MASK The Magazine Fall 2021

In our time-deprived society, how do parents keep up? MASK The Magazine will conveniently bring a comprehensive approach to educating families on the severity and risk factors of relevant issues. MASK takes pride in fostering parent-child communication and will provide successful strategies to encourage ongoing dialogue. This publication will equip and prepare families with appropriate knowledge, resources and decision-making skills to empower families to make safe, healthy choices.

United States
MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids)
4 期号



MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization created in 2007 by a group of dedicated mothers who recognized the need to consistently educate families on rapidly-changing issues. The MASK mission is to engage and educate parents, children and the community about the issues facing youth and to empower children to make safe, healthy choices. MASK helps children learn invaluable life skills for how to cope with a number of issues including responding to peer pressure, dealing with trauma and technology-related challenges. In today’s viral and social media world, coping skills are more necessary than ever. MASK equips students to feel confident regulating their emotions, maintaining frustration tolerance and setting healthy boundaries. MASK has served the community for over a decade, with the goal of strengthening parent-child…

a safer tomorrow needs to start today

Raising children today is not an easy task. Over the years, I have watched as the challenges we face as families have changed and evolved. When we started MASK in 2007, I truly feared the role technology was beginning to play in our lives and that it might become a silent killer of today’s children. I remember thinking that the worst part was that we, as parents, were the ones to introduce them to it in the form of a seemingly harmless device they could hold in the palm of their hands. Technology has come a long way in the last 14 years, and so have our children and the issues they face. I wish I could say that I was wrong about technology, but those early premonitions of the unintended…


STACY BARRY // Writer Stacy Barry is a former public relations/marketing executive for the hospitality industry, and is currently a freelance writer in Houston, Texas. She received her degree in journalism from Texas Tech University and worked as a broadcast journalist for KAMC-TV in Lubbock, Texas. For the past 15 years she has done freelance and contract work from her home, while raising two children in the ’burbs. SHEFALI GANDHI, Psy.D. PLLC // Contributor Dr. Shefali Gandhi is a licensed psychologist at Shefali Gandhi, PsyD, PLLC. She focuses on healing and empowering children and families coping with such issues as anxiety, depression, ADHD, defiant behavior disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Gandhi is passionate about working with children to prevent and heal mental illness, provide education to the public, and foster change and growth to…

smartphone pinky

On average, Americans spend more than three hours a day scrolling and swiping on their phones. All that screen time has created a myriad of unique health problems. First there’s “Text Neck,” a stress injury from prolonged forwardreaching of the head and neck that affects the cervical spine, muscles and nerves. Then there’s “Cell Phone Elbow,” which is a numbness or pain in the forearm after prolonged compression of the ulnar nerve. There’s “Texting Thumb,” aka “Gamer’s Thumb,” an inflammation at the base of the finger. And now there’s “Smartphone Pinky,” a deformation of the pinky caused by an unhealthy phone grip. The most common way for people to hold their cell phone is with one hand. Typically, the middle three fingers support the back of the phone, the thumb is…

take 5

When preparing kids for emergencies, there are three numbers they need to know when and how to call. Here are five things kids should know about calling 9-1-1. 1 Explain what constitutes an emergency to your children and what doesn’t so they know when it is appropriate to call 911. Young kids especially may struggle to differentiate between an emergency and simply needing help from an adult. To gauge their level of understanding, ask them how they would react to hypothetical scenarios. 2 By the time a child starts school, they should be able to relay personal information like their home address, home phone number, and full name to emergency personnel. Being able to provide this information quickly and accurately can be lifesaving. Remind your child to only share this information with…

mask’s need-to-know tips

DRUG Teach your child the importance of warning labels. Read the warnings on bleach, cleaning products, or other harmful chemicals aloud so that children understand the dangers of misusing them. Starting this practice young will give them the idea to always read warning signs. BULLYING Most bullying occurs between peers, but sibling and familial bullying can also damage a child’s self-esteem. Some children may even think it is appropriate to bully others because that’s how they treat their siblings. Foster a positive home environment and put an end to any overly aggressive behavior. TECH: Inform your children about the discounts they can get by using their student ID. Many businesses provide student discounts with the use of a school ID or schoolbased email address. They could get deals at the movie theater, clothing stores and…