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Speaking Up For Children
Judy Tyabji posted on Facebook that Whitney Houston had died. Then Breaking Global News texted me that Whitney Houston had died. I was reviewing my blog when blog radio started playing a tribute to Whitney, singing everything –  even the American National Anthem at the 1991 Superbowl. I had gone to my website statistics, trying to figure out why I was getting such heavy traffic and found you like the BCCPAC child advocacy page. During a  radio commercial, blog radio was praising Jill Egizii as a child advocate. Then the radio announcer declared,

“Drugs are serious. Drug addiction is bad. Whitney was unable to get help right away, and might not have been able to get the help she needed to support her with recovery.” Ms. iCandi on blog radio said, “Just say no, I’m a big advocate for the just say no to drugs campaign.”

The radio station needed an adult radio show announcer like Ms. iCandi, because she and her friends were familiar with Ms. Houston’s life and music and she knew how to run an internet radio and internet chat line at the same time. The digital age has changed the music industry completely. A musician can post all her own music for free on utube and never need a recording contract. This has made music executive scramble, looking for their place in the business.

Like the industrial revolution, there will be few areas of our society that are unaffected by the technological revolution. I’m not sure parents are hovering over their children like helicopters. Could it be that parents are simply aware that their children are asking for support through these changes?

What is…          .


Advocacy is described as speaking up in support

of yourself or others.

As a parent:

■ You are your child’s natural advocate.

■ You can make sure your child’s rights, needs and opinions are respected.

■ You can help make sure that decisions affecting your child are made fairly.

Advocacy in public schools upholds the principles 

found in the Fair Schools Report:

All children and youth have the right to be valued

and to be treated with respect and dignity.


All children and youth have the right to a fair and

equitable education.


All children and youth have the right to receive

appropriate advocacy supports.


All children and youth have the right to participate in

decisions that affect them, to express their views

and to have them carefully considered.


All children and youth have the right to the benefit of

the fundamental human rights provided in the United

Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


All children and youth have the right to a safe physical

and emotional environment.


All children and youth have the right to receive

appropriate programs from appropriately trained

and properly motivated staff.


All children and youth should have the opportunity to

access publicly funded services in their home

communities or as close to their home as possible.

Fair Schools, Public Report 35. May 1995, Office of the Ombudsman

■ You have the right to volunteer at or for the school subject to certain rules.

■ When dealing with the school system, you can take someone to support you. For example, you can take your spouse, partner, a trusted friend or someone from your PAC or district parent advisory council (DPAC).

■ You, along with your child, are liable if your child intentionally or negligently loses, damages, destroys or converts property owned by the board. Parents’ and students’ rights and responsibilities exist within the context of the rights and responsibilities of others involved in the public school system. These are found in the different pieces of legislation that govern the BC public education system and affirm our rights and responsibilities as citizens.

All the blue text above is suppose to look like this screen shot below, but you get the general flavour of the message. If advocacy is an area of interest, you can click anywhere on the image below as a link to the original BCCPAC Advocacy Document.





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