Mary Jackson

Mary is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children. Follow Mary on Twitter @mbjackson77

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Digital detox

Lifestyle | How much screen time is too much for children?
by Mary Jackson
Posted 2/06/15, 01:00 am

When Hollywood celebrities hand out Oscars on Feb. 22, millions of Americans will be watching not only on television but on tablets, smartphones, and other devices. Many Americans celebrate our digital age, but stay-at-home mom Andrea Phillips, 36, wants her kids to be kids, not just media consumers. She remembers gleefully opening her first email account as a college student, and reflects that her oldest son, Grayson, 8, has Facebook friends, reads books on his Kindle, and often prefers iPad games over Legos. 

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Pro-abortion and proud of it

Roe v. Wade | Social and media campaigns promote abortion without regrets, but sometimes a more complicated message slips out
by Mary Jackson
Posted 1/09/15, 01:00 am

Michelle Shelfer’s parents encouraged her at a young age to explore her sexuality. When the Berkeley, Calif., native became pregnant at 24, she thought little of her appointment at an abortion business: “It was like getting a filling in my teeth.” She breezed through a brief meeting with a counselor. 

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Oversexed education

Lifestyle | Parental reaction spurs school district to pull controversial health text—at least for now
by Mary Jackson
Posted 9/19/14, 01:00 am

Last June, only 25 parents attended an informational meeting to view a new sex education textbook chosen unanimously by Fremont, Calif., health teachers for use with incoming freshmen. Some parents didn’t know about the meeting, especially if they are not on the Fremont Unified School District’s email system. Others said they received the invitation but ignored it amid the flurry of graduation and end-of-the-school-year activities.

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