deal with a situation, how do you think they would react? Many times they will try to hide, get scared and isolate themselves, believing what is told to them. A  lack of self-esteem is a direct result of the mean and hurtful things that other kids say about them. Many kids even start believing things they are called by the other kids, which leads them to think low of themselves.

Bullied kids often experience anxiety as well as low self-esteem. This stress on their bodies also will result in a variety of health issues, including being sick more often and suffering from ulcers and other conditions caused by persistent anxiety. Headache, stomach, digestive system rotting, cancer forming because of stress. Yes, the effects of bullying can go far on physical health step by step if one is not getting help.  Remember, the experiences that people have while they are children help mold them into the adults that they later become. Again, this is why the family system is so important in every child’s life. Children need support to form their own unique personality with confidence. The parent’s role is extremely important in this situation because this is where they learn how to deal with world problems. Now if the child doesn’t even pass the bullying at an early age, how are they going to face the world when they grow up into adults?  So it is not surprising that the effects of bullying linger well into adulthood. This then helps to influence their future mindset, including how they view themselves and others. 

When a child is bullied, the road to recovery may be more challenging than might originally think. In fact, the effects of bullying can stick around long after the bullying has ended. Moreover, if bullying is not addressed right away, then it can cause problems for the child later in life. The family plays a big role. Dealing with each member of the house based on their personality is very important. Some parents ignore this and deal with each child the same way. They think, “Oh, he’s just sad, he will cope as the other one did.” Being siblings doesn’t mean they have the same personality or same confidence level. They all are different and they need parental support.


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Corona movie recall Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:37:30 +0000 With the total number of contracted cases of COVID-19 global cases reaching 775,306 according to John Hopkins University and Medicine, over 31 movies have been impacted by the virus, such as Marvel’s “Black Widow” being delayed for release and the production of “Fantastic Beasts 3” being halted.

    Along with this, no movies are scheduled for release for the next upcoming months; according to Vanity Fair, the earliest that audiences will be able to see a new film in theaters is on May 30th, with the release of Disney’s “Artemis Fowl”. So to deal with this, a lot of movie production companies such as Disney and WarnerMedia are releasing recent films scheduled to still be in theaters to streaming platforms early.

Still, The National Society of Theater Owners is remaining positive about the situation, stating, “No one can precisely predict when public life will return to normal, but it will return.” Major movie theater companies such as AMC Theaters are shutting down all of their US locations until further notice, putting a pause on Hollywood.

Some of the movies postponed due to the Coronavirus are the following:

  • A Quiet Place Part II- Original release date was March 20, 2020. The next date set for the film is “this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace,” Paramount stated.

  • Mulan (Disney)- The original release date was March 27, 2020. It is unknown what the new release date is as of now.

  • The New Mutants (X-Men Spinoff)- Before COVID-19, the movie was scheduled to be released on April 3, 2020. The new release date set for the film is unknown.

  • Peter Rabbit 2- Set to be April 3, 2020; that original date for the movie has been postponed until August 7, 2020.

  • No Time to Die (James Bond)- The latest Bond film in the franchise starring Daniel Craig as James Bond was supposed to be released on April 10, 2020. As of March 30, the film will be released on November 25, 2020.

  • Antlers (Disney)- Originally set to be released on April 17, 2020, the new horror movie acquired by Disney when they bought Fox Studios has been pushed to an unknown date.

  • Antebellum- It is postponed until an unknown date, but the film was scheduled for release on April 24, 2020.

  • Black Widow (Disney)- With an original release date of May 1, fans will have to wait for a new time to see the Marvel film as there is no current date for the movie to be released.

  • Spiral- The latest movie in the Saw franchise scheduled for release on May 15 has been pushed to a future date unknown as of now.

  • Fast and Furious 9 (F9)- The ninth movie in the series was supposed to be released on May 23 and is set for a new release on April 2, 2021.

  •  Wonder Woman 1984 (DC)- Set originally on June 5, the film is now scheduled for a release on August 14 instead.

  • Minions: The Rise of Gru- The movie was supposed to be released on July 3, but has an unknown new date for its future release.

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