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Helping youth and families learn the skills they need to be more successful at home, in school and throughout the community.
July 2016              Better Choices. BRIGHTER FUTURES.
Webinar Series
"Log-On to Social Media"

Check out our 3-part Webinar series
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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Quick Links
Signs and Help: Digital Abuse
National Dating Abuse Helpline
or text 77054 
Love is Respect
or text LOVE to 22522
Youth Mental Health Line
In the age of Social Media, YSB strives to ensure youth and parents have access to the knowledge and tools needed to protect against those who would exploit vulnerable youth.
You may have read recent news articles, including those in the Woodbury Bulletin, which highlight a very real and shocking trend growing across Washington County:
our youth are increasingly exposed to manipulation and victimization from adult sex offenders, both in person and online. Particularly, those with low self-esteem and/or mental health challenges, like depression.
Whether digital or face to face, all teens deserve to learn about, and experience, healthy relationships.
Here are resources to improve open communication about relationships with your teen, strengthen their own self-esteem and identify digital abuse.

And remember, you never have to face the challenges of raising teens alone. YSB is only a call, or click, away.                                                             
YSB Helps Parents Protect Youth on Social Media
Through our Parent Education program, YSB professionals build skills and awareness, providing parents the tools to:
  • Proactively talk to their teens about online safety, such as making safe choices and taking a cautious approach in online interactions

  • Gain knowledge which leads to action, such as knowing when to seek mental health support for their child, or reporting suspicious activity to local authorities

  • Strengthen relationships with their children and open lines of communication so youth feel safe discussing difficult topics with their parents, from chemical use to mental health, and coming forward when they have been the victim of psychological, emotional or physical abuse

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Conversation Tools: Talking about Relationships with Teens
Office of Adolescent Health
Last updated: May 26, 2016
The first step in having good conversations with your teen is to think, in a quiet moment, how you feel about whatever it is you want to talk about with your teen. It is important to be honest with yourself so that you can be honest with your teen. Then, take advantage of the teachable moments in your lives and take some conversation tips from parents who’ve been in your shoes.                                    
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Building Self-Esteem for Teens
Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
The Nemours Foundation/KidsHealth®.
Sometimes, people don't even realize that they're thinking so negatively about themselves. But once you're aware of it, and know that the way you think is up to you, you can begin to change the way you think. And changing the way you think about yourself changes the way you feel about yourself.

So if you want to feel better about yourself, try some of these things:
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