High Schools Need to Be Teaching Basic Life Skills

Teach me to adult! What skills do you want your teen to have mastered by the end of high school and is their school currriculum meeting those needs? Consider how to approach teaching critical basic life skills that may not be covered in school. Download Article

How to talk to kids about violence and terrorism

What is your plan for talking to kids about violence and terrorism? Do you have a strategy for what to do when your kids are unexpectedly exposed to information about violence or terrorism?

Gun Violence Since The Las Vegas Massacre

The 21 days following the Las Vegas shooting saw a daily average of over 38 people shot and killed, including numerous children. For first responders, this is "business as usual." Are those the statistics of a country that you feel safe in? If not, what do you think the causes of our problems with shootings [...]

Online Sexual Harassment

Rape, groping, having someone masturbate in front of you… all of these are horrific examples of sexual harassment (and in some cases, sexual assault) that happen in the physical world with immeasurable, negative life-long consequences. For many, the experience and effect of online sexual harassment is even worse. http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/26/health/harvey-weinstein-online-sexual-harassment/index.html

Teens Texting and Driving

Inexperienced young teens texting and driving has been a leading cause of deaths for teens. The national safety council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. Did you know that according to an AAA poll, 94% [...]

The Police Need to Understand Autism

Many police officers need training on recognizing and effectively interacting with people who have developmental and other disabilities. Individuals with disabilities make up a third to a half of all people killed by the police. We, as a society, must stop using the police as a substitute for our failing disability services system. Download Article

Cell Phone Addiction in Teenagers

Cell phone addiction with teens is real and drastically growing all over the world. These devices certainly have some benefits--including helping parents stay connected to their teens as they transition from their care. But the devices also contribute to anxiety, lack of sleep, and other ills for teens. Some interesting data in this article and [...]

Man Posing as Uber driver arrested in Beverly Hills

This article, sadly, is another example of the increasingly common practice of predators pretending to be Uber drivers. Here are three tips to help protect yourself: (1) Never rely on an Uber decal for legitimacy since those can be stolen or easily be counterfeited. (2) Double check that the car arriving matches: the make and [...]

How to Talk with Your Teen about Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is rarely an easy thing to discuss with your teen but is one of the most important conversations you can have as a parent (or caregiver). Making sure the teen in your life completely understands sexual consent is in their best interest! Check out this article for some useful tips about having this [...]

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