As summer comes to end and summer comes to an end as the summer season is over, it’s common to talk about all things related to back-to-school. Shopping is one of the things that’s common to be heard about during this time of year. After all, heading to the market to purchase new school outfits and accessories is a fun experience for parents as well as kids. However, if you’re hearing kids talking about their back-to-school jewelry it’s important to be aware that they aren’t discussing a brand new, beautiful item of jewellery. Instead, it’s a tense phrase (that may not seem too alarming at first glance) that you may encounter in conversation or in social networks. What exactly is a back-to school necklace.
What exactly is an “back-to-school necklace”?
In the Urban Dictionary, the term “back-to-school” necklace” is defined as “another name for a knot. This is because of to the total despair you feel after school begins to again again.Some examples are: “I’m about to buy my back-to-school necklace,” “I can’t wait to get a back-to-school necklace,” “Thinking about that back-to-school necklace,” “That back-to-school necklace is calling me,” “I can’t wait to wear my back-to-school necklace,” etc.So while a back-to school necklace may sound innocent to people who aren’t aware of the meaning behind it however, it’s in reality a call for help, since it’s a signal for hanging death. Once parents are informed on the meaning behind this phrase and the meaning behind it, they’re in the best position to assist.
What should parents discuss about the latest trending necklace for back-to-school with their kids?
If you’re not sure of how to discuss this issue, Samantha Westhouse, LLMSW Psychotherapist and maternal-infant health social work suggests that your child be the one to lead the discussion. “Start off by saying, ‘I heard about this thing called back-to-school necklaces–do you know anything about that?'” she suggests. “I believe that having a conversation open will always be helpful. It’s important to not be judgmental so that your child can freely express their feelings. Simply taking the time to be honest with them will help in a big way. “Parents must feel confident to speak to them about their mental health issues generally,” explains Emily Cavaleri. LLMSW an educator, social worker as well as a the child as well as parent therapist. In relation to the back-to-school conversation She adds “Share your own personal experiences about the way you felt when you started the school year each year, particularly in the case of anxiety when you were a kid. Tell them that you’ll help them work through their feelings or seek assistance from a professional if they need it. Sometimes it can seem like a daunting task for children. In the end, the CDC has disclosed, “More than 1 of 3 high school students experienced constant feelings of despair or sadness in 2019, which was a 40 percent increase over the year 2009. “I think it could be a combination of what socialization has looked like the last two years on top of the age,” Westhouse elaborates. “If we consider it today, 13-year-olds were ten at the time we all were locked down. They were attending school on the internet and being left out of regular activities, sports and socializing. Add school shootings in mass and what has been happening in the world of today over the past few years. All of it has an impression.
What are the warning signs parents need to be aware of?
“If someone is using this phrase, there is a high chance that they are struggling with their mental health,” Cavaleri suggests. “Whether the child you love is contemplating suicide , or they use this as a call for help, the signs that you can observe include being alone, acting withdrawing, having a temper frequently crying, crying easily sleepy more than usual and having trouble sleeping, losing the interest in activities they used to like or giving possessions away, and, in general an alteration in their behavior.
What should students know about using or hearing the phrase “back-to-school-necklace” with friends?
“Students should know that using this phrase is very serious,” Cavaleri warns. “Joking about hurting yourself , and in particular murdering yourself isn’t a good idea. If they’re experiencing these thoughts and are feeling ashamed, they must not be ashamed and seek out help. If they are aware of or witness their peers using the phrase, they must inform an adult, regardless of whether the friend says not to.Westhouse is in agreement, saying it doesn’t matter if your kid teens are quick to dismiss it but they need to know “that this is serious, even when they believe it’s just joke. I’d like to encourage you to inform your child about the issue and if you notice your peers using this phrase, to discuss it with the school personnel.