Author: Chelsie Thomas

What is “Digital Self-Harm”?

As many of us working with youth know, cyber-bullying is on the rise. Not only are students bullied at school but also online when they get home. Many types of bullying are taking new forms in social media. Kids will get attacked online by other kids from their school, possibly even under a fake name or account to make the bully seem anonymous. The newest phenomenon in cyber-bullying  is being called “digital self-harm”. Researchers say that there is an alarming number of teens getting bullied online, by themselves. About 6% of kids from the ages of 12 through 17 have bullied...

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Digital Citizenship – Curriculum for teachers

If you were looking for a tool or curriculum that will help you navigate cyber bullying, internet safety, and other digital dilemmas in your class or school, Common Sense Education has a great resource for you to check out! Empower your students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions online. This curriculum is designed for K-12 and has many different topics and toolkits available to you. www.commonsense.org is always packed full of new and relevant information for today’s ever changing world.  ...

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Interland – Google’s new game to learn online safety

Google has created a very helpful toolkit for teachers, parents, and other professionals working with youth.   The Be Internet Awesome curriculum gives educators the tools and methods they need to teach digital safety fundamentals. The materials developed by Google in partnership with iKeepSafe enable educators to bring the most critical teachings—and the excitement of Interland—into the classroom. Included in the curriculum are lesson plans for the five topics, with activities and worksheets that were designed to complement Interland. We, at the VFC, played INTERLAND and thought it was awesome! In the first level “Reality River” you get to...

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SEXTING: Information for parents & those working with youth

ATTENTION PARENTS: Check out this information about sexting! Discover what sexting is, how it is happening, and what the consequences are for your KIDS, and YOURSELF! Information for parents: sexting from Violence Free Coalition of Warren County It is hard to imagine that your student could be sending and receiving these photos, however it is unfortunately something we are seeing more and more. It is also something that could potentially be a “red flag” in a dating relationship. Below is an example of how a dating partner may be using sexting as another way to gain...

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Teen Alliance Council contributes to 16k Chances to Speak Kindly Campaign

The Teen Alliance was given the opportunity to create their own graphics for the 16,000 Chances to Speak Kindly campaign. At a recent meeting TAC students were shown the 16,000 Chances to Speak Kindly campaign.  The students were then given time to create their own graphics.  Here is the first one created by Lebanon High School students, with Josie Green taking the lead on design.   How will you use your 16,000 words today?  Will you lift others up by Speaking Kindly?     Eric Price from Springboro was the lead on this design.  The TAC kids wanted people...

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Sexual Harassment: Facts & Action Steps

In response to the national conversation on workplace harassment, The Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence has published talking points including facts and action steps regarding sexual harassment. They can be found below.   Sexual violence in numerous forms – including sexual harassment and sexual assault – is a common problem that crosses the boundaries of industry, job title, and pay scale. Every day, people in workplaces across Ohio and the U.S. are forced to endure unwanted sexual advances, or worse. Facts & Action...

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OCTOBER – Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2017

  October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month The CDC and VetoViolence have put together some activities to help you spread awareness and understanding of Domestic Violence. Intimate partner violence is widespread and has far-reaching consequences. But it doesn’t have to. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time to come together to show that intimate partner violence can be prevented. Throughout October, we invite you and your organization to participate in three activities to increase understanding about intimate partner violence and evidence-based strategies to stop it before it starts. Change Profile Photos October 1-31: A Twibbon overlay to customize Facebook and Twitter...

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