Pair of bike-safety events set for Aug. 27

Children participate in last year’s Bike Safety Rodeo at Hillview Community Center in Los Altos. This year’s event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at the same location. A bike safety check is slated for the same time on the Los Altos Downtown Green on Third Street. Town Crier File photo

Two events are scheduled later this month in downtown Los Altos to help ensure the safety of students biking to school.

• The Los Altos Police Department is sponsoring its second Bike Safety Rodeo, slated 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

Changing the conversation on social media

Ana Homayoun, who runs Green Ivy Consulting in Los Altos, wrote a book about teens’ use of social media. Megan V. Winslow/ Town crier

Fifteen years ago, the teens who came into Ana Homayoun’s Green Ivy Consulting for tutoring reported that their primary distractions were parts of life that now seem simple relics of the good old days: their dogs; their next meal; their chattering siblings.

In the past decade, the distraction landscape transformed completely, as the rise of social media not only offered teens the entertainment of an endlessly scrolling Instagram feed, but tied their distractions closely to the tools students need in their academic lives. With more and more schools requiring a laptop or iPad for every student, going offline to stay focused simply isn’t an option, according to Homayoun.

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