TVO's Your Voice, at, guides parents through the back-to-school season

    Your Voice
    Live Tuesdays at 1 pm ET at
    New season begins September 4, 2007!

    TORONTO, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - Your Voice, TVO's exclusively online interactive
parenting show at, kicks off its second season on Tuesday
September 4, 2007 at 1 pm ET. Your Voice and the site were
developed to help parents of early learners and school-age children get
involved in their kids' education.
    Every Tuesday live at 1 pm ET at, Your Voice provides
EXPERT advice in REAL TIME on how parents and caregivers can help their
children navigate the issues they face in school. Host, journalist and mom,
Cheryl Jackson, welcomes education and child development experts to explore a
range of topics, such as learning to read, understanding report cards and
    Parents can send their questions directly to the experts online at the
Your Voice page at, or by phone at 1.888.891.1195. They can
also connect with other parents in an online chat. In September, Your Voice
tackles these topics:

    September 4
    Peer pressure: Can friends influence learning?

    As a new school year begins, parents worry "will my child make friends?"
How important are those school relationships? Our expert panel explores the
impact a child's peer group has on his or her ability to learn; how a lack of
friends may affect a child's academic career; and how involved parents should
be in their child's social life. Guests include: Usha George, professor and
dean of the Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University in Toronto,
and Jennifer Connolly, a professor of psychology at York University who
specializes in peer relationships.

    September 11 Mentors:
    Can they help students at risk?

    Many students are at risk in Ontario schools, from immigrant children who
struggle with the English language, to kids who don't have enough money to
take the bus to school. Some say mentors can help them. Our panel explores the
role of the student mentor; the difference a mentor can make to a child
struggling in school; when mentoring should start; and what can parents do to
mentor their children. Guests include: Anthony Hutchinson, executive director
of the Brampton Neighbourhood Resources Centre.

    September 18
    Emotional Intelligence: Does it make kids smarter?

    It takes a lot of hard work to do well in school. What role does
emotional intelligence, or a child's ability to manage emotions, play? Our
panel explores how emotional intelligence helps children learn; how it can be
taught; and what parents can do to help kids manage their emotions more
effectively. Guests: TBA.

    September 25
    The "F" Word: Why don't we fail kids in school?

    It used to be that if children didn't grasp the concepts in a certain
grade, they failed, and had to repeat the year. Nowadays in Ontario, students
rarely fail. The thinking is that failing a student damages self-esteem, and
so it is better to move struggling students along with their peers. Does this
really work? Do students eventually catch up, or do they just fall further and
further behind? Our panel debates the issue. Guests TBA.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity. We are committed to supporting citizen engagement in
Ontario: by helping children be successful learners, partnering with parents
in their children's education and encouraging people of all ages to become
active participants in the important issues of our time.

For further information:

For further information: Angela Garde, (416) 484.2600, ext. 2305,

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