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June 2016              Better Choices. BRIGHTER FUTURES.
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Social Media"

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presented by YSB's Parent
Education Coordinator,
Sarah Holmboe. 
Part 1: How Technology and Social Media Impacts Our Kids
Part 2: What Are Kids Doing Online?
Part 3: What Can Parents Do?
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Summer is nearly here! But just because kids and teens have a few months out of school,
it doesn't necessarily mean their
days are "carefree".

Increased amounts of unstructured time, for most youth, means more time online—including social media.
While there are pros and cons to many of the apps out there, alarmingly, 88% of Social-Media using teens have seen others be mean online.  
To help you and your teens navigate screen time this summer, this month's resources are all about helping parents: 
  • encourage safe and respectful behavior online.

  • keep up with new apps and need to know lingo.

  • know what you can do to support your child or teen who has been impacted by others’ hurtful words and actions online.

We encourage you to utilize the free online resources below and others found on our mobile-friendly website, so you never feel alone in meeting the challenges of raising kids and teens.

And remember, we're only a call - or click- away.   
Just the Facts: Cyberbullying
YSB Parent Education: Resources
Research shows the brain’s “social center” does not activate during online communication, which is why youth may say something online they would never say in person.

The result?
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Cyberbullying: the act of bullying via the Internet, social media, or mobile device.
Because youth are constantly connected though social media and devices, it can be more difficult to escape from cyberbullying than traditional bullying. This leads to significant impacts on youth.
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3 Ways to Keep Kids Safe (& Kind) Online
By: Sarah Holmboe, M.A.,
YSB Parent
Education Coordinator
As part of its Internet & American Life Project, in 2011
the Pew Research Center conducted a survey on teens’ experiences of online cruelty. The survey revealed some interesting information about how teens
and parents are communicating about online experiences.
Learn about the top 3 takeaways, along with tips on what parents can do to help keep their kids safe, and kind, online.                                                          
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Social Media Lingo Glossary
YSB Parent Education: Resources
If you are like most parents, you are trying to decrypt the coded messages your kids are sending in texts, not to mention what you see in posts and messages over Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram. 
But the next time you see POS (Parent Over Shoulder) on your teen's phone, you'll be glad you read this guide!                  
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Bullying: Tips for Parents
Mental Health America
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Recent incidents of school violence demonstrate that bullying can have tragic consequences for individuals, families, schools and entire communities.  Bullying is painful, lasting and related to low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, anger, and other mental and physical health problems.  Because of the increased risk of suicide associated with bullying--for victims and perpetrators alike--open dialogue and support are crucial in ensuring safety for our children and teenagers.
Make no mistake: bullying of any kind is a form of violence that should not be tolerated. 
Here are tips to help parents Recognize It, See the Scope of the Problem, Take Steps to Stop It and more.
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Mental Health Crisis Lines
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
1-888-628-9454 for Spanish-speaking callers
Youth Mental Health Line

Child-Help USA: Coping With Stress
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